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Business Administration



All businesses need core people with a variety of skills including accounting, marketing, computer applications, finance, economics, human resources, and management strategies. While most people can’t be experts in all these areas, a general background gives you a solid foundation on which to build. You can then apply your general skills and education in any industry that interests you and develop specific skills further while on the job. With an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Administration, your career can grow from an administrative services team member, to a management position with varying levels of responsibility and supervisory duties, to a top executive.

What is Business Administration

Business administration encompasses planning, organizing, directing, and evaluating business functions essential to efficient and productive business operations. Business is an organization or economic system where goods and services are exchanged for one another or for money. Business leaders train, direct, create, and introduce innovations to measure the performance of business. Business administrators must be well diverse in business ventures inclusive of local, national, and global trends in management, marketing, finance, accounting, human resources, and computer applications.

Becoming a Business Professional

An associate degree enables you to enter the workforce faster since they are completed in less time. With an associate’s degree in business, you can qualify for any number of office and administrative positions. The Northwestern College Business Administration program is offered fully online.  Our instructors play an important role in your success, giving you the tools and resources you need to flourish. With a dedication to creating personalized, helpful, and exciting ways to learn, our highly qualified teachers are here to assist you with anything you need. By enrolling in our online program, you will also have the opportunity to interact and network with your peers.

Business Administration Classes

Students are required to complete at least 92 credit hours in order to earn an Online Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Administration. Some of the courses in this program include:

  • Introduction to Business
  • Business Law I
  • Management
  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Human Resource Management
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Business and Professional Ethics

For the full curriculum, visit our College Catalog.

The Outlook for Business Administration Jobs

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics*, employment of administrative services and facilities managers is expected to grow by 9% through 2030. In the coming decade, there will be an average of 29,200 jobs in the administrative services and facilities management fields. Many of these openings will be the result of employees moving into different occupations or transferring out of the labor force, like retirees.

Program Goals

Upon completion of the program, it is expected that students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the common professional components of the business environment.
  • Analyze ethical behaviors in the business environment.
  • Recognize and apply clear oral, written, and electronic communication when making professional business decisions.
  • Recognize effective methods of interaction with teams as both leader and member.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills to solve business problems.


Northwestern College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, 230 S. LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604, (312) 263-0456, www.hlcommission.org.

We are also approved for veterans training under the G.I.® Bill for Veterans Educational Assistance. 

On top of that, we are proud to support our students with things like financial aid assistance and job placement assistance.