The Associate of Arts (Business) Degree is a two-year undergraduate degree offered by many institutions in the province of British Columbia and beyond. The Associate Degree program is designed to provide broad-based knowledge and experiences in preparation for entering the workforce, or as a foundation for further undergraduate study.
For full program description, requirements, and policies, see the Academic Calendar.
Our Associate of Arts Degree and Associate of Science concentrations:
The Associate of Arts (Business) Degree is a foundational degree consisting of 64 credits in total, typically completed over a two-year period. Program requirements include a minimum of 24 credits in economics and a minimum of 12 credits in Commerce. Upon completion of the Associate of Arts (Business) Degree program, students may choose to enter the workforce or continue their undergraduate studies.
Transfer to 3rd/4th Year at a University
An Associate of Arts (Business) Degree may be transferable to the third year of a four-year bachelor’s degree program at a university.
Some BC universities also admit Associate Degree graduates at a reduced GPA requirement. For more information on the option of transferring to a university upon completion of an Associate of Arts Business Degree, please consult the BC Transfer Guide or see an Academic Advisor.
Enter the Workforce
International students completing the Associate of Arts (Business) Degree program at Alexander College are also eligible to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit.
Our Associate of Arts Business Degree Program will enhance skills as well as provide experiences and aptitudes in the following areas:
Knowledge of economic theory
Familiarity with the applications of economics
Knowledge of organizational behavior and human resource management
Understanding of the relationship between commerce/industry and economics
Ability to analyze and interpret data
Ability to apply quantitative skills to business subjects
The Associate of Arts (Business) degree program consists of the following course requirements, which must be completed with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater.
I. 6 credits in first-year English
II. 9 credits in science which shall include at least:
III. 12 credits in arts
IV. 24 credits in economics, including 18 credits in second-year economics
V. 12 credits in commerce, including courses in management, finance, accounting, and marketing
A concentration in Business allows students to explore their specific interests in the field, and makes possible a variety of career opportunities.
This degree can also qualify graduates for positions that demand greater responsibility than those achievable with a high school diploma.
With an Associate of Arts (Business) Degree, students can seek entry-level employment in advertising, banking, retail, business services, e-commerce, and marketing.
Examples of positions in these sectors include, but are not limited to:
Accounting or Administrative Assistant
Bookkeeping, Marketing or Office Assistant
Customer Service Representative
Human Resources Assistant
As a current Commerce student, Arash loves volunteering and has helped out with the new student orientation as well as playing on the AC's basketball and soccer teams.
He hopes to one day be working in the sports industry using his Associate's of Arts degree he's learned at AC and believes new students should always pursue challenges to grow.Watch Video
Currently, Leo hopes to one day start his own business after finishing his program at UBC.
When not studying, Leo loves playing billiards and connecting with different students from different cultures as a means of improving his social skills.Watch Video
Caroline dreams to one day own her own company here in Vancouver. Her goal is to combine her work experience and knowledge learned at AC.
When taking a break from studies, Caroline is very passionate about dancing! She also has a YouTube Channel where she shares most of her K-pop dance covers.Watch Video
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