68-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree
It takes a talented and dedicated workforce to move a company forward, but it takes a driven, motivated leader to guide a team to meet organizational goals. Those in business management roles set objectives, delegate tasks and manage personnel while providing solid leadership to ensure success. In the Business Management program, acquire a broad business background to enhance the ability to make sound decisions. Learn how to effectively plan, organize, direct and evaluate business functions essential for a business to run productively and efficiently.
- Prepare for jobs such as assistant manager, production specialist, account coordinator, business development specialist or personal banker.
- Incoming students may earn credit for prior learning for specific high school business courses.
- Students can focus on general Business Management or select an emphasis in Banking and Financial Services.
- Program-to-program transfer opportunities are available at Milwaukee School of Engineering and the University of Wisconsin – Stout. Select program credits may transfer to other institutions.
- Additional specialized certificates in Entrepreneurship and Global Business Management can be completed and serve as a complement to the Business Management degree program.
- Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
- Salary Range: $28,000-$50,000
- Average Salary: $35,333
- Median Salary: $28,058
- Average Entry-Level Salary: $38,970
- Average Hourly Wage: $17.00
- Three-year Average Salary: $33,610
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)
View course descriptions of all required courses
View course descriptions of all required courses
104-102 Marketing Principles
Explore marketing principles as found in the American business system, with an emphasis on consumer behavior, consumer and industrial products, distribution, market research, market segmentation, promotion, pricing, and international marketing.
106-110 Microcomputer Bus Apps I
Discover basic features of the various Microsoft Office software applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook. Through a hands-on approach, learn essential computer concepts, including file management, and use of the Windows operating system and Internet. Emphasis will be placed on proper formatting, spelling and grammar.
104-112 Personal Brand
You are the Brand. How you package and present yourself as a student and business professional will determine your future success. This course provides the tools to build your personal brand through academic proficiency, wardrobe engineering and professional behavior.
Approved Substitutes: 114-105 Personal Financial Planning
801-136 English Composition 1
This course is designed for learners to develop knowledge and skills in all aspects of the writing process. Planning, organizing, writing, editing and revising are applied through a variety of activities. Students will analyze audience and purpose, use elements of research, and format documents using standard guidelines. Individuals will develop critical reading skills through analysis of various written documents.
804-123 Math w Business Apps
Cover real numbers, basic operations, linear equations, proportions with one variable, percents, simple interest, compound interest and annuities. Apply math concepts to the purchasing/buying and selling process, and use basic statistics with business/consumer applications.
101-111 Accounting I - Principles
Learn the basic account cycle for both service and merchandising businesses. Discuss cash control, banking transactions, sales tax and payroll. This course is designed for those without an accounting background or for those needing a refresher. Supplemental audiovisual and handout materials are available.
104-191 Customer Service Management
Explore the skills, attitudes, and thinking patterns required to manage customer satisfaction and loyalty. Develop the ability to lead and expand the customer service process, learn techniques for dealing with unhappy customers, and build skills for analyzing customer needs.
196-140 Principles of Supervision
Gain vital "how to" skills related to supervising others including developing job satisfaction, maintaining high employee morale, using specific tools of supervision, communicating well and evaluating, guiding and training employees. Use simulations, case studies and role play scenarios - but not lectures - to learn these concepts and develop your own supervisory philosophy.
801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm
Practice the necessary skills for effective speech delivery, listening, assertiveness, conflict resolution, teamwork and general interpersonal communication.
809-199 Psychology of Human Relations
Examine the principles of interaction as applied to human relations at home and on the job. Explore topics such as self-concept, personality development, learning, motivation, emotions, stress, human relations processes and special relationships.
101-113 Accounting II - Principles
Study account groups for their problems of composition, valuation, recognition, and appropriate accounting treatment at a basic level. Explore partnerships and corporations as well as financial statement analysis techniques. Do basic accounting problems and use a practice set to summarize principles used in Accounting I and II and to become familiar with systems procedures.
138-150 Global Business Fundamentals
Review the fundamentals of global business in an effort to understand how the environment, world history, and political systems impact the global trade arena. Discuss trading blocks, including NAFTA, Mercosor, the EC and the WTO, in the context of the global economy.
Approved Substitutes: 194-180 Real Estate Fundamentals; or 115-101 Mortgage Lending I
196-195 Management of Human Resources
Explore the supervisor's role in understanding, communicating, and implementing organizational policies and how these abilities affect employee productivity. Discuss topics including employee hiring, training, performance management, contract compliance, employment law, employee assistance programs, and more.
Approved Substitutes: 114-115 Investments; or 194-194 Real Estate Investments
Examine the behavior of individual decision makers, primarily consumers and firms. Topics include choices of how much to consume and to produce, the functioning of perfectly and imperfectly competitive markets, the conditions under which markets may fail, and arguments for and against government intervention. Apply the fundamental tools of economics to real-world problems.
