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Maybe you have your eye on a management position at your job. Or, maybe you’re taking the first steps in your dream career. With an accelerated online associate degree from Vista College, you can graduate in less than 18 months* and even keep working full-time while you study. As an ACCSC-accredited online college, we design programs with extensive input from employers, constantly revised to stay current. It’s that simple: We teach the skills you need to get you Day 1 Ready for a new role.

Take your business administration and leadership courses on virtually any device, on your time. You’ll learn how to be productive: whether it’s communicating and managing business relationships, or tips and tricks that make office software work for you (let’s get serious about spreadsheets). Gain an understanding of finance, learn how to build a marketing plan, and hone strategic planning skills. You’ll also get valuable guidance and mentorship based on your goals and gain access to instructors with years of professional experience.

Because career preparation goes beyond classes and exams, our personalized career services focus on all aspects of readiness, from finding the right jobs to resume building to interview prep. Talk to us about your goals. Set them higher: Vista College also offers an online business degree at the bachelor’s level. If you are ready for the challenge, we’ll give you all the right tools.

What You’ll Learn

In our online Business Administration and Leadership Associate of Applied Science program, you’ll practice the fundamentals of business management. You’ll understand how to balance the books, create business presentations, and set priorities.

Fast Facts

Next Start Date
November 15

Course Length: 24 Months *
Class Hours:
Lab Hours:
Clinical Hours:

Campus: Online
* Based on successful, full time enrollment

Career Opportunities for Business Administration and Leadership Graduates

Graduates of our online Business Administration and Leadership Associate of Applied Science could find opportunities to advance in their current jobs or pursue entry-level jobs in a huge variety of settings.

Potential Job Titles: Customer Service Representative, Administrative Assistant, Account Representative, Assistant Manager, Bookkeeper, Front Office, Office Associate, Quality Analyst.

Why Online at Vista College?

The Right Skills for Real Jobs

The online campus at Vista College designs its courses around the real skills that employers seek, for jobs that are hiring today. Our Business programs are designed to provide instruction in the fundamentals of accounting, marketing, and management.

Course Title Credits
Accounting 4.5
Management 4.5
Leadership Principles 4.5
Small Business Management 4.5
Project Management 4.5
Business Law 4.5
Business Math 4.5
Business Ethics 4.5
Oral Communication 4.5
Human Resources Management 4.5
Marketing Principles 4.5
Computer Applications 4.5
Professional Strategies 4.5
Business Communication 4.5
Career Strategies 4.5
Composition I 4.5
American Government 4.5
College Math 4.5
Psychology 4.5
Introduction to Environmental Science 4.5



This course exposes students to a general manager’s point of view of accounting practices. Students will learn bookkeeping, debit and credit practice, ledgers, working papers, adjusting and closing entries, income statement, balance sheets, and statement of owner's equity, cash, payroll, special journals, merchandising firms. Students will learn how to read and work with a profit & loss statement.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours



This course examines the roles, goals, and functions of management. Students will learn organization and planning, decision making, staffing, strategy, and the difference between management and leadership. Mastery of course outcomes will be demonstrated through the completion of an application project.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

Leadership Principles


Student’s examine individual, group and organizational behavior as it affects performance and productivity in the workplace. Through the course, they will explore issues such as diversity, leadership, teamwork, motivation, employee development, ethics, decision making and problem solving toward the goal of improving interpersonal effectiveness on the job. Mastery of course outcomes will be demonstrated through the completion of an application project.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

Small Business Management


Students are exposed to practical information such as site selection, managing personnel, merchandising, buying, pricing, financial management, store security, and information systems. Students will be able to describe the skills required to manage a small business and will solve common small business challenges. Students will utilize the principles of market research and other tools learned to analyze opportunities and consumers’ responses.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

Project Management


In this course, students learn the fundamentals of project management. Students learn how to initiate, plan, and execute a project that meets objectives. Key components of project management including project scope, time, risk factors, and cost management are explored. Students learn how to oversee projects, break down projects into manageable segments, and methods to improve communications.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

Business Law


This course focuses on the legal system as it relates to business. Emphasis is placed on the study of the uniform commercial code, contracts for the sale of goods, commercial paper, personal property, bailments, real property, wills, trusts, insurance, agency law, partnerships, corporations, and computerized legal research.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

Business Math


Students are exposed to basic math and statistical problems encountered in business situations. Students in this course will solve business problems using algebraic formulas, and demonstrate their ability to read, write, round off, add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole decimals. Students will compute simple interest, monthly payments, and compute wages based on hours worked. Students learn how to calculate discounts, basic statistics such as mean and mode, and construct basics graphs including a histogram, trend chart, and pie chart.

