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Put your future first

If you’re considering a future in business, it pays to prepare. Whether you are starting your own business, looking to advance in your current job, or just looking for a place to start, our business administration program offers job-focused training that gets you Day 1 Ready. From finance and accounting, to marketing, to good communication, our graduates have the knowledge, skills, and confidence to perform on Day 1 of a new job. Getting Day 1 Ready takes work, but we’ve built a program designed to support you from the moment you enroll.

Our instructors are real professionals, bringing their experience to your training. Our hands-on training equips you with real-world skills, like building and presenting business plans, working as a team, solving practical challenges, and perhaps most difficult: managing others. You’ll graduate ready to make strategic decisions—and defend them, for a variety of organizations, including:

  • Offices
  • Agencies
  • Retail
  • Hospitality

The business administration program goes beyond basic instruction. Our personalized career services focus on all aspects of career readiness, from finding the right jobs to resume building to interview prep—help and support you won’t get when taking most associate degree program business classes. We are always in touch with potential employers and may be able to help connect you to real opportunities. If you are ready for the challenge, we’ll work with you to get you Day 1 Ready.

Business Administration Learning Models

The Business Administration program has been redesigned to utilize our new Online Plus learning model at our Beaumont, College Station, El Paso, Fort Smith and Las Cruces campuses. Online Plus learning provides an optimal combination of both live online instruction and independent learning activities in a format that allows you enhanced schedule flexibility as well as interaction with your professors and classmates.

Our Killeen campus will continue to use a traditional on-campus learning model, using in-person training to deliver hands-on career education in an atmosphere conducive for personalized instruction.

Fast Facts

Next Start Date
May 24

Course Length: 18 Months *
Class Hours:
Lab Hours:
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* Based on successful, full time enrollment

Career Opportunities for Graduates

Graduates of our Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration program may seek entry-level employment in offices, government agencies, or other environments such as retail and hospitality settings.

Potential Job Titles: Team Lead, Manager-In-Training, Assistant Manager, Bookkeeper

Why Vista College?

The Right Skills for Real Jobs

Vista College designs its business programs around the real skills that employers seek, getting you Day 1 Ready for jobs that are hiring today.

Course Title Credits
Business Fundamentals 6.5
Computer Applications 6.5
Business Communications 6.5
Customer Service 6.5
Management * 6.5
Marketing * 6.5
Business Law * 6.5
Accounting * 6.5
Business Computer Information Systems * 6.5
Human Resources * 6.5
Advanced and Computerized Accounting * 6.5
Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship * 6.5
Introduction to College Mathematics 9
Introduction to Psychology 4.5
English Composition I 4.5
English Composition II * 4.5
Survey of the Sciences 4.5

Business Fundamentals


This course explores fundamental processes of global business. Topics include: risk and profit in the business environment; economics, ethics, and social responsibility; organizational structure, management, and leadership; human resources; marketing; and managing financial resources.

6.5 credits
4.5 theory hours
4.5 lab hours

Computer Applications


This course focuses on Microsoft® Office applications and how they are used in business. Topics include: business documents, tables, graphics, and templates; spreadsheets, worksheets, and data; using formulas and functions; charts and tables; databases and tables; data relationships and queries; creating, editing, and delivering presentations.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Business Communications


This course is the study of communications in a business environment. Topics include: establishing credibility; interpersonal and team communication; difficult conversations and communicating across cultures; effectiveness and readability; communication tools and social media; types of business messages; and reports and presentations.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Customer Service


This course explores skills, behavior, and culture of customer service. Topics include: Verbal and nonverbal communication skills, listening, service breakdowns and recovery, maintaining relationships, and retaining customers.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours



This course introduces management principles in an organizational environment. Topics include: the evolution of management; culture, ethics, and corporate responsibility; planning and decision making; human resources, diversity, and inclusion; leadership, motivation, communication, and teamwork; and innovation and change.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours



This course is an overview of marketing in business. Topics include: marketing strategies and plans; social and mobile marketing; analyzing the marketplace; consumer, business-to-business, and global marketing; products, branding, packaging, and services; establishing value; supply chain management; retail and multichannel marketing; marketing communications, advertising, promotion, public relations, and sales.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Business Law


This course examines the legal environment in business, focusing on legal and ethical issues. Topics include: administrative law; constitutional law; criminal law and business; tort law; real, personal, and intellectual property; contract law; domestic and international sales law; negotiable instruments and banking; agency; business organizations; and government regulation.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours



This course involves accounting principles and introduces topics such as: business transactions and T accounts; general journal and general ledger; closing entries and trial balance; accounts receivable and accounts payable; cash and banking procedures; payroll; accruals and deferrals; and financial statements.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Business Computer Information Systems


This course is the study of business computer information system. Topics include: how organizations use information; databases;networking; business information systems; information systems management; information security; enterprise resource planning; business intelligence; and common business computer hardware, operating systems, and application software.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Human Resources


This course focuses on the various aspects of human resources. Topics include: environmental forces, importance of human resources, roles and responsibilities, economic recovery, availability of new technologies, laws, human resources plan, selection and screening process, training systems, development of employees, assessing and improving performance, rewarding and compensating,collective bargaining, labor relations, and human resources on a global basis.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Advanced and Computerized Accounting


This course examines advanced topics in accounting. It begins with a look at accounting principles and reporting standards, then explores accounting for accounts receivable and uncollectible accounts; notes payable and receivable; merchandise inventory; and property, plant, and equipment. Other topics include accounting for partnerships and corporations; financial statement analysis; systems of cost accounting; and cost-revenue analysis. The course also provides an overview of the functionality of integrated accounting software systems (specifically, QuickBooks Online), including step-by-step entry guidelines for financial transactions, generation and analysis of accounting reports, and production of financial statements.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship


This course takes a practical approach to small business and entrepreneurship. Topics include conceiving, planning, organizing, and managing a small business.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Introduction to College Mathematics


Introduction to College Mathematics covers basic math topics such as solving for whole numbers and equations, understanding proper and improper fractions, converting decimals and figuring percentages. Other topics covered include calculating simple interest, annuities, loan amortization, checkbook reconciliation, and business statistical problems such as mean, median and mode.

9 credits
90 theory hours

Introduction to Psychology


This course includes the study of the theories and concepts of psychology including the scope of psychology, biological foundations and the brain, sensation, perception, motivation, personality, learning/memory, emotion, states of consciousness, personality theories, cognition, life-span development, and applied psychology.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

English Composition I


This course introduces students to critical reading and writing, research techniques, citation and documentation formats, as well as the use of correct grammar and sentence structure to communicate effectively.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

English Composition II


This course builds on the skills learned in English Composition I. It develops written communication skills with an emphasis on the use of the writing process, the analysis of readings, and the practice of writing for personal and professional applications.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

Survey of the Sciences


The methods of rational inquiry and problem solving for the sciences are covered within this course. Students will explore and analyze selected topics from physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy and earth science.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

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