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Associate’s Degree in General Business/Commerce

17,723 Yearly Graduations
$27,500 Median Salary
$23,621 Median Debt
There are 531 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 46% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups. Also, 6.2% of general business graduates were international students.

Education Levels of General Business Majors

In 2018-2019, 17,723 earned their associate's degree in general business. This makes it the 8th 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 25,818
Associate’s Degree 17,723
Master’s Degree 9,486
Basic Certificate 2,657
Undergraduate Certificate 2,017
Graduate Certificate 492
Doctor’s Degree 258

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. However, this can depend on a number of factors, such as where you live and the number of years experience you have.

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 56.9% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 7,633
Women 10,090
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 1,070
Black or African American 2,753
Hispanic or Latino 3,641
White 7,892
International Students 1,098
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,269
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of General Business Associate's Degree Students

There are 531 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
612 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
71% 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. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 612 associate's degree were handed out to general business majors at San Jacinto College. About 60% of this group were women, and 71% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

Montgomery College

Rockville, Maryland
432 Yearly Graduations
52% Women
62% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Montgomery College comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in general business. Each year, around 22,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 432 people received their associate's degree in general business from Montgomery College - Rockville. Around 62% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 52% were women.

#3

Kaplan University-Indianapolis

Indianapolis, Indiana
386 Yearly Graduations
68% Women
43% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Kaplan University-Indianapolis comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in general business. Each year, around 600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,920 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,791 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 386 associate's degree were handed out to general business majors at Kaplan University-Indianapolis. Of these students, 68% were women and 43% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

366 Yearly Graduations
52% Women
53% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Austin Community College District is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in general business. Roughly 40,800 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 366 associate's degree were handed out to general business majors at Austin Community College District. Around 53% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 52% were women.

#5

El Paso Community College

El Paso, Texas
348 Yearly Graduations
49% Women
87% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

El Paso Community College comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in general business. Each year, around 28,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 348 people received their associate's degree in general business from El Paso Community College. About 49% of this group were women, and 87% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

333 Yearly Graduations
65% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for general business majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Indiana Wesleyan University-National & Global. Each year, around 10,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,453 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,083 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 333 people received their associate's degree in general business from IWU. Around 38% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 65% were women.

#7

South Texas College

McAllen, Texas
293 Yearly Graduations
61% Women
87% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

South Texas College comes in at #7 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in general business. Roughly 31,300 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 293 people received their associate's degree in general business from South Texas College. Of these students, 61% were women and 87% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

Salt Lake Community College

Salt Lake City, Utah
256 Yearly Graduations
39% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for general business majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Salt Lake Community College. Roughly 29,600 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 256 people received their associate's degree in general business from Salt Lake Community College. Of these students, 39% were women and 29% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#9

Georgia Military College

Milledgeville, Georgia
248 Yearly Graduations
58% Women
52% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Georgia Military College is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in general business. Each year, around 8,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 248 people received their associate's degree in general business from Georgia Military College. Around 52% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 58% were women.

228 Yearly Graduations
47% Women
52% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for general business majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Collin County Community College District. Roughly 31,600 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 228 people received their associate's degree in general business from Collin County Community College District. Around 52% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 47% were women.

#11

Community College of Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
226 Yearly Graduations
53% Women
61% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Community College of Philadelphia is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in general business. Roughly 17,200 attend the school each year. The general business program at Community College of Philadelphia awarded 226 associate's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 53% were women and 61% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#12

Strayer University - Global Region

Washington, District of Columbia
215 Yearly Graduations
72% Women
52% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Strayer University - Global Region is the 12th 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 $13,320 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,940 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 215 associate's degree were handed out to general business majors at Strayer University - Global Region. Of these students, 72% were women and 52% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#13

Macomb Community College

Warren, Michigan
211 Yearly Graduations
45% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Macomb Community College comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in general business. Roughly 21,000 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 211 people received their associate's degree in general business from Macomb Community College. About 45% of this group were women, and 15% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#14

Mt San Antonio College

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

Mt San Antonio College comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in general business. Roughly 29,900 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 209 people received their associate's degree in general business from Mt. SAC. Around 86% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 44% were women.

#15

Raritan Valley Community College

Branchburg, New Jersey
206 Yearly Graduations
42% Women
41% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Raritan Valley Community College is the 15th 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 2018-2019 academic year, 206 associate's degree were handed out to general business majors at RVCC. Around 41% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 42% were women.

#16

Oklahoma City Community College

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
200 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
41% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Oklahoma City Community College comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in general business. Roughly 12,300 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 200 associate's degree were handed out to general business majors at OCCC. Of these students, 60% were women and 41% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#17

Edmonds Community College

Lynnwood, Washington
198 Yearly Graduations
47% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 17th most popular school in the country for general business majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Edmonds Community College. Roughly 8,100 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 198 associate's degree were handed out to general business majors at Edmonds Community College. About 47% of this group were women, and 20% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#18

Columbia College

Columbia, Missouri
189 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
46% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Columbia College is the 18th 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 $10,912 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,602 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 189 people received their associate's degree in general business from Columbia College Missouri. Of these students, 60% were women and 46% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#19

Bellevue College

Bellevue, Washington
188 Yearly Graduations
46% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 19th most popular school in the country for general business majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Bellevue College. Roughly 13,300 attend the school each year. The general business program at Bellevue College awarded 188 associate's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 46% were women and 35% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#20

Strayer University - Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia
176 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
91% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 20th most popular school in the country for general business majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Strayer University - Georgia. Each year, around 6,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,320 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,940 per year.

The general business program at Strayer University - Georgia awarded 176 associate's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 80% were women and 91% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Business Administration & Management 60,528
Accounting 12,300
Business Support & Assistance 4,111
Hospitality Management 2,905
Specialized Sales 1,565

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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