Open Course Option for ASBA

The Open Course Option is a new degree pathway that allows students to complete the majority of an Associate in Science in Business Administration degree by taking free, open, online courses from the Saylor Academy that are aligned with the University's prior learning assessment program.

The Option enables students to take open courses at no cost and then apply what they learned in those open courses by successfully completing a portfolio assessment or the University's credit-by-exam program, TECEP®. Some credits can also be earned by passing a College-Level Exam Program (CLEP) exam.  Still others can be earned through Saylor's National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS) and American Council on Education (ACE) Credit exams, which have been evaluated and recommended for college credit. Students using the Open Course option will also complete the University's new online prior learning assessment courses, PLA-100 and PLA-200, as well as some General Education requirements through traditional courses.

The Open Course Option is primarily self-paced, so students can complete courses and assessments on their own schedule, independent from monthly semesters and deadlines.

ASBA Open Course Option Degree Chart

General Education Requirements
(30 credits)
Saylor Open Course Assessment for Credit
Intellectual and Practical Skills (15 credits)
Written Communication
  • ENC-101 English Composition I
  • ENC-102 English Composition II

ENGL001 English Composition I
ENGL002 English Composition II

Oral Communication (3 Credits)
  • COM-209 Public Speaking

No Saylor Equivalent

Online Course
Quantitative Literacy (3 Credits)
  • MAT-121 College Algebra

MA001 Beginning Algebra

TECEP: MAT-121NCCRS or Ace Credit
Information Literacy (3 Credits)
  • SOS-110 Living in the Information Age
  • SOC-291: Criminology
  • LIT-291: Analysis and Interpretation of Literature
  • ENG-201 Technical Writing

ENG-210: Technical Writing

Understanding the Physical and Natural World
  • CHE-111 General Chemistry I
  • BIO-101 Introductory Biology
CHEM101 – General Chemistry I
BIO101B Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology
ACE Credit
ACE Credit
Knowledge of Human Cultures (9 Credits)
  • ECO-111 Macroeconomics
  • ECO-112 Microeconomics
  • POS-101 Intro. to Political Science
ECON102 Macroeconomics
ECON101 Microeconomics
POLSC101 Introduction to Political Science
Portfolio or CLEP
TECEP: ECO-112, Portfolio or CLEP
Civic and Global Learning (9 credits)
Ethics course (pick one):
  • PHI-286 Contemporary Ethics
  • ETH-210 Environmental Ethics

Diversity course:
  • HIS-126 World History from 1600-present

Civic Engagement (pick one):
  • POS-282 Intro to Comparative Politics

PHIL103 Moral/Political Philosophy
ENVS203 Environmental Ethics, Justice, and World Views

HIST103 World History in Modern Era

POLSC221 Introduction to Compar. Politics



Mathematics (3 credits)
  • STA-201 Introduction to Statistics
MA121 Introduction to Statistics TECEP: STA-201 or Ace Credit
Management Core (18 credits)
  • ACC-101 Principles of Financial Accounting
  • ACC-102 Principles of Managerial Accounting
  • LAW-201 Business Law
  • MAN-301 Principles of Management
  • MAR-301 Principles of Marketing
  • COS-101 Introduction to Computers/CIS
BUS103 Introduction to Financial Accounting
BUS105 Managerial Accounting

BUS205 Business Law and Ethics
BUS208 Principles of Management
BUS203 Principles of Marketing
CS101 Introduction to Computer Science I
TECEP: ACC-101 or Ace Credit


Portfolio, CLEP, NCCRS or Ace Credit
Portfolio, CLEP, NCCRS or Ace Credit
Portfolio, CLEP, NCCRS or Ace Credit
Portfolio, NCCRS or Ace Credit
Free Electives (3 credits)
Pick one:
  • CMP-354 Network Technology
  • OPM-351 Business Statistics
  • MAN-432 Small Business Management
  • MAN-435 Project Management
  • MAN-373 Managerial Communications
  • NEG-401 Negotiations and Conflict Management
  • ENG-201 Technical Writing

CS402 Computer Communications and Networks
BUS204 Business Statistics
BUS305 Small Business Management
BUS402 Project Management
BUS210 Corporate Communications

BUS403 Negotiations and Conflict Management

ENG-210 Technical Writing


NCCRS or Ace Credit
TECEP: MAN-373, NCCRS or Ace Credit


Total: 60 credits