Applied Business

Prepare to excel in the fast-changing world of business

The fully online* associate degree in applied business covers a wide range of topics, including emerging technologies, advanced business procedures, interpersonal skills, management, human resources, math, communications, customer service and business law. Nearly all of the courses offer opportunities to apply what you’re learning to real-world projects — from developing social media campaigns to conducting entrepreneur interviews. You can also earn microcredentials through your coursework that demonstrate skills in specific areas and can help set you apart in the job market.

*select concentrations only

Who Is the Associate in Business Degree Designed For?

The applied business program is a great fit for anyone who wants to gain a broad foundation of professional skills to prepare for entry- to mid-level careers in business. The associate degree is also a great jumping off point for those who may be interested in eventually pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree in business and advance to management and leadership roles in their jobs.

This degree is available to be completed 100% online, which is an opportunity for students who need extra flexibility.

Why Earn Your Associate Degree in Business at UAF?

  • Learn from expert faculty and course instructors (including business owners and professionals) who bring real-world business insight and experience to the classroom.
  • Earn industry-recognized microcredentials in Microsoft Excel, Hootsuite, and Entrepreneurship and Small Business.
  • Take part in a variety of collaborative, hands-on learning assignments that connect classroom learning to real-world projects.

Degree Type

  • Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)
  • Offered as major and minor


  • In-person
  • Hybrid
  • Online

Accredited by

Get More Information

I accept text messages.

Earn your Applied Business Degree Online

Online Classes at UAF

At UAF, online courses typically do not have set meeting times but do have weekly deadlines. While there are some standard practices, each course is designed by the instructor to best teach the material. Most courses run the full length of the 16-week semester.