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Advance in the Business World

The Associate of Science in Business degree at City University of Seattle will give you a solid, comprehensive understanding of core business principles to begin or advance in a career in business.

Industries across the business world need professionals equipped with the skills you’ll gain through CityU’s associate in business degree. Whether you plan to transition into an entry-level role or enroll in a CityU School of Management bachelor’s degree program, you’ll be ready to put your knowledge to work for you.

This program is available online and is typically completed in two years.

The Associate of Science in Business program teaches business fundamentals through courses that provide a wide variety of skills, like critical thinking, data analysis, and creative problem solving. CityU advisors help students determine which lower-division credits are needed and how to create an individualized associate degree.

Learning Outcomes

Throughout the Associate of Science in Business program, you’ll learn

  • Planning, organizing, coordinating, staffing, directing, budgeting, controlling, and evaluating functions of management
  • Leadership roles and styles, and development of individual and group effectiveness
  • Managing conflict and change
  • The human aspects of management
  • Fundamental concepts involved in marketing an organization
  • Microeconomic theory with real-world applications
  • Macroeconomic theory with real-world applications

Required Credits (90 Credits)

For full course descriptions please visit the 2019-2020 Course Catalog. 

Foundation (30 credits)

College Composition: 5
College Mathematics: 5
Humanities: 5
Social Sciences: 5
Natural Sciences, Mathematics: 5
General Education Elective: 5

ENG 101 English Composition I (5)

ENG 102 English Composition II (5)

HUM 105 Introduction to Critical Thinking (5)

SCI 215 Environmental Science (5)

SSC 107 Intro to International Studies (5)


MATH 138 College Algebra (5)

MATH 141 Precalculus (5)

MATH 151 Calculus (5)

Business Major (35 credits)

AC 215 Fundamentals of Accounting (5)

BSM 205 Introduction to Operations (5)

CS 201 Information Technology for Managers (5)

MATH 110 Introduction to Statistics (5)

MG 201 Introduction to Functions of Management (5)

MK 205 Introduction to Marketing (5)


SSC 220 Principles of Microeconomics (5)

SSC 221 Principles of Macroeconomics (5)

Lower Divison Electives (20)

Capstone Course (5)

BSM 295 Associate in Business Capstone (5)

** A minimum of 25 credits must be taken at City University of Seattle to meet program residency, other credits may be transferred into the program.

The Associate of Science in Business is designed to give you a strong foundation in a wide range of professional settings. You will also be prepared to enter a bachelor’s program at CityU.

The associate in business program will prepare you for an entry-level role in fields such as:

  • Business analytics
  • Data analytics
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Operations management
  • Project management

Networking Opportunities

At CityU, you’ll have the opportunity to expand your professional network by connecting with faculty working in your field, students from around the globe, and alumni employed at Seattle’s top companies. Plus, you’ll be part of a supportive community that’s dedicated to helping you reach your career goals.

Tuition Cost

Learn more about tuition and fees for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs.

Financial Aid Opportunities

At CityU, we’re committed to helping students achieve their academic goals no matter their economic situations. Our financial aid counselors are here to find the resources you need to pay for your education, including grants, loans, work study, and scholarships.

Learn more about financial aid opportunities at CityU, or contact our Financial Aid Team at 800.426.5596, 206.239.4540, or finaid@cityu.edu.

Military Tuition Benefits

As a Yellow Ribbon school, CityU is proud to serve those who have served in the military. We offer military tuition discounts for active-duty servicemembers and their spouses and accept military benefits such as the Post 9/11 GI Bill® and Tuition Assistance.

Learn more about military tuition benefits, VA benefits, and military partnership programs designed to help you reach your military and career goals.


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Founded in 1973, City University of Seattle offers over 60 on-site and online programs designed for busy working adults like you. When you enroll at CityU, you’ll have the support of a community of faculty, staff, students, and alumni who are dedicated to helping you finish your degree and reach your goals.


CityU is recognized as a Top 10 educator of adults nationwide.1 In fact, students complete their degrees at twice the national rate.2


Develop marketable, real-world skills in courses taught by faculty who are practitioners working in your field.


Expand your expertise and your global perspectives in on-site and online courses with students from around the world.


Network with alumni employed at Seattle’s top companies, including Boeing, Starbucks, Amazon, and Microsoft.

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