Online Associate of Applied Science: Business Administration

with coursework emphasis in Accounting or Management

Business administration professionals play an important role in the local, state, and national economy. Virtually all companies, businesses, and public institutions employ people who are trained in some aspect of business administration including areas such as accounting, business management, retail service, and computer applications. If you enjoy working with and tracking numbers and financial information, working with the public in a retail setting, or see yourself as a supervisor in a business setting, this may be the program for you. Students have the option to choose either an emphasis with coursework in Accounting or an emphasis with coursework in Management.

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Associate of Applied Science degree in Business Administration: 90 – 91 credits.

Two-Year Degree Map (PDF)

Degree Worksheet (PDF)

Business Certificate Requirements (PDF)

Career Pathway (PDF)


The Associate of Applied Science degree in Business Administration has three separate certificates.

  • All courses count toward the the degree.
  • Certificates are good for people who want to get a job sooner or for those who want to improve their skills.

1. Accounting Clerk – 47 Credits

  • Bookkeepers who perform bank reconciliations, journalizing, posting, worksheets, accounts payable, accounts receivable and payroll.
  • Clerical duties such as typing and filing.

2. Entry-Level Accounting Clerk Career Pathway – 14 credits

  • Work as accounting or bookkeeping clerks; support finance functions in company or institution.

3. Basic Computer Literacy Career Pathway – 13 Credits

  • Use basic computer applications in business operations.
  • Have a working knowledge of Word, Excel and other MS Office Applications.

The Retail Sales and Service Certificate was suspended by TBCC. It will be deleted three years from the effective suspension date. For more information contact the Chief Academic Officer at (503) 842- 8222 ext. 1030 or

Program Outcomes

What will you know and be able to do?

  • Communicate effectively with customers, suppliers, employees, and other stakeholders, using standard business terminology;
  • Analyze business solutions and evaluate possible solutions in the context of the business setting;
  • Work effectively in a team and group setting;
  • Apply an understanding of the management process inclusive of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling resources within organizations;
  • Utilize computer applications for appropriate managerial analysis, presentations, and reports;
  • Practice within the legal, ethical, and economic standards of the business environment