2-year Business Administration

Jumpstart your administrative career

Fast-track your way to a professional career while laying the groundwork to continue your studies in a 4-year business major.

Penn State’s associate degree program in Business Administration provides you with core business know-how and supporting communication, math, and relevant coursework to become a well-rounded and knowledgeable graduate.

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You’ll love the 2-year Business Administration major if…

  • You want to learn to use the latest technical business tools to perform your job duties effectively
  • You analyze and react to issues facing companies today
  • You collect and analyze data to make inferences and solve business problems
  • You need to execute effective communication strategies

2-year Business Administration career opportunities

Your Business Administration degree will give you give you a foundation of business concepts and best practices relevant to any industry.

  • Accounting, payroll, or billing specialist
  • Appraisers and assessors of real estate
  • Marketing assistant
  • Retail and office management
  • Business services manager
  • Compliance officers
  • Insurance sales agent
  • Sales coordinator

Continuing your education

Upon completion of the 2-year Business Administration major, you may also choose to proceed seamlessly to a 4-year business or business-related major at Penn State.

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What to expect in the 2-year Business Administration major

Our program offers you a managerially-oriented program emphasizing communication and mathematical skills, socially relevant course work, and advanced courses in business.

While Penn State's Associate in Science in Business Administration is an excellent stand-alone credential, it can be used as the groundwork for a baccalaureate business major at Penn State. Work closely with your academic adviser to schedule coursework required to transition into a 4-year program.

Penn State Shenango’s Bachelor of Science in Business program offers a range of “options” or areas of concentration to become a specialized professional or an administrator with a breadth of knowledge. You can focus your studies in the areas of accounting, management and marketing, or a customizable individualized concentration.

Teachings with roots in innovation

Penn State’s University-wide Invent Penn State initiative brings innovative and entrepreneurial resources to every campus, giving you the resources to think creatively in classes and the inspiration to pursue your passions. With expert faculty and the VenturePointe Innovation Hub, we’re excited to help you achieve your daydream.

Credentials for your interests

Beyond Penn State Shenango’s expanding list 4-year and 2-year degree options, the campus also offers dynamic minor and certificate programs to compliment your major and career goals. Explore our academic programming options.

Get ready to meet your success team

Designed as your one-stop-shop, our Academic and Career Planning Services suite houses the offices of Academic AdvisingCareer Services, and Registration in one convenient location. Your personal adviser will guide you during academic planning and career counseling during orientation, all the way to your final semester when it’s time to land an internship and file your graduation forms.

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2-year Business Administration major courses

Review the full Business Administration course listing for additional requirements and a sample of the program’s structure.

  • Social, Legal, and Ethical Environment of Business
  • Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy
  • Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy
  • Introduction to Management Information Systems
  • Financial and Managerial Accounting for Decision Making
  • Basic Management Concepts
  • Principles of Marketing


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