Career Advantage: Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Business: Business Administration

A program designed for busy adults

Complete your associate degree in two years attending classes one night per week.

The Business Administration (A.A.S.) degree prepares you for entry level business positions. You’ll take courses in accounting, management, and business to quickly build your skills and enhance your career.

The Career Advantage program is ideal if you have work and/or family commitments and may not otherwise be able to complete a traditional degree program.

Career Advantage fast facts

  • Complete your degree in two years.
  • A set program schedule makes it easy to plan your life and college commitments.
  • Classes meet one night per week in-person with online work in between classes.
  • Conveniently located on our Jamestown, Cattaraugus County (Olean), and North County Center (Dunkirk) campuses.
  • A program facilitator will help you get started and navigate college processes, so you can concentrate on your coursework.
  • Meet weekly with your instructor and classmates to stay on track and be successful.

Created for your success

Taught in a cohort model, you learn with adults who, like you, are pursuing their degrees while balancing work and personal commitments. Together, you take the same courses and support each other throughout the degree program. Faculty and staff help you to ensure your success, from admission, advisement, and registration to using technology and campus resources.

Recommended if you are:

  • more comfortable with a group of adult students and are not coming directly from high school.
  • self-motivated and able to manage your time well.
  • working and prefer the convenience of night classes and online coursework.
  • a parent and need flexibility while caring for your family.
  • interested in online learning but still want the support of face-to face classes.
  • ready to advance or change your career.


The Career Advantage program is designed for you to be a full-time student in the fall and spring semesters and part-time over the summer. Your credit hours each semester may vary if you have prior college credits that apply toward your degree.


Estimated total program costs: $15,850 for New York state residents.

  fall 2017 spring 2018 summer 2018 fall 2018 spring 2019
NYS Tuition* 2,375 2,375 1,585 2,450 2,450
Fees 460 460 105 470 470
Textbooks 550 550 400 575 575
  $3,385 $3,385 $2,090 $3,495 $3,495

* Non-resident tuition is twice the New York state rate. Payment plans are available.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available in grants, scholarships, and loans. Visit our financial aid page to learn about funding that can help you pay for your JCC degree, including the new Excelsior Scholarship for New York state residents attending SUNY and CUNY colleges.

Get started by filing the 2017-18 FAFSA as soon as possible to get your financial plan in place.

JCC also encourages students to apply for funds from outside sources, such as private grants and scholarships, state offices of Vocational and Educational Services, Access-VR, Native American aid, veterans' benefits, and workforce development and re-training programs. Check with your employer about employer tuition assistance. 

To speak with a JCC financial aid representative, call 800.338.8557, x1009 or 716.338.1009 or visit financial aid.

Course Schedule

The Career Advantage program is mapped out for two years so you know when and where your classes meet. All the courses you need for graduation are offered in the Career Advantage program.

  • Time off is built into the program so you can schedule vacations and other activities.
  • You take two courses at a time, one night per week. The rest of the week, you work online with your instructors and classmates to complete required coursework.
  • Most classes meet for seven weeks. You will also take a one-credit online course that spans the 15-week semester.
  • Classes begin when a group of 20 students commit to the program.

Jamestown Campus classes meet on Mondays.
North County Center classes meet in Dunkirk on Tuesdays.
Cattaraugus County Campus classes meet in Olean on Wednesdays.

Semester 1: Fall Time Course # Cr. Course Title
August-December Online INT 1520 1 Student Success
September-October 6-7:45 p.m. BUS 1500 3 Introduction to Business
8-9:45 p.m. PSY 1510 3 General Psychology
November-December 6-7:45 p.m. ENG 1510 3 College Composition I
8-9:45 p.m. MAT 1500 3 Problem Solving with Math
      13 Total Semester Credits
Semester 2: Spring        
January-May Online LIB 1600 1 Electronic Library Resources
January-March 5:30-7:45 p.m. CSC 1560 4 Microcomputer Applications
8-9:45 p.m. SOC 1510 3 Introduction to Sociology
March-May 6-7:45 p.m. ENG 1530 3 College Composition II
8-9:45 p.m. MAT 1540 3 Elementary Statistics
      14 Total Semester Credits
Semester 3: Summer        
May-June 5:30-8 p.m. BUS 1510 4 Principles of Financial Accounting
July-August 5:30-8 p.m. BUS 1520 4 Principles of Managerial Accounting
      8 Total Semester Credits
Semester 4: Fall        
August-December Online CMM 1700 1 Social Media Marketing Fieldwork
September-October 6-7:45 p.m. BUS 2570 3 Principles of Management
8-9:45 p.m. CMM 1700 3 Social Media Marketing
November-December 6-7:45 p.m. BUS 2550 3 Principles of Marketing
8-9:45 p.m. ECO 1530 3 Contemporary Economic Problems
      13 Total Semester Credits
Semester 5: Spring        
January-May Online CED 2060 1 Cooperative Education-Sophomore
January-March 6-7:45 p.m. BUS 2580 3 Management and Organizational Behavior
8-9:45 p.m. Elective 3  
March-May 6-7:45 p.m. BUS 2530 3 Business Law I
8-9:45 p.m. Elective 3  
      13 Total Semester Credits
Graduation: May 2019     61 Total Program Credits


If you have questions about the admissions process, call 800.338.8557 x1001 or 716.338.1001 or email admissions@mail.sunyjcc.edu.

Admission requirements for the Career Advantage Program in Business Administration:

  1. Complete JCC’s online application. Select the major titled: A.A.S. Business - Business Administration, then select the location you wish to attend. Apply »
  2. Send your high school transcripts, college transcripts, military transcripts, and/or high school equivalency diploma and test scores to our admissions office. Transcript request form »
  3. Complete placement testing in reading, writing, and math unless you qualify for an exemption. Placement testing ensures you are ready for the program coursework. Pre-collegiate courses are available through JCC’s Center for Continuing Education to assist with placement preparation.

Degree requirements

A comprehensive list of degree requirements and course descriptions is available at A.A.S. Business-Business Administration.

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