Associate in Business Administration

An Associate’s Degree in Business Administration offers versatility, providing a solid foundation for a career in business or further studies towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.

CMU’s Associates in Business Administration program is designed to help you develop leadership and managerial skills while learning the best habits, practices and how to apply them in real-world scenarios. As you pursue your degree, you can further your knowledge, expand your professional network and discover new opportunities by networking with industry-recognized associations.

MGT 1602: Principles of Management (3 credits hours)

Explores the dynamics of management in the modern organization. Examines the history of management, as well as its current functions involving such issues as motivation, diversity, quality, ethics and the global environment.

BUS 2961: Principles of Business (3 credit hours)

Provides an overview of managerial functions and responsibilities, leadership practices and business management. This course covers a variety of topics including: management, organization, human resource management, purchasing, production/operations, accounting, finance, marketing and quantitative methods.

LED 3665: Leadership (3 credit hours)

Reviews the effects of leadership on the achievement of the collective purpose and the moral aspirations of an organization. This course provides the tools to assess leadership style in both social and work situations. Topics include communication styles, the power of leaders, situational leadership, creativity and leadership, teamwork, motivation, coaching skills and the effect of leadership on the organization.

MIS 2351: Management Information Systems (Prerequisite: BUS 1015 or equivalent) (3 credit hours)

This course provides guidance for the management of information technology in today’s complex business environment. Major focuses include: the development of systems that use and deliver information technology, as well as tactics, strategies, issues and jargon concerning information technology. Case studies and the World Wide Web are utilized to study corporate usage of information technology and information management.

IT 3001: Business Concepts and Information Technology (3 credits hours)

The Business Concepts and Information Technology is a two-part course where students will learn the fundamentals of business concepts and how they apply to the management of Information Technology (IT) infrastructure, development, and operations. Key issues will be identified from a business perspective on how information technology is addressed in the various areas: the value of IT, outsourcing of technology services, software implementation, database management, virtual communities, IT risk management and securities, talent management of technology professionals and their impact on business IT. Business professionals need to learn the basic components of establishing information technology strategies and understand the basics of computing technology and software required for the various business industries.

IT 3002: Computer Networking Fundamentals (3 credit hours)

This course provides an introduction to basic network concepts including local area networks, wireless networks, and wide area networks. Network security concepts are also introduced. Students will explore secure router configurations. The study of computer hardware and software is defined through this course. The computer network protocols for communications are explored as to how computers are connected worldwide. Students will learn to use features and functions of common operating systems and establish network connectivity, identify common software applications and their purposes, using security and web browsing practices. (The Computer Networking Fundamentals is a course provided to assist students in preparation for the CompTIA ITF+ certification.)

IT 3003: Cyber Security 1 (3 credit hours)

The Cyber Security 1 course is an introductory survey course that explores the fundamental concepts of cybersecurity. Coverage includes the concepts of confidentiality, integrity, availability, cybersecurity policy, and the ethical and legal aspects of cybersecurity. Students will learn the fundamentals of cyber security. Students will learn about threat actors’ and malicious attacks, mitigations, secure architecture, security policies, disaster recovery, business continuity, other risk management, and how it relates to organizational strategies.

IT 3004: Cyber Security 2 (Prerequisite: (IT 3003) Cyber Security 1 – basics of cyber security (3 credit hours)

In this advanced course, students will learn how to protect data in transit and at rest. The technical aspects of implementing encryption, authentication, and access control to protect data will be covered along with the development and implementation of the associated policy. Basic database security concepts and guidelines will be covered. Students will also learn how to leverage intelligence and threat detection techniques, analyze, and interpret data, identify, and address vulnerabilities, suggest preventative measures, and effectively respond to and recover from security incidents. Students will learn how to apply behavioral analytics to networks to improve the overall state of security by identifying and combating malware and advanced persistent threats.

SPM 2526: Facilities and Event Management (3 credits hours)

This course analyzes effective management strategies and knowledge associated with pursuing a career in sport management. It will introduce students to the sport management career opportunities in the sport industry and to sport principles as they apply to facility management and event planning, leadership style, communication, and motivation.

