Business Administration

There’s always a better way to run a business. Now the best way to learn how is here.

At one point or another, everyone daydreams about starting their own business. But if you’re ready to make that dream real, Bay State College has the answer—our two-year Associate Degree in Business Administration. Everything you need to jump-start your business career starts here.

New companies that crash and burn often do so for the most obvious reason—their owners don’t know step one about running a business. That’s why in our program, you’ll gain a solid foundation in all aspects of business and practice, from organizational behavior and economics to management and accounting.

You’ll also get an inside perspective from your professors, all highly respected business professionals themselves, along with personal guidance from your admission counselor, academic advisor, and Career Services department. With a support team like this, you’re sure to be inspired to do your best.

Ready to get real about your business goals? We’re here to help.

Learning Objectives

Through the Associate Degree in Business Administration, you will:
  • Use critical thinking and analytical skills to synthesize information from multiple sources and be able to make informed business decisions.
  • Discuss and apply a set of ethical and legal standards when making decisions, handling employees, and disseminating information to the business organization and/or to the public.
  • Utilize technology to create reports and demonstrate presentation skills to communicate relevant information to stakeholders.
  • Define managerial problems, determine the alternatives, make decisions, and implement solutions as a member of a team.


The mission of the Business Administration program is to provide students with the best opportunities to develop a wide range of skill sets essential to success in business and management in today’s changing business world. In doing so, the program will provide students with the necessary education to enter the business world directly or to transfer into the Bachelor’s program in Management or other related studies.

Optional Minors

Students earning an Associate Degree in Business Administration have the option of earning either a Minor in Music Industry Studies or a Minor in Audio Production. Using a combination of Open Electives and Program Electives listed here, students would be able to complete the 5 (five) courses necessary for either minor. Please note that the Business Department also offers additional minors, and if a student is interested in doing so, they are encouraged to see their Academic Adviser for more information.

Possible Careers

  • Sales Representative
  • Restaurant Manager
  • Retail Manager
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Administrative Service Manager
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Insurance Sales Agent
  • Managers of Office Support Workers
  • Receptionist/Information Clerk

What are the computer requirements for participation in an online program?


Students must have access to a working computer, reliable internet connection, and an updated internet browser is necessary. Below is a link to a browser test provided by It's Learning. Once the test is completed it is possible to use the 24/7 tech support for any questions about the results.

Minimum Bandwidth - 56 k/bits or higher

Browser - It's Learning is tested in the most common browsers which, right now, are the latest versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera and Safari.

Operating System - No specific operating system is required

Screen Resolution - Minimum 1024 x 768