Business Management Degree

Program Description

The Business Management program is designed to prepare students for entry into management and supervisory occupations in a variety of businesses and industries. Learning opportunities will introduce, develop, and reinforce academic and occupational knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement in management. Graduates of the program receive a Business Management degree with a specialization in General Management, Human Resource Management, Logistics Management, Service Sector Management, or Small Business Management.

Program Details

  • Location: Griffin Campus and Henry Center
  • Major Code: MD13
  • Award Level: Associate of Applied Science Degree
  • Program Entrance Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Minimum Length of Program: 5 Terms
  • Minimum Credit Hours for Graduation: 64

Admission Requirement

  • Submit completed application and application fee
  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript with test scores and ALL post-secondary transcripts in an official sealed envelope
  • Meet assessment requirements

The following is a suggested path to complete this program in a timely manner. An individual’s path to completion may be different based on institutional and personal factors affecting his/her academic progress.

Note: While all courses are offered, they may vary by term and campus. See the program advisor for any questions.

First TermCOLL 1500College Success and Career Exploration3
COMP 1000Introduction to Computers
ENGL 1101 (Required)Compositions and Rhetoric3
MGMT 1100Principles of Management3
Natural Sciences/Mathematics elective (Required)
Choose one:3
*MATH 1100, *MATH 1101, MATH 1103, MATH 1111, or MATH 1127

Second TermHumanities/Fine Arts elective (Required)3
Choose one:
HUMN 1101, MUSC 1101, ARTS 1101, ENGL 2130, OR THEA 1101
MGMT 1105Organizational Behavior3
MGMT 1120Introduction to Business3
Social/Behavioral Sciences elective (Required)
Choose one:3
ECON 1101, PSYC 1101, SOCI 1101, POLS 1101, OR HIST 2111

Third TermMGMT 1110Employment Rules & Regulations3
MGMT 1115Leadership3
MGMT 1125Business Ethics3
MGMT 2115Human Resource Management3

Fourth TermACCT 1100Financial Accounting I4
MGMT 2125Performance Management3
MGMT 2215Team Project4
General Core Elective (Required)3
Choose one non-repetitive course from Area I, II, III, or IV

Fifth TermGeneral Core Elective (Required)3
Choose one non repetitive course from Area I, II, III, or IV
Complete one of the specializations below (12 hours)12

General Management Specialization (12 hours)
Choose any TWO (2) specialization courses below6
Guided electives6

Human Resources Management Specialization (12 hours)
MGMT 2120Labor Management Relations3
MGMT 2130Employee Training and Development3
MGMT 2205Service Sector Management3
Guided electives3

Logistics Specialization (12 hours)
LOGI 1000Business Logistics3
LOGI 1010Purchasing3
LOGI 1020Materials Management3
Guided electives3

Service Sector Management Specialization (12 hours)
MGMT 2130Employee Training and Development3
MGMT 2140Retail Management3
MGMT 2205Service Sector Management3
Guided electives3

Small Business Management Specialization (12 hours)
MGMT 2140Retail Management3
MGMT 2145Business Plan Development3
MGMT 2150Small Business Management3
Guided electives3

Guided Electives/Occupational Specialization Courses
ACCT 1115Computerized Accounting3
BUSN 1410Spreadsheet Concepts and Applications4
BUSN 1420Database Applications4
BUSN 1430Desktop Publishing and Presentation Applications4
LOGI 1000Business Logistics3
LOGI 1010Purchasing3
LOGI 1020Materials Management3
MGMT 2120Labor Management Relations3
MGMT 2130Employee Training and Development3
MGMT 2135Management Communication Techniques3
MGMT 2140Retail Management3
MGMT 2145Business Plan Development3
MGMT 2150Small Business Management3
MGMT 2200Production/Operations Management3
MGMT 2205Service Sector Management3
MGMT 2220Management-Occupation Based Instructions3
MKTG 1100Principles of Marketing3
MKTG 1130Business Regulations and Compliance3

Note: Every student must pick a Specialization which requires 12 credit hours. Each Specialization has two or three required MGMT courses plus one to two Guided Electives. Guided electives may include the Occupational Specialization Courses listed above or any additional General Education Course listed on Page 6 in the College Catalog.

*Course will be accepted when transferred in from another institution with a grade of a C or better but may not be offered at this institution.

Human resources managers plan, direct, and coordinate the administrative functions of an organization. They oversee the recruiting, interviewing, and hiring of new staff; consult with top executives on strategic planning; and serve as a link between an organization’s management and its employees.

Work Environment

Human resources managers are employed in nearly every industry. They work in offices, and most work full time during regular business hours. Some must travel to attend professional meetings or to recruit employees.

How to Become a Human Resources Manager

Candidates need a combination of education and several years of related work experience to become a human resources manager. Although a bachelor’s degree is sufficient for most positions, some jobs require a master’s degree. Candidates should have strong interpersonal skills.


The median annual wage for human resources managers was $99,720 in May 2012.

Job Outlook

Employment of human resources managers is projected to grow 13 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. As new companies form and organizations expand their operations, they will need more human resources staff to oversee and administer their programs. Very strong competition can be expected for most positions.

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Program Faculty
Michael Cook, Program Coordinator
Jennifer Edwards, Instructor
Christi Ellington, Instructor
Tahesha Wade, Instructor
(770) 412-4410

Career and Academic Planning
CAP Center
Career Advisor
Griffin Campus
Room 107