Associate of Science in Business

Associate of Science

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Discover how an Associate degree from Cornerstone University can help you flourish personally and professionally.

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This introductory-level academic program is designed for working adults who understand that a solid Christian liberal arts education will help them accomplish more in their professional and personal lives. 


The regionally-accredited curriculum dives into varied, core subjects which give you with a strong foundation to knowledgeably navigate the marketplace while also offering courses specific to business. Coursework is divided into individual and group projects through which you'll learn how to effectively manage in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment while developing your leadership and communication skills. 

Convenience and Flexibility

With course offerings online and in-class, you will maximize your educational experience while still maintaining your work and family life. Classes meet one night per week in one of our three campus locations and online. Upon starting a degree, you will continue through the program with your classmates as a cohort. With an average of 15 students in each cohort, students receive one-on-one attention from faculty while gleaning insights from other students' personal and professional experience.


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Program Details

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The associate degree programs offered by Professional & Graduate Studies are designed for working adults who may have acquired learning through college or university courses, career experiences, professional or military schools and in-service training. 

Program Outcomes

This degree program offered by the Professional & Graduate Studies program provides the knowledge and skills required for leadership in one’s profession as well as personal skills needed for effective performance. Upon graduation, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the Christian worldview and the ability to apply it to business and social issues
  • Communicate effectively both in oral and written forms
  • Demonstrate a knowledge-base in the liberal arts as a foundation for business-related bachelor's degree
  • Integrate basic business principles, concepts and skills

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete at least 60 credit hours including all general education requirements and business courses in the program with at least 24 credit hours completed at Cornerstone University including 12 credit hours of business courses
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher in all work
  • A grade of C- or higher in ENG-118 and COM-111
  • Payment of all tuition and fees
  • Graduation application filed

Admission Requirements

  • Submit application with applicable fee
  • Official transcripts
  • Graduation from High School
  • Minimum of two years full-time work experience since high school
  • Students whose primary language is not English must achieve a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), 79-80 (internet-based) or a minimum IELTS score of 6.5

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Program Courses

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The courses for the Associate of Science in Business Studies are separated into two steps. Students can expect to begin the Step II courses at the completion of Step I.

Step I: Courses

Foundations of Inquiry | 2 credits; 5 weeks

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.  

Introduction to Writing and Research | 4 credits; 8 weeks

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

Foundations of Speech Communication | 3 credits; 5 weeks

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.  

Introduction to Global Business | 3 credits; 5 weeks

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.  

Christian Foundations | 3 credits; 5 weeks

A study of the biblical concepts of creation, fall, redemption, consummation, stewardship and humanity as divine image bearers. These concepts provide a basis for all knowledge, insisting that “all truth is God’s truth,” and for the absolutes of biblical truth and morality.  

Personal Financial Planning | 3 credits; 5 weeks

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.  

General Psychology | 3 credits; 5 weeks

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

American Studies | 3 credits; 5 weeks

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.  

Foundations of Wellness | 2 credits; 4 weeks

A study in personal wellness as a responsibility of biblical stewardship. This course addresses total person wellness in the context of biblical principles. Topics include attitude, exercise, fitness, nutrition and stress management.  

Philosophy in Culture | 3 credits; 5 weeks

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. 

Step II: Courses

Leadership Studies | 3 credits; 6 weeks

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.  

Introduction to Literature | 3 credits; 5 weeks

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.  

Principles of Marketing | 3 credits; 5 weeks

An introduction to marketing centered on product, pricing, distribution and promotion with specific 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.  

Gospel Literature | 3 credits; 5 weeks

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.  

Contemporary Math | 3 credits; 7 weeks

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.  

Entrepreneurship | 3 credits; 5 weeks

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.  

Introduction to Fine Arts | 3 credits; 5 weeks

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 Christian worldview.  

Mosaic Literature | 3 credits; 5 weeks

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. 

Current Social Issues | 3 credits; 5 weeks

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.  

Contemporary Issues in Science and Technology | 3 credits; 6 weeks

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.  

Current Problems in Business: Case Study | 2 credits; 4 weeks

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 multi-national corporations.  

Career Paths

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An Associate of Science in Business can lead you into various career paths:

  • Investment Banking
  • Small Business Management
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Entrepreneurial Start-ups
  • Government
  • Retail
  • Sales
  • and more!

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