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About Athens State University Business Programs

Offering degrees in almost every aspect of business — from supply chain management and human resources to accounting and administration — Athens State University’s transfer-friendly programs give students opportunities to pursue the business careers that interest them the most. Plus, our affordable tuition, flexible formats, and varied program lengths provide a truly accessible education. Our accessibility extends to our faculty members, who pride themselves on their unparalleled availability and support. From extended office hours to one-on-one tutoring, they put in extra time to prime students for academic and career success.

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Undergraduate

Business

Bachelor of Science in Accounting

Regardless of size, location, or profitability, every business needs accounting professionals. Due to this ever-present need, a career in accounting appeals to many professionals — and the Bachelor of Science in Accounting at Athens State University can put you on that popular career path.

Accountants ensure businesses are in the black, as well as adhering to tax regulations and making the best use of their money. Our BS in Accounting will equip you with in-demand skills that will serve any organization. Our faculty members boast decades of experience that they use to influence the degree curriculum, arming you to help companies meet today’s business challenges.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the employment of accounting professionals to grow 4% between 2019 and 2029. Our Bachelor of Science in Accounting can help you start a career in entry-level positions in:

  • Tax regulation
  • Financial consulting
  • Financial risk management
  • Small business
  • Banking
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Management

Bachelor of Science in Acquisition Contract Management

You’ve probably heard about companies acquiring other companies or celebrities signing massive contracts. Such lucrative business agreements are actually wrought with complications and red tape. That’s why businesses need specialists devoted to making sure deals go smoothly. With the Bachelor of Science in Acquisition and Contract Management, you can become the specialist businesses require.

Our program will give you expert knowledge of acquisition and contracting processes, including purchasing goods and services, pricing, contract negotiations, and contract law. The degree emphasizes both federal contracting and commercial contracting, giving you an opportunity to pursue the field that interests you most.

A Bachelor of Science in Acquisition and Contract Management can lead to career opportunities such as:

  • Acquisition specialist
  • Acquisition analyst
  • Contracting specialist
  • Acquisition support specialist
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Business

Bachelor of Science in Advanced Manufacturing Management

As consumer technology advances, so do manufacturing technologies — rapidly. From robotics to automation, the way products are manufactured is under constant change. Industries demand manufacturing professionals who embrace change as an opportunity to adapt. The Bachelor of Science in Advanced Manufacturing Management at Athens State University will prepare you for the constantly shifting manufacturing industry, providing you with a comprehensive understanding of emerging technologies.

Our in-depth curriculum covers almost every aspect of modern manufacturing, from operations management and supply chain to accounting and information systems. You’ll not only learn to leverage all these factors but also gain extensive knowledge of how to apply manufacturing technology and lead more efficient manufacturing operations.

Our BS in Advanced Manufacturing Management can lead to career opportunities such as:

  • Advanced manufacturing automation engineering manager
  • Advanced production manager
  • Engineering project manager
  • Manufacturing digital strategist
  • Production supervisor

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Management

Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management

While doctors, nurses, and practitioners are responsible for saving patients’ lives, the business professionals behind the scenes are greasing the gears of the healthcare system. Athens State University’s Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management equips students with the skills and strategies to become effective, in-demand healthcare business professionals.

Our degree takes a holistic approach to the business of healthcare, focusing on accounting, finance, policy, management, and more — all within a healthcare context. Offered in multiple modalities — online, on campus, or at satellite campuses — this degree is designed for adult learners seeking flexibility. And our affordable tuition makes our degrees more accessible to more students.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the employment of medical and health services managers to grow 32% between 2019 and 2029, a much faster growth rate than the national average (4%). Our Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management can help you start a career in:

  • Insurance companies
  • Hospitals
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Public health agencies
  • Outpatient facilities
  • Doctors’ offices
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Medical equipment sales
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Management

Bachelor of Science in Homeland and Corporate Security

Major disasters, whether human-made or natural, seem to happen all too frequently. The truth is, however, homeland security professionals thwart countless more potential disasters before they ever manifest. Athens State University’s Bachelor of Science in Homeland and Corporate Security can prepare you to be a homeland security professional and protect your community.

With a curriculum that blends elements of homeland security, disaster preparedness, and corporate security, the BS in Homeland and Corporate Security transforms students into holistic security professionals who practice the research-backed techniques that mitigate disasters or major crimes. Students can choose to concentrate in homeland security — focusing on terrorism, illegal trafficking, and global security — or corporate security, studying surveillance, business resilience planning, and security in the workplace.

Our BS in Homeland and Corporate Security can lead to career opportunities such as:

  • Federal agent
  • Emergency management director
  • Law enforcement officer
  • Fire inspector
  • Security analyst

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Management

Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management

If you’ve had a job where you were properly compensated, consistently motivated, and positioned for extensive growth, your organization likely had an effective human resources manager. If you want to help others find fulfillment in their work, the Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management at Athens State University can help you get there.

