AAS Business Management

Our Associate of Applied Science degree with a Business Management concentration prepares you for various management career opportunities at private, government, or not-for-profit organizations. This business management associates degree program gives you the flexibility to get a degree while working full-time and is designed to provide you with a solid academic foundation in accounting, business concepts, and other necessary skills to work in a dynamic and competitive marketplace.

Empowered to Succeed

As a graduate of the AAS Business Management program, you will be prepared to:

  1. Identify accounting standards principles and be able to prepare basic financial statements.
  2. Identify business organization concepts and theories and be able to write a basic Business Plan.
  3. Describe the basic concepts of economic theories and market structures relative to their implications for government, business, and individuals.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the legal issues, social environment, and government regulations that influence business.
  5. Understand computer information systems from a managerial perspective and the critical role Information Technology (IT) plays in business.

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List of Classes and Credit Hours for AAS Business Management

What Do You Learn In An Associates in Business Management Program?

As seen in our Academic Catalog, the courses you will be enrolled in will help you for a business position, such as:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Legal Environment of Business 
  • Spreadsheets for Business 
  • Principles of Macroeconomics

These courses are just a few of the classes you can take to gain a managerial understanding of business. It is up to you to decide how you want to use your Associates of Business Management, but these skills can be used in a variety of job sectors that promise rewarding careers with the potential for upward mobility.

Additionally, the Business Management Associates degree program prepares students to gain hands-on experience through internships. Being based in Chicago, one of the nation’s largest business environments, provides a range of internship opportunities across various fields. These internships allow you to apply what you’ve learned in the classroom to real-world scenarios, enhancing your skills and resume. Possible internship areas include:

  • Corporate Finance: Get experience with the financial workings of large corporations.
  • Marketing and Sales: Work on the strategies that drive business growth and customer engagement.
  • Non-Profit Management: Learn the unique challenges and rewards of managing non-profit organizations.
  • Human Resources: Gain firsthand knowledge of managing an organization’s employees and their resources.

What Can You Do With An Associate’s Degree in Business Management?

Project Manager

As the name suggests, a project manager is responsible for making sure that projects are planned, procured, and executed. Project managers are needed in all industries, both in and out of business, for companies to run smoothly. 

Administrative Assistant

An administrative assistant is responsible for helping in the day-to-day operations of an office. The tasks of an administrative assistant are varied, ranging from preparing documents for meetings and answering phone calls, to managing the calendars of their supervisors. 


An expert in finding, assessing, and acquiring talented applicants for open positions, a recruiter is in charge of the talent acquisition process from start to finish. This includes conducting interviews, advertising the job position, reviewing resumes, and working alongside hiring managers.   


An accountant is somebody in charge of financial accounts, the associate’s degree in business management program prioritizes mathematics that surrounds accounting, making sure you are literate in the keeping and interpretation of financial records. 

Sales Manager

The director of a sales team. A sales manager is responsible for the building, leading, and management of their team, making sure that their team nets positive results. This involves market research, data analysis, and ongoing marketing 

Relationship Banker

A relationship banker, also known as a personal banker,  is an employee of a bank or other financial institution who works one-on-one with clients to help build a relationship between the bank and the client. They offer financial advice on investments, loans, and more. 

These roles range from an independent position to more team-based responsibilities, but one thing they share is their importance. An Associate degree in Business Management business management degree opens up the doors to a career where you will play a crucial role in helping an organization perform at its highest level. 

One-Year Certificate in Business Management 

The Business Management Certificate Program is designed to help nontraditional students develop the essential skills to help them enter the business management field. With relevant foundational topics, you’ll gain the required knowledge to build your professional profile and better understand basic accounting principles, basic concepts of business organizational models, operational principles, and the process for developing a business plan.

Taught by professionals in the business industry, there are a variety of modalities used to help accommodate the different styles of learning by individual students. This is an added advantage where students have a comfortable environment and pace, along with one-on-one attention to support their learning to becoming certified/degreed professionals in the business field.

Why Should I get a Business Management Certificate?

Transferable Credits

The best part is that each of the courses for the certification also applies as credits toward the AAS Business Management degree. Adult learners may even find it easier to continue and obtain the certificate and the degree on this same track.

One Year Business Management Career Specialization

This program is completed in one year, giving adult learners an educational foundation to help them qualify for high-demand business management positions to help build an impressive resume and start a rewarding career in business management. 


The five-term certification in business management course line-up would allow the students to complete all the required 32 credit hours in one year. The topics relevant topics covered include management principles, accounting, marketing, and spreadsheets for business.

Before beginning the one-year business management curriculum, students must complete St. Augustine College’s developmental English program, designed for students who must learn English as a second language. Students must achieve a proficiency level of 8 as it will allow students to articulate into ENG 160* for further communication in the English language. Students must also take a mathematics placement test before beginning the certificate program. If the student is placed in MAT 101, they must take this course before enrolling in MAT 111 or 112.

* Students must complete the ESL sequence of courses before entering ENG 160.

Why St. Augustine College:

  • One-year minimum career specialization program.
  • Prepare quickly for an entry-level position in the accounting field.
  • Open the door to real-world experiences.
  • Earn college credits toward an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in accounting.
  • Small class sizes where students know each other by name.
  • Dedicated student support service that will help the students go through the program
  • Friendly qualified and highly qualified faculty.
  • The learning environment and campus life are community-oriented.
  • Hy-Flex teaching modality, offering students online business management courses or in person. 
  • Financial Aid is available if you qualify.


Learn more about how you can receive SAC’s Associates degree in Business Management below, and how St. Augustine’s programs have helped others.  

Success Stories: As the number one school in Illinois in raising students’ income, and second higher graduation rate than comparable institutions in Chicago, we are proud to present a few of our outstanding students below who have stood out and demonstrated St. Augustine’s dedication to success. 

Career & Transfer Center: St. Augustine is not just a college, it’s a launchpad for you and your career. Contact our staff to receive assistance related to jobs, interviews, or internships. 

Community: Our community is built on inclusivity and diversity. Regardless of someone’s background, they deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.

AAS Business Management FAQS

Is the Associates degree in Business Management program available online at St. Augustine College?

Yes, our Associates degree in Business Management program is available online, thanks to our HyFlex teaching model. This approach allows students to choose between online learning and in-person classes, offering flexibility to accommodate their schedules and learning preferences.

How long does it take to complete the Associate degree in Business Management program?

The Associate Degree in Business Management program is designed to be flexible, accommodating the schedules of our students, including those working full-time. Typically, the program can be completed within two years if pursued on a full-time basis. However, the duration may vary for part-time students, depending on the number of courses taken each term.

Is financial aid available for students in the Associates in Business Management program?

Yes, financial aid is available for eligible students enrolled in the Associates in Business Management program at St. Augustine College. We are committed to making education accessible and affordable to all our students. To explore available financial aid options, we encourage you to visit our financial aid page.

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