Career Description

The Associate of Applied Science in Entrepreneurship/Business Management degree prepares students to launch and grow their own business, invigorate a family business, or add significant value in a management position with employers of various sizes. Graduates learn the skills to enhance startups as well as mature businesses across a wide array of industries.

Course of Study

The Entrepreneurship/Business Management AAS degree is the final step on the entrepreneurship educational ladder within Business & Entrepreneurship studies. The degree program expands on the one-year certificate and includes further coursework in entrepreneurship and management as well as general business and general education. In year two, students develop a greater depth of knowledge of how businesses function and best practices for management. The degree culminates in a final capstone course which synthesizes the two years of study, provides real-life context as students develop an entrepreneurial venture and/or manage an ongoing small business, and prepares students to seek financing with an organized portfolio of work suitable for presentation to investors or other interested parties.

Students must also meet Associate Degree Comprehensive Requirements and Associate of Applied Science General Requirements. In addition, students must meet the General Education Electives requirement.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this degree, students will be able to:

  • Prepare a comprehensive business plan including prospective balance sheet, income statement, cash flow statement, funding sources and the capital structure of a business.

  • Apply an understanding of the management process, inclusive of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling resources within organizations.
  • Differentiate between operational and organizational structures for business.
  • Construct a marketing plan based on objectives developed from a strategic market assessment.
  • Utilize technology skills with business software applications to facilitate efficiency and quality.
  • Analyze and apply the legal, ethical, and economic standards of business.
  • Communicate effectively with customers, suppliers, employees, and other stakeholders, using standard business terminology