Applied BusAssociate of Applied Science (AAS)

It was famously said that “the chief business of the American people is business,” and that certainly holds true today.  There are few college degrees as versatile or potentially profitable as a degree in business.  At City College, you will learn the basics of the business world in an affordable and personal setting. The General Applied Business AAS gives you an overview of multiple business concepts, from accounting to entrepreneurship.  It focuses on the business skills you need, with a few core general education courses to help support it. It is the perfect fit for a student who wants to supplement a previous degree with some business expertise or the student who wants to complete their business education in a two-year time frame. This program is conveniently offered online, utilizing interactive simulations to help you hone your business skills. 

Program Details

Customer Service Representative

Median Wage (MT)* $31,230 yearly

Median Wage (US)* $32,890 yearly


Real Estate Broker

Median Wage (MT)* $45,520 yearly

Median Wage (US)* $56,730 yearly 


Insurance Sales Agent

Median Wage (MT)* $45,290 yearly

Median Wage (US)* $49,710 yearly


Business Office Manager

Median Wage (MT)* $78,420 yearly

Median Wage (US)* $64,940 yearly


*Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Employment Projections; MT Dept. of Labor and Industry, Research and Analysis Bureau; (2017)

Graduate Placement Data 

You will find employment in a variety of settings, such as:

  • Small Business Entrepreneur 
  • Insurance Sales Agent
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Real Estate Broker
  • Business Office Manager

 This program is offered in a fully online format. 


  • First-time college students must have high school diplomas from an accredited high school, a GED/HiSET, or passed the MSUB Readiness Exam offered through our university.
  • Transfer students will need to submit records from all regionally accredited institutions.
 Montana State University Billings is accredited by the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

Q: Can  I work while in this program?

A: Yes. The General Applied Business AAS program is offered online, so you have the flexibility to complete your degree around your schedule.  

Q: What topics are covered in the program? 

A: The General Applied Business AAS program covers a wide range of business skills that employers value, such as:

  • How to develop a business plan and determine market feasibility
  • The essentials of starting, managing, and growing a small business
  • Leadership skills for motivation and organizational change, empowerment, and decision making
  • Civil procedure and treatment of contracts
  • Project management and strategic planning
  • Business logistics: transport, inventory, location strategies, customer service goals, and organization control
  • Managing customer expectations by building positive customer rapport
  • Principles and techniques for selling
  • Product development
  • Marketing research
  • Management concepts: leading, staffing, decision making, appraising performance, and handling disciplinary problems

Q: Will my credits in this program transfer to a bachelor's degree in business? 

A: The General Applied Business AAS is designed for students that want to complete their business education in a two-year time frame. If your long-term goal is to complete a bachelor's degree in business, the Business Administration AS degree may be a better fit for you.

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