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University Headquarters Ranks UST No. 16 for the Best Online Associate Degree in Business

University Headquarters logoUniversity Headquarters (HQ) ranks the University of St. Thomas-Houston No. 16 for the Best Online Associate Degree in Business. UST offers a General Business Associates in Applied Science degree 100% online through its Kolbe School of Innovation and Professional Studies.

“We are honored to be included in the top 20 of the Best Online Associate Degree in Business ranking,” Dr. Nicole Walters, dean of the Kolbe School, said. “And we could not be more proud of our students and faculty that have helped us achieve this status. This distinction is proof positive that our dream of providing top level business education in a two-year format has become a reality.”

UST added associate degrees in applied science programs in 2019 and now offers eight associate degrees, including – General Business, Cybersecurity, Network Technology, Electronic Technology, Drug & Alcohol Counseling, Pragmatic Studies, Liberal Arts in English, and Liberal Arts in Spanish (spring 2023). Dr. Nicole Walters serves as dean of the Kolbe School.

“Business education is in high demand in the US and across the globe,” Dr. Mark Amelang, chair of General Business for the Kolbe School, said. “The rapid pace of growth in demand makes the Kolbe School’s Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in General Business a great alternative for students just completing high school (or equivalent) or adults looking to enhance their careers. Our unique format allows students to apply what they are learning in real-time, while keeping the option open to pursue a four-year business degree.”

Earning an AAS in General Business program can help improve job prospects and earning potential. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017, the annual median wage for U.S. business jobs is $67,710.

General Business is a popular degree choice for many students who want to complete their degree in a short time, giving them a quick boost into the job market. General Business majors are for students who desire to learn business fundamentals and entrepreneurship and those who seek additional certifications for immediate employment and career upskilling.

This degree has a special tuition rate making it affordable. UST helps provide financial aid for those who complete the FAFSA and Pell Grants, so tuition is nearly free. The flexibility of the online program also enables students to stay employed while earning a degree. This program is in partnership with the Cameron School of Business and is AACSB accredited – the most respected accrediting body in business education worldwide.

HQ scours the government and other sources to find current statistics and information. It also looks deep into each university's studies to find the best programs for prospective students. HQ's website has degree information, including guidance on crucial starting points, such as pursuing questions about students' interests to help them narrow down a degree path. This all-in-one source for information on colleges, entrance requirements, and career paths helps students navigate the requirements to gain entry to programs, become certified, or move up the career ladder in their chosen field.