Associate of Science in Business

Are you seeking to advance your place in the business world?

Take the next step toward achieving your professional goals in this sector. In the A.S. in Business Program at Houghton College, you gain the foundational skills necessary to launch or advance your career in accounting, management, and various other areas of the business workforce.

You will be provided with individualized support, whether you complete the program online or in person at the Buffalo or Utica Centers. Along with classes, internships will ready you for your professional career and hopefully make you money before you even finish your degree.

Complete in two years

When you take classes full-time.

Flexible Timeline

Fit your degree around your schedule with full and part-time options. Your advisor will give you a program map that will give you a clear start and finish.

Looking for Your Next Step

You’ve completed your high school education and want to take the step into higher education without committing to a four-year program right at the start.

Further Improvement

You are in your current career and want to further improve yourself, your capabilities, and your earning potential.

Degree Seeking

You wish to have a marketable credential until you complete more upper-level training like a Bachelor’s or MBA Degree. For you, the A.S. can serve as a solid stepping stone toward these more advanced degrees.

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What will I learn?

Through Houghton’s A.S. in Business you will:

  • Learn the fundamentals of management, becoming equipped to plan and implement strategic behavior for your organization.
  • Familiarize yourself with accounting skills, gaining the capability to evaluate the financial performance of your business and aiding you in making more informed decisions.
  • Learn the basics of marketing and how to conduct market research in order to target specific customers—both current and potential—and create relationships with them.
  • Become familiar with the principles of economics, improving your understanding of the nature of the global economy to help your organization thrive amidst an ever-changing marketplace.
  • Gain basic understanding of statistics, enabling you to make data-driven business decisions to maximize efficiency and drive down costs.
  • Obtain key general education knowledge and skills that are beneficial and applicable to any profession.
  • Be equipped to thrive in a business role, including but not limited to, being a:
    • Store Manager
    • Administrative Assistant
    • Customer Service Associate
    • Executive Assistant

62 Credits


Business Related Credits


General Education Credits

Program Requirements

General Education Courses

32 Credits
  • Art/Music (2-4)
  • Changing World Elective (3)
  • Humanities/Social Science (9-12)
  • Math/Computer Science/Data Science (2-4)
  • Natural Science (2-4)
  • Religion/Philosophy (6)
  • Social Science (3-6)
  • Writing (3)

Core Business Courses

18 Credits
  • BADM 201 Business Communication
  • BADM 202 Accounting and Finance Principles
  • BADM 212 Principles of Management
  • BADM 218 Marketing Principles
  • ECON 201 Introduction to Economics
  • PHIL 303 Organizational Ethics

Elective Courses

12 Credits from the following options
  • BADM 203 Survey of Business
  • BADM 303 Entrepreneurship
  • BADM 304 Social Media Marketing
  • BADM/PSY 309 Statistics
  • BADM/COMM 312 Advertising Principles
  • BADM 314 Human Resources Management
  • BADM/COM 315 Public Relations Principles
  • BADM 320 Leadership Development
  • BADM 325 Project Management
  • BADM 330 Operations Management
  • BADM 341 Work Team Dynamics
  • BADM 345 Employment Law
  • COMM 330 Conflict Management

Cost and Affordability

The 2020-2021 cost per credit hour for the A.S. Program Online is:


Cost per credit hour


Program Cost
(60 credits)


Audit fee per class

Application Requirements


Choose A Start Date

October 25, 2021
January 10, 2022

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Documents and Supporting Materials

You’ll be asked to provide your official high school transcript, 1 recommendation letter, and your test scores.

Personal Statement

Your personal statement should be between 300 and 500 words (roughly a half of page to a page of typed writing).

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