Business Degree Associate of Arts (AA)

Program Overview

College of Eastern Idaho's Associate of Arts in Business degree is your first milestone to a 4-year business degree. The program offers transferable business core and general education credits, affordable education, flexible schedules, and a state-of-the-art education.

CEI uses a traditional business core model to provide students with a solid foundation in general business and education. This prepares them well for transferring to a university business program. After completing CEl's Business Associate of Arts Degree, students will have a solid grasp of general education and business core classes.

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Business Degree Catalog Information

Business Degree, AA

Why CEI Business Degree (AA)?

An Associate of Arts (AA) degree in Business can be useful for various options after completing your Bachelor's degree. Here are some things you can do:

  • Save money by getting an AA degree, then transfer to a university for a Bachelor's in Business or related subjects.
  • Pick a concentration: You can concentrate on marketing, finance, or accounting when you continue studying at a university.
  • AA degree improves job prospects by providing skills that employers value, increasing chances of employment even without a Bachelor's degree.
  • Save money by attending a community college or online for the first two years, reducing tuition expenses.
  • After earning your AA degree, you can gain hands-on experience by working in beginner-level business positions. This will give you insight into the actual business environment.
  • Starting a business? An AA degree is a good beginning. You can learn more about business management, entrepreneurship, and essential skills needed to run a successful business with a Bachelor's degree.

Remember, a Bachelor's degree gives you a more complete education and better job opportunities. It's essential to research the transfer options to your target universities to plan your education wisely.

What do our student learn?

  1. Demonstrate a foundational knowledge of business principles and be able to integrate the core functions of business.
  2. Develop the qualities of professionalism in the work place, through learning of effective communication, personal accountability, and ethical practices.
  3. Apply effective leadership, team building, and project management proficiency in diverse environments.
  4. Use contemporary information technologies as tools to accomplish professional tasks effectively.
  5. Acquire an appreciation for continued education in formal, individual, and/or collaborative settings to develop career potential and professional fulfillment.


CEl's transferable Associate of Arts in business prepares students for university majors such as:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • General Business
  • Other Business-Related degrees

Where can I transfer this degree to a 4 year?

These business courses are the cornerstone to a 4-year business degree from the following:

  • Idaho State University
  • University of Idaho
  • Lewis Clark State College
  • Boise State University
  • Brigham Young University Idaho
  • And many other universities

How Long Will It Take?

  • Business Degree, Associate of Arts (AA)
    • 60 Credits | 4 full-time semesters (24 months)
    • Financial Aid Eligible

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