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Associate Degrees in Business Administration & Management

60,445 Yearly Graduations
$28,700 Median Salary
$19,037 Median Debt
An associate degree in business administration is offered at 1,313 colleges in the United States. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were women, and 49% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups. Also, 4.0% of business administration graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Business Administration Majors

During the 2019-2020 academic year, 60,445 students earned their associate degree in business administration. This earns it the #1 spot on the list of the most popular associate degree programs in the nation.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in business administration at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 169,868
Master’s Degree 121,330
Associate Degree 60,445
Basic Certificate 38,749
Undergraduate Certificate 6,565
Graduate Certificate 5,311
Doctor’s Degree 2,466

Earnings of Business Administration Majors With Associate Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding an associate degree in business administration is $28,700. A lot of factors can contribute to this number, such as the location of your workplace and the availability of other perks and bonuses. To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $23,300 to a high of $32,700.


Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding an associate degree in business administration is $19,037. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit. The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $26,945 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $11,766.


The median monthly payment of a business administration graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $198.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their associate degree in business administration. About 54.9% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 27,274
Women 33,171

The racial-ethnic distribution of business administration associate degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 5,220
Black or African American 7,618
Hispanic or Latino 14,298
White 25,093
International Students 2,432
Other Races/Ethnicities 5,784

There are 1,313 colleges that offer an associate degree in business administration. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

Business Administration Concentrations

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Business Administration & Management 56,717
Office Administration 1,493
Interior Design Management 828
Supply Chain Management 727
Operations Management 235

Below are some popular majors that are similar to business administration that offer associate degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Business & Commerce 17,132
Accounting 11,615
Business Support & Assistance 3,542
Hospitality Management 2,636
Marketing 1,641


*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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