• Learn from real-world expertise. Instructors with business and industry experience lead classes and cover the various program areas.
  • Get ready for the business world. Students gain invaluable knowledge and skills that they can apply in the workplace or toward continued study in business.
  • Flexible schedules and formats.  Most courses are offered during the day and at night. Some courses are offered online, providing convenient scheduling options for students.
  • This program is powered by partnerships. Working with business partners, advisory committees, and the Minneapolis College Career Services, all of the Business Management awards have had input from industry professionals.

Program Description

Within the School of Business and Economics, there are three awards available under Business: a Business Transfer Pathway A.S., a Business Management A.A.S., and an Entrepreneurship Certificate. 

The Entrepreneurship Certificate is a 19 credit award that can be completed in two semesters.  Students gain a broad background in the functional areas of business such as accounting, management, marketing and finance. Courses cover financial statement interpretation, management strategies, oral and written business communication skills, the legal aspects of business and marketing strategies. Students may pursue an associate’s degree and a certificate in banking and finance.

The Business Management Associates of Applied Science provide students with a broad background in the functional areas of business, such as accounting, management, marketing, leadership and small business development. The program will prepare a student to find entry-level employment in the field or help a more experienced student move towards a managerial position in a business, government, and/or nonprofit organization.

The Business Transfer Pathway A.S. offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an Associate of Science degree with course credits that directly transfer to designated Business bachelor’s degree programs at Minnesota State universities*. The curriculum has been specifically designed so that students completing this pathway degree and transferring to one of the seven Minnesota State universities enter the university with junior-year status. All courses in the Transfer Pathway associate degree will directly transfer and apply to the designated bachelor’s degree programs in a related field.

Minneapolis College’s Business Management awards will provide you with a broad background in the functional areas of business, such as accounting, management, marketing, leadership and small business development. You can either continue your studies or find entry-level employment in the field. The accounting courses offered through the program will teach you to read and understand financial statements and prepare accounting statements for small to medium-sized organizations. In additional courses, you will learn oral and written business communication skills, the basic legal aspects of business, dispute resolution, marketing strategies, and how to evaluate an organization’s strengths and weaknesses.

*Universities within the Minnesota State System include Bemidji State University; Metropolitan State University; Minnesota State University, Mankato; Minnesota State University, Moorhead; Southwest Minnesota State University; Saint Cloud State University; and Winona State University.

Program Details


Occupational Outlook

Most new jobs for office managers and clerks will be created at doctors' offices. The health care industry is growing rapidly and more people are needed to work and supervise staff. Schools, department stores and temporary worker agencies will also add many new jobs for office managers and clerks.

In Minnesota and nationally, the number of jobs in the banking sector is expected to grow about as fast as average through 2016.

Potential Job Titles

  • Clerk
  • Personal banker
  • Office supervisor
  • Customer service manager
  • Bank teller
  • Office worker

Where You Could Work

  • Private businesses
  • Credit unions and banks
  • Not-for-profit/nonprofit organizations
  • Government
  • Insurance companies
  • Self-employment