Business Management

Business Management professor Brad Ward teaches a class on campus in Battle Creek.Kellogg Community College’s Business Management Program provides a relevant curriculum that prepares students for entry-level leadership positions or for transfer to programs at four-year colleges or universities. The Business Management degree option is best suited for individuals willing to work their way up in an organization while applying skills from the program. Relevant soft skills gained from this program are communication, critical thinking and team building. Technical skills learned are financial, data and economic competence.

Business Management students at KCC will gain a better understanding of the various roles of managers and how their decisions impact their firms. Most courses in the Business Management Program are offered online as well as through traditional instruction in classes on campus.

KCC offers an Associate in Applied Science degree in Business Management and a Business Management Certificate. The sequence of classes recommended for full-time students seeking each credential follows.

For more information about KCC’s Business Management Program, see:

Associate in Applied Science: Business Management

Fall I Spring I Fall II Spring II
ACCO 101: General Accounting ACCO 102: General Accounting BUAD 132: Human Resources Management BUAD 115: Global Business
BUAD 101: Intro to Business BUAD 213: Business Statistics BUAD 201: Business Law BUAD 131: Principles of Management
ENGL 151: Freshman Composition** ECON 201: Principles of Economics-MACRO** BUAD 251: Principles of Marketing BUAD 202: Business Law
KCCS 101: First Year Seminar OIT 130: Office Procedures/Keyboarding 1 COMM 101: Foundations of Interpersonal Communication** OR COMM 207: Public Speaking** BUAD 212: Personal Finance
OIT 161: Applications Software PSYC 201: Intro to Psychology** Creativity Elective* ECON 202: Principles of Economics-MICRO

*For class options that fulfill the elective requirements indicated here, see the Degree and Certificate Requirements section of KCC’s Academic Catalog.

**Courses indicated with an asterisk fulfill requirements for the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA), which provides for the transferability of up to 30 credit hours to meet General Education Requirements at participating Michigan colleges and universities. For more information about the MTA, visit

Business Management Certificate

KCC’s Business Management Certificate is designed for individuals currently in the business field who, because of added responsibilities, realize a need to develop additional leadership, organization and communication skills.

Business Management Certificate Courses
ACCO 101: General Accounting
BUAD 101: Intro to Business
BUAD 104: Business Correspondence
BUAD 131: Principles of Management
BUAD 201: Business Law
ECON 201: Principles of Economics-MACRO** OR ECON 202: Principles of Economics-MICRO**
OIT 161: Applications Software

Gainful Employment Disclosure

For information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the Business Management Certificate Program, and other important information, please review the Gainful Employment Disclosure.

The Gainful Employment Disclosure complies with the Department of Education requirement for disclosure of information about career preparation programs that result in an award at the certificate level. The intention of this information is to help students make informed career and educational choices that may lead to gainful employment. The data provided is based on enrollment from the last award year.

Transfer Opportunities

KCC’s Business Management curriculum has been designed for career entry and/or advancement, and not all program courses will transfer to all colleges. KCC does have Business Management articulation agreements with Davenport University, Siena Heights University, Trine University and Walsh College. Students interested in studying Business Management at KCC and transferring to another institution should contact our Academic Advising team at 269-965-4124 or to schedule an appointment to plot a personal transfer plan.

Click here to view additional Transfer Guides outlining opportunities for students looking to transfer their KCC credits to a four-year institution.

Business Management Careers

Many students who pursue an associate degree in Business Management will continue their studies in a bachelor’s degree program after transferring to a four-year college or university, and KCC’s degree option is designed to place graduates at a junior-level standing at their transfer institution. Business Management students who plan to move directly into the workforce can also benefit from the program’s valuable business training, which will qualify them for a variety of entry-level positions in business.

Possible job titles for graduates with an education in business management include:

  • Customer Relations Associate
  • Inside Sales Associate
  • Outside Sales Associate
  • Retail Sales Associate
  • Sales Associate

Projected Job Outlook & Salary Information

For the latest employment and wage estimates for accounting careers in Michigan, visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics website at

Why Study Business Management at KCC?

KCC’s Business Management program is designed to provide students with the fundamentals and knowledge needed to successfully enter and/or continue in the field of business. KCC offers two optional paths of business-management emphasis for students interested in focusing on human resources and/or marketing.

Human Resources Emphasis

KCC’s human resources emphasis provides students with the basic knowledge and skills that are necessary to begin a career in the field of human resources or to continue studies in business at a four-year college or university. Human resources emphasis students learn the basics of human resources and its relationship to business operations, and graduates may improve their employment opportunities for advancement in this or a related area of business.

Business Management students who complete the following classes in the course of their associate degree studies will receive an emphasis in human resources with their associate degree. Students planning to transfer should meet with an academic advisor before enrolling in any course.

Human Resources Emphasis
BUAD 201: Business Law OR BUAD 202: Business Law
BUAD 273: Labor Relations
BUAD 274: Organizational Behavior

Marketing Emphasis

KCC’s marketing emphasis teaches students about the set of economic activities that aim to satisfy customers while generating profit. Entry-level personnel in the marketing field may require time in sales before internal promotion into marketing management programs. Marketing emphasis students learn the basics of marketing and its relationship to business operations, and may improve their opportunities for advancement in this or a related area. Traditional product marketing management is giving way to areas like nonprofit organization marketing, leading to more diverse job opportunities.

Business Management students who complete the following classes in the course of their associate degree studies will receive an emphasis in marketing with their associate degree. Students planning to transfer should meet with an academic advisor before enrolling in any course.

Marketing Emphasis
BUAD 121: Principles of Advertising
BUAD 271: Consumer Behavior
BUAD 272: Marketing Management