A.A.S. Business Administration
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Put your prior learning credit to work with an A.A.S. in Business Administration

Build on the knowledge and skills you’ve gained through professional training, certificates, certifications or licenses and take the next step in your career with the 100% online Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Business Administration. 

Moreover, if your long-term goals include a bachelor’s degree, the credits you’ll earn as part of your A.A.S. program position you for seamless transition into a number of Franklin’s in-demand bachelor’s degree programs including Accounting, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Human Resources Management, Marketing, and Management & Leadership.

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Max Credit for Work + Life

Get up to 30 credits for professional training + certificates.

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Take one 6-week online class at a time.   

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Program Overview

Build your knowledge in management, business law and entrepreneurship

You’ll find the curriculum for the A.A.S. in Business Administration to be highly customizable to your interests. Designed to provide the freedom to explore a range of business topics and employment opportunities, the program is anchored by three courses in management, business law and entrepreneurship that will provide foundational knowledge that is applicable to any organization or industry. 

As part of these three required major area courses, you’ll gain understanding of concepts and principles across all the functional areas of business - management, finance, marketing, accounting and economics. You’ll be able to define and recognize legal and ethical obligations related to work in the business environment and you’ll develop an entrepreneurial mindset that will help you spot and evaluate new opportunities.   

Leverage your prior learning to help you go further in your career

Imagine being two-thirds of the way to the finish line before you even start the race. Thanks to Franklin’s long-standing tradition of honoring the experience our students bring into the University, you can get credit toward your degree even before you register for your first class.

The A.A.S. Business Administration is designed to help you maximize your previous learning by accepting up to 40 hours of college credit. Up to 30 hours of the 40 hour maximum can be collected through prior learning credit, which is awarded for the completion of  professional training or industry-aligned certificates. You can also supplement prior learning credit with transfer credit for previously completed coursework at a community or technical college.  

Earn a degree that benefits you now and in the future

As a student in the A.A.S in Business Administration, you’ll develop both the technical and applied knowledge necessary to excel in various administrative, operational and managerial roles. You’ll also earn a degree that is highly transfer-friendly into numerous Franklin bachelor’s degrees. So when the time is ready, you can build on your associate degree credits to save time and money toward your bachelor’s. 

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Curriculum & Course Descriptions

60 Semester Hours
Non-technical Curriculum
General Education

Applied General Education

PF 121 - Basic Learning Strategies (2)

This course prepares students to be successful lifelong learners both academically and in their chosen careers. Franklin courses require a high level of self-directed learning and focus on the skills required in the workplace and the classroom that are easily transferrable between the two environments. The course includes strategies for time management, goal setting, reading comprehension, and advancing communication skills, including the use of electronic tools to participate in virtual environments.

OR PF 321 - Learning Strategies (2)

This course prepares students to be successful lifelong learners both academically and in their chosen careers. Franklin courses require a high level of self-directed learning and focus on the skills required in the workplace and the classroom that are easily transferable between the two environments. The course includes strategies for advancing communication skills, including the use of electronic tools to participate in virtual environments. The assignments and activities in the course are created to closely simulate teamwork found in the workplace.

SPCH 100 - Speech Communication (4)

This basic public-speaking course intends to improve the student's ability to think critically and to communicate orally. Theory and practice are provided in various speaking situations. Each student is required to speak before an audience, but class work also involves reading, gathering and organizing information, writing, and listening.

OR COMM 150 - Interpersonal Communication (4)

By using applied critical and creative thinking, students in this course will develop a set of communication skills that will enhance their personal and professional relationships and endeavors. This course will focus on skill development in key areas such as self, perception, listening, verbal messages, conversations, relationships, conflict management, persuasion, and presentation skills.

9 credits from the following types of courses:
Complete any course at the 100 or 200 level

English Composition
ENG 120 - College Writing (4)

In this course, students acquire the writing competencies necessary for completing analytical and argumentative papers supported by secondary research. A variety of assignments, beginning with personal reflections, build upon one another, as students develop ideas that respond to, critique, and synthesize the positions of others. Students systematize and organize knowledge in ways that will help them in all their courses. The course also emphasizes the elements of critical reading, effective writing style, appropriate grammar and mechanics, clarity of language, and logical and cohesive development. It culminates in submission of an extended, documented research paper.


At least 3 credits from the following courses:

MATH 105 - Fundamentals of Mathematics (3)

This course is a survey of pre-college algebra. An intuitive approach using practical examples is emphasized to help students understand and use mathematics. Topics include sets, logic, probability, statistics, number theory, algebra, consumer mathematics, and the metric system. This course is designed for students enrolled in programs that do NOT require College Algebra. Prerequisite: Math 040 or Placement by examination; PF 121 or PF 321. Course used as a part of the Associate of Applied Science curriculum.