SPM 2246: Fundraising Concepts (3 credit hours)

This course is designed to provide the student with the basic knowledge and understanding of promotional, marketing, and fund-raising considerations of sports organizations. It will offer a thorough understanding of the key concepts, principles, and procedures as related to sports promotions and fund-raising. The course will attempt to provide guidelines for organizing successful promotional, marketing, and fund-raising events.

SPM 2551: Current Issues in Sports (3 credit hours)

This course looks at both modern-day and sports through history. The purpose of the course is to teach students how to define, describe, and identify the issues which have contributed to the impact of sports in America and the world. It will teach students to analyze and deconstruct the historical, social, and economic forces that have taken the games people play and made them an integral part of the culture; to compare and contrast the attitudes about race, gender, and politics and the impact on sports and society.

SPM 2346: Media Relations (3 credit hours)

This course provides a cross-disciplinary approach to a variety of promotional issues that sport managers routinely confront. Public relations and advertising professionals offer insights into how sports-related endeavors and businesses can raise public awareness about products and services.

(No further applications accepted after August 1st, 2024)


HOS 2005: Introduction to Hospitality (3 credits hours)

This first level course takes a management perspective in explaining the organization and structure of hotels, restaurants, casinos, cruise lines, and clubs as service industries. It includes information on franchising, management contracts, business ethics, human resources, marketing and much more. Charts, exhibits, hospitality industry statistics, and Web site listings provide useful information that can be applied on the job. This course helps students to understand the practical and real world of hospitality services.

HOS 2010: The Lodging and Food Service Industry (3 credit hours)

This course is the most up-to-date control processes used to reduce costs in food and beverage operations worldwide. This includes new information on multi-unit management, an increased focus on technology applications as they apply to the subject matter, and fewer references to manual operations. New web site exhibits make this a cutting-edge resource for food and beverage professionals.

HOS 2025: Managing Front Office Operations (3 credit hours)

This is a solid foundation course that connects the front office operation and its efficiency to all other areas of hospitality industry. It helps the operators of the front office to proactively serve the customer to their satisfaction. The well-defined skills of the front office operations will grow sales and with the least amount of cost. Topics include revenue management and the latest technology applications. This course shows how front office activities and functions affect other departments and focuses on how to manage the front office to ensure your property’s goals are met. Case studies and real-world examples present a practical industry focus.

HOS 2040: Contemporary Club Management (3 credit hours)

This course introduces the complex world of private club management and facilities. The course offers skills as “Effective Communication for Club Management” that covers speaking, writing, listening, and hospitality workplace communication styles, including using technology for communication. It also offers an overview of the club services management, marketing, food and beverage operations, and golf operations in clubs.

ASBA Program Learning Outcomes

ASBA PLO #1: Demonstrate in assignments the application of basic business concepts.

ASBA PLO #2: Apply a basic understanding of business related topics through the use of electronic scholarly resources in assignments.

ASBA PLO #3: Discuss basic business resource requirements.

Admissions Process for Associates

Program Requirements

Program Requirements

General Education Courses

ENG 1010 English Composition 1 3
HIS 1010 American History 3
MTH 1150 Algebra 3
PS 1010 American Government 3
PSY 1010 General Psychology 3
SOC 1010 Introduction to Sociology 3
HUM 1010 OR ART 1010 Introduction to Humanities OR Art History 3
BIO 1020 Environmental Science 3

Business Core Courses

BUS 1010 Business Communications 3
BUS 1015 Computer Essentials: Digital & Virtual Environment 3
MKT 1201 Principles of Marketing 3
ACC 1202 Principles of Accounting I (Prerequisite: Basic College Math, BUS 1150 or equivalent) 3
BUS 3151 Business Statistics 3

General Elective Courses

ECO 2401 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
ACC 2302 Principles of Accounting II 3
HOS 2020 Leadership and Management in the Hospitality Industry 3
BUS 2001 Business Administration Career Practical Training 3
BUS 2001 Business Administration Career Practical Training (Extension) 3