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Business Administration - Management, Online

The PTC Associate in Science Degree in Business Administration offers a Management concentration that can open the door to exciting opportunities in a broad spectrum of business organizations. In this career–focused curriculum, you will study everything from the basic principles of business to the complexities of management as you prepare for a future in areas as diverse and interesting as Advertising, Banking, Human Resources, International Business, Public Relations, Sales, Sports and Entertainment and many others. Coursework is structured to assist you in the development of your career goals as you acquire the knowledge and skills needed by industry-current management professionals.

Key Benefits

  • Understand the latest business technology and business principles.
  • Develop dynamic interpersonal skills and leadership qualities.
  • Become a problem solver with the ability to make decisions and take appropriate actions.

More information about Business Administration - Management, Online below

In the PTC Management Program, you will learn key skills such as:

  • Accounting
  • Assessing the correct form of business ownership
  • Business Law
  • Business Presentations
  • Creating a New Business
  • Creating Business Spreadsheets
  • Critical Thinking
  • Database Applications
  • Decision Making
  • Dynamic interpersonal Communication
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Human Resource Procedures and Skills
  • Looking at and Considering Global Strategies
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Problem Solving
  • Small Business Management Skills
  • Social Responsibility in Business
  • Using the Computer and Information Technology Fundamentals
  • PTC is an active member in the American Marketing Association and our students attend regular events to meet industry professionals that can open doors for internships and job placement.
  • PTC is active in Alpha Beta Gamma an International Business Honor Society that recognizes and encourages scholarship among two-year college students in business.
  • PTC Partners with the Pittsburgh Social Exchange, which offers a wide variety of events including monthly networking events and an educational lunch & learn series.

PTC Graduates in the Workforce

As a student at PTC Online, you can tap into all of the support and services you would expect at a well–respected career school. Our Career Services Department is staffed by experienced career advisement professionals with contacts and connections across the country. Companies that have previously hired PTC graduates include:

  • #1 Cochran Automotive
  • Bank of New York Mellon
  • Best Buy
  • CBC Innovis
  • Center for Organ Recovery & Education – CORE
  • Clearfield County Courthouse
  • Fairfield Inn by Marriott
  • Genesis Medical Associates
  • H & R Block
  • IBEX Global
  • Marshalls
  • Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Rivers Casino
  • ServiceLink
  • Verizon Wireless

*Some employers may require a background check and drug screening prior to employment.


Financial Accounting 1
This course introduces the basic principles and procedures of accounting. Emphasis is placed on analyzing business transactions, cataloging, journal entries, posting to the general ledger, and preparing financial statements (income statement, owner's equity statement, and balance sheet).
Financial Accounting 2
In this course, students will examine additional accounting concepts as they relate to sales and purchase transactions through the use of subsidiary ledgers, cash management and banking procedures, and payroll computations and taxation. In addition, students will get in-depth instruction for accruals and deferrals. The course will wrap up with preparing the financial statements and closing procedures for a merchandising business. Prerequisite: A 'C' grade or higher in ACC100.
Introduction to Business
This course provides a thorough survey of major business functions, focusing on modern business procedures. Topics include international business, economics, management, marketing, accounting, social responsibility and ethics, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
Principles of Management
This course provides an overview of the major functions of operational and human resources management. Upon completion of this course, the students should be able to integrate behavioral and systems approaches with traditional analysis and demonstrate Total Quality Management and Continuous Quality Improvement methods in the
International Business
The study of international business concepts is designed to better prepare students to master the aspects of worldwide business functions. The course covers international trade, the international monetary system, and their relationship to business. Students also evaluate countries as potential sites for business operations.
Human Resource Management
This is an introduction to the principles, policies and procedures of personnel management. The course focuses on the acquisition, training, and maintenance of human resources for organizations. Topics include legal principles for human resource managers, salary and benefits, workplace diversity, equal employment opportunity, recruitment and selection, orientation/training, appraisal of performance, and discipline.
Small Business Management
This course introduces the challenges of entrepreneurship including the start-up and operations of a small business. Topics include types of small business ownership (including franchising and home-based business), financing alternatives, and issues of a small business (including personnel, marketing, site location, and managerial decision-making). Upon completion, students should be able to develop a business plan tailored to a small business.
This is a capstone course which incorporates the skills and material learned in the core courses of the Business Management Program in which the student will develop and present and promote a business at a simulated trade show to a live audience.
Meeting and Event Planning
This course is designed to be a resource and learning tool for today's beginning meeting and event planning professionals. It will define the scope of the MICE industry, while describing marketing and sales strategies to attract markets with specific needs. Students will design a proposal for a given scenario as well as participate in various school functions and volunteer opportunities in the community.
Principles of Marketing
This course features an introduction to the marketing environment, marketing research, and the role of marketing in organizations today. Topics include sales promotions, product placement, and pricing strategies in the movement of products from the business to the consumer.