MATH 140 - Introduction to Quantitative Reasoning (4)

This is the first course in algebra specifically designed for students who are enrolled in programs that DO NOT require College Algebra. The course will include traditional beginner algebra topics, including basic numeric/algebraic skills and reasoning, solving linear equations, systems and inequalities, basic functions, basics of graphing (including algebraic and statistical graphs), and some data literacy. The topics will be addressed in a contextualized format incorporating a pedagogy that promotes problem solving and critical thinking skills through collaborative work and technology tools.

MATH 150 - Fundamental Algebra (4)

This course will address the outcomes of introductory and intermediate algebra. Topics include: basic algebraic properties, integers, simplifying and factoring polynomials, solving and graphing linear equations and inequalities, solving systems of equations in two variables, functions, rational expressions, quadratic and rational equations, absolute value, radicals, graphing systems of equations, and other selected topics. Applications will be emphasized, and numeric, algebraic, and graphical modes will be used.

MATH 215 - Statistical Concepts (4)

This course introduces you to statistics with applications to various areas. The course covers both descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics included are: sampling techniques, data types, experiments; measures of central tendency, measures of dispersion, graphical displays of data, basic probability concepts, binomial and normal probability distributions, sampling distributions and Central Limit Theorem; confidence intervals, hypothesis tests of a mean, or a proportion for one or two populations, and linear regression.

Choose either MATH 140 Introduction to Quantitative Reasoning or MATH 150 Fundamental Algebra as the prerequisite to MATH 215. Course can count as a University Elective.

Related Bachelor's degrees will require MATH 215.


4 credits from the following types of courses:
Any Science course

Social and Behavioral Sciences

4 credits from the following types of courses:
Any Social and Behavioral Science course (Anthropology, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology disciplines)

Technical Curriculum
Major Area Required
MGMT 312 - Principles of Management (4)

This course explores the basic concepts and processes of management. Students will explore the functional roles and processes of planning, leading, organizing, and controlling comprising the manager role. Students develop skills related to the manager function that are required in today's competitive environment.

BSAD 220 - Business Law (4)

A study of the everyday legal problems encountered in business with emphasis on the areas of legal procedure, contracts, agency, employment law, business organizations and torts, with cases relating to these and other areas.

ENTR 395 - Foundations of Entrepreneurship (4)

Foundations of Entrepreneurship is an introductory course that examines the theory, practice, and tools of entrepreneurship. Various entrepreneurship structures and how such structures result in different unique pathways to success are explored. Students will focus on the importance of developing an entrepreneurial mindset as they assess their individual values and determine their affinity for entrepreneurial thinking, while also reviewing the risks and rewards of entrepreneurial businesses in the context of their chosen entrepreneurial philosophy. Finally, students will identify and evaluate opportunities for new ventures, and consider a strategic approach for successful business plan development.

Major Elective

12 credits from the following subjects: ACCT, AMGT, BSAD, BUSA, DATA, ECON, EGMT, ENTR, FINA, FPLN, HCM, HIM, HRM, MGMT, MKTG, OSCM, PBRL, PSYC, RMI, SPM

Or transfer related coursework, certificates, micro-credentials, certifications, credentials, licenses, or career and technical programs (AMGT).

University Electives

6 credits from the following types of courses:
Any undergraduate courses offered by the University except developmental education courses.

Or transfer any college-level coursework, certificates, micro-credentials, certifications, credentials, licenses, or career and technical programs.

Additional Requirements

All students are required to pass College Writing (ENG 120), and either Basic Learning Strategies (PF 121) or Learning Strategies (PF 321) prior to enrolling in any course at the 200 level or above. Students who enroll at Franklin with 30 or fewer hours of transfer credit are required to pass PF 121 Basic Learning Strategies in place of PF 321 Learning Strategies. Interpersonal Communication (COMM 150) or Speech Communication (SPCH 100) must be taken prior to enrolling in any course at the 300 level or above. Students completing an AAS degree are not required to meet the University algebra competency requirement. 

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Sole Proprietor

Sole proprietors are self-employed professionals who own, market and operate their own small businesses. 

Office Manager

Office managers oversee office services operations and clerical functions, including maintaining office efficiency, systems, equipment, supplies, scheduling and policies.

Operations Coordinator

Operations coordinators assist in allocating, managing and maintaining resources, including staffing, equipment and supplies.

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