Jul 14, 2024  
2024-2025 Course Catalog 
2024-2025 Course Catalog


Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, AAS

Location(s): Ankeny, Boone, Carroll, Urban/Des Moines, West Des Moines, Online

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The Business Administration-Entrepreneurship Concentration AAS degree is intended for the student who desires employment in a small business or plans to open and operate their own small business. Students will engage in a course of study that will prepare them with knowledge in Accounting, Computer Applications, Economics, Business Communications and Presentations, Small Business Management and Marketing Principles, Business Law, and Strategic Management. 

Program Details

Students may start any semester.

Graduation Requirements

To earn an Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, AAS degree, a student must complete the standard core requirements for the degree, plus the Entrepreneurship/Business required courses and must maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

Semester 1

Option 2 - Select 3 credits

Semester 2

Option 4 - Select 3-4 Credits

Total Credits Required to Complete this Award - 65*

*Total credits are calculated using the least number of credits needed to satisfy the option requirements.

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$193.00 per credit

The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.

Varied Costs


Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

Books (approximate)





Approximate total for program: $15,338**

**Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate cost.


What Kind of Work Will You Do?

  • ​​​Research and develop a business plan for a start-up organization. 
  • Assist in planning, organizing, leading and controlling the work activities of a new or existing business.
  • Hire, direct, supervise and evaluate the work of employees. 
  • Provide analysis and recommendations for implementing best practice solutions to stakeholders.
  • Forecast Industry needs/demands and market, sell, and/or support products or services to business-to-consumer and business-to-business customers. 
  • Use technology for communication, business applications, web applications and presentations to individuals and groups.
  • Execute or manage the information flow in an organization.

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

  • Ability to organize and plan the flow of work activities. 
  • Understanding of setting goals and measuring goal achievement success. 
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively and persuasively.
  • Teamwork and leadership abilities. 
  • Computer technology skills in Microsoft Office, social and digital media platforms and enterprise programs.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret organizational data
  • Understanding of laws and regulations and make ethical decisions

What Else Should I Consider about this Degree program?

  • Reading, communication and math skills must be at college level to gain maximum benefit from classes.
  • For career advancement and advanced position placement, students may need to continue college coursework beyond the two-year program.
  • For transferability to four-year colleges and universities, it is important that students work closely with advisors and admissions counselors to maximize their course transfer options.
  • Average starting salary  $33,007 (A.A.S.) (2020-21 Placement Report).

Program Competencies

  1. Discuss the functional areas of business
  2. Evaluate ethical, social, legal, and environmental issues in business
  3. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills
  4. Analyze financial and statistical data to support decisions
  5. Demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively in a team environment
  6. Identify entrepreneurial ideas that create value for an organization​​​​​​​


Nondiscrimination Statement

Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in nor allow discrimination covered by law against any person, group or organization. This includes in its programs, activities, employment practices, or hiring practices, and harassment or discrimination based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information (in employment) and actual or potential parental, family or marital status. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law. Lack of English language proficiency will not be a barrier to admission and participation in career and technical education programs.

Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedure. Complaint forms may be obtained from the Executive Campus Dean’s office, the Executive Academic Deans’ office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. ADA questions and concerns may be directed to the Section 504/ADA Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 6, Ankeny, IA 50023, phone 515/964-6857, dso@dmacc.edu. Title IX questions and concerns may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 1, Ankeny, IA 50023, phone 515/964-6216, Title9@dmacc.edu. Questions or complaints about this policy may be directed to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczysnki Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, phone 312/730-1560, fax 312/730-1576, TDD 800-877-8339 Email OCR.Chicago@ed.gov.

DMACC offers career and technical programs in the following areas of study:
Agriculture, Natural and Environmental Science
Architecture, Engineering, and Construction
Arts, Design, and Visual Communication
Business, Management, and Marketing
Education, Public, and Human Services
Health Science
Hospitality and Culinary
Information Technology
Transportation & Logistics

Entrance requirements for specific programs can be found at Academic Pathway website.(2024)

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