809-166 Intro to Ethics: Theory & App
Gain a basic understanding of the theoretical foundations of ethical thought. Diverse ethical, scientific and biopsychosocial perspectives will be used to analyze and compare relevant issues. Critically evaluate individual and professional standards of behavior, and apply a systematic decision-making process to these situations.
809-196 Intro to Sociology
Understand the basic concepts of sociology, including culture, socialization, social stratification and multiculturalism, along with the five institutions: family, government, economics, religion and education. Other topics include demography, deviance, technology, environment, social issues, social change, social organization and workplace issues.
101-107 Business Finance
An introduction to the principles of financial management of business firms. Topics covered include: working capital management, financial analysis and planning, time value of money, risk and return measurement, capital budgeting, financial leverage, and sources of financing.
102-118 Business Devlpmnt & Operations
This is the capstone course for the Business Management program and students must be in their fourth semester to enroll. The learner will develop a business plan and analyze related operational issues. Skills in marketing, accounting, management, customer service and quality will be applied within the course.
102-160 Business Law I
Examine legal doctrines impacting business from the perspective of a business owner or manager. Topics include foundations of law and judicial procedures, tort and criminal law, contract law, intellectual property protection, consumer law, business liabilities, personal and real property rights, and the various forms of business organization. Business leaders may use legal insight to manage risks and limit their liabilities.
196-190 Leadership Development
Through workplace case studies, role plays, and structured experiences, learn to communicate more clearly, manage conflict situations, deal with emotional behavior, build trust, and maintain and develop the self-esteem of others.
623-170 Intro to Continuous Improvment
This course is an application-based introduction to leadership in facilitating and championing a quality environment within an organization. Theories and approaches to improvement of systems and processes are examined to identify opportunities for improved efficiency.
102-125 Princ of Supply Chain Mngt
Supply chain management has become important to organizations ability to stay competitive. This course addresses the work in design, production, delivery and service products to the end user.
Approved Substitutes: 114-130 Fundamentals of Insurance; or 115-102 Mortgage Lending II
Credit Transfer Opportunities
WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.
High School Transfer Opportunities
WCTC Credits Awarded
|101-111 Accounting I - Principles||4|
|101-113 Accounting II - Principles||4|
|104-102 Marketing Principles||3|
|106-110 Microcomputer Bus Apps I||3|
Four Year College Transfer Opportunities
|Alverno College||BA in Business Management||up to 70|
|Bellevue University||Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Science||up to 68|
|Capella University||Bachelor of Science in Business, Business Administration||up to 90|
|Capella University||Bachelor of Science in Business Health Care Management||up to 90|
|Capella University||Bachelor of Science in Business (all specializations except Business Administration and Health Care Management)||up to 88|
|Cardinal Stritch||Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bachelor of Scienc in Management, Bachelor of Science in Strategic Management of Information Systems, Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Management, Bachelor of Science in Human Service Management||68|
|Concordia University||Baccalaureate Degree||up to 80|
|Concordia University||Bachelor of Arts, Business Management||67|
|Franklin University||Bachelor of Science (various)||Junior Standing|
|Herzing University||Bachelor of Science in Business Administration||up to 58|
|Kaplan University||Bachelor of Science in Business Administration||Junior Standing|
|Marquette University-College of Professional Studies||Bachelor of Science in Leadership and Organizations||up to 58|
|MSOE||Bachelor of Science in Management||junior status|
|Ottawa University||Bachelor of Arts||up to 80|
|Ottawa University||Bachelor of Arts with a major in Business Administration, Human Resources or in Management||up to 80 credits|
|Rasmussen College||Bachelor Degree in Business Management||69|
|Rasmussen College||Bachelor Degree in Healthcare Management||Minimum of 56|
|Silver Lake College||Bachelor of Science (various)||minimum of 60|
|U of Phoenix||Bachelor of Science (various)||varies|
|Upper Iowa University||Bachelor of Science||up to 78|
|UW-Green Bay||Bachelor of Applied Studies Online||Junior Status|
|UW-Oshkosh||Bachelor of Applied Studies in Leadership & Organizational Studies||59|
|UW-Stout||Bachelor of Science in Management||up to 65|
|UW-Stout||B.S. Career, Technical Education & Training||up to 60|
|Waldorf College||BS in Business Administration||Junior Standing|
|Wisconsin Lutheran College||Bachelor of Science in Business Management & Leadership||65|
UW-System Credit Transfer
If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.
Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.
Meet your Instructor
- BBA, University of Wisconsin - Madison
- MS, University of Wisconsin - Whitewater
- Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
"My teaching philosophy is based on the fact that I think learning should be fun, interactive and collaborative, and connected to real-life applications in the business world."
- BBA, Industrial Relations, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
- MS, Human Resources, Marquette University (to be complete August 2014)
- Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)
"I love working with students of all ages who have chosen to invest in themselves. I hope to spark enthusiasm for learning and help prepare them for happy and successful careers."
- BA, Finance, University of Wisconsin -Whitewater
- MS, Accounting, University of Wisconsin – Whitewater
"Education is life changing when you connect, challenge and inspire students."