Prepare for a career in management and learn about supervising others in a business setting. Become a manager or supervisor in small to medium-sized businesses or start your own business through the Management program at College of DuPage.
Students will take a variety of management courses, including business-related topics, principles of management, marketing and organizational behavior, business ethics and business law, as well as subjects on accounting, computer information systems, economics and general psychology.
College of DuPage offers an Associate in Applied Science, Management degree program that prepares students for supervisory positions in small- to medium-sized businesses. Numerous management certificates are also available in e-commerce, human resource management, supervision and organizational leadership.
Determine Your Path
Nearly every sector of the economy needs professionals with knowledge of business, economics, information systems, people and project management, organization and strategic planning.
Whether you are preparing for a career in business, management or marketing, planning to transfer to a four year baccalaureate-granting institution, planning to start your own business, or updating your skills, College of DuPage has the right program for you. We offer:
- Dedicated instructors with years of practical industry experience and teaching experience.
- Instruction in top-notch facilities.
- Flexible schedules with day and evening classes, online learning and accelerated hybrid classes.
- Practical, hands-on experience as well as classroom based studies.
- Affordable programs that get you on the fast track to success without breaking the bank.
- Programs designed to prepare students with the skills that are in demand by today’s employers.
- Articulated transfer programs with several prestigious universities that facilitate a convenient, affordable and streamlined approach to earning a baccalaureate degree.
The Management, Associate in Applied Science degree program prepares students for supervisory positions in small- to medium-sized businesses. Graduates typically enter lower management positions directly from college or establish their own businesses or are promoted with their current employer.
Curriculum covers business related topics including principles of management, marketing and organizational behavior, business ethics and business law, as well as subjects such as accounting, computer information systems, economics and general psychology.
Business Environment and Concepts
The Business Environment and Concepts certificate is designed for certified public accountant examination candidates who have earned a baccalaureate degree in a discipline other than business.
The E-Commerce certificate provides students with the fundamental skills and knowledge necessary to successfully conduct business online. The curriculum covers business, electronic commerce, consumer marketing, internet and social media marketing, customer relationship management and supervision.
The Entrepreneurship certificate provides students with the knowledge and skills involved in the marketing and management of entrepreneurial enterprises, including accounting, business budgeting and planning, product development and start-up financing.
Human Resource Management
The Human Resource Management certificate is designed to provide entry-level human resource generalist and specialist content and competency development for individuals seeking careers in human resource positions.
The Management certificate provides students with core competencies required for a variety of positions in management. The curriculum covers accounting, business, business law, computer information systems, human resource management, principles of management, principles of marketing and organizational behavior.
The Organizational Leadership certificate provides students with the core competencies required to excel in leadership roles within nearly any organization.
The Supervision certificate provides students with the fundamental knowledge and skills required to fill supervisory roles.
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Get Started Today
The first step to getting started in Management is to apply for admission.
Academic and Career Pathways give you a roadmap to achieving your career goals. Follow a pathway based on your degree that outlines which classes you need to take and when so you graduate on time or move on to the next phase in your career.
Management program graduates will:
- Explain concepts associated with the management functions and resources.
- Assemble appropriate information resources to support analysis of the managerial environment.
- Formulate communication for diverse stakeholder groups.
- Demonstrate an understanding of ethical and socially responsible managerial issues and practices.
- Summarize the role of management and leadership in an organization.
- Utilize a decision model to plan and control managerial outcomes.
- Develop an understanding of emotional intelligence and its application to management.
- Integrate a team of diverse individuals working toward a common goal.
College of DuPage has several business, management and marketing transfer agreements in place with four-year colleges and universities to save you time, money and make the transfer process easier.
Many of these agreements with other colleges and universities have specific course requirements and a pre-determined course plan that needs to be followed to be eligible to transfer. Contact a program faculty member or academic advisor to learn more as course requirements vary by institution.
Frequently Asked Questions
The following are answers to common frequently asked questions regarding the Business, Management and Marketing programs.
An Associate in Arts degree is usually geared to transfer to a baccalaureate-granting college or university in a residential, full-time program. The Associate in Applied Science degree is accepted by many local colleges and universities, especially adult, part-time programs.
The Associate in Arts includes more liberal arts courses, while the Associate in Applied Science focuses more on your specialty area.
Prerequisites are courses (or demonstrated equivalent experience) that you must take prior to enrolling in another higher-level course.
You need to take prerequisite courses because they give you the background necessary for higher-level courses. The higher-level course instructor assumes that you have mastered the content of the prerequisite course. Mastery of the prerequisite course content improves your chances of successful performance.
No not every course is offered every semester, but many courses are. The following basic courses are usually offered every term:
- Business 1100 (Introduction to Business)
- Business 1111 (Customer Service)
- Business 1120 (Fundamentals of Personal Investing)
- Business 1161 (Entrepreneurship)
- Business 2255 (International Business)
- Management 1100 (Supervision)
- Management 2210 (Principles of Management)
- Management 2215 (Leadership)
- Management 2220 (Organizational Behavior)
- Management 2240 (Human Resource Management)
- Marketing 1100 (Consumer Marketing)
- Marketing 1170 (Internet and Social Media Marketing)
- Marketing 2210 (Principles of Marketing)
- Marketing 2220 (Principles of Sales)
- Marketing 2230 (Principles of Retailing)
- Marketing 2240 (Advertising)
These courses are also offered during the day, and/or evening. Many are also offered through Hybrid and Online Courses.