4.5 credits
30 theory hours
30 lab hours

Business Ethics


This course focuses on ethical issues, the development of a moral frame of reference, and the need for an awareness of social responsibility in management practices and business activities. Emphasis is on ethical corporate responsibility.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

Oral Communication


In this course, students learn the process of transferring oral and non-verbal meanings and the techniques that help to remove communication barriers. Emphasis is given on how to effectively develop and make oral presentations. Mastery of course outcomes will be demonstrated through the completion of an oral presentation.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

Human Resources Management


Students are introduced to the management of human resources as well as the impact of human resource activities and accountability to the organization. Human resource strategies, social and organizational realities, legal implications affecting people at work, union/non-union practices, comparable work, employee compensations, benefits, and employee rights are discussed and described.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

Marketing Principles


Students in this course study the interacting business activities designed to plan, price, promote, and distribute want-satisfying products and services to present and potential customers. Students learn the process through which organizations analyze, plan, implement, and control programs to develop and maintain beneficial exchanges with target buyers. Pricing strategies, place and promotion tactics, and the importance of product creation to meet customer needs are explored.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

Computer Applications


This introductory course exposes students to software applications commonly used in a business environment. Using word processing software, students will create and format documents including inserting graphics and mail merging. Using spreadsheet software, students will create spreadsheets with basic formulas and functions and prepare charts to display the spreadsheet data. Using presentation software, students will create basic presentations. Students will also exchange data between programs.

4.5 credits
30 theory hours
30 lab hours

Professional Strategies


This course focuses on the skills required to be successful in college and in your career. Emphasis is on time management, goal setting, and research techniques.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

Business Communication


Students in this course will analyze realistic business situations and select an appropriate letter-writing approach to bring about a desired outcome. Students will explore and write effective routine letters and memos, such as inquiry and request, claim, orders, and acknowledgements. Students will identify strategies for writing persuasive credit, collection, and sales letters that use emotional appeals, and compose a series of employment-related letters, such inquiry, application, and request for references.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

Career Strategies


This course is designed to study the personal and professional characteristics necessary for obtaining and maintaining suitable employment. The student will assemble a complete job seeking portfolio including resume and references, letters of application and appreciation, documentation of work and educational history, and demonstration of skills through examples of student work. Emphasis is on writing effective resumes, sources of job leads, techniques for successful interviewing, and the follow-up process in the career search.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

Composition I


This course provides a general introduction to the principles of writing. Students will develop quality writing skills and knowledge of grammatical structures, including punctuation and spelling, through practice in writing and revising. Students will develop a research paper by gathering, summarizing, synthesizing and explaining information from various sources, while engaging in the writing process through multiple drafts and collaborating with peers through giving and acting on productive feedback.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

American Government


This is an introductory course on American politics with an emphasis on constitutional foundations, individual rights and liberties, the decision-making process in Congress and the executive branch, the electoral process, and political participation. This course will prepare students for their public lives as citizens, members of communities, and professionals in society.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

College Math


In this course, students review contemporary mathematics,including basic math applications such as decimals, percentages, fractions, proportions, rates, units of measurement, finance, and probability.Students will apply these mathematical concepts to everyday life.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours



This course introduces students to the psychological study of human behavior as it applies to daily living. The course includes social psychology, development through the life span, psychological disorders, and therapies. Students are exposed to concepts of conditioning, learning, thinking, memory, motivation, emotion, and stress.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

Introduction to Environmental Science


Students in this course will gain an understanding of ecological principles and how to handle environmental problems such as water use, solid waste management, global warming, energy use, and conservation of irreplaceable natural resources. Students are exposed to environmental challenges and conversation techniques,in order to be conscientious stewards of nature and agents for a healthy and sustainable community.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

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