A variety of Business degrees focus on a range of educational levels and, in turn, a still wider number of subjects. Four business applications offer degrees: an Administrative Associates (AA) program, a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree, a Master of Business of Administration (MBA) and other specialized Master’s degrees in Business; and advanced doctorates (PhDs).
Average and typical salaries offered during the early career of a business major serve as an obvious and simple measure of value. In addition, mid-career levels also provide yardsticks for the kinds of success that can be met.
General entry requirements for application to AA or Bachelor’s Degrees
In general, to be accepted into either an AA program or a B.A. or B.S. in business, a student must meet the following general application requirements.
Successful applicants need to:
1. Have graduated from high school
2. Have a qualifiable eligibility index, and
3. Have completed for admission with grades of "C" or better in each of the courses in the comprehensive pattern of college-preparatory subjects. High school or college preparatory programs should include:
- English: 4 years
- Mathematics: 3 years (including Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II)
- U.S. History and Social Science: 2 years
- Science: 2 years with laboratory
- Foreign Language: 2 years in the same language
- Visual and Performing Arts: 1 year
- Electives: 1 year
Alternative programs are also offered which provide flexible course requirements, will give credit for work experience or provide reduce costs programs. Note that the grade levels cited her are not standard levels for all universities. In addition, you should check into programs which provide a discount on fees to veterans of the Armed Forces and see if the school you are interested in provides credits for work experience.
Administrative Associate Degree (AA)
Administrative Associate degrees are provided in a two-year program. These degrees offer a way to participate in a wide variety of career paths. The two-year AA degree in Business Administration provides you with an introduction to core business concepts, including accounting, management and law. An AA degree prepares you for careers including:
• Sale managers
• Administrative service managers
• Cost estimators
• Community service managers.
Business administration degree (AA) graduates can choose to extend their education with bachelor’s degrees.
Undergraduate Degrees in Business (B.A., B.S.)
Four year undergraduate degrees in Business are offered as both Bachelors of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelors of Science (B.S.), depending upon their emphasis:
Bachelor of Arts degrees provide courses which include:
- International Studies with an emphasis on business.
- Economics with a business emphasis.
- Management in International Business.
Bachelor of Science degrees place a stronger emphasis on technical studies, such as mathematics and computer science. These programs include:
- Business Administrative with a marketing emphasis.
- Science and practical skills such as technical knowledge such as computer skill
- Technical knowledge such as statistics and statistical analysis.
These six focuses are not the only ones offered on an undergraduate level, however they are similar to those offered generally in Business studies. For information like the statistics shown below, go to www.payscale.com or similar sites.
Salary levels for seven top earning jobs which required MBAs in 2014 include:
1. Senior Financial Analyst (653 jobs)– $63,085 - $99,865 per year
2. Financial Analyst (627 jobs) - $45,999 - $91,528 per year
3. Chief Financial Officer (547 jobs) $75,050 - $207,613 per year
4. Marketing Manager (518 jobs) – $48,972-$114,550 per year
5. Operations Manager (441 jobs) - $44,568-$114,910 per year
6. Finance Manager (432 jobs) – $118,653 - $166,463 per year
7. Project Manager – Information Technology (426 jobs) $63,130-$127,647 per year
Business degrees for tomorrow's leaders
Accredited bachelor's, master's with emphasis in specific areas of business, MBA’s and doctoral business degree programs should prepare you to hit the ground running in:
• Small Business Management & Entrepreneurship
• Human Resources
• Organization Development
BS degrees are more technical in nature and generally include degree emphases such as:
• B.S. in Accounting
• B.S. in Business
• B.S. in Finance
• B.S. in Human Resource Management
• B.S. in Marketing
• B.S. in Public Administration
Doctorate degrees in Business (Ph.D.)
Most post graduate degrees above the master’s level are associated with highly specialized, mostly academic positions. People who achieve these degrees are generally aware of the need for such degrees as they work within the systems they serve. Requirements for education and experience vary with positions and should be researched on a job-by-job basis.
Administrative Associates (AA) program
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Bachelor of Science (BS)
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Doctorates in Business
General Entry requirements AA and Bachelor’s degrees
General application requirements
Alternative business programs
Flexible course requirements
Credits for work experience
AA degree careers
Administrative service managers
Community service managers
Business AA degrees
Undergraduate degrees in business
Doctorate degrees in business