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2021 Best Business Administration & Management Associate's Degree Schools

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$28,362 Avg Salary
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Finding the Best Business Administration & Management Associate's Degree School for You

In 2018-2019, 410,147 business administration and management students received their degrees and certificates, making the major the #2 most popular in the country.

There are so many programs in today's world that it can tough to figure out which one is the right one for you. With more and more schools offering online options, you could even register for a great program on the other side of the country. On top of that, there are a considerable number of trade schools that offer fast-track entry to many fields.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Best Business Administration & Management Associate's Degree Schools ranking. This report analyzed 530 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best associate's degree programs for students. The factors used to develop this ranking include those related to how in-demand the school is, the overall quality of the school, and post-graduation wages, and more.

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2021 Best Business Administration & Management Associate’s Degree Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Business Administration & Management Associate's Degree Colleges.

Top 25 Top Schools for an Associate's in Business Administration

#1

Excelsior College

Albany, NY

Our analysis found Excelsior College to be the best school for business administration and management students who want to pursue a associate’s degree in the United States. Excelsior College is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Albany.

While working on their Associate's Degree, business administration majors at Excelsior College accumulate an average of around $7,306 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $54.

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Out of the 530 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Middlesex Community College landed the # 2 spot on the list. Located in the large suburb of Bedford, Middlesex Community College is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

On average, business administration graduates from Middlesex Community College take out $8,049 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $76, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#3

Cleary University

Howell, MI

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Cleary University. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Business Administration & Management Associate’s Degree Schools list. Cleary College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Howell.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Quinsigamond Community College. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Business Administration & Management Associate’s Degree Schools list. Quinsigamond Community College is a moderately-sized public school located in the midsize city of Worcester.

The average amount in student loans that business administration majors at Quinsigamond Community College take out while working on their Associate's Degree is $12,841. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $126.

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#5

Elizabethtown College

Elizabethtown, PA

Out of the 530 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Elizabethtown College landed the # 5 spot on the list. Located in the large suburb of Elizabethtown, E - town is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

The average amount in student loans that business administration majors at E - town take out while working on their Associate's Degree is $19,156.

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#6

Baker University

Baldwin City, KS

Baker University came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Business Administration & Management Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Baker is a small private not-for-profit school located in the fringe town of Baldwin City.

After completing their Associate's Degree, business administration graduates from Baker carry an average student debtload of $20,785. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $234.

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#7

Endicott College

Beverly, MA

Endicott College came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Business Administration & Management Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Endicott is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Beverly.

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#8

McHenry County College

Crystal Lake, IL

McHenry County College came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Business Administration & Management Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the rural area of Crystal Lake, MCC is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

While working on their Associate's Degree, business administration majors at MCC accumulate an average of around $11,542 in student debt.

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Embry - Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best associate’s degree business administration and management programs. Embry - Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Daytona Beach.

While working on their Associate's Degree, business administration majors at Embry - Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide accumulate an average of around $19,670 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $206, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #10, Southern New Hampshire University did quite well on this year’s best schools for business administration and management students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the suburb of Manchester, SNHU is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

While working on their Associate's Degree, business administration majors at SNHU accumulate an average of around $18,872 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $181, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#11

Coastline Community College

Fountain Valley, CA

Coastline Community College came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Business Administration & Management Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Coastline Community College is a large public school located in the small city of Fountain Valley.

On average, business administration graduates from Coastline Community College take out $11,370 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $96.

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Fox Valley Technical College came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Business Administration & Management Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. FVTC is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Appleton.

After completing their Associate's Degree, business administration graduates from FVTC carry an average student debtload of $13,643. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $130.

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#13

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

Purdue University - Main Campus came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Business Administration & Management Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Purdue is a very large public school located in the small city of West Lafayette.

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#14

Columbia Southern University

Orange Beach, AL

Columbia Southern University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for business administration and management students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #14 on the list. Columbia Southern University is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the fringe town of Orange Beach.

Business Administration majors at Columbia Southern University take out an average of $17,701 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $167.

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Chippewa Valley Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for business administration and management students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #15 on the list. Located in the city of Eau Claire, CVTC is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

After completing their Associate's Degree, business administration graduates from CVTC carry an average student debtload of $17,726. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $152, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#16

North Hennepin Community College

Brooklyn Park, MN

North Hennepin Community College landed the #16 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best associate’s degree business administration and management programs. North Hennepin Community College is a moderately-sized public school located in the large suburb of Brooklyn Park.

After completing their Associate's Degree, business administration graduates from North Hennepin Community College carry an average student debtload of $23,776. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $213, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Management and Technology did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for business administration and management students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #17 on the list. University of Management and Technology is a small private for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Arlington.

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St Cloud Technical and Community College came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Business Administration & Management Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. St Cloud Technical and Community College is a small public school located in the small city of Saint Cloud.

