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A.S. in Business


Spring 2024

Classes start on Mar. 13, 2024

Summer 2024

Classes start on May 6 and July 3, 2024

Fall 2024

Classes start on Aug. 28 and Oct. 23, 2024


  • Online

Credit Hours

  • 61 with up to 30 hours in transfer credits possible

Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Expand Your Career and Influence with an A.S in Business Online Degree

Pursue a business degree that inspires you and leads to a lifelong influential career. Gain valuable foundational business skills with a respected ACBSP accredited Associate of Science  2-year business degree. Whether you are just starting out or ready to complete your associate’s degree, acquire the knowledge and high quality credential you need 100% online to fit your purpose, schedule and affordability goals. 

At Cornerstone University, experience the important value of blending a versatile general business education such as marketing, leadership, and financial planning, with an unwavering Christian biblical worldview, a truly influential combination. Open new career avenues in for-profit, non-profit or ministry organizations. Or elevate your standing in an existing organization with a business associate’s degree that fits your purpose and appeals to organizations seeking character-driven future business leaders. What is the value?:

  • Gain general business knowledge in marketing, leadership, financial planning, global business and entrepreneurship that applies to a variety of industries and roles.
  • Develop in-demand communication skills including critical thinking, writing, public, small group and interpersonal proficiencies every organization values.
  • Learn from real-world business scholars and experts and apply principles in your existing role immediately. 
  • Acquire a respected associates business degree 100% online. 7 week courses.
  • No SAT or ACT is required. Course credits build toward a future bachelor’s degree.
  • One of the most affordable degrees available per credit hour.

Why Choose An Accredited Online Associate in Business Degree from Cornerstone University?

A 2-year associates in business degree vs. a bachelor’s degree allows you to complete a valuable credential sooner which also means it is more affordable with fewer credit hours. Cornerstone University’s A.S. in business is accredited by the respected Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)* and the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). 

Cornerstone offers over 75 in-demand degrees that can help you achieve your life goals whether you are looking to advance in a current organization or find a new opportunity in business, nonprofit, entrepreneurial or ministry sectors. And, the credits can build toward a future bachelor’s degree, offering even greater long-term affordability and marketability to fit your needs.

What sets Cornerstone apart for over 80 years is our mission and commitment to provide you the most excellent academic education, taught from an unwavering Biblical worldview, to prepare bold, Christ-centered, influential leaders. Our commitment extends to creating an outstanding student experience featuring:

  • Leading business faculty with real-world experience who offer one-on-one student support.
  • 100% online to fit your busy life. 7 week course formats.
  • One of the most affordable bachelor’s degrees per credit hour in private, nonprofit higher education.
  • Free student support resources, including writing, math, spiritual health services and more.
  • Study alongside others who share your career goals and Christian values.

Admission Requirements

  • Application
  • High school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Official college and/or military transcripts

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Of students work full time while pursuing a degree.


Of alumni believe their education prepared them for the demands of their vocational life.


Of faculty members are professing believers of Jesus Christ.

What Degree Courses Will You Study?

IDS-100 Foundations of Inquiry

An introductory course emphasizing the knowledge and skills necessary for academic and personal success in a Christian framework. Topics include goal setting, decision-making, time management, computer and information retrieval skills, learning skills, relationships and personal health.

IDS-131 Digital Literacy

A competency-based course designed to ensure that students have basic technology skills that will enable them to be successful in their academic and professional lives. Foundational principles of computing and digital literacy are covered. This course also challenges those with existing competency in technology to further develop their knowledge and skills, preparing them to make use of emerging technologies and to be responsible citizens in our increasingly connected world.

ENG-118 Introduction to Writing and Research

A course designed to develop critical thinking, reading and writing skills with an emphasis on APA documentation style and research writing.

COM-111 Foundations of Speech Communication

An introduction to the philosophy, theory and practice of speech communication. Students develop confidence as communicators with particular emphasis on intrapersonal, interpersonal, small group and public communication.

PSY-111 General Psychology

An introduction to psychology dealing with the important people, terms and theories in the fields of personality, learning, maladjustment and psychotherapy.

REL-231 Mosaic Literature

A study of the history of redemption from Adam to Moses as set forth in the Pentateuch. Special attention is given to God’s purposes in the call of Abraham and the establishment of the Mosaic economy.

PHI-211 Philosophy in Culture

An introduction and development of worldview from a Christian philosophical perspective with special attention given to hermeneutical issues surrounding worldview and the important role philosophy has played in Western culture.

IDS-204 Personal Wellness

A study of an individual’s personal psychological, physical, emotional, social and spiritual well-being. Students will find ways to help enhance their ability to live a balanced life within areas such as family, work, church and school.

ENG-223 Introduction to Literature

The study and application of various methods of literary interpretation and evaluation to develop critical and analytical skills in the various genres of imaginative literature.

REL-232 Gospel Literature

A study of the four Gospels including their backgrounds, themes, outlines and distinguishing features, distinctive portrayals of Christ and His life and ministry as set forth in the Gospel of Mark.

MAT-120 Contemporary Math

An introductory math course designed to develop skills that have practical usage in a business setting and daily life experience. The course reviews basic mathematical concepts, develops skills with algebraic expressions and expands to several topical applications, including number properties, equations and inequalities, percentages, finance, interest, geometric figures, probability, graphs and statistics.

