Business Administration

Business Administration

Business Administration offers Associate Degrees and Certificates as follows:

Associates
Business Administration – Accounting (AAS)
Business Administration – General Business (AAS)
Business Administration – Management (AAS)
Business Administration – Office Administration (AAS)

Certificates
Business Administration – Accounting (STC)
Business Administration – General Business (STC)
Business Administration – Management (STC)
Business Administration – Office Administration (STC)

 

Program Description, Mission, and Objectives

The Business Administration program was developed to prepare students for careers in accounting, business, management, and office administration.  The accounting option is designed to teach, through a sequence of experiences, the skills necessary for a student to develop cognitive knowledge of the accounting process and to be able to apply this knowledge in a practical manner. The general business option is designed to prepare students for a variety of careers within business. The management option prepares students to hold management positions. The office systems technology option prepares students for employment or advancement in office support positions by providing learning experiences in word processing, spreadsheet management, database management, written and oral communications, administrative office procedures and internet usage along with critical thinking and problem solving experiences.

The program awards the Certificate and Associate in Applied Science degrees in Business Administration with options in General Business, Accounting, Office Administration, and Management.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Business Administration Program may become employed as a Manager, General Office Clerk, Administrative Assistant, Office Manager, Legal Office Manager, Executive Office Manager. Financial Record Keeper, Accounts Payable Clerk, Inventory Control Clerk, Accounts Receivable Clerk, Bookkeeping Clerk or Auditing Clerk. Additional information is available from the Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Skills Needed

Students develop skills in keyboarding, word processing, spreadsheet management, record/information management, computing, classifying, recording and verifying numerical data to maintain accurate financial records, and general business and management principles.

Certifications

A student in the Office Systems option is eligible to sit for the Certified Professional Secretaries’ (CPS) exam, the hallmark of success in this profession.

Students in the Accounting option are eligible to take the exam for Quickbooks Certified User certification. Click here for more information about Quickbooks certification.

Expected Earnings/Salary

Earnings as reported by the 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook for career options for students who complete the Business Administration Program are included below.

Office Administration Personnel

  • The median annual earnings for administrative assistants are $ 34,660 per year.
  • The highest 10 percent earn more than $55,960 annually.

Accounting Clerks

  • The median annual earnings for accounting clerks are $ 35,170 per year.
  • The highest 10 percent earn more than $54,310 annually.

Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks

  • The median annual earnings are $ 37,690.
  • The highest 10 percent earn more than $51,440 annually.

Administrative Services Manager and Other Management Occupations

  • The median annual earnings are $34,750 per year.
  • The highest 10 percent earn more than $143,070 annually.

 

Estimated Program Cost

Program Name                                      

Type of Program

Credit Hours

Est. Tuition and Fees

Est. Book Cost

Estimated Total Cost

Business Administration – Office Administration Option

Associate Degree

75

$10,425.00

$1,800.00

$12,225.00

Business Administration – Office Administration Option

Career Skills Certificate

29

$4,031.00

$600.00

$4,631.00

Business Administration – General Business Option

Associate Degree

75

$10,425.00

$1,800.00

$12,225.00

Business Administration – General Business Option

Career Skills Certificate

29

$4,031.00

$600.00

$4,631.00

Business Administration – Accounting Option

Associate Degree

75

$10,425.00

$1,800.00

$12,225.00

Business Administration – Accounting Option

Career Skills Certificate

29

$4,031.00

$600.00

$4,631.00

Business Administration – Management Option

Associate Degree

75

$10,425.00

$1,800.00

$12,225.00

Business Administration – Management Option

Career Skills Certificate

29

$4,031.00

$600.00

$4,631.00

 

Advisory Committees

Accounting

Ms. Bonnie Banks
Acting Chair, Department of Accounting
Alabama A&M University

Mr. Ron Childress
Owner, Childress Accounting LLC

Ms. Linda Hemingway
Chair of Accounting, Athens State University

Ms. Beth B. Richardson
Market President - Madison, Progress Bank

Ms. Barbara Reeder
CEO, DefTec Corporation

Dr. Ena-Rose Green
Associate Professor, Department of Accounting,
University of Alabama Huntsville

 

Office Administration

Dr. Larry McDaniel

Alabama A&M University

Ms. Stacey C. Brewer
Executive Assistant, Redstone Federal Credit Union

Ms. Kris Brown
PHR Human Resources, Huntsville Utilities

Contact the Business Administration Program at 256.551.3155 or 256.551.3147 for additional program information.