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General Business Administration — Accelerated Option

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General Business Administration — Accelerated Option Overview

Now you can get started in your business career in just 15 months with our General Business Administration — Accelerated Option.

Like College of The Albemarle’s (COA) traditional General Business Administration curriculum, the Accelerated Option is designed to introduce you to various aspects of the free enterprise system but at a quicker pace — summer and winter (four-week sessions between our fall and spring semesters) classes speed your progress. You’ll be provided with a fundamental knowledge of business functions, processes, and an understanding of business organizations in today’s global economy.

The Accelerated Option allows you to:

  • Earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in just 15 months
  • Save thousands by completing two years at COA versus a four-year institution
  • Enter the workforce faster
  • Have the option to transfer to a four-year college or university faster*

If you want to learn more about the program and become part of the first cohort in summer 2020, complete our interest form by April 15, 2020.

Class work — which is mostly online — includes business concepts such as accounting, business law, economics, management and marketing. Skills related to the application of these concepts are developed through the study of computer applications, communication, team building and decision-making. Through these skills, you’ll have a sound business education base for lifelong learning.

*Students who intend to transfer are encouraged to work with the intended four-year college or university. Courses should be chosen based upon requirements for student’s intended major at the receiving four-year institution.

Degree Option

  • General Business Administration — Associate in Applied Science


Graduates are prepared for employment opportunities in government agencies, financial institutions and business industry.

How to Get Started

Students, you must have departmental approval to enroll in the accelerated degree program.