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Associate of Arts in Business Administration

Aug. 21, 2024

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Acquire A Broad Knowledge of Business

WVU Potomac State College’s online Associate of Arts in Business Administration degree will give you a broad knowledge of business, combined with skills in technology, to prepare you for a variety of careers in a global business environment that is changing rapidly.

While pursuing this degree, students will study micro and macroeconomics, sociology, principals of accounting, statistical inferences, and computer applications among other courses. Elective courses within the degree can be tailored to match your personal and professional interests.

Choosing this degree program can also help you advance professionally in your career.

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Program Details

The online Associate of Arts in Business Administration, offered by WVU Potomac State College, is for students who expect to complete a baccalaureate degree.

Highly recommended is the John Chambers College of Business and Economics at WVU’s Morgantown Campus in which students can pursue one of two baccalaureate degree programs: the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (with a choice of eight academic majors), or the Bachelor of Science in Economics.

The eight academic majors offered in the BSBA program include Accounting, Finance, General Business, Global Supply Chain Management, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Management, Management Information Systems, and Marketing.

However, Potomac State College’s undergraduate course work could also transfer to degree programs at other four-year institutions.

Students in the Associate of Arts degree program must complete a minimum of 60 credit hours of required and elective courses. Since today’s business world is a global environment, it is highly recommended that students consider taking a minimum of six credit hours in a foreign language.

You may use credits earned at other institutions and the electives can also be used toward a minor of your choice.

More information on the recommended sequence of courses may be found in the Advisement Sheet.

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Associate of Arts in Business Administration Admission Requirements

Potomac State has a rolling admissions policy, which means that you should receive our decision within a few weeks after we receive your application and required materials. We recommend that you apply as early as possible. Students can be admitted in the fall, spring or summer terms.


Bradley Brandon
Admissions Counselor
(304) 788-6860

To apply to Potomac State College as a first-time freshman, please complete the following steps:

  1. Send official transcripts of your previous high school work to Potomac State College. Also send official transcripts of any college work you have completed.
    Send transcripts to:
    Office of Enrollment Services
    WVU Potomac State College
    75 Arnold Street
    Keyser, WV 26726
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    For questions, please contact us at:
    (304) 788-6820
    Toll Free: 1-800-262-7332
  2. ACT and SAT scores are used to determine scholarship awards and for placement in math and/or English classes. Although they are not required, if you have taken the ACT and/or SAT, you are encouraged to send the scores to Potomac State College. SAT school code: 5539; ACT school code: 4529; TOEFL code: 5539. Note: If you do not submit these scores, you may be required to take a math and/or English placement test.
Students Who Have Taken the TASC, GED or HiSET

For students who have taken the TASC, GED or HiSET after their anticipated high school graduation date, please submit the WVU Potomac State College application for admission and contact the State Department of Education to request that scores be mailed to the Office of Enrollment Services. Score requirements:

  • Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) - score of 500 on each of the five subtest categories
  • General Equivalency Degree (GED) - average standard score of 2250 (450) or above
  • HiSET exam - minimum score of 45

Scholarship Eligibility

To learn more about scholarship availability and eligibility requirements, visit Scholarships.

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Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid

Financial aid is available. Students are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to determine their eligibility for federal and state funds as well as scholarships. WVU’s FAFSA Code is 003827.

The tuition rate per credit hour listed above is for the 2024-2025 academic year. Tuition and fees increase beginning in the fall term of each academic year.

Tuition and fees are usually not the only educational expenses you may have while pursuing a degree. You may have other costs such as books, supplies and living expenses. Please see the Estimate Costs and Aid webpage for how to estimate and plan for other potential expenses.

Your Future in Business Administration

This program is for students who expect to complete a degree in the Chambers College of Business and Economics of West Virginia University at the WVU Morgantown campus in one of the following baccalaureate degree programs including: Accounting, Economics, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Finance, General Business, Global Supply Chain Management, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, and Organizational Leadership. To be accepted into the College of Business and Economics at WVU, specific courses require a grade of C- or better based into the intended field. Students should check the WVU website for current information. Students may review for additional information regarding courses on the WVU Morgantown campus.

The Benefits of Choosing Our Program

Graduates will be able to:

  • Explain micro and macro economical relationships using graphical analysis.
  • Apply basic accounting principles in the preparation of financial statements.
  • Evaluate accounting information to aid managerial decision making.
  • Relate equilibrium prices and quantities to illustrate demand and supply theories.
  • Understand the fundamental principles of business

Career Outlook for AA in Business Administration

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the overall employment in business and financial occupations is projected to grow 7 percent from 2021 – 2031, about as fast as average for all occupations.

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations

Course Title Credit Hours
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric
ENGL 101 & ENGL 102 / or ENGL 103
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research / Accelerated Academic Writing 3-6
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology 4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Reasoning 3-4
F4 - Society & Connections 3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past 3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity 3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity 3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree) 9

Total Hours: 31-37

Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regarding the GEF course offerings available at their campus.

Curriculum Requirements

Course Title Credit Hours
GEF Elective Requirements (2, 5, 6, and 7) 12
ENGL 101 & ENGL 102 Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research (GEF 1) 6
Select one of the following (GEF 3):
MATH 124 or MATH 126
Algebra with Applications or College Algebra 3
Select one of the following (GEF 8):
MATH 150 or MATH 155
Applied Calculus or Calculus 1 3
STAT 211 Elementary Statistical Inference 3
CS 101 Intro to Computer Applications (GEF 2) 4
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (GEF 8) 3
ACCT 201 Principles of Accounting 1 3
ACCT 202 Principles of Accounting 2 3
ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics (GEF 4) 3
ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics (GEF 8) 3
BCOR 199 Introduction to Business 3
BCOR 299 Business Communication 3
WVUE 191 First Year Seminar 1
Unrestricted Elective 4

Total Hours: 60

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some potential career opportunities with just an AA degree?

An Associate of Arts (AA) degree in Business Management can open various career opportunities in the business field. While some positions may require further education or experience, here are several job roles that often consider AA degree holders in business management:

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Office Manager
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Sales Representative
  • Retail Store Manager
  • Assistant Manager
  • Account Manager
  • Human Resources Assistant
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Operations Coordinator
  • Financial Services Representative
  • Entrepreneur or Small Business Owner
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