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2021 Best Business, Management & Marketing Associate's Degree Schools

460 Colleges
$28,149 Avg Salary
$20,225 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Business, Management & Marketing Associate's Degree School for You

Business, Management & Marketing is one of the most popular majors in the nation, ranking 2nd of all the majors we analyze. In 2018-2019, 843,779 degrees and certificates were awarded to students with this major.

It's not easy to decide which program to enroll in when you have so many options available. You can choose a traditional brick and mortar school, or with the growth of online education, you can attend a school half-way across the country without even leaving your house. Also there are many trade schools that offer short-term programs that open up more career options.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Best Business, Management & Marketing Associate's Degree Schools ranking. This report analyzed 460 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best associate's degree programs for students. Factors related to overall quality of the school, post-graduation earnings, average student debt, and more accumulated were considered when coming up with this list.

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

The colleges and universities below are the best for business, management and marketing majors pursuing a associate's degree.

Top 25 Top Schools for an Associate's in Business, Management & Marketing

Our 2021 rankings named Indiana Wesleyan University-National & Global the best school in the United States for business, management and marketing students working on their associate’s degree. IWU is a large private not-for-profit school located in the rural area of Marion.

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The excellent associate’s degree programs at Minnesota State Community and Technical College helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best business, management and marketing schools in the United States. M State is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Fergus Falls.

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The excellent associate’s degree programs at Middlesex Community College helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best business, management and marketing schools in the United States. Located in the suburb of Bedford, Middlesex Community College is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

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#4

Cleary University

Howell, MI

The excellent associate’s degree programs at Cleary University helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best business, management and marketing schools in the United States. Cleary College is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized suburb of Howell.

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#5

Southeast Technical Institute

Sioux Falls, SD

A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Southeast Technical Institute is a great place for business, management and marketing students working on their associate’s degree. Southeast Technical Institute is a small public school located in the rural area of Sioux Falls.

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Chippewa Valley Technical College landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best associate’s degree business, management and marketing programs. Located in the small city of Eau Claire, CVTC is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

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#7

Elizabethtown College

Elizabethtown, PA

Elizabethtown College came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Business, Management & Marketing Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Elizabethtown, E - town is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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Pennsylvania State University - World Campus ranked #8 on this year’s Best Business, Management & Marketing Associate’s Degree Schools list. Located in the rural area of University Park, Penn State World Campus is a public school with a fairly small student population.

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With a ranking of #9, Quinsigamond Community College did quite well on this year’s best schools for business, management and marketing students working on their associate’s degree. Quinsigamond Community College is a medium-sized public school located in the medium-sized city of Worcester.

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#10

Union County College

Cranford, NJ

Union County College landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best associate’s degree business, management and marketing programs. Union County College is a moderately-sized public school located in the large suburb of Cranford.

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Embry - Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide ranked #11 on this year’s Best Business, Management & Marketing Associate’s Degree Schools list. Embry - Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Daytona Beach.

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#12

McHenry County College

Crystal Lake, IL

McHenry County College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for business, management and marketing students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #12 on the list. Located in the rural area of Crystal Lake, MCC is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

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Southern New Hampshire University ranked #13 on this year’s Best Business, Management & Marketing Associate’s Degree Schools list. Located in the midsize suburb of Manchester, SNHU is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

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Strayer University - Global Region ranked #14 on this year’s Best Business, Management & Marketing Associate’s Degree Schools list. Strayer University - Global Region is a large private for-profit school located in the city of Washington.

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With a ranking of #15, American Public University System did quite well on this year’s best schools for business, management and marketing students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the town of Charles Town, American Military University is a private for-profit school with a very large student population.

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With a ranking of #16, Fox Valley Technical College did quite well on this year’s best schools for business, management and marketing students working on their associate’s degree. FVTC is a large public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Appleton.

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Bismarck State College

Bismarck, ND

Bismarck State College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for business, management and marketing students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #17 on the list. BSC is a small public school located in the city of Bismarck.

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FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising - Los Angeles ranked #18 on this year’s Best Business, Management & Marketing Associate’s Degree Schools list. FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising - Los Angeles is a small private for-profit school located in the city of Los Angeles.

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Lake Area Technical Institute came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Business, Management & Marketing Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the remote town of Watertown, LATI is a public school with a small student population.