Our degree will arm you with the hard and soft skills to manage employee support at any organization, from recruiting and compensation to workplace wellness and training. Our experienced faculty members leverage their career insights to ensure you graduate with the in-demand expertise that employers seek.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the employment of human resources professionals to grow 6% between 2019 and 2029. Our Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management can help you start a career in:

  • Federal agencies
  • Municipal agencies
  • Manufacturing
  • Healthcare and social assistance
  • Technology

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Business

Bachelor of Science in Logistics and Supply Chain Management

How do textiles developed in a factory in Montana make their way to store shelves in New Jersey? How does coffee from South America end up at your local coffee shop? In large part, it’s thanks to supply chain and logistics professionals. The Bachelor of Science in Logistics and Supply Chain Management from Athens State University can help you become one.

Led by a faculty with decades of hands-on experience in the field, the BS in Logistics and Supply Chain Management will prepare you to plan for and forecast the demand for products, mitigate disruptions, and uncover inefficiencies in the movement of products and raw materials. Plus, you’ll work alongside our collaborative faculty members to launch research projects and develop efficient logistics plans.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the employment of supply chain professionals to grow 4% between 2019 and 2029. The Bachelor of Science in Logistics and Supply Chain Management from Athens State can help you start a career in:

  • Federal agencies
  • Manufacturing
  • Wholesale trade
  • Corporate retail

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Business

Bachelor of Science in Management

To jump-start your business career, you need a comprehensive understanding of the basics of good business. Athens State University’s Bachelor of Science in Management will prepare you for success in business, giving you a foundational knowledge of best practices across a multitude of domains.

The BS in Management gives you an opportunity to pursue a variety of business fields, offering in-depth courses in accounting, finance, management, information systems, global business, production theory, and marketing. We’ll help you identify the specific area you enjoy most and give you the skills to build a career in that realm.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment in management occupations will grow by 5% between 2019 and 2029. Our program can help you start a career in:

  • Banking
  • Management consulting
  • Sales
  • Project management
  • Nonprofit management
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Business

Bachelor of Science in Management of Cybersecurity Operations

In our digital world, the threat of cyberattacks is pervasive and exponentially devastating. That’s why we need highly trained cybersecurity professionals now more than ever — and the Bachelor of Science in Management of Cybersecurity Operations at Athens State University can help equip you to answer that need.

Our holistic degree will prepare you to be an interdisciplinary cybersecurity professional. You’ll learn how to assess vulnerabilities in an organization’s security plans and establish more effective policies for keeping information safe.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the employment of cybersecurity professionals to grow a staggering 31% between 2019 and 2029, a much faster growth rate than the national average (4%). Our Bachelor of Science in Management of Cybersecurity Operations can help you start a career in entry-level positions in:

Information assurance management

  • Enterprise architecture
  • Risk management
  • Security audits and compliance
  • Information assurance
  • Systems architecture

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Business

Bachelor of Science in Management of Technology

State University’s BS in Management of Technology will give you the opportunity to become the go-to tech expert at any organization.

Leveraging a curriculum rooted in both business and technology principles, our BS in Management of Technology will show you the important roles specialized business technology can play in organizations of all sizes. You’ll graduate poised to be a technology leader, with the expertise to make decisions on when and how to use various technologies in business settings.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the employment of technology management professionals to grow 8% between 2019 and 2029, much faster than average. Our Bachelor of Science in Management of Technology can help you start a career in entry-level positions in:

  • Telecommunications
  • Finance and insurance
  • Corporate retail
  • Banking
  • Data processing
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Business

Bachelor of Science in Occupational Health and Safety Management

Federal, state, and local governments establish workplace safety laws, but they’re not the ones who enforce them and keep workers safe. Occupational health and safety professionals dedicate their careers to keeping work environments hazard-free and safe for employees. Athens State University’s Bachelor of Science in Occupational Health and Safety Management will give you the training to protect workers and begin a career in occupational safety.

Our curriculum will expose you to a variety of experiences you can expect in the field. We’ll show you how to identify and mitigate potential risks workers encounter. You’ll develop preventive strategies and response plans that ensure all workers make it home safely.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the employment of occupational safety professionals to grow 4% between 2019 and 2029. Our BS in Occupational Health and Safety Management can lead to career opportunities such as:

  • Risk manager
  • Safety and health manager
  • Environment, health, and safety (EHS) program director
  • Loss control specialist

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Business

Master of Science in Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management

In today’s global marketplace, industries need efficient international supply chains. Our world’s increasing reliance on global networks opens the door for more frequent disruptions, meaning logistics professionals must be prepared to face the challenges of modern supply chains. Athens State University’s Master of Science in Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management helps current supply chain professionals gain a global and advanced understanding of logistics, inventory management, and procurement.