While working on their Associate's Degree, business administration majors at St Cloud Technical and Community College accumulate an average of around $14,610 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $138, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Trine University-Regional/Non-Traditional Campuses did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for business administration and management students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #19 on the list. Located in the city of Fort Wayne, Trine is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#20

Bethel University Minnesota

Saint Paul, MN

Bethel University Minnesota did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for business administration and management students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #20 on the list. Located in the large suburb of Saint Paul, Bethel University Minnesota is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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Southwest Wisconsin Technical College came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Business Administration & Management Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Southwest Tech is a small public school located in the rural area of Fennimore.

The average amount in student loans that business administration majors at Southwest Tech take out while working on their Associate's Degree is $8,001. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $73, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #22, Utah Valley University did quite well on this year’s best schools for business administration and management students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the city of Orem, UVU is a public school with a fairly large student population.

After completing their Associate's Degree, business administration graduates from UVU carry an average student debtload of $17,157. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $122, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Averett University - Non - Traditional Programs did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for business administration and management students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #23 on the list. Averett University - Non - Traditional Programs is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Danville.

Business Administration majors at Averett University - Non - Traditional Programs take out an average of $21,109 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree.

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#24

Cerritos College

Norwalk, CA

Cerritos College landed the #24 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best associate’s degree business administration and management programs. Located in the suburb of Norwalk, Cerritos College is a public college with a very large student population.

After completing their Associate's Degree, business administration graduates from Cerritos College carry an average student debtload of $13,188. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $130.

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Dakota County Technical College landed the #25 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best associate’s degree business administration and management programs. Located in the rural area of Rosemount, DCTC is a public school with a small student population.

While working on their Associate's Degree, business administration majors at DCTC accumulate an average of around $18,938 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $138, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Business Administration & Management Associate's Degree Schools

#27

Quincy College

Quincy, MA
#36

Rio Salado College

Tempe, AZ
#37

Post University

Waterbury, CT
#38

Central Community College

Grand Island, NE
#47

Lehigh Carbon Community College

Schnecksville, PA

Additional Award Winners

This list shows the remainder of the schools awarded a Best Business Administration & Management Associate's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 530 different United States business administration and management schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Minnesota State Community and Technical College Fergus Falls, MN
52 University of Cincinnati - Clermont College Batavia, OH
53 Mount Saint Mary’s University Los Angeles, CA
54 Union County College Cranford, NJ
55 Bucks County Community College Newtown, PA
56 Moraine Park Technical College Fond du Lac, WI
57 Alexandria Technical & Community College Alexandria, MN
58 Rasmussen College - Illinois Rockford, IL
59 Rasmussen College - Wisconsin Green Bay, WI
60 Bunker Hill Community College Boston, MA
61 Harrisburg Area Community College Harrisburg, PA
62 MidAmerica Nazarene University Olathe, KS
63 Thomas Edison State University Trenton, NJ
64 Dakota State University Madison, SD
65 Northwood University Midland, MI
66 Mount Vernon Nazarene University Mount Vernon, OH
67 Rasmussen College - North Dakota Fargo, ND
68 Trinity Valley Community College Athens, TX
69 Niagara County Community College Sanborn, NY
70 Immaculata University Immaculata, PA
71 University of Scranton Scranton, PA
72 Western Technical College La Crosse, WI
73 Warner Pacific College Adult Degree Program Portland, OR
74 Saint Leo University Saint Leo, FL
75 Community College of Allegheny County Pittsburgh, PA
76 Nassau Community College Garden City, NY
77 Park University Parkville, MO
78 Tarrant County College District Fort Worth, TX
79 Franklin Pierce University Rindge, NH

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Business Administration & Management Associate's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
80 Mid-State Technical College Wisconsin Rapids, WI
81 Tidewater Community College Norfolk, VA
82 Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI
83 Concordia University - Wisconsin Mequon, WI
84 Delaware County Community College Media, PA
85 Holyoke Community College Holyoke, MA
86 Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis, IN
87 Marian University Indianapolis, IN
88 Lake Superior College Duluth, MN
89 Southern Maine Community College South Portland, ME
90 Bay Path University Longmeadow, MA
91 Minnesota West Community and Technical College Granite Falls, MN
92 Sinclair Community College Dayton, OH
93 Milwaukee Area Technical College Milwaukee, WI
94 NHTI-Concord’s Community College Concord, NH
95 National American University - Rapid City Rapid City, SD
96 Tulsa Community College Tulsa, OK
97 Saint Paul College Saint Paul, MN
97 University of Charleston Charleston, WV
99 Ohio University - Main Campus Athens, OH
100 Berkeley College - Woodland Park Woodland Park, NJ
101 Rochester Community and Technical College Rochester, MN
102 NorthWest Arkansas Community College Bentonville, AR
103 Hennepin Technical College Brooklyn Park, MN
104 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
105 Mount Wachusett Community College Gardner, MA
106 Bay State College Boston, MA

Business Administration & Management by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

One of 21 majors within the area of study, business administration and management has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Accounting 105,123
General Business/Commerce 58,451
Finance & Financial Management 56,186
Marketing 51,241
Human Resource Management 26,823

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).

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