Small Business Management Online Associate Degree


Prepare to achieve your dream of owning your own business with an online Small Business Management Associate Degree from NAU Canada Online.

AAS Small Business Management

Small Business Management Online Associate Degree Program Overview

Small businesses are the lifeblood of the U.S. economy, generating jobs and revenue, and spurring innovation that can resonate far into the future. If you want to become an entrepreneur, the Small Business Management online associate degree will help prepare you to start a new business or expand one you already own or run. This program will help you acquire the knowledge, skills, and abilities that are essential to becoming a successful small business owner and/or manager. Learn about entrepreneurial strategies, planning, feasibility, market, and competitor analyses, and also how to develop a comprehensive business plan for a new business venture.

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  • Critically apply concepts in the principal areas of business to support organizational decisions.
  • Use current business technologies in support of organizational operations.
  • Explain the leadership skills required to achieve strategic business objectives.
  • Explain appropriate ethical perspectives in a global business environment.
  • Effectively communicate in a professional business setting.
  • Productively collaborate in a professional business setting.

Small Business Management Online Classes and Curriculum

The Small Business Management Online Degree program consists of three class requirements: major core, support core, and general education core. These classes total 90 credits.

All academic courses are 100% online and subject to minimum class size requirements.

Major Core

51 credits

General Education

39 credits

Course availability is subject to minimum class size requirements.

Small Business Management Online Associate Degree Tuition and Fees


Learn more about our undergraduate tuition schedule.

Small Business Management Online Associate Degree Career Outcomes

The possibilities are endless when it comes to a small business management career. Whether you choose to build your own business or elevate your career by managing a department within a corporation, you can find opportunities in nearly every industry, including:

  • Hotel/Motel/B&B
  • Food Service/Restaurant
  • Construction
  • Retail
  • Arts/Music/Entertainment
  • Personal Care
  • Delivery Service
  • Lawn Care/Garden
  • Pet Care (Grooming/Boarding/Training)
  • Daycare (Children or Older Adult)
  • Web site development/E-commerce
  • Manufacturing
  • Finance
  • Real estate
  • Insurance

Who Is a Good Candidate for the Small Business Management Associate Degree?

  • Entry-level job seekers: The Small Business Management Online Associate degree is an empowering first step if you plan to begin a career in entrepreneurship.  You receive the knowledge and management skill base required to build or expand a business.
  • Business professionals: A Small Business Management degree can set you up to become an entrepreneur with your own business or a manager in an existing organization. A degree can demonstrate your dedication to your supervisors and set you apart from other job candidates. Also, as an online student, you can take classes as you advance your career.

Course Listing (90 Credits)

AC1060     Principles of Accounting I

AC1160     Principles of Accounting II

EC2050     Macroeconomics OR
EC2100     Microeconomics

MG2300     Customer Service Relations

MG3000     Marketing

MT1050     Introduction to Business

MT2050     Principles of Management

MT2200     Franchising OR
AC2050     Accounting Software Applications

MT2400     Small Business Management Operations

MT3550     Entrepreneurship and Small Business

MT3650     Business Plan Development

MT3651     Business Management Capstone


EN1150     Composition I

EN1300     Composition II

EN2100     Speech OR
EN2150     Interpersonal Professional Communication


SC Science Elective


MA2000     Quantitative Reasoning

Humanities/Behavioral/Social Science

Humanities/Behavioral/Social Science Elective

General Education

CS1201     Juggling College, Life, and Career: Set Up for Success! OR
CS1203     Bridge to Success: Creating Your Future at NAU

CS1301     Do the Numbers! Achieving College and Career Success

CS2086     Career Path Planning

Course availability is subject to minimum class size requirements.