Welcome to Bethel University, where your journey towards a successful future begins. As you embark on your educational path, pursuing an AA degree in business becomes a pivotal investment of your time, presenting you with a multitude of opportunities in the ever-evolving realm of commerce.

One of the primary advantages of pursuing an AA degree in business is the time efficiency it offers. This two-year program provides a streamlined pathway to a valuable qualification, allowing students to enter the job market or continue on to toward a Bachelor’s degree in a relatively short span of time. This is particularly advantageous for individuals seeking to kickstart their careers promptly or for those planning to continue their education further down the line.

Bethel University takes pride in its faculty, comprising experienced professionals and industry experts who bring real-world insights into the classroom. Our dedicated professors provide personalized attention and mentorship to students, ensuring they receive the guidance necessary to thrive academically and professionally. Additionally, our business program incorporates a strong faith integration into classroom learning, allowing students to apply theoretical knowledge as well as timeless Biblical principles in practical settings and gain a competitive edge in the job market.

The AA degree in business offers a broad foundation that encompasses various aspects of the business world. From accounting and finance to marketing and management, students develop a well-rounded skill set that is highly transferrable across industries. This versatility makes graduates desirable candidates for entry-level positions in numerous fields, such as banking, retail, hospitality, and entrepreneurship. Furthermore, the program provides a solid grounding for those who wish to pursue further education, such as a bachelor’s degree in business administration or a related field.

At Bethel University, we are committed to providing a quality education that is both accessible and affordable. We offer flexible scheduling options, including evening, and online classes, accommodating the diverse needs of our students. Moreover, our comprehensive financial aid programs ensure that a Bethel education is within reach for aspiring business professionals from all walks of life.

Investing in an AA degree in business at Bethel University is a worthy pursuit that can significantly enhance your career prospects. Our rigorous curriculum, experienced faculty, hands-on learning opportunities, and commitment to affordability position our graduates for success in the competitive business landscape. Join us at Bethel University and embark on a transformative educational journey that will empower you to thrive in the world of business.

Accreditation & Membership

Bethel University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission to grant bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The Higher Learning Commission is one of six regional accrediting agencies in the United States. Institutional accreditation evaluates an entire institution and accredits it as a whole. Bethel is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU)

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Program Details

Next Start Date: 06/30/2024
Credit Hours: 60
Cost/Credit: 465
Transfer Credits: Up to 30
Est. Completion Time: 2 Years
Accreditation: HLC

Course Requirements

All of Bethel's degrees are a balance of a liberal arts foundation with the expertise of a specific field of study, all of which point to a well-rounded graduate upon completion. This space is aimed to help provide an overview of the expected courses for this degree.

  • General Education (27 credit hours)

    General education courses offer an introduction to the arts and sciences within a college setting. A.A. degrees require 27 credit hours of general education courses.

  • Electives (6 credit hours)

    Electives allow students to dive deeper into a wide range of subjects, and provide the opportunity to tailor a course of study based on interests and academic goals. Students are required to earn 6 credit hours of electives in the A.A. Business degree.

    • Students may transfer credit from other accredited institutions, provided the courses are equivalent to required Bethel courses and the student earned a grade of C or better.
    • CLEP testing is available for select courses.
  • Major (27 credit hours)

    ACCT 203 Fundamentals of Accounting I

    BADM 121 Introduction to Business

    BADM 220 Business Finance

    BADM 221 Business Law

    BADM 222 Business Communication

    BADM 223 Human Relations in Business

    BADM 320 Organizational Development and Change

    BADM 321 Principles of Management

    ECON 233 Principles of Economics

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Admission Requirements

Undergraduate programs require:
  • Submit your official transcripts (directly from the institution to Bethel) from all undergraduate work. If you have completed less than 30 credit hours, also submit your official high school or GED transcript
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Show proficiency by either submitting your official SAT or ACT scores, completing a college-level English or math course or taking Bethel’s placement tests

Tuition and Fees

Bethel has long been touted for its value. We were ranked No. 2 on Washington Monthly’s Best Bang for the Buck-Midwest list, listed as one of the 50 Best Value Christian Colleges, and have made it to the top tier of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Regional Universities-Midwest” list for fifteen consecutive years.

**Fees are charged per semester unless otherwise noted. This program takes an estimated three to ten semesters to complete, depending on transfer credits.

Payment Plan

The college has a monthly installment plan available through Nelnet Campus Commerce. Enrollment can be completed online by accessing the student billing link through MyBethel or by calling 800.609.8056. Students will be charged an enrollment fee of $40.

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Financial Aid

Bethel University is committed to ensuring that all our students receive an affordable education.
We offer financial aid based on need, and military benefits and are proud to offer extraordinarily competitive tuition rates.
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To learn more about your financial aid options or submit a FAFSA, please see our Financial Aid page.
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Transfer Credits

Bethel is committed to helping you make the most of your previous educational experiences. Visit our Transfer Credits page to learn more.
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Career Outcomes

Our online associate’s in business can be just the ticket into a new life and your much anticipated new career. Career information is from bls.gov and payscale.com

  • Financial Analyst

    Graduates with an AA degree in business often find lucrative opportunities as financial analysts. Financial analysts play a vital role in assessing investment opportunities, analyzing financial data, and providing insights that help businesses make informed decisions. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median annual wage for financial analysts was $83,660 in May 20201. For more detailed salary information and career outlook, you can refer to the BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook on financial analysts: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/financial-analysts.htm

  • Marketing Coordinator

    A career path in marketing coordination is another popular choice for AA degree holders in business. Marketing coordinators assist in planning and implementing marketing campaigns, conducting market research, and coordinating promotional activities. According to PayScale, the average salary for a marketing coordinator in the United States is around $45,000 per year2. For a deeper understanding of salary ranges and job prospects, you can explore PayScale’s data on marketing coordinator salaries: https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Marketing_Coordinator/Salary

  • Human Resources Assistant

    Graduates with an AA degree in business can also pursue a career in human resources (HR) as an HR assistant. HR assistants provide administrative support to HR departments, assist with recruitment and onboarding processes, and maintain employee records. The median annual wage for HR assistants was $42,760 in May 2020, as reported by the BLS3. To delve further into salary information and career outlook, you can refer to the BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook on human resources assistants: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes434161.htm

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An online degree can open doors to your career while allowing you to study in a convenient, affordable format.
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