Business Management A.A.S. Degree

Why Choose Business Management A.A.S. at CLC?

• CLC graduates score above the national average on the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute General Management Assessment.

• 85 percent of the Business Management degree can be completed online.

• The faculty have more than 90 years of combined industry and education experience.

• Strong career placement for CLC graduates.

• The AAS degree has transfer articulation agreements with the University of Minnesota-Crookston and Concordia University St. Paul.

• College in the Schools (CIS) partners include 13 area high schools offering CLC Business Department courses.

• Bridges Academy High Schools create career pathways to the Business Management AAS Degree.

About the Program

By pursing a Business Management A.A.S. Degree at CLC, you’ll get quality instruction from faculty who have more than 90 years of combined industry and education experience. In the program, you’ll receive hands-on, skill-based business training that is practical and relevant for today’s competitive global marketplace.

Program Information

Program Course Requirements

Required Courses

BUSN 1102  Accounting for Non-Accountants (3 cr)
BUSN 1110  Marketing Principles (3 cr)
BUSN 1131  Business Math (3 cr)
BUSN 1162  Customer Relations (3 cr)
BUSN 1164  International Business (3 cr)
BUSN 1166  Business Communications (3 cr)
BUSN 2541  Legal Environment of Business (3 cr)
COMP 1120  Intro to Computer Applications (3 cr)
COMP 1121*  Advanced Computer Applications (3 cr)
MGMT 1011  Management Principles (3 cr)
MGMT 1101  Entrepreneurship (3 cr)
MGMT 1108  Quality & Performance Management (3 cr)
MGMT 1110  Frontline Leadership (3 cr)
MGMT 1114  Human Resource Management (3 cr)
MGMT 1126  Financial Management (3 cr)
Total Required – 45 Credits

Student must complete the requirements listed in the AAS Degree/General Education Transfer Curriculum document.
Total General Education – 15 Credits

*Denotes Prerequisites

Career Description: All businesses need effective leadership to succeed. The management team is responsible for providing that leadership. Managers must plan, organize, direct, and control the business operations with the ongoing challenge of earning a profit in a highly competitive global marketplace. Strong communication, problem solving, and team building skills are critical traits of successful managers.

Program Information: Business management degrees continue to lead the nation as the number one choice of study in higher education. Students in the Associate of Applied Science Business Management Program receive hands-on, skill-based business training.

Program Outcomes:
Graduates will be able to:

  • Recognize ethical, legal, and socially responsible business practices;
  • Perform financial management tasks;
  • Demonstrate effective written and oral business communications;
  • Utilize software for business applications;
  • Develop interpersonal leadership skills; and
  • Access, analyze, and interpret relevant information specific to business strategies.

Special Program Requirements:

In addition to the program requirements listed above, students must meet the following conditions in order to graduate:

  1. College Cumulative GPA Requirement: The cumulative grade point average (GPA) of credits attempted and completed at CLC must be at least 2.0
  2. Residency Requirement: students must complete one-fourth (15) of their credits at Central Lakes College.

Career Opportunities: Business management graduates have found employment opportunities in financial institutions, retail and commercial trade, marketing, professional sales, restaurants, hotels/resorts, insurance, healthcare, and manufacturing. In addition, graduates have started their own businesses or managed family businesses.


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Deb McCarthy

Business Instructor
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Deb McCarthy

Business Instructor

Debra McCarthy received her Associate of Arts Degree from Northland Community College. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Vocational Education from Bemidji State University and her Master of Arts in Business Management from The College of St. Scholastica. McCarthy has more than 30 years combined industry and education experience.

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Tom Reese

Business Instructor
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Tom Reese

Business Instructor

Tom Reese has over 37 years of combined industry and education experience, including self-employment. He has completed education degrees from North Hennepin Community College and the University of St. Thomas. Reese’s special business interests include entrepreneurship, stock market investing and financial portfolio management. Outside of the classroom, he enjoys family activities outdoors and is an enthusiastic sports fan and golfer.

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Student Testimonials


The knowledge gained throughout the Business Management Program, along with the instructor guidance in applying this knowledge, is priceless to anybody that is interested in running their own business in the future, managing someone else’s business, or wanting additional knowledge to help them run their current business more effectively.


In addition to learning about Business Management, I was able to learn about American culture. I found this experience very useful in my job and personal life.


PHR, Pro Staff branch manager
I have had many wonderful experiences dealing with the Business Department at CLC. When I am seeking talented people to work in business, I contact the instructors and they help me out by sharing the opportunity with their students. The students that I have worked with from CLC have been ready to start working in the business world. It is great to see them utilize their education outside of school.

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