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What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

63.4% of Perimeter College students receive financial assistance.

How long will it take?

The typical pathway requires 60 semester hours — 42 hours in core curriculum and 18 hours in pathway courses.

Where will I take classes?
Alpharetta, Clarkston, Decatur, Dunwoody, Newton, Online

All required classes to earn a degree can be completed online.

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

Fall Semester (starts in August) — Due by August 1
Spring Semester (starts in January) — Due by December 1
Summer Semester (starts in late May) — Due by May 1

Business Administration Pathway, A.S.

What Is Business Administration?

Business is the making, buying or selling of goods or services. Business administration is the study of principles, practices and dynamics of organizations related to commercial or industrial activity.

Why Study Business Administration?

The world of business is changing and expanding in new and exciting ways. At Perimeter College, Business Administration students develop specialized skills in business fields and improve their ability to communicate, think independently and thrive in the workplace.

A note on pathways: A pathway is an advising guide to help students prepare for their intended bachelor’s degree major. By following the course of study outlined in the appropriate Associate of Arts or Associate of Science pathway, students will have the necessary prerequisite courses to continue in their chosen disciplines. A pathway is not a major and will not be represented on the diploma.


Students should consult with advisers to confirm availability of online courses and requirements or additional costs that may be associated with courses. Students should check with advisers about which campuses offer the courses they need. Typically, core courses required for pathways can be taken at most locations and online, while pathway-specific courses may require attendance at a particular location.
Pathway Highlights

“I have found the faculty have been nothing but helpful, educational and an important resource for students. These professors go out of their way to make sure all students understand their classes and will sit down with you to explain if you don’t. They work hard and care about every student that comes through their door, and that is very much evident in the way they teach.”

Sarah Olvera
Perimeter College
Business Administration student
Newton Campus


Family- Swearing inPerimeter College alumnus Ross Bradley has put his business administration education to work in the restaurant industry. Bradley and his wife, Hollis, opened their third Your Pie franchise in December 2018. The couple now oversee the pizza restaurant franchises in Athens, Ga.; Covington, Ga., and Monroe, Ga. The Covington location is the top producing Your Pie restaurant in the nation.

Bradley, who completed his associate degree at Perimeter in 2010, also has become a leader in his community, having been elected to the City Council in Monroe, serving as the chairman of the advisory board for the Walton County Boys and Girls Club and serving as a member of Carver Middle School’s School Council.

Bradley earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration at the University of Mississippi in 2013.

Pathway Details

Download a recommended course plan for the Business Administration Guided Pathway.

For up-to-date curriculum requirements, visit the catalog.  Students should discuss their pathways with an academic advisor.

As part of Georgia State University, Perimeter College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools: Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) to award associate degrees. Successful completion of a pathway at Perimeter College leads to an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Georgia State University.



The Business Administration program emphasizes preparation for decision making in a business environment. Perimeter College faculty members have practical experience in a variety of industries. By drawing upon this experience in the classroom, they provide students with real-world examples to complement business theories. A student who gains an Associate of Science degree by enrolling in the academic pathway in Business Administration lays the foundation for a business career and provides an excellent jump-start for a bachelor’s degree. With the core knowledge gained at Perimeter College, students can continue specialized studies at a four-year institution, enter the workplace as a skilled employee or express their entrepreneurial spirit by starting a business. Every company needs business-savvy individuals. A Business Administration degree serves as a strong investment and base for specializations such as:

  • Accounting
  • Business Education
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Health Administration
  • Hospitality Administration
  • International Business
  • Managerial Science
  • Risk Management
  • Marketing
  • Real Estate

For potential career and wage information, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.


Admissions and Curriculum Inquiries

For help with applying or admissions, please review our website, visit a campus office, or contact us at 404-413-2500.

Business Administration Department Chair
Dr. M. James Kahiga
[email protected]

Alpharetta Campus
Illiad Connally, Assistant Chair
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Clarkston Campus
Illiad Connally, Assistant Chair
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Decatur Campus
Mark Flowers, Associate Chair
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Dunwoody Campus
Janet Orr
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Newton Campus
Salli Vargis, Associate Chair
[email protected]

Dr. M. James Kahiga, Department Chair
[email protected]

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