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AA in General Business (MyPath)

This online, self-paced program helps students build the foundation necessary to advance in business. 

AA in General Business

The MyPath Associates of Arts (AA) in General Business focuses on career-building competencies to help broaden your knowledge.  As a student, you will explore a wide range of subjects including, business, communications, humanities, information literacy, natural sciences, quantitative reasoning, social sciences and more. The, flexible self-paced competencies were designed to allow students to carve out your own pathway to education.

UMass Global’s AA in General Business program:

  • Designed with input by business leaders
  • Utilizes ever-evolving curriculum and award-winning technology
  • Includes books and reading materials


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Ways to Learn

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If I put more time in it I can get it done faster.  The best part is that you find out what you do know and what you need to know.
Venita C. | MyPath BBA, Information Systems Management
The courses are designed to allow me to apply the knowledge immediately. The assignments often support initiatives I am working on within my job such as public speaking and written communication, which allows me to demonstrate my career development improvements.
Current Student | MyPath
I actually got to be part of a team to write the policies and procedures at my work. I don't think I would have been able to be a part of that team if I hadn't finished the English curriculum and that was all because I started here at Brandman*.
Real World Experience With Immediate Value | MyPath BBA
*Brandman University is now UMass Global
Being a college graduate has been on my ‘bucket’ list for over 20 years. Finishing college will be a huge feeling of accomplishment.
Current Student | MyPath
The flexibility is 100% my favorite thing. There are no deadlines. It means that if something does get in the way I don't get stressed about that.
Colin G. | MyPath BBA, Management and Organizational Leadership
The greatest value to me is the flexibility of the program because I travel frequently. It allows me to complete my degree while working in a challenging career that does not have predictable schedules or demands.
Current Student | MyPath
On several occasions, the conversations turn to where ‘we’ went to school… I secretly cringe waiting for them to ask what my degree is in. I feel this is the one place where I lack credibility in my job... and where having a degree will make a difference.
Current Student | MyPath
The faculty is always available and responsive; they work within my schedule when making appointments even if that means after 5:00 PM or on the weekends. They are extremely supportive, knowledgeable, and encouraging.
Current Student | MyPath
From the very start of my inquiry I have been impressed by the overwhelming support I receive from the entire team. The MyPath team is organized in such a way that all of my needs are met and exceed my expectation.
Current Student | MyPath
I love that I am in control of the pace of my program yet the material is challenging and comprehensive.
Current Student | MyPath
When comparing the CBE experience to my previous traditional college experience, the CBE program is so much more fitting in allowing me to maintain a full time job and complete my degree.
Current Student | MyPath
So far, my main interaction has been with Tutorial Faculty. Having been out of school for a very long time and never having written anything of much significance at the college level, I was very intimidated by my first written final assessment. Being able to send her my work and receive feedback made me feel much more confident about the work I was producing and eventually submitted for grading.
Current Student | MyPath
Pace is up to me, which is the way I need it. There are times when I am super motivated and can sit for 3-4 hours doing school work and times when I start, get 15 minutes in, can't concentrate and have to walk away. I know that completing my degree from a timing standpoint is completely up to me.
Current Student | MyPath
In some of the early competencies (Strategies, Marketing, etc.) I sailed through a lot of the coursework because it was material that I already use in my workplace.
Current Student | MyPath

Admission Requirements

Applicants for this program must complete the formal application process and submit required documents. Documents required vary based on the number of transferable credits and include:


  • High school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Official high school transcript indicating the date of graduation
  • High school cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Pass an admissions exam in English and Math
    • Successful completion of a transferable course to ENGU-103 or ENGU-104 (grade of C or higher) waives admissions test in English
    • Successful completion of a transferable course to MATU-103 or higher (grade of C or higher) waives admissions test in Math


  • Provide official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended.
  • No admission exam or high school transcript are required.