Our MS in Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management features three tracks: Executive Leadership, offering a National Society of Leadership Success Executive Leadership Certificate alongside supply chain insights; Logistics Information Systems, preparing students to use data and information analysis in a supply chain context; and Artificial Intelligence, giving students the chance to earn the IBM Artificial Intelligence Practitioner badge.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the employment of supply chain professionals to grow 4% between 2019 and 2029. The MS in Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management from Athens State can help you become a leader in the following supply chain settings:

  • Federal agencies
  • Manufacturing
  • Wholesale trade
  • Corporate retail

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Religion

Master of Arts in Religious Studies

The field of religious studies is not reserved for those dedicated to a specific belief system. It can open your mind to new cultures and give you insight into human behaviors. Athens State University’s Master of Arts in Religious Studies is a nondenominational degree that promotes the objective critical analysis of world religions in a neutral setting.

Students in this program gain a wider perspective on the basic tenets of religion while comparing major world religions and their beliefs. Students will gain a deeper understanding of:

  • The historical development of religion
  • The cultural significance of religion
  • Religious orientation’s relation to society
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Management

Master of Science in Strategic Healthcare Management & Administration

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 32% increase in medical and health services manager positions in the next decade. This projection demonstrates a clear need for healthcare administrators prepared to tackle the challenges facing our healthcare infrastructure. That’s why Athens State University launched the Master of Science in Strategic Healthcare Management and Administration — to prepare future healthcare management professionals to serve their communities.

This flexible master’s degree will give you a holistic perspective on the business of healthcare, with coursework covering finance, organizational management, human capital management, cultural competence, informatics, healthcare policy, and more. You’ll graduate from the program with the confidence and expertise to take on senior healthcare management roles.

Our MS in Strategic Healthcare Management and Administration can help you take on leadership roles in the following settings:

  • Insurance companies
  • Hospitals
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Public health agencies
  • Outpatient facilities
  • Doctors’ offices
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Medical equipment sales

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Management

Master of Science in Strategic Human Resource Management

As businesses become more employee-centric, the role of human resources managers grows more important — and more complex. Today’s HR managers oversee the cultivation of sustainable work environments that ensure employees feel validated and are poised to succeed.

The Master of Science in Strategic Human Resource Management at Athens State University will prepare you for this new frontier of human resources, showing you how to develop policies and procedures that serve organizational goals and employees’ needs. You’ll develop a legal and ethical framework that allows you to implement strategies that lead to productive and fulfilling workplaces.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the employment of human resources professionals to grow 6% between 2019 and 2029. Our MS in Strategic Human Resource Management can help you start a career in the following settings:

  • Federal agencies
  • Municipal agencies
  • Manufacturing
  • Healthcare and social assistance
  • Technology

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Business

Master of Science in Strategic Leadership and Business Analytics

If you’re going to be a true decision-maker in business, you need a strategic understanding of data analysis. Designed specifically for busy professionals, Athens State University’s Master of Science in Strategic Leadership and Business Analytics offers you a foundational understanding of leadership and the technical know-how in business analytics to allow you to become an influential data leader in your organization.

This degree program will bolster your professional acumen by immersing you in tried-and-true strategic leadership models you can immediately put to work. We’ll show you how to strategically harness the power of data analytics so you can make effective decisions and guide business innovation.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the employment of business analytics professionals to grow 11% between 2019 and 2029, much faster than average. Our MS in Strategic Leadership and Business Analytics can help you advance your career into positions such as:

  • Market research analyst
  • Data scientist
  • Operations research analyst
  • Chief data officer
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“Athens State will give a person a chance. This school makes a difference in lives. Remarkable things happen.”

Glenn Conner

Social Science 1977

Why Choose Athens?

Our degrees are specifically designed to meet employers’ needs.

We‘ve cultivated an environment that welcomes students of all kinds, wherever they are in their lives, and gives them the support they need.

Our small class sizes — typically around 18 students — provide a more personalized learning experience.

About Athens State University

Athens State University, the oldest continuously operating higher education institution in Alabama, is an upper-division university that meets the needs of students often left underserved in other learning environments. We exclusively serve transfer students — whether they’re returning adult learners or younger undergraduate transfers — and provide them with career-focused education that will prepare them to enter the workforce. Our faculty members are uniquely attentive to the needs of both students and employers, and they develop curricula to serve each group equally. Students graduate from Athens State with the confidence to seize control of their careers and find success in their professional endeavors.

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Start Date

5/16/2022

Apply By

5/16/2022