Business Administration AAS

A degree driven by real-time employer demand

Business management occupations are projected to grow 19%, more than three times the rate of the overall labor market.

You’re on to limitless career growth


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Increase in salary with AAS degree

Program Highlights

This online associate degree from RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) will prepare you for a career in business operations. You will learn the fundamentals of business planning, communication, and critical decision-making skills--all essential, high-growth skills for the jobs of the future. You also will receive essential leadership and computer software applications proficiency training.

This degree prepares deaf and hard-of-hearing students to enter the workforce immediately following graduation, and is ideal for deaf and hard-of-hearing working professionals who would like to advance their career by enhancing their skills with a degree from this nationally recognized university. While this associate degree is a stand-alone credential valued by employers, qualified students can choose to continue their education.

RIT graduates have the edge on the competition because of our co-op program, enabling you to gain exposure to a variety of professional work environments, career paths, employers, and industries. Students in the business administration program are required to complete a cooperative education work experience prior to graduation. You may schedule your co-op after completing your second-year coursework.

Why Online at RIT/NTID?

  • NTID mission—The primary mission of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf is to provide deaf and hard-of-hearing students with outstanding state-of -the-art technical and professional education programs, complemented by a strong arts and sciences curriculum that prepare them to live and work in the mainstream of a rapidly changing global community and enhance their lifelong learning.
  • NTID faculty—many of whom are deaf or hard of hearing - have years of higher education experience teaching deaf and hard-of-hearing learners as well as specialized experience in their professional fields from working in business and industry.
  • High-quality accessible educational materials and technologies—NTID uses a variety of strategies to make the online learning environment as flexible and accommodating as possible to ensure access, participation, and progress for all deaf and hard-of-hearing learners. Most video instructional materials include ASL interpretation and all videos include captions.
  • Outstanding academic support services—Academic tutoring is available online from your instructors and from qualified tutors familiar with course content and sign language.
  • Personal and career counseling services—Academic advising, personal counseling, and career counseling are provided to all deaf and hard-of-hearing students by the NTID Counseling & Academic Advising Services (CAAS). Every enrolled student receives an assigned NTID academic advisor/counselor to support their personal and academic success.
  • Access and accommodation services—NTID’s Department of Access Services provides interpreters and captionists for in-person classes and Zoom meetings. Students with secondary disabilities also can receive academic accommodations from RIT’s Disability Services Office.
  • Required cooperative work experience—This tuition-free, paid career experience provides students with on-the-job training and work experience in their field prior to graduation. NTID’s Center on Employment assists deaf and hard-of-hearing students with their job search and works with employers to facilitate hiring after graduation.
  • Job Placement Rate—95% of deaf and hard-of-hearing students who seek jobs after graduation find one within a year.

Curriculum packed with high-demand skills

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Customer Service

Top-requested specialized skill requested in job postings.

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Top-requested baseline skill requested in job postings.

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General Management

High-demand skill with low risk of replacement by automation.

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Productivity Software

Skills using Microsoft Office productivity tools among the top-requested.


First Year

Credits 3
This course provides students with information and resources needed to understand the creation and implementation of a budget, use of credit and borrowing money responsibly, financial rights and ways to safeguard their money, and factors used to determine their readiness to buy a home or make other major purchases. Information on financial institutions such as banks, credit unions, and savings and loan organizations will also be covered. This course will provide students with basic financial literacy so they can develop sound financial management of their personal income as well as an understanding of the economic events that can influence their financial well being and society as a whole.
Credits 3
Emphasis will be on creating, formatting, and enhancing worksheets; creating and applying formulas and functions; building and formatting charts; using What-If analysis and creating templates. Upon completion, students will be able to design and enhance basic spreadsheets.
Credits 3
This course introduces students to a broad overview of the form and structure of multinational organizations. It provides students with a basic knowledge of the history, organization and operation of business and its particular vocabulary.
Credits 3
Introduction to accounting principles for both accounting and nonaccounting students. Both service and merchandising (retail/wholesale) businesses are introduced. Areas covered include: analyzing and recording of business transactions using the double-entry accounting system; end-of-period adjustments; worksheet; financial statements; closing entries; and post-closing trial balance. Students complete a comprehensive "accounting cycle" project. Computerized spreadsheet applications are required.
Credits 3
This course focuses on the management aspect of organizations. Students will learn a variety of methods management uses to stay organized, lead and motivate employees as well as how controls are established to ensure company goals are met. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the multi-faceted roles of leaders and managers in the workplace.
Credits 3
This course introduces students to designing and coding a multipage web site. Topics include an overview of the internet and web addressing, coding valid HTML and CSS, design principles, implementation on a server, and use of web development software. The use of hyperlinks, graphics, and multimedia in web pages will be covered.
Freshman Seminar for Online Learners
Credits 0
General Education Elective: NMTH 140 or higher
Credits 3
General Education Elective
Credits 3
General Education – First-Year Writing: UWRT-150 FYW: Writing Seminar (WI)
Credits 3
General Education - Scientific Principles Perspectives
Credits 3