Only credits from regionally accredited institutions may be accepted in transfer. Failure to report any previous academic work at another college or university may be considered a violation of academic integrity.

Short Transferable Credits?

UMass Global's School of Extended Education offers a 4 course program allowing you to earn up to the 12 credits needed for admission. Check out the Advancement Pathway to learn more.

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AA in General Business Program Curriculum

  • Subdomain: Communications

    COMC 410 Interpersonal Communications

    Understand the skills required to interact effectively with others.

    COMC 101 Oral Communications

    Deliver a well-organized oral presentation using delivery techniques and supporting materials appropriate for the audience.

    ENGC 103 Written Communications, Level A

    Identify and apply key components of effective writing skills and APA.

    ENGC 104 Written Communications, Level B

    Compose written arguments that are coherent, grammatically correct, and rhetorically aware.

    Subdomain: Humanities

    PHLC 110 Creative and Critical Thinking

    Develop a creative solution to a historical, social, ethnic, economic, technological, and/or geographic problem.

    HUMC 110 Disciplinary Relationships

    Analyze relationships between disciplines such as history, literature, religion, philosophy, and the fine arts.

    HUMC 115 Human Experience

    Analyze the ways in which the human experience is influenced by historical, social, ethnic, economic, technological, and/or geographic contexts.

    Subdomain: Information Literacy

    LBSC 320 Information Literacy, Level A

    Evaluate and cite various information resources to understand ethical research practices.

    LBSC 321 Information Literacy, Level B

    Apply academic research practices to complete an academic research project.

    Subdomain: Natural Sciences

    NSCC 115 Methods and Applications

    Apply the principles, concepts, and methods of the natural sciences.

    NSCC 111 Principles and Concepts, Level A

    Understand the Scientific Method as a process and master the fundamental principles, concepts, and methods of biology.

    NSCC 112 Principles and Concepts, Level B

    Master the fundamental principles, concepts, and methods of chemistry and environmental science.

    Subdomain: Quantitative Reasoning 

    MATC 103 Quantitative Literacy, Level A

    Explain accurate calculations and symbolic operations to interpret social and economic trends.

    Subdomain: Social Sciences 

    The social sciences breadth requirement consists of 6 equivalent credits. Choices should be made from competencies in the following disciplines: organizational leadership. economics, and marketing with no more than one competency in any one discipline.

  • The Business Core Requirements at University of Massachusetts Global provides a business foundation that enables students to expand their perspectives across various functional business areas.

    CSCC 200 Fundamentals of Information Technology

    Develop an understanding of information technology fundamentals.

    MKTC 301 Fundamentals of Marketing

    Develop an understanding of marketing fundamentals.

    MKTC 305 Fundamentals of Consumer Behavior

    Demonstrate an understanding of consumer behavior fundamentals e.g., demographics and purchasing behavior) and promotional practices.

    MGTC 301 Fundamentals of Management

    Demonstrate an understanding of management theory and practice.


  • The purpose of the General Business electives is to provide students with a broad business education without an in-depth study in one discipline. This program provides students with a broad business education that allows the freedom to take coursework in multiple business disciplines. The General Business emphasis consists of 9 equivalent credits of electives from any of the business disciplines.

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UMass Global MyPath is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission and the U.S. Department of Education. The curriculum in the UMass Global MyPath program is accredited and equal to a traditional program, but is delivered in a different and innovative way.

As you progress, select programs are awarded digital “badges” for competencies you have mastered, providing a way to show what skills and abilities you have gained. The badges will be awarded as certification of skills, and can be displayed on LinkedIn and other social networks, online resumes and professional portfolios. The number of competencies required range from 39-60 depending on the program.

CBEN Member

University of Massachusetts Global is a member of C-BEN. C-BEN recognizes that today, competency-based education is still an emerging field with a small number of people and institutions understanding enough to describe it or implement it. C-BEN’s efforts focus on three main priorities: growing demand, building capacity, and removing barriers.

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