In a world driven by business, skilled professionals in fields like finance, commerce, marketing, sales, and management keep the wheels turning. An associate degree in business administration can be the stepping stone to such a career, providing you with the skills to excel in areas such as customer relationship management (CRM), supply chain management, and strategic planning.

About Salem’s Associate Degree in Business Administration

Salem University’s Associate of Science (AS) in Business Administration degree offers a comprehensive curriculum that lays the groundwork for key areas of business administration, including leadership development and organizational behaviors. We aim to equip you for an entry-level career in the business or finance sector or to pave the way for our bachelor’s degree in business administration program. You have the flexibility to pursue the associate’s degree in business administration entirely on-campus in Salem, West Virginia, or through a blended program that combines on-campus and distance education courses.*

Our curriculum is meticulously designed to impart essential business concepts, providing a well-rounded understanding of the contemporary business landscape. Our curriculum aligns with Salem’s mission of fostering integrity, accountability, civility, and problem-solving from a global perspective.

*Blended programs of study can be tailored with the approval of the program director.

Career Opportunities with an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration

A solid foundation in business administration can open doors to a broad range of entry-level positions with significant growth potential. Potential career paths include:

  • Executive Assistant
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Operations Manager
  • Office Administrator
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Sales Support Specialist
  • Payroll Specialist

What Will I Learn in Salem’s AS Business Administration Program?

Our associate degree program in business administration is designed as a springboard for further studies or as a launchpad for the business job market. The curriculum covers a wide array of topics, including micro- and macroeconomics, accounting principles, marketing principles, management, critical computer applications, and more. All these are taught with an international perspective, providing students with a snapshot of the global business environment.

Upon graduation, you will have:

  • A comprehensive understanding of business functions, economics, and professional communication and conduct
  • The knowledge, skills, and abilities to compete in the global market economy
  • The ability to communicate information effectively in written, oral, and graphic formats

Business Administration Classes

The Associate of Science in Business Administration degree program requires the completion of 60 credits, including at least 24 general education credits and a minimum of 15 credits from the Business Administration core. The core includes:

  • ACC111 and AC112 Principles of Accounting 1 & 2
  • BUS323 Commercial Law Salem
  • FIN344 and FIN345 Corporate Finance 1 & 2
  • MGT210 Principles of Management
  • MGT361 Management Information Systems
  • MGT363 Organizational Theory

All credits earned in a Salem associate degree track can be applied toward our bachelor’s degree track.

Program Duration

On average, a full-time student can complete the associate’s degree in business administration in approximately 20 months. However, we understand that every student’s circumstances are unique. We recommend contacting our admissions advisors to discuss your specific questions and goals.

Why Choose Salem University?

Salem University, founded in 1888, offers affordable higher education. We aim to develop lifelong learners globally. We provide:

  • Accelerated programs with flexible enrollment.
  • A unique one-course-a-month format.
  • Online courses for busy schedules.
  • A supportive staff and faculty.
  • A beautiful campus with programs for residential and commuter students.

Admission Requirements

Salem University welcomes all qualified applicants, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, or ability/disability. Prospective students are encouraged to apply as early as possible and can obtain an application from the Office of Admissions or online. Admissions are on a monthly rolling basis, and some programs have additional requirements.


This course is accredited by ACBSP.

Take the Next Step Toward Your Future. 

If you’re interested in pursuing your Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from Salem University, don’t hesitate to request more information or chat with us live.