Business Management

Business Management

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Some know from early on that a career in management suits them, while others only realize it after working their way up to a management role or deciding to launch a business. In either case it helps to have a knack for leading and working with people, but formal training is the key to building a strong and lasting career in business leadership. It is also frequently a prerequisite to greater advancement and higher pay.

A Closer Look

Managers draw on their broad knowledge of organization, finance, and management principles to bring out the best in their staff. They build teams, set and communicate goals, and motivate employees to achieve their potential—as individuals and as a unit. They also solve problems, remove barriers to communication, and ensure that the team functions within the larger company. Some specialize in sales, accounting, or office operations, while others may draw on industry knowledge and experience.

The best managers create positive work environments that raise employee engagement, increase employee productivity, and drive the business to new heights.

What You'll Learn

Mid-State’s Business Management program provides a broad business background that prepares individuals to work in middle management or run a business. Students develop general technical and interpersonal skills related to management, finance, operations, customer service management, ethics, and much more.

Guest speakers, field trips, business tours, and professional organization presentations are combined with hand-on simulations, mock interviews, and projects for local businesses. Students may choose a specialization track, such as entrepreneurship or health care management.


  • Account Executive
  • Account Manager
  • Assistant Manager
  • Business Entrepreneur
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Department Supervisor
  • Floor Supervisor
  • Healthcare Supervisor
  • Human Resource Assistant
  • Inside Sales or Account Representative
  • Insurance Representative
  • Lead Worker
  • Office Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Production Supervisor
  • Project Manager
  • Purchasing Assistant
  • Service Manager
  • Store Leader
  • Team Leader
  • Technical Recruiter

Your Instructors

The instructors in the Business Management program bring the right balance of professional experience and teaching expertise to the classroom. Meet our full-time faculty!


Carolyn earned her MBA from Lakeland University. Before coming to Mid-State she worked in managerial positions in both the private and public sectors.

“I am passionate about teaching and firmly believe that I have been called to this career!”


Kimberly has a master’s degree from UW-Madison and worked previously as a human resource supervisor.

“I hope to create engaging opportunities for students to help them learn the skills needed to succeed as a business manager.”

Program Information Guide

See the printable Program Information Guide to learn about career pathways, transfer opportunities, program outcomes, and more. If you are unable to access this document, please contact a new student specialist by calling 888.575.6782.


Catalog# Title Credits
Term: 1
10102101 Intro to Business 3.00
10102147 Principles of Management 3.00
10103106 Microsoft Office-Introduction 3.00
10104102 Marketing Principles 4.00
10801136 English Composition 1 3.00
10801195 Written Communication 3.00
    (16 Credits)
Term: 2
10101111 Accounting I 4.00
10102110 Employment Law 3.00
10196193 Human Resource Management 3.00
10801196 Oral/Interpoersonal Communication 3.00
10801198 Speech 3.00
10804107 College Mathematics 3.00
10804118 Intermediate Algebra with Applications 4.00
10804189 Introductory Statistics 3.00
    (16 - 17 Credits)
Term: 3
10102103 Business Law 3.00
10102120 Customer Service Management 3.00
10102130 Career Development 3.00
10801199 Employment Strategies 3.00
10102180 International Business 3.00
10196191 Supervision 3.00
10809195 Economics 3.00
    (18 Credits)
Term: 4
10101128 Managerial Accounting 3.00
10102117 Business Finance 3.00
10102131 Entrepreneurial Management 3.00
10102160 Business Decision Making 3.00
10809166 Intro to Ethics: Theory & Application 3.00
10809122 Intro to American Government 3.00
10809172 Introduction to Diversity Studies 3.00
10809196 Intro to Sociology 3.00
10809188 Developmental Psychology 3.00
10809198 Intro to Psychology 3.00
    (18 Credits)
Total Credits: 68 - 69

Business Management Specializations

Prospective students seeking a Business Management Associate Degree specialization should list it under "Program/Major Choice" on their Mid-State Application. Those who wish to declare a specialization after acceptance into the Business Management program should see their counselor. Students pursuing an Entrepreneurship, Global Business, or Healthcare specialization will complete courses in the first column in place of the courses in the Business Management program noted in the second column in the charts below. A specialization will be indicated as a subplan on your Mid-State Transcript.

Entrepreneurship Specialization
Complete These Courses In Place of These Courses
10145185 - Organizing Your Small Business 10102131 - Entrepreneurial Management
10145186 - Financial Management for Your Small Business 10102117 - Business Finance
10145187 - Marketing Your Small Business 10104102 - Marketing Principles
10145188 - Entrepreneurial Service Management 10102120 - Customer Service Management
10145189 - Writing a Business Plan for Your Small Business 10102131 - Entrepreneurial Management
10103124 - Excel-Intermediate  
Healthcare Management Specialization
Complete These Courses In Place of These Courses
10501101 - Medical Terminology 10102103 - Business Law & Ethics
10102180 - International Business
10501109 - Medical Law, Ethics, and Professionalism
10530125 - Organization of Healthcare
10530150 - Introduction to Health Information Technology
10102180 - International Business
10105160 - Business Law
10102120 - Customer Service Management 10102120 - Customer Service Management
10102147 - Principles of Management 10102147 - Principles of Management
10196191 - Supervision 10196191 - Supervision
10196193 - Human Resource Management 10196193 - Human Resource Management