Business Administration (A.S.)

Business Administration (A.S.)
business administration a.s.

Gain experience in economics, finance, accounting and marketing as you prepare for a career in business

What is business administration?

Business administration builds a foundation in accounting and finance, economics, marketing, management,business analytics, international business and more. A fundamental understanding of business offers you knowledge and skills that are valuable in virtually any industry. An associate degree in business administration prepares you for a career or serves as a springboard to a bachelor’s degree program.

Why study business administration at UNH Manchester?

Located in the economic heart of New Hampshire, UNH Manchester’s business administration program gives you the skills and connections to become a successful, innovative leader. This highly interdisciplinary program is designed as a stepping-stone to careers or further education in accounting, marketing, technology, human resources, management and more. Through real-world experience with industry partners, you’ll gain the practical knowledge and problem-solving skills that today’s employers look for.

Potential career areas

  • Accounting
  • Advertising, promotions and marketing
  • Finance
  • Human resources
  • Market research
  • Sales

Office: Department of Business & Public Affairs, 88 Commercial Street, RM 510, Manchester, NH 03101

Curriculum & Requirements

The Associate in Science degree in Business Administration is designed to provide students with a stepping stone to a career. Graduates of the program are prepared for entry-level employment opportunities or to continue their education at the baccalaureate level.

For more information, contact Yvette Lazdowski, program coordinator, or contact the Office of Admissions, (603) 641-4150.

This degree plan is a sample and does not reflect the impact of transfer credit or current course offerings. UNH Manchester undergraduate students will develop individual academic plans with their professional advisor during the first year at UNH.

Sample Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
UMST 401
or UMST 402
First Year Seminar
or Transfer Seminar
ENGL 401 First-Year Writing 4
Discovery Course 4
BUS 400 Introduction to Business 4
ECN 412 Introduction to Microeconomic Principles 4
Quantitative Reasoning Course 4
Discovery Course 4
BUS 532 Introduction to Financial Accounting 4
HUMA 411
or HUMA 412
Humanities I
or Humanities II
Second Year
BUS 533 Introduction to Managerial Accounting 4
Business Administration Elective 4
Discovery Course 4
Elective 4
Business Administration Elective 4
Discovery Course 4
Elective 4
Elective 4
 Total Credits65-66

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credit Requirement: 64 credits
Minimum Residency Requirement: 16 credits must be taken at UNH
Minimum GPA: 2.0 required for conferral*
Core Curriculum Required: Discovery Program

Major, Option, and Elective Requirements as indicated.
*Major GPA requirements as indicated.

Major Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 64 credits to graduate with an associate of science degree in business administration. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required for graduation. In addition to completing eight Discovery Program courses and one Inquiry or Inquiry-attribute course within their first 48 earned credits, students must complete six courses (24 credits) in the major and one elective course.

Required Courses
BUS 400Introduction to Business4
BUS 532Introduction to Financial Accounting4
BUS 533Introduction to Managerial Accounting4
ECN 412Introduction to Microeconomic Principles4
Business Administration Electives
Select two of the following courses: 1,28
BUS 430
Introduction to Business Statistics
BUS 601
Financial Management
BUS 610
Marketing Principles and Applications
BUS 620
Organizational Behavior
CA 450
Introduction to Public Speaking
CMN 457
Introduction to Language and Social Interaction
COMP 405
Introduction to Web Design and Development
ECN 411
Introduction to Macroeconomic Principles
ECN 640
Business Law and Economics
ECN 650
Economics for Managers
Other 600-level ECN or BUS courses by permission of instructor
Select one elective4
Total Credits28

Students may select electives from 600-level ECN or BUS courses with advisor permission.


Students planning to pursue the B.A. in business should select BUS 430 Introduction to Business Statistics and ECN 411 Introduction to Macroeconomic Principles.

At the conclusion of the Business program, students should be able to demonstrate:

  • Breadth of knowledge about business, accounting, and economic concepts, theories and methodologies.
  • Ability to apply business concepts to case based and situations in order to craft workable solutions that will yield to increased success for the company.
  • Information literacy (ability to find, retrieve and analyze information) in the fields of business, economics, and accounting/finance through use of proven and reliable private and public sector resources, including: articles, studies and research reports using UNH library resources such as ebscohost.
  • Ability to lead discussion groups and project teams to effective conclusions – written and oral, delivered in or out of the classroom.
  • Adeptness at multiple kinds of qualitative and quantitative analysis of data, particularly data found in, but not limited to, private and public sector reports.
  • Effective writing skills in all types of business and professional writing: memoranda, case studies, analytical and project reports.
  • Essential grasp of cogent presentation methods and techniques in the classroom, in front of visitors and peers.
  • Sensitivity to cultural differences and an appreciation for the diversity of human experience and perspectives.
  • An understanding of the importance of engaged citizenship in building healthy communities at every level (local, national and global).

Explore Program Details

Our campus is in the heart of the region’s cultural, economic, entertainment and government activity — putting unlimited internship opportunities at your doorstep. We’ve partnered with local businesses to give you the real-world experience that sets you apart. Business students have interned at many high-profile organizations in the area, including:

  • Advance Technology
  • Alpha Loft
  • Fidelity Investments
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Stay Work Play

Learn more about internships