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Associate’s Degree in General Business/Commerce

17,273 Yearly Graduations
$27,500 Median Salary
$23,621 Median Debt
There are 555 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer an associate's degree in general business. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were women, and 45% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups. Also, 6.1% of general business graduates were international students.

Education Levels of General Business Majors

In 2017-2018, 17,273 earned their associate's degree in general business. This makes it the 9th most popular associate's degree program in the country.

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

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 26,316
Associate’s Degree 17,273
Master’s Degree 9,606
Basic Certificate 2,788
Undergraduate Certificate 1,629
Graduate Certificate 552
Doctor’s Degree 249

Earnings of General Business Majors With Associate’s Degree

The median salary for graduates holding an associate's degree in general business is $27,500. A lot of factors can contribute to this number, such as the location of your workplace and the availability of other perks and bonuses.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $24,050 and the high is $33,900.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding an associate's degree in general business is $23,621. 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, $26,190 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $12,019.

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The median monthly payment of a general business graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $245.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their associate's degree in general business. About 56.3% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 7,555
Women 9,718
Gender Diversity of Associate's Degree in General Business

The racial-ethnic distribution of general business associate’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 976
Black or African American 2,545
Hispanic or Latino 3,468
White 7,931
International Students 1,060
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,293
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of General Business Associate's Degree Students

There are 555 colleges that offer an associate’s degree in general business. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

San Jacinto Community College

Pasadena, Texas
577 Yearly Graduations
56% Women
65% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

San Jacinto Community College tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for general business majors who are seeking their associate's degree. Roughly 30,500 attend the school each year. During the 2017-2018 academic year, 577 people received their associate's degree in general business from San Jacinto College. Of these students, 56% were women and 65% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#2

Montgomery College

Rockville, Maryland
449 Yearly Graduations
48% Women
58% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Montgomery College is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in general business. Each year, around 22,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The general business program at Montgomery College awarded 449 associate's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Around 58% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 48% were women.

376 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
49% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Kaplan University - Davenport Campus is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in general business. Each year, around 33,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,356 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,560 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 376 associate's degree were handed out to general business majors at Kaplan University - Davenport Campus. Of these students, 67% were women and 49% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

357 Yearly Graduations
66% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Indiana Wesleyan University-National & Global is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in general business. Each year, around 10,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,020 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,842 per year.

The general business program at Indiana Wesleyan University-National & Global awarded 357 associate's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. About 66% of this group were women, and 40% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#5

El Paso Community College

El Paso, Texas
309 Yearly Graduations
56% Women
89% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

El Paso Community College is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in general business. Each year, around 28,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The general business program at El Paso Community College awarded 309 associate's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. About 56% of this group were women, and 89% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

South Texas College

McAllen, Texas
287 Yearly Graduations
58% Women
95% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

South Texas College comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in general business. Roughly 31,300 attend the school each year. The general business program at South Texas College awarded 287 associate's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Of these students, 58% were women and 95% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

271 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
54% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Austin Community College District is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in general business. Roughly 40,800 attend the school each year. During the 2017-2018 academic year, 271 people received their associate's degree in general business from Austin Community College District. Around 54% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 50% were women.

#8

Georgia Military College

Milledgeville, Georgia
266 Yearly Graduations
56% Women
49% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for general business majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Georgia Military College. Each year, around 8,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2017-2018 academic year, 266 people received their associate's degree in general business from Georgia Military College. About 56% of this group were women, and 49% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#9

Salt Lake Community College

Salt Lake City, Utah
244 Yearly Graduations
45% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Salt Lake Community College is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in general business. Roughly 29,600 attend the school each year. For the 2017-2018 academic year, 244 associate's degree were handed out to general business majors at Salt Lake Community College. Of these students, 45% were women and 32% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#10

San Antonio College

San Antonio, Texas
231 Yearly Graduations
54% Women
80% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for general business majors who are seeking their associate's degree is San Antonio College. Roughly 19,300 attend the school each year. During the 2017-2018 academic year, 231 people received their associate's degree in general business from San Antonio College. About 54% of this group were women, and 80% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#11

Macomb Community College

Warren, Michigan
228 Yearly Graduations
55% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Macomb Community College comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in general business. Roughly 21,000 attend the school each year. For the 2017-2018 academic year, 228 associate's degree were handed out to general business majors at Macomb Community College. Around 16% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 55% were women.

#11

Community College of Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
228 Yearly Graduations
54% Women
61% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for general business majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Community College of Philadelphia. Roughly 17,200 attend the school each year. The general business program at Community College of Philadelphia awarded 228 associate's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Around 61% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 54% were women.

#13

Oklahoma City Community College

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
206 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
43% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for general business majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Oklahoma City Community College. Roughly 12,300 attend the school each year. During the 2017-2018 academic year, 206 people received their associate's degree in general business from OCCC. Of these students, 50% were women and 43% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

197 Yearly Graduations
47% Women
51% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Collin County Community College District comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in general business. Roughly 31,600 attend the school each year. For the 2017-2018 academic year, 197 associate's degree were handed out to general business majors at Collin County Community College District. About 47% of this group were women, and 51% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#15

Columbia College

Columbia, Missouri
193 Yearly Graduations
56% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Columbia College is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in general business. Each year, around 13,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,190 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,874 per year.

The general business program at Columbia College awarded 193 associate's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Of these students, 56% were women and 40% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

Bellevue College

Bellevue, Washington
192 Yearly Graduations
42% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Bellevue College is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in general business. Roughly 13,300 attend the school each year. During the 2017-2018 academic year, 192 people received their associate's degree in general business from BC. Of these students, 42% were women and 32% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#17

Raritan Valley Community College

Branchburg, New Jersey
186 Yearly Graduations
41% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Raritan Valley Community College is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in general business. Each year, around 8,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2017-2018 academic year, 186 associate's degree were handed out to general business majors at RVCC. Around 32% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 41% were women.

#18

Strayer University - Global Region

Washington, District of Columbia
175 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Strayer University - Global Region is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in general business. Roughly 8,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,185 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,790 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 175 people received their associate's degree in general business from Strayer University - Global Region. About 67% of this group were women, and 50% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#19

Edmonds Community College

Lynnwood, Washington
170 Yearly Graduations
48% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Edmonds Community College is the 19th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in general business. Roughly 8,100 attend the school each year. During the 2017-2018 academic year, 170 people received their associate's degree in general business from Edmonds Community College. Around 26% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 48% were women.

#20

Mt San Antonio College

Walnut, California
160 Yearly Graduations
44% Women
86% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 20th most popular school in the country for general business majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Mt San Antonio College. Roughly 29,900 attend the school each year. For the 2017-2018 academic year, 160 associate's degree were handed out to general business majors at Mt. SAC. About 44% of this group were women, and 86% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to general business that offer associate’s degree.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Business Administration & Management 59,831
Accounting 13,215
Business Support & Assistance 4,777
Hospitality Management 3,248
Specialized Sales 1,902

References

*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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