Computer Applications
This course provides the student with an introduction to multiple office-based applications. The student will use the knowledge gained in this course as a foundation for implementing and developing projects in various applications including spreadsheets, word processing, presentation software, and the PTC network.
Spreadsheet Applications
This course guides students with little spreadsheet experience and enables them to become knowledgeable, confident spreadsheet designers and users. The course utilizes hands-on examples, tutorials, and reinforcement to develop spreadsheet design in a wide variety of disciplines, including marketing, accounting, finance, and operations.
Database Applications for Business
This course introduces students to the design and use of databases for business applications. Using database computer software, students will plan and develop a variety of databases for business. Topics covered include database planning, creation of records, searching for data using database queries, development of forms for data entry, and report design.
Principles of Finance
This course focuses on financial techniques used in making business decisions. Fundamental principles of finance provide students with the basic tools necessary to analyze projects and justify investment in them. Students learn how to use a variety of capital budgeting techniques which shed light on the financial impact of choosing between various projects.
Financial Management
Financial Management will present the necessary tools required to objectively approach and solve financial problems. The course facilitates the student's ability to synthesize and incorporate the presented tools as well as other academic and professional experiences into a standard yet flexible model for solving financial management problems. This course will discuss and teach the tools required to objectively make: capital budgeting, capital structure and working capital decisions. Through case studies, lectures, videos, readings and exams, students learn the basic concepts and how to apply them in financial decision making. As the course progresses, new topics and skills are integrated into a more sophisticated framework of financial understanding.
Steps to Career Success 1
The purpose of this course is to acclimate students to the available resources to maintain their focus on achieving career goals. The course is scheduled for all students in the 1st quarter, one hour per week.
Steps to Career Success 2
The purpose of this course is to develop an understanding of the nuances of the business and hospitality industries. Topics will include industry related organizations, social networking, employer expectations and other professional skills.
Steps to Career Success 3
The purpose of this course is to apply professional skills and to become actively involved in business and/or hospitality industry related activities.
Career Development
The focus of this course is on preparing students for the upcoming job search process. They will produce a series of critical job search documents, including a resume, reference page, cover letter and thank you letter. These documents are applied to job search activities that give students the opportunity to hone their interview skills, research potential employers, complete an online job application, and experience a mock interview scenario.
The Internship is a cooperative effort between the Institute and the professional community. It is designed to provide the students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills learned in their major in a related working environment. This internship requires 240 hours work experience.


English Composition 1
This writing course focuses on the writing of descriptive narrative, cause and effect, and process essays from the initial stage of prewriting to final revisions and editing. Topics included are purpose, audience, development, focus and organization, as well as word usage and sentence structure. Elements of grammar, spelling, and punctuation are reviewed. Assigned readings are part of class discussion and writing assignments. Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on the writing proficiency exam; otherwise, students must have concurrent success with GEE099 and GEE100 before proceeding on to GEE150.
English Composition 2
This writing course is a continuation of the fundamentals introduced in GEE100 English Composition 1. Library and electronic research techniques and guidelines are thoroughly covered. Advanced persuasive writing and research-based persuasion are emphasized using citations and works cited according to MLA guidelines. Analytical and critical thinking skills are developed through students' evaluation of their own writing and assigned readings. Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on the writing proficiency exam or GEE100.
Effective Speech
This course focuses on the various dimensions of effective speaking with emphasis on audience analysis, reasoning, organization, evidence, and delivery. Throughout the course, the student is acquainted with the various types of speeches and their effectiveness through critical and analytical reading, individualized and group exercises and projects, and class discussions. Students deliver a variety of speeches, including informative and persuasive speeches.
Principles of Mathematics
This general studies course involves a review of the principles of mathematics. Topics to be discussed include whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages, ratios, measurement (both English and Metric systems), and an introduction to Algebra. For programs that require additional mathematics classes, students must earn a 'C' or better grade in this course to advance to the next required math course.
Personal Finance
This course blends financial theory with financial applications while providing an understanding of the U.S. financial structure. Emphasis is placed on budgeting, personal income and expenditures, present and future value calculations, personal financial statements, and finance and credit alternatives.
This course provides a survey of core economic concepts. Students are exposed to the ideas needed for a basic understanding of macro and micro economic principles.
Critical Thinking
In today's information age, critical thinking skills are vital for success. This course utilizes case studies to teach reasoning, analysis, and evaluation skills in everyday situations. Students learn the importance and benefits of critical and creative thinking, work through steps to understand, analyze, and evaluate specifics of argument and persuasion, and practice solving problems using critical thinking skills.
Leadership Principles
Students will understand the concepts of leadership and supervisory roles, planning, decision-making, performance management, strategic management, team building, group and organizational dynamics, and functions in an organization. This class teaches how to be an effective leader in a dynamic, diverse, and continuously evolving business environment. Concepts of goal-setting, motivation, time management, and other interpersonal skills are taught. Students will become familiar with successful leadership practices through case studies and research practices.

* Students in the Business Administration online program will be scheduled for GSI212 Career Exploration Capstone.

Career Opportunities in Business

American business fuels our $8 billion economy and over 107 million jobs – approximately five out of six jobs in the country. With the right knowledge and skills to support your goals and aspirations, you can pursue professional success and satisfaction in the following industries and sectors:

  • Accounting
  • Advertising
  • Banking
  • Computer Services
  • Credit and Collections
  • Customer Service
  • Education
  • Energy and Utilities
  • Healthcare and Medical
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Insurance
  • International Business
  • Manufacturing
  • Merchandising
  • Promotions
  • Public Relations
  • Radio and Television
  • Sales
  • Sales Management
  • Sports and Entertainment
  • Travel and Hospitality
  • Web Services

For important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program, please click the link(s) below:

United States Department of Education Gainful Employment Data

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