FAR-211 Introduction to Fine Arts

Introduction, survey and development of an appreciation for the fine arts, including music, painting, sculpture and architecture. The course includes an introduction to the field of aesthetics, a study of components and techniques of the fine arts and a broad historical survey of artistic trends. Emphasis is placed upon the development of value judgment skills within the context of a Christ-centered worldview.

HIS-115 American Studies

A study of American culture using a thematic approach and including topics such as Puritanism, colonization, the Native American experience, industrialization, religious trends, technology, reform movements, the role of women, the impact of war on American life, economic development and contemporary issues.

SOC-211 Current Social Issues

An examination of current social issues in light of classical and contemporary theories. Emphasis is placed on the implications of these issues for American society.

SCI-119 Contemporary Issues in Science and Technology

An exploration of current issues in physics, science, biology, health and medicine. The course provides an understanding of the scientific method and how to critically evaluate current issues from a scientific perspective.

Concentration Courses

BUS-217 Introduction to Global Business

A study of globalization and its impact on the world and the individual. A variety of topics is explored including culture, regional trading blocks and challenges and opportunities facing business today.

BUS-241 Personal Financial Planning

A study of the principles and practices of personal financial management. Topics covered include budgeting, taxes, banking, credit, investments, insurance, goal setting, retirement and estate planning.

MGT-233 Leadership Studies

An overview of the fundamentals of leadership. Using a combination of both theory and practical applications from case studies, students explore issues involved with solving business problems, group interactions and techniques of group presentations.

MKT-252 Introduction to Marketing

An introduction to basic marketing principles focused on traditional marketing applications in decision-making and the marketing function. Emphasis is placed on marketing consumer and industrial goals as well as analysis of marketing functions and institutions. Marketing appropriate for 21st century business environments will also be discussed, including the influence of social media on principles and applications of marketing strategies.

MGT-232 Entrepreneurship

A survey of fundamental management principles, problems and procedures unique to small businesses. Topics include ownership, competition, financing, marketing, personnel, long- and short-term planning and governmental regulations.

BUS-234 Current Problems in Business: Case Studies

A case study course in which students integrate current social issues with functional business strategies. Students analyze problems faced by specific companies and thereby learn to understand the causes for these problems, the many alternative solutions available and the impact of solutions on both the company and society in general. General topics may include strategic management of social issues, political and community responsiveness, human investment, consumer welfare, the environment and multinational corporations.

Program Learning Outcomes

Take your career where you want to go. Our associate in business program is designed to equip you to apply core business principles as you build your professional future.

Proficiency in Terminology, Theories, Concepts, Practices and Skills

Students will demonstrate proficiency in the terminology, theories, concepts, practices and skills specific to business in the 21st-century workforce. In accomplishing this objective, you will be able to:

      • Define basic business terminology as related to your vocation.
      • Explain basic theoretical concepts and constructs important to the scope of business.
      • Classify and effectively communicate core business theories and research.
      • Interpret and apply research literature to business challenges.

Competency in Applying Knowledge to Address Real-Life Problems

Students will exhibit competency in applying your knowledge to address real-life problems through both individual and group effort. At the end of this program, you will be able to:

      • Demonstrate emotional intelligence and personal management skills germane to the needs of 21st-century business employers.
      • Collaborate with others in achieving shared objectives of the business program.
      • Exhibit business writing and speaking skills desired by employers in the 21st-century workplace.
      • Use knowledge of empirical and theoretical research to solve 21st-century challenges and problems.

Integration of Traditional and Non-Traditional Cognitive Skills

Students will demonstrate your ability to integrate traditional and non-traditional skills expected of students in the liberal arts tradition, including analytical skills, information literacy, quantitative competency and communication fluency.

Intercultural Competence

Students will demonstrate intercultural competence in addressing civic, social, environmental and economic issues with the 21st-century business workplace.

Articulation of a Christ-Centered Worldview

Students will articulate a Christ-centered worldview to include its personal, professional and communal embodiment through Christian virtues.

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Cornerstone Will Help You at Every Step!

An enrollment counselor is ready to help you start your degree journey now. Cornerstone offers:

  • Accelerated admissions to get you started sooner.
  • No SAT or ACT is required.
  • Competitive tuition rates—some of the most affordable in the region. 
  • Transfer-friendly—up to 50% of total degree hours in transfer credits possible.
  • Financial aid advisers available to explore funding opportunities for this valuable investment.

Start your A.S in Business online with Cornerstone University today!

Knowledgeable enrollment counselors are ready to guide you from application to graduation! A high quality, practical associates in business degree is available to support your life goals. Cornerstone offers:

  • Accelerated admissions to get you started sooner.
  • No SAT or ACT is required.
  • Competitive tuition rates—some of the most affordable in the region. 
  • Transfer-friendly—up to 50% of total degree hours in transfer credits possible.
  • Financial aid advisers available to explore funding opportunities for this valuable investment.

Start your application for a bold, influential ministry with your A.S in Business online or on campus degree from Cornerstone University!

My degree gave me great knowledge of how a business runs and the ability to better communicate with people.

Adianna Reyes (A.S. ’19)

Related Programs

Looking for other associate degrees or to pursue a bachelor’s degree? Cornerstone offers two other online associate degree programs and four bachelor’s degree programs. Here are a couple of options that might interest you.

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