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2015-2016 Course Catalog 
2015-2016 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Administration, AA

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The Business Administration program offers the student a number of career and educational opportunities. The program allows students to choose either an AA or AAS degree. Students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university should consider the AA degree. The AA degree will satisfy the freshman and sophomore Business Administration requirements of most four-year colleges if planned carefully with an advisor. The AAS degree is designed for students who want to prepare for an immediate career in business.

Unique features of the Business Administration curriculum include an introduction to American and international business practices, accounting practices and business law concepts. The Student Development Office can provide course check sheets from the various colleges, identifying which DMACC courses should be taken for college transfer. Students planning on transferring to a four-year college should contact a counselor or advisor for course planning assistance.

The Business Administration program at Des Moines Area Community College is accredited through the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs. (ACBSP, 11520 West 119th Street, Overland Park, KS 66213,

For more information about the Business Administration program, please visit our website at

Locations: Ankeny, Boone, Carroll, Newton, Urban, West, Online

Students may start any semester.

Program Entry Requirements

  1. Complete an application for admission.
  2. Satisfy the assessment requirement.
  3. Attend any required information/registration session.

Graduation Requirements

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

Requirements for the AA Degree

Semester 4


*Students should check with a DMACC advisor or an advisor at the four-year institution to which they plan to transfer before selecting math and science courses, distributed courses, electives and courses in other areas because certain courses are course prerequisites and/or admission requirements into the College of Business at different colleges and universities.

**Students should check with a DMACC advisor or an advisor at the four-year institution to which they plan to transfer regarding a foreign language requirement.

***ECN 120  and ECN 130  are required courses for this program and shall also be used to fulfill 3 credits of Social & Behavioral Sciences AA Core and 3 credits of Distributed AA Core.  


Complete 3 semester credit hours to satisfy the Diversity Requirement with a minimum grade of “C.” The Diversity Requirement does not increase the number of credits required for graduation. The course used to fulfill the Diversity Requirement may also be used to fulfill three credits of Core requirements in Communications, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Humanities or Distributed Requirements, providing the diversity course is listed as fulfilling Core requirements in Communications, Social & Behavioral Sciences or the Humanities. If the course does not fall under any of the Core groups, the course used to fulfill the Diversity Requirement may count as an elective.

Total Credits Required to Complete the Business Administration AA Degree - 64

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$143.00 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) 700 700 700 700

Approximate total for program: $11,952*

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

What Kind of Work Will You Do?

  • Provide information and suggestions to management, coworkers and/or customers.
  • Communicate in person, by telephone, or in writing with management, coworkers and/or customers.
  • Hire personnel, direct, supervise and evaluate their work.
  • Sell products or services to customers.
  • Create, coordinate and communicate solutions to work environment or for customers.
  • May be responsible for information management to include small computer operation, typing, data entry, report  preparation and documentation.

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

  • Maintain good working relations with customers, coworkers and management.
  • Communicate effectively and persuasively.
  • Work independently, solve problems and make decisions.
  • Address the public in person and on the telephone.
  • Demonstrate self-discipline, initiative, creative insight and good judgment.
  • Demonstrate willingness to learn broad business concepts and policies.

What Else Should I Consider about this Program or Career Choice?

  • Reading, communication and math skills must be at college level to gain maximum benefit from classes.
  • For career advancement and advanced position placement, it is important that students 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.
  • Average starting salary $30,833 (A.A.); $30,866 (A.S.) (2010-2011 Placement Report).

Nondiscrimination Policy

Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in or allow discrimination covered by law. This includes harassment based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy and marital status), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability and genetic information. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law. 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 Campus Provost’s office, the Academic Deans’ office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. For information about the ADA, the Section 504/ADA Coordinator can be contacted at 515-964-6857. For Title IX questions and concerns contact 515-964-6850.

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