Program Overview

Businesses need professionals who have a solid grasp on the foundations of the business environment in order to facilitate the business process. No matter what your field, there should be people who understand the business environment and how a business is structured in order help the business succeed and make themselves more valuable as employees. Managers are not only responsible for the employees under them, but for what they can contribute to the general health and success of the business, and that requires managers to have an education in business. Those looking to become an entrepreneur and open their own business are even more responsible for learning about what is involved in owning and operating a business.

Columbia Southern University offers the Associate of Science in Business program is the first step for a career as an entrepreneur or as part of a larger business environment. Columbia Southern University’s curriculum is available entirely online. Online classes benefit students who are either unable or unwilling to give up their careers or personal lives in pursuit of education. By taking classes out of the home or other location, instead of a traditional classroom environment, students can choose their own schedules for completing classes, allowing students to have versatility in completing their learning. The Associate of Science in Business program from Colombia Southern University can typically be completed in three years. 

Managers and entrepreneurs need to be able to effectively communicate their business and learn enough to have a practical understanding of the fields of accounting, marketing, economics, finance, law and management. Business people also need to understand that business is the process of identifying problems, identifying needs and meeting needs with products and services and solving problems with an effective solution. The benefit of the Associate of Science in Business is an education in the importance of decision making, planning, strategy, staffing, leadership, and dealing with chance in a business environment. In addition, students studying Business will gain a basic knowledge of accounting, economics and law. The Associate of Art degree is meant to be a stepping-off point for entry level positions in business and management or as the basis for attaining a Bachelor or Master’s level degree.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Distance Education Accrediting Commission

    CSU is nationally accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). The DETC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).


    High school diploma or equivalent.


    May not be approved for every state. Students should check for state authorization in their state of residence prior to enrollment.

    School Overview

    Columbia Southern University is a private, for-profit distance learning institution located in Orange Beach, Alabama. CSU is a completely online institution that offers various degree programs. CSU was established in 1993 by Dr. Robert G. Mayes, Sr. in order to meet the demands for alternatives to the traditional university experience.

    A subsidiary of Columbia Southern Education Group, CSU offers online degree programs at the associate, bachelor and master degree levels in a multitude of areas such as occupational safety and health, fire administration, criminal justice, business administration, human resource management, health care administration and more. CSU also features undergraduate and graduate certificate programs to provide focused training in specialized areas for adult learners.


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