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Associate Degree Requirements

Did you know that employees who have earned a business degree continue to be in high-demand for companies regardless of industry? According to a 2016 article by Forbes ("Top Degrees For Getting Hired In 2017"), the National Association of Colleges and Employers ranks a business degree in the top two as most desirable for employees; with emphasis on management and finance.

Earning a business administration degree from Marian University could take your life in a whole new direction. Students earning an associate's degree select one of the following concentration areas: management, marketing, finance, business technology, human resources management, or project management.


To earn an Associate of Business Administration degree, you must complete the following coursework, plus one concentration area.

  • Requirements
    Sem. Hr.
    ACC 210 Principles of Accounting I 3
    ACC 211 Principles of Accounting II 3
    BUS 205 Statistical Methods 3
    BUS 240 Principles of Marketing 3
    BUS 250 Principles of Management 3
    BUS 301 Business Law 3
    Concentration Courses (see options below)
    ECN 200 Introductory Economics 3
    MIS 101 Information System Applications 3
    MIS 201 Management Information Systems 3
    Total Business Administration Core and Support Hours 33
    PHL 130 Human Nature and Person 3
    THL 105 Introduction to Theology 3
    Total Moral Reasoning Hours 6
    MAT 095/105 Intermediate Algebra 3
    ENV 172 Intro to Environmental Science 4
    Total Scientific and Quantitative Understanding Hours 7
    One of the following:
    PSY 101 General Psychology
    SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
    Total Individual and Social Awareness Hours 3
    One of the following:
    HIS 102 History of the Modern World
    ART 139 Art Appreciation
    MUS 127 Appreciation of Music
    ENG 213 Literature: The Short Story
    Total Cultural Awareness Hours 3
    ENG 101 English Composition 3
    Total Effective Communication Hours 3
    General Electives 9
    Total Credit Hours 64
  • Concentration Areas

    Choose one associate's degree concentration. Two courses (6 credit hours) are required to complete a concentration.


     1st BUS 330 Leadership  3
    BUS 372 Creativity and Change  3
    BUS 351 Human Resources Management 3
    BUS 450 International Business 3


    1st BUS 341 Promotion  3
    BUS 342 Selling and Sales Management  3
    2nd BUS 338 Global Marketing 3
    BUS 346 Marketing Management 3

    Human Resources Management

    1st BUS 352 Organizational Behavior  3
    BUS 361 Talent Management  3
    2nd BUS 358 Employment Law 3
    BUS 362 Compensation and Benefits 3


    1st FIN 360 Investments  3
    FIN 420 Financial Institutions  3
    2nd FIN 356 Real Estate 3
    FIN 357 Risk and Insurance 3

    Business Technology

    1st MIS 317 Web Applications Development  3
    MIS 330 Project Management  3
    2nd MIS 320 Business Decision Making 3
    MIS 380 Special Topics 3

    Project Management

    1st MIS 332 Project Management Methodologies 3
      MIS 342 Project Planning and Control 3
    2nd MIS 362 Team Building & Interpersonal Dynamics 3
      MIS 372 Project Accounting Methods 3
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