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#20

Coastline Community College

Fountain Valley, CA

Coastline Community College came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Business, Management & Marketing Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Coastline Community College is a large public school located in the small city of Fountain Valley.

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#21

North Hennepin Community College

Brooklyn Park, MN

North Hennepin Community College ranked #21 on this year’s Best Business, Management & Marketing Associate’s Degree Schools list. North Hennepin Community College is a moderately-sized public school located in the large suburb of Brooklyn Park.

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Rasmussen College - Minnesota ranked #22 on this year’s Best Business, Management & Marketing Associate’s Degree Schools list. Located in the small city of St. Cloud, Rasmussen College - Minnesota is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

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Raritan Valley Community College landed the #23 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best associate’s degree business, management and marketing programs. Located in the rural area of Branchburg, RVCC is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

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San Jacinto Community College came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best Business, Management & Marketing Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Pasadena, San Jacinto College is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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Macomb Community College landed the #25 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best associate’s degree business, management and marketing programs. Located in the midsize city of Warren, Macomb Community College is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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Rest of the Top Best Business, Management & Marketing Associate's Degree Schools

#37

Rio Salado College

Tempe, AZ
#43

Central Community College

Grand Island, NE
#44

Moraine Park Technical College

Fond du Lac, WI

Additional Award Winners

This list shows the remainder of the colleges awarded a Best Business, Management & Marketing Associate's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 460 different United States business, management and marketing schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Strayer University - North Carolina Morrisville, NC
52 Strayer University - Florida Tampa, FL
53 Quincy College Quincy, MA
54 Utah Valley University Orem, UT
55 Cerritos College Norwalk, CA
56 Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Cincinnati, OH
57 Northland Community and Technical College Thief River Falls, MN
58 Suffolk County Community College Selden, NY
59 Massasoit Community College Brockton, MA
60 Post University Waterbury, CT
61 Inver Hills Community College Inver Grove Heights, MN
62 SUNY Empire State College Saratoga Springs, NY
63 Strayer University - Tennessee Memphis, TN
64 CUNY New York City College of Technology Brooklyn, NY
65 DeVry University - Illinois Chicago, IL
66 Strayer University - District of Columbia Washington, DC
67 Hudson Valley Community College Troy, NY
68 Northern Virginia Community College Annandale, VA
69 DeVry University - California Pomona, CA

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Business, Management & Marketing students that almost earned our Best Business, Management & Marketing Associate's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
70 University of Cincinnati - Blue Ash College Blue Ash, OH
71 Northeast Community College Norfolk, NE
72 Lehigh Carbon Community College Schnecksville, PA
73 Champlain College Burlington, VT
74 Strayer University - Pennsylvania Trevose, PA
75 Anoka-Ramsey Community College Coon Rapids, MN
76 Houston Community College Houston, TX
77 Anne Arundel Community College Arnold, MD
78 Hennepin Technical College Brooklyn Park, MN
79 Western Technical College La Crosse, WI
80 University of Cincinnati - Clermont College Batavia, OH
81 Thomas Edison State University Trenton, NJ
82 Nassau Community College Garden City, NY
83 Milwaukee Area Technical College Milwaukee, WI
84 Lake Superior College Duluth, MN
85 Concordia University - Wisconsin Mequon, WI
86 Trinity Valley Community College Athens, TX
87 Bucks County Community College Newtown, PA
88 Salt Lake Community College Salt Lake City, UT
89 Community College of Allegheny County Pittsburgh, PA
90 Austin Community College District Austin, TX
91 Strayer University - Texas Austin, TX
92 Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Shell Lake, WI

Business, Management & Marketing by Region

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

Business, Management & Marketing Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Business Administration & Management 410,147
Accounting 105,123
General Business/Commerce 58,451
Finance & Financial Management 56,186
Marketing 51,241
Human Resource Management 26,823
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 23,738
Business Support & Assistant Services 19,483
Hospitality Management 19,042
Management Information Systems 14,747
Entrepreneurial Studies 10,427
International Business 10,181
Business/Managerial Economics 6,345
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing 5,873
Other Business, Management & Marketing 5,834
General Sales & Marketing 5,734
Real Estate 5,700
Construction Management 3,664
Insurance 2,218
Taxation 1,783
Business/Corporate Communications 968
Telecommunications Management 71

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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Amit Savargaonkar.

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