Small Business Management Associate Degree



Prepare to achieve your dream of owning your own business with an online Small Business Management Associate Degree from National American University.

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Small Business Management Online Associate Degree Program Overview

Small businesses are the lifeblood of the U.S. economy, generating jobs and revenue, and spurring innovation that can resonate far into the future. If you want to become an entrepreneur, the Small Business Management online associate degree will help prepare you to start a new business or expand one you already own or run. This program will help you acquire the knowledge, skills, and abilities that are essential to becoming a successful small business owner and/or manager. Learn about entrepreneurial strategies, planning, feasibility, market, and competitor analyses, and also how to develop a comprehensive business plan for a new business venture.

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  • Describe how concepts in the principal areas of business support organizational decisions.
  • Classify current business technologies in support of organizational operations.
  • Explain the leadership skills required to achieve strategic business objectives.
  • Recognize appropriate ethical perspectives in a global business environment.
  • Distinguish effective communication strategies in a professional business setting.
  • Discuss productive collaboration methods in a professional business setting.

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National American University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11960 Quivira Road, Suite 300, Overland Park, KS, 66213, USA. The list of accredited business programs can be found on the IACBE website:


Small Business Management Online Classes and Curriculum

The Small Business Management Online Degree program consists of three class requirements: major core, support core, and general education core. These classes total 90 credits.

All academic courses are 100% online and subject to minimum class size requirements.

Major and Support Core

42 credits

General Education

48 credits

Course availability is subject to minimum class size requirements.

Small Business Management Online Associate Degree Tuition and Fees

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Small Business Management Online Associate Degree Career Outcomes

The possibilities are endless when it comes to a small business management career. Whether you choose to build your own business or elevate your career by managing a department within a corporation, you can find opportunities in nearly every industry, including:

  • Hotel/Motel/B&B
  • Food Service/Restaurant
  • Construction
  • Retail
  • Arts/Music/Entertainment
  • Personal Care
  • Delivery Service
  • Lawn Care/Garden
  • Pet Care (Grooming/Boarding/Training)
  • Daycare (Children or Older Adult)
  • Web site development/E-commerce
  • Manufacturing
  • Finance
  • Real estate
  • Insurance

Who Is a Good Candidate for the Small Business Management Associate Degree?

  • Entry-level job seekers: The Small Business Management Online Associate degree is an empowering first step if you plan to begin a career in entrepreneurship.  You receive the knowledge and management skill base required to build or expand a business.
  • Business professionals: A Small Business Management degree can set you up to become an entrepreneur with your own business or a manager in an existing organization. A degree can demonstrate your dedication to your supervisors and set you apart from other job candidates. Also, as an online student, you can take classes as you advance your career.

Course Listing (90 Credits)

MG2300 – Customer Service Relations

AC2050 – Accounting Software Applications OR
MT2200 – Franchising

MT2400 – Small Business Management Operations
MT3550 – Entrepreneurship and Small Business
MT3650 – Business Plan Development

AC2760 – Financial Accounting for Managers
MG3000 – Marketing
MT1050 – Introduction to Business
MT2050 – Principles of Management
MT3651 – Business Management Capstone


EN1150 – Composition I
EN1300 – Composition II

EN2100 – Speech OR
EN2150 – Interpersonal Professional Communication


SC – Science Elective


MA2000 – Quantitative Reasoning


HU2000 – Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Behavioral/Social Science

EC2050 – Macroeconomics
EC2100 – Microeconomics

General Education

CS1202 – Strategies for Professionals OR
CS1204 – Advanced Strategics for Professionals

CS1302 – Consumer Mathematics
CS2080 – Career Management


Course availability is subject to minimum class size requirements.