Second Year

Credits 3
This course introduces ethical issues facing the workplace. Students will learn about common work-related ethical issues, and evaluate problems concerning professional conduct and moral conflict. Students will also learn what ethical behavior is, how to recognize ethical behavior, and how to model ethical behavior in the workplace. Individual, organizational and societal needs will be taken into consideration during the students’ decision-making process
Credits 3
This is a course in the essentials of business communication for today's fast-paced global environment. Emphasis will be on the message and the modes of communication used in the business environment. Participants will engage in effective communication skills through writings (traditional and electronic), face-to-face interactions, and team presentations. Course content will also include emphasis on non-grammar language applications in business communication.
Credits 3
This course acquaints students with the basic concepts of Human Resource Management. Exposure to the changing nature of Human Resources relates to employee retention, legality, EEO/Diversity, job analysis, recruitment, selection, training and development as well as performance management, compensation, benefits, employee relations and labor relations. An overview of the range of duties and levels of responsibilities found in this sector of the business environment will allow students to identify similarities between job function required of an administrative assistant and of a human resources assistant.
Credits 3
This course is a continuation from Accounting 1. Topics covered include: accounting principles and procedures related to notes payable and receivable, the valuation of receivables, inventories, fixed assets, partnerships, capital stock, retained earnings, taxes, dividends, bonds, the statement of cash flow, and the analysis of financial statements. A comprehensive capstone project is completed. Computerized spreadsheet applications are required.
Credits 3
This course introduces the fundamental concepts of a database management system for creating, maintaining, manipulating, retrieving, and printing business data. Students will learn to create various forms and design reports for storing and displaying data. In addition, the student will create switchboard systems and allow users to view data in multiple dimensions. Students will also learn to save database objects in HTML format so they can be viewed by a browser and imported or exported in XML format.
Credits 3
This course introduces the field of marketing and its focus on how consumer behavior effects in the marketplace (domestically and internationally). Emphasis will be placed on understanding the marketing mix and its impact on the external market environment.
Credits 3
The purpose of this course is to provide students with the tools to understand and analyze behaviors of individuals, groups and the organization itself. Through class discussions, assignments and case analysis, students will determine the impact of the behaviors on the organization. Students will then determine how the organization can be managed more effectively to enhance employees work experiences while maintaining organizational success. Students will exit the course with a clearer understanding of how to create and maintain a productive work environment that will help organizations perform more effectively.
Credits 3
This course will provide students with a comprehensive view of the American legal system. It will begin with an introduction to the fundamentals of business law and traverse into actual case studies for the purpose of observing the development and applications of legal principles in a business activity. Topics covered include the foundations of law, courts and court procedures, crimes and torts, employment and agency relationships, contracts, sales, and negotiable instruments. Students will exit the class with a working knowledge of the legal framework within which formal business organizations must operate.
Credits 0
Designed to give the student an opportunity to gain work experience, to apply what has been learned and to self-evaluate personal and communication skills. Placement assistance is provided to help the student find a job related to their field of study. One co-op experience is required for graduation.
General Education - Global Perspective
Credits 3
General Education - Social Perspective
Credits 3

Third Year

Credits 3
This course gives an overview of economic concepts. Students examine economic problems in a rational manner by learning the fundamental processes of economic analysis and the skills of economic reasoning. This course includes selected knowledge and skills from the economic discipline presented in the form of concepts and applications that are most important to economic literacy for students.
Credits 3
The purpose of this course is to develop personal leadership skills that can be applied in the business world. The course will focus on concepts of leadership, followership and motivation, and the impact on organizations. Self-examination of leadership skills will result in a personal profile of strengths and weaknesses that students will be able to analyze and use to create an action plan. Leadership elements such as developing personal goals and objectives, decision-making, time management, team building, conflict resolution, dealing with change, ethics, and diversity issues will be explored. By the end of the course, students will have increased their personal and interpersonal awareness and gained a greater understanding of the complex issues facing today's leaders.
General Education - Artistic Perspective
Credits 3
General Education - Ethical Perspective
Credits 3
Open Elective
Credits 3

Admission Requirements

  • English: Placement into a First-Year Writing course, such as FYW: Writing Seminar (UWRT-150). Students who qualify for Critical Reading and Writing (UWRT-100) will be considered for admission if they are at NMTH-140 or higher in mathematics.
  • Mathematics: Placement into mathematics NMTH-140 or higher. Typically, students entering this major will have completed at least two years of high school mathematics.
  • Science: Placement into science NSCI-250 or higher. Typically, students entering this major will have completed at least one year of high school science.

Technical Requirements

  • Regular and frequent access to a computer that is less than 5 years old, with at least 1GB of RAM
  • Reliable high-speed internet access (broadband, cable, or fiber)
  • A current web browser (Safari, Chrome, Internet Explorer, or Firefox)
  • Microsoft Windows (Vista, 7+ or later) or Mac OS X
  • Built-in or external webcam for videoconferencing and recording activities.
  • Access to printer
  • Additional requirements as noted in course syllabus or as specified by instructor

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