AAS Business Administration


About this Degree

From corporations to small firms, organizations in the private, public, and non-profit sectors are always seeking employees who possess strong business skills. With your Business Administration Associate of Applied Science degree from CNM, you'll be prepared to enter the job market after graduation and pursue entry-level positions in a management or administrative role.

Pursue Your Goals

Whether you’re looking to launch a new career or advance the one you've got, an associate's degree in business administration can help you find your footing in the business world, improve your job prospects and raise your earning potential. It can also be an important step toward a bachelor's degree.

This self-paced program includes courses in a variety of areas including:

  • Accounting
  • Business Law
  • Economics
  • Marketing


Transfer Credit In

Courses from other accredited institutions can be transferred and used to earn your degree.

Transfer Credits Out

CNM Online Associate degrees transfer to participating four-year colleges in the State of New Mexico. Some restrictions apply.



All courses are 3 credits, except for Business Capstone, at 1 credit.

Your Flex courses will give you a recommended pacing guide with suggested due dates. If you follow the pacing guide, you should be able to complete your coursework within the expected period. Of course, you can always work ahead of the recommended pacing guide and complete your coursework sooner.


Business Math
BUSA 1180
Applies basic mathematical operations to business and accounting applications.

ENGL 1110
In this course, students will read, write, and think about a variety of issues and texts. They will develop reading and writing skills that will help with the writing required in their fields of study and other personal and  professional contexts. Students will learn to analyze rhetorical situations in terms of audience, contexts, purpose, mediums, and technologies and apply this knowledge to their reading and writing. They will also gain an understanding of how writing and other modes of communication work together for rhetorical purposes. Students will learn to analyze the rhetorical context of any writing task and compose with purpose, audience, and genre in mind. Students will reflect on their own writing processes, learn to workshop drafts with other writers, and practice techniques for writing, revising, and editing.

Introduction to Business
BUSA 1110
Fundamental concepts and terminology of business including areas such as management, marketing, accounting, economics, personnel, and finance; and the global environment in which they operate.

Business Professionalism
BUSA 1130
Focuses on developing professional behavior appropriate for the business environment. Topics include: life management, goal setting, workplace etiquette, job search skills, interviewing, teamwork and team building, motivation, leadership, business communication and workplace interaction.

Fundamentals of Information Literacy and Systems
BCIS 1110
Examination of information systems and their impact on commerce, education, and personal activities. Utilization of productivity tools for communications, data analysis, information management and decision-making. 

Principles of Accounting I
ACCT 2110
An introduction to financial accounting concepts emphasizing the analysis of business transactions in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), the effect of these transactions on the financial statements, financial analysis, and the interrelationships of the financial statements.

ENTR 1110
Introduces students to the concept of entrepreneurship and to the process of business startups.

Introduction to Global Business
BUSA 2120
Introduces international business and the globalization of the economy. The students are introduced to objectives, opportunities and challenges facing those who engage in business in foreign countries. Foreign organizations, cultural dynamics, trade channels, legal environment and political considerations are discussed.

Principles of Management
MGMT 2110
An introduction to the basic theory of management including the functions of planning, organizing, staffing, leading, and controlling, while considering management's ethical and social responsibilities.

Principles of Accounting II
ACCT 2120
An introduction to the use of accounting information in the management decision making processes of planning, implementing, and controlling business activities. In addition, the course will discuss the accumulation and classification of costs as well as demonstrate the difference between costing systems.

Principles of Marketing
MKTG 2110
Survey of modern marketing concepts and practices focusing on the marketing mix: product, pricing, promotion, and distribution strategies. Topics include: the marketing environment, consumer behavior, marketing research, target marketing, and the ethical and social responsibilities of marketers.

Customer Service in Business
BUSA 2240
Established concepts of service quality in relationship to business success and maximization of returns to the organization. Explores techniques for delivering quality and service in a variety of business settings.

Business Law I
BLAW 2110
Survey of the legal environment of business and common legal principles including: the sources of law, dispute resolution and the U.S. court systems, administrative law, tort law, contract law, agency and employment law, business structure and governance, ethics and corporate social responsibility. Explores sources of liability and presents strategies to minimize legal risk.

Technical Communications
ENGL 1210
This is an introductory study of written and verbal communications used in the technical professions with emphasis in the planning, execution, and editing of professional and technical documents and other communication media. This course is not a substitute for ENGL 2210 and generally applies to particular associate degree programs or as an elective credit. Students are encouraged to speak with an advisor about the applicability of this course. 

Human Resource Management
BUSA 2220
This course covers those topics, which would be relevant to the role of human resource department in today's firm. Topics include: human resource management, compensation and benefits, labor relations, E.E.O., affirmative action, employment and placement, training and development, and other related topics.

Introduction to Statistics
MATH 1350
This course discusses the fundamentals of descriptive and inferential statistics. Students will gain introductions to topics such as descriptive statistics, probability and basic probability models used in statistics, sampling and statistical inference, and techniques for the visual presentation of numerical data. These concepts will be illustrated by examples from a variety of fields.

Logic, Reasoning, & Critical Thinking
PHIL 1120
The purpose of this course is to teach students how to analyze, critique, and construct arguments. The course includes an introductory survey of important logical concepts and tools needed for argument analysis and composition. These concepts and tools will be used to examine select philosophical and scholarly texts. Students will be required to compose several argument essays.

Ethics in Business
BUSA 2460
The course examines the underlying dimensions of ethics in business, investigating ethics in relationship to the organization and its culture, stakeholders, and society. Exploration of ethical issues from a historical perspective, analyzing actual events through the lens of ethical business decision-making, including legal/political, sociocultural, economic and environmental considerations will be undertaken.

Business Capstone
BUSA 2999
Focuses on assessment of student learning outcomes for Business program of study.

Macroeconomic Principles
ECON 2110
Macroeconomics is the study of national and global economies. Topics include output, unemployment and inflation; and how they are affected by financial systems, fiscal and monetary policies.

Project Management Fundamentals
BUSA 1198
Provides an introduction to the field of project management in theory and practice, addresses the role of project managers in the current world of rapid change, increased competitive forces and increased expectations for the successful delivery of projects in organizations and exposes the student to “hard” and “soft” techniques of project management.

Careers & Outcomes

Jobs in the Field

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Customer Service Specialist
  • Office Manager
  • Payroll Coordinator
  • Store Manager
  • Sales Consultant/Supervisor

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, you'll be able to:

  • Apply general business and management functions.

  • Develop marketing strategies.

  • Evaluate and apply financial data for decision making.

  • Organize and express ideas clearly, both orally and in writing.

  • Recognize and demonstrate effective teamwork skills.

  • Research and use data to effectively evaluate and solve business problems.

  • Utilize appropriate technology in business situations.

Get Started

The CNM Online application process is easy and straightforward.