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Business Administration Degrees, AA, AAS

Develop the knowledge and skills to become a business professional with San Juan College's Business Administration program. We offer two degrees to help you reach your career goals.

You can take our two-year Associate of Arts (AA) degree in Business Administration in person or online. This degree can transfer to a four-year university, so you can continue your path to earn your bachelor's degree.

Or choose the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Business Administration. This two-year in-person degree offers four concentrations so you can focus on an area of business management.

In both options, you'll learn from our experienced faculty members and develop practical knowledge through project-based experiences. Take your career to the next level with SJC!

Why Study Business Administration?

If you want to prepare yourself for a successful career in business, studying business administration is an excellent choice. Learn the skills and concepts used by many organizations to help them overcome obstacles and grow. That means you can find various job opportunities as many employers look for these skillsets as they hire. You can find a career in marketing, finance, management, and more.

Which Business Administration Degree Should I Choose?

San Juan College is proud to offer two degree options for the Business Administration program. You should select the one that best fits your career goals.

Choose the Business Administration AA degree if you plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to earn your bachelor's degree. Study business fundamentals and take general education classes that prepare you for advanced coursework. The AA courses are available on campus and/or online, giving you extra flexibility as you pursue your dream career.

If you're looking to enter the workforce right away, the Business Administration AAS degree is the right fit for you. Be ready for entry-level management, front-line supervision, or other positions requiring basic leadership skills. Gain practical skills and knowledge that you can apply directly to your career.

Why Earn a Business Administration AA or AAS at San Juan College?

Gain Real-World Skills for Career Success

At SJC, you'll receive a quality education to help you succeed in the competitive job market. Our expert faculty teach essential business principles and mentor you in and out of the classroom. You'll also complete hands-on projects to learn practical skills, such as creating real-world solutions for small businesses to help them grow. You can then apply your experiences to your current job or future career.

Follow Your Interests

You can tailor your business administration degree to your career goals. With the Business Administration AAS, you have the option to choose from four concentrations:

  • Digital Media Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship
  • General Management
  • Office Management

The Business Administration AA program does not have concentrations, but you'll have the flexibility to explore different fields. You can then focus on the one that interests you at your four-year university as you complete your bachelor's degree.

Enroll in an Affordable Business Program

Advance in your career with the help of SJC's low tuition rates. You'll receive a top-notch education that prepares you for your career or to transfer to earn your bachelor's degree without breaking the bank. You may also qualify to get your business administration associate degree tuition-free through the NM Opportunity and Lottery Scholarships.

What You'll Learn in the Business Administration Program

SJC's School of Business offers a practical approach to studying business concepts. In both degree programs, you'll develop a solid foundation in:

  • Accounting
  • Business law
  • Business management
  • Customer service and customer relationship management (CRM)
  • Economics
  • Human resource management
  • Leadership principles
  • Marketing

Your courses and instructors help you build important business skills, including:

  • Accounting software
  • Computer skills for business
  • Customer relationship management (CRM) software
  • Decision-making skills
  • Goal-setting skills
  • Interpersonal relation and teamwork skills
  • Project management software
  • Time and self-management skills

Depending on your degree option, you'll take more specialized courses.

Level up your leadership skills with the Associate of Arts degree in Business Administration. Study management and marketing principles to switch careers or earn promotions.

In the AA program, you'll take nine core courses as the foundation for your degree. Be ready to develop specific skillsets based on your career goals.

Business Administration AA Curriculum

Level up your leadership skills with the Associate of Applied Science degree in Business Administration. Study management, marketing, and entrepreneurship principles to switch careers or earn promotions.

In the AAS program, you'll take nine core courses as the foundation for your degree. You'll also choose from one of four concentrations to help you develop specific skill sets based on your career goals.

  • General Management Concentration: Take classes that teach you how to manage a business, from accounting to spreadsheeting.
  • Office Management Concentration: Study how to keep offices efficient and organized. Take courses such as Records Management, Business Math, and Office Procedures.
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation Concentration: Explore how to start your own business and make it successful. Learn how to manage small businesses, advertise, and more.
  • Digital Media Marketing Concentration: Discover the latest digital marketing trends with this practical focus. Practice using photo and video editing tools.

Business Administration AAS Curriculum

Transfer Options

Business Administration AA students may transfer directly to four-year institutions to earn a bachelor's degree. SJC's primary transfer partners for this program are:

  • Fort Lewis College
  • New Mexico Highlands University
  • The University of New Mexico

The Business Administration AAS program does not directly transfer to four-year schools. However, some schools may accept courses as credit toward your bachelor's degree.

Contact an academic advisor for more details about how you can transfer. They help you coordinate and plan your courses to have a smooth transfer process.

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Pitch Your Business Idea

Have a great business idea? Enter the Hawk Tank Business Plan Competition and compete against fellow SJC students. If you win, you can win up to $10,000 from San Juan College and Fort Lewis College!

Careers and Outcomes

An associate degree in business administration can lead to various careers in many industries. There is always a demand for workers who can understand and apply business principles. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects overall employment in business and financial occupations to grow 7% from 2021 to 2031.

With your degree, you can start your career in entry-level management positions, front-line supervision, and similar positions. Some fields you can enter include:

  • Accounting
  • Business ownership
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Nonprofit management
  • Restaurant management
  • Retail management
  • Service management

Are you looking for your next career opportunity? Explore SJC's Center for Student Careers and Employment job postings. Check back often as it is updated frequently.

View Business Administration Job Listings

"You are never too old to go back to school, and once you commit, never give up. There will be times when the road is bumpy, but I promise, you will survive. San Juan College helped me in every way possible to see me succeed in attaining my degree."

Tarah Julian, '21

Next Steps

You must first apply to San Juan College to enroll in the Associate of Arts or Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration degree programs. It's easy, and you can apply online at any time!

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If you are already a student at San Juan College, talk to your advisor about our Business Administration AA and AAS degrees.

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