Business Administration, Associate in Science

The Associate in Science degree in Business Administration offers courses in law, marketing, human resources, and leadership that prepare students to enter the business field in positions above entry-level. The degree also includes the broad benefits of the MPC general education requirements. The Business Administration certificate of achievement must be completed before or as part of the associate degree. Students planning to transfer to a university to earn a bachelor’s degree should consider the Associate in Science in Business Administration for Transfer (AS-T in Business Administration) degree.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Develop a familiarity with multiple aspects of business and the relationships among them.
  • Apply quantitative information competencies to manage business resources and communicate results.
  • Apply current management strategies and practices in the global business environment.
  • Apply core marketing or communication practices to business situations.
  • Evaluate and develop effective business strategies that embrace the power of diversity.
  • Demonstrate specific small business operational skills in the areas of technology, leadership, or human resources.
  • Analyze and evaluate complex issues or problems, draw reasoned conclusions and/or generate solutions, and effectively communicate their results.

Associate in Science Degree Major Requirements

Certificate of Achievement in Business Administration Requirements
Select one from the following contextual overview courses:3
Business Law
Introduction to Business
Select one from the following marketing/communication courses:3
Introduction to International Marketing
Introduction to Marketing
Business Communication
Select one from the following quantitative courses:3-4
Financial Accounting
Business Mathematics
Basic Accounting
Select one from the following management courses:3
Global Management
Principles of Management
Introduction to Business Ownership/Management
Select one from the following humanistic courses:3
Effective Leadership in Business
Managing Diversity and Inclusion
Human Resources Management
Select at least one concentration from the lists below: 112-15
Select one from the following elective courses in addition to the chosen concentration:0.5-4
Career-Focused Work Experience
The American Economic System
Introduction to Critical Thinking
Additional Requirements25-32.5
Complete Competency Requirements, general education pattern (MPC General Education, CSU General Education, or IGETC), and electives, if needed, for a total of 60 degree-applicable units.
Total Units60

These courses may be counted as both core requirements and concentration requirements, but all concentration and core requirements must be completed.

Entrepreneurship/Small Business Concentration

Select 15 units from the following:

BUSI 18Business Law3
BUSI 20Introduction to Business3
BUSI 36Introduction to International Marketing3
or BUSI 50 Introduction to Marketing
BUSI 44Introduction to Business Ownership/Management3
BUSI 46Entrepreneurial Mindset3
BUSI 54Introduction to E-Marketing3
BUSI 68Entrepreneurial Start-up Ventures3
BUSI 131Financial Analysis for Entrepreneurs3

Business Technology Concentration

Select 15 units from the following:

BUSI 54Introduction to E-Marketing3
BUSI 120BQuickBooks Online Accounting Software3
CSIS 1Computer Information Systems3
& CSIS 50L
MS Office Applications
and MS Office Applications Lab
CSIS 75Introduction to Computer Hardware/A+ Prep4
CSIS 76ACisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) 13
CSIS 86Network Security Fundamentals/Security+ Prep3

Leadership Concentration

Select 12 units from the following:

BUSI 22Effective Leadership in Business3
BUSI 24Business Issues and Ethics3
BUSI 38Managing Diversity and Inclusion3
BUSI 70Business Communication3

Human Resources Concentration

Select 12 units from the following:

BUSI 18Business Law3
BUSI 20Introduction to Business3
BUSI 22Effective Leadership in Business3
BUSI 42Human Resources Management3

Sales and Marketing Concentration

Select 12 units from the following:

BUSI 49Professional Selling3
BUSI 50Introduction to Marketing3
BUSI 54Introduction to E-Marketing3
BUSI 64Customer Service3

Please refer to the graduation requirements section of the Catalog for information about degree and certificate requirements including Reading and Writing, Mathematics, Information Competency, and General Education requirements.  

The model sequence of coursework below is one pathway for students to complete the program. The information below is not an official educational plan. An MPC Counselor can assist you with creating a personalized education plan based on your academic, career, and personal goals. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling and up-to-date program requirements.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
College Composition
or College Composition: Enhanced
MPC GE Area A2 (MATH 16 Recommended) 4
LIBR 50 Introduction to Library and Research Skills 1
BUSI 20 Introduction to Business (MPC GE Area E) 3
MPC GE Area C 3
Elective (COUN 10 Recommended) 1
BUSI 38 Managing Diversity and Inclusion (MPC GE Area F) 3
Financial Accounting
or Business Mathematics
or Basic Accounting
Introduction to International Marketing
or Introduction to Marketing
or Business Communication
ECON 1 The American Economic System (MPC GE Area D) 3
Concentration Course 3
Year 2
Global Management
or Principles of Management
or Introduction to Business Ownership/Management
Concentration Course 3
Concentration Course 3
Electives 6
MPC GE Area B & Lab 4
Concentration Course 3
Concentration Course 3
Electives 5
 Total Units60-61

Ready to Work!MPC “Ready to Work” Career Education programs offer students the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills needed for employment and job advancement.

All students should consult with a Counselor to discuss career pathways, for support with career exploration and planning, and to create a personalized education plan to help them meet their academic, career, and personal goals. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling services provided by MPC and to connect with a Counselor.

Additional resources are available through MPC’s Career & Transfer Resource Center (CTRC). The CTRC offers career resources, workshops, guidance and referrals. Visit the CTRC for support finding online career information and other resources to explore majors, occupations, and employment information.