Degree:  Associate of Applied Science

Credit Hours Required:  64

The Business Specialist Degree student will receive a strong business-oriented curriculum. This is enhanced with professional business courses to give the student a foundation preparing them for employment in the business world. 

Program Outcomes:

  1. Analyze business situations and apply problem-solving techniques.
  2. Interpret current business situations and act professionally and ethically.
  3. Communicate business information effectively using multiple communication skills.
  4. Keep a basic set of books using the complete accounting cycle.
  5. Assess and manage personal, family, and social issues in order to work productively and promote lifetime learning.
  6. Assist the planning, directing, or coordinating the operations of a business.
  7. Apply technology skills to the functions of a business.
  8. Apply file management skills.
  9. Create spreadsheets and databases.

Required Professional Courses                                                                    21


            BUS 106 College Accounting I                                                          3

            BUS 120 Introduction to Business                                                     3

            BUS 128 Business Communications                                                  3

            BUS 206 Word Processing                                                                 3

            BUS 208 Business Applications for Computers                                 3

            BUS 211 Desktop Publishing/Graphics                                              3

            BUS 250 Principles of Management                                                  3

Business Electives                                                                                          18

Students are required to complete 18 semester hours of elective business courses. These courses must be chosen with permission of the advisor.

General Education Requirements                                                               25

Please refer back to pages 39 of the catalog for a full description of each of these General Education requirements.

          English/Communications                                                                    6

            Math/Computer Science (Must be BUS 124)                                    6

            Dakota Studies                                                                                   6

            General Education                                                                              