Associate of Arts

Getting your Associate degree in Business is a great way to advance your skills and your career! It can provide you with advantages in the workforce or become a stepping stone to a bachelor's degree. At NNU, you’ll receive personalized attention from our caring faculty and staff – and a high-quality education at a competitive price.

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  • PAY $425 PER CREDIT for this online program
  • LESS THAN 2 YEARS to complete your AA
  • 63 CREDITS make up the AA degree
  • ONLINE DELIVERY for your convenience

About our AA Concentrations in Business and Accounting

Choose a concentration in Business or Accounting when you get your AA through NNU’s online business program (STEP). The STEP program is made up of two sessions every semester (also called “quads”). You will complete two classes during each quad, a manageable workload when you have a job and other responsibilities to balance.
After completing your AA in Business and Accounting, you can transfer into NNU's online or on-campus Business programs. All credits from your AA will count toward an NNU bachelor's degree in business and will make your time to graduation shorter than going through a traditional program.

High-Quality Program

  • NNU’s College of Business is internationally accredited by ACBSP, which means that NNU’s programs are regularly evaluated by this international organization. In order to maintain accreditation, The College of Business must constantly assess, evaluate, and improve our programs.
  • NWCCU is our regional accreditor, just like BSU.
  • Professors who teach in our programs have professional experience in accounting and business and use that experience to inform their teaching.
  • Faculty and staff are available to support students and willing to take the extra time to help each student succeed.
  • Our STEP program has been training professionals for over 25 years and has a reputation for producing informed and ethical leaders.

College of Business Mission

The mission of the College of Business at Northwest Nazarene University is to educate students and develop them into ethical servant leaders who can transform a global society for the kingdom of Christ. We accomplish this goal by providing a strong, scholarly business curriculum rooted in the liberal arts tradition, which is delivered through traditional and innovative programs. To this end, the program is designed with the following values:
  • Students will receive the instruction necessary to pursue Truth and increase their knowledge across a range of contemporary business subjects including accounting, economics, finance, management, information technology, operations, international business environment, law, ethics, marketing and communication.
  • Students will engage in activities that foster Transformation and facilitate the development of relevant skills in the contemporary business environment. These skills will include teamwork, qualitative and quantitative analysis, written and oral communication, use of technology, and decision-making.
  • Students will be involved in activities within the Community as modeled by Jesus Christ through Service to others by applying concepts from business ethics, social responsibility, workplace respect, and biblical principles.

Sample List of Courses for an AA in Business and Accounting

This list is intended as an example only – actual courses will vary by availability. If you do not meet the admission requirement for math or English proficiency, additional courses may be required.

Business & Accounting Concentration (18 credits)

ACCT2065. Financial Accounting (3)
ACCT2075. Managerial Accounting (3)
BSNS2175. Computer Applications in Business (3)
BSNS2225. Business Communications (3)
BSNS3415. Business Law I (3)
ECON1010. Personal Finance (3)

General Education Courses

BIBL1105. Introduction to Biblical Studies (3)
BSNS2335. Business Statistics (3) 
COMM1210. Intro to Public Speaking (3)
ECON2415. Principles of Microeconomics (3)
ECON2425. Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
ENGL1035. University Writing and Research (3)
ENGL3740W Children's Literature (3)
HIST3250. History of American Culture (3)
HUMN1015. Cornerstone (3)
KINE1005. Fundamentals of Wellness (1)
KINE1020H. Aerobic Activity (1)
MUSC1010. A Survey of Art and Music (3)
PHIL2020. Ethics (3)
PHYS1060. Descriptive Astronomy w/ Lab (4)
SOGY1015. Exploring Cultural Anthropology (3)
THEO2105. Introduction to Christian Theology (3)

For full course descriptions, please see our Catalog.

Personalized Process

Every student is unique, and every student’s path to degree completion will be unique as well. We know our students – their backgrounds, their goals, their life circumstances – and we work with them to create an education plan that suits their needs. When you join the STEP program, you’ll receive this individualized attention and see the difference it makes for your career.

Your NNU advisor will work with you to create an education plan that fits your goals. They will make sure you are on track to satisfy all the requirements and finish your degree. One of NNU’s core values is Community, and we seek to represent that to our online students just as much as our on-campus students.

Application Requirements

The following comprises our application packet:

  • Online application
  • Official copies of transcripts from any previous institutions
  • High school transcripts if transferring fewer than 28 credits

Consideration for acceptance is based on the following criteria:

  • High School Diploma or GRE
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 in previous college work, or 2.5 in high school for standard admission. Provisional admission may be granted on a case-by-case basis to individuals with less than a 2.0 GPA.
  • Evidence of competency in English language & math (prerequisite courses may be taken for students who do not meet this requirement)
  • Review of documents in the application packet
  • Approval from the Graduate and Adult Admissions office

Note that STEP students in the College of Business do not have to sign an NNU Lifestyle Covenant – this requirement is waived to promote diversity in our online programs. Professors and staff are supportive of the NNU Lifestyle Covenant, but seek to welcome all races, religions and lifestyles. To learn more about NNU’s religious affiliation, please see our Statement of Faith.

Related Degree Programs

Online Bachelors of Science in Accounting

Online Bachelors of Science in Business Administration

Degree Details

Associate of Arts

Offered Online

$425 per credit, $150  per semester technology fee 

Related Career Paths
Career Avg. Salary
General and Operations Managers $62,310
Management Occupations $63,900
Metropolitan and nonmetropolitan area occupational employment and wage estimates for the Boise area are sourced from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Sample Cost Breakdown
Actual costs will vary  
$405 per credit (63 credits) $25,515
Books (estimated) $400
Application Fee $50
Graduation Fee  $75
Technology Fee ($95 per semester) $475
Sample Total $26,515

I’m a double major in Business Management and Marketing. I think what attracted me to Business was that it just applies to everything in life. And especially the department here, the professors are just awesome people.

McKenna Walker
AA Business

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