Associate of Arts

Our Associate of Arts in Management introduces you to the theoretical concepts and practical applications needed to effectively lead and manage a workforce, with a focus on either human resources or retail management. This associate degree program seeks to expand your  academic and professional development by providing the practical skills required for entry-level supervisory positions and responsibilities in business or government environments.

This program’s curriculum is in alignment with Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) standards. This program has been designed in consultation with industry business leaders and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Program Courses

This online associate program is regularly reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • Human relations and behavioral sciences
  • Principles of supervision
  • Ethical issues facing modern businesses
  • Microeconomics
  • Human resource principles, concepts, and methods
  • Organizational behavior
  • Management communications and conflict resolution
  • Leadership skills for the global marketplace
  • Managerial workplace challenges and solutions

Knowledge from this online associate program can also serve as a springboard to a related baccalaureate degree.

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Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills necessary to be a successful supervisor in a business environment.
  • Explain key concepts, methods and practices for managing human capital in an organization.
  • Compare and contrast ethical theories as they relate to organizational and individual behavior.
  • Prepare a development program for a potential direct report.
Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

Degree at a Glance


Concentrations are designed to help you group courses together so you can further specialize in your field and pursue a more focused path to degree completion. You will be asked to select a concentration when you enroll in this program.

Explore the concentrations available for this program.


Human Resources

Offers knowledge necessary for supervisory roles in a workforce environment, including: recruiting, grievance, and corrective action processes; communicating mission, vision, goals, and objectives to direct reports; and addressing group dynamics and ethics of a diverse employee base. Topics include compensation and benefits, as well as policy and records management.

Sample Courses

  • HRMT200 - Human Resource Fundamentals
  • HRMT201 - Employee Training and Development
  • HRMT202 - Interviewing Fundamentals
  • MGMT201 - Organizational Fundamentals

Retail Management

Looks at various retail management processes in store operations along with the effectiveness of retail managers in today’s competitive and global organizations. Focuses on interpersonal, managerial, human resource, leadership, communication, and critical thinking skills. Explores topics of ethical conduct, social and corporate responsibility, finance, and information technology.

Sample Courses

  • RTMG200 - Customer Relations
  • RTMG150 - Retail Organization Fundamentals
  • RTMG201 - Retail Inventory Management
  • RTMG202 - Risk Management
  • RTMG203 - Commercial Safety
  • RTMG204 - Finance Fundamentals

Admission Requirements

  • All undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • New undergraduate students may be asked to complete our College Readiness Assessment (ADMN100). If you have successfully completed 9 or more hours of college credit, you may reach out to your admission representative to inquire about waiving this requirement.
  • If you have previous college experience, you will be asked to submit your transcripts from previous schools where you earned academic credit.
  • There is no fee to complete our admission application. View steps to apply.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an admission representative at 877-777-9081 or

Undergraduate Tuition Rates  

Military-Affiliated Students* = $250/credit hour

All Other Students = $270/credit hour

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, we offer a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans that caps undergraduate tuition at the military TA limit. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Undergraduate Book Grant

Ebooks are provided at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $250 per academic semester if you are registered as a full-time student.

Transfer Credits

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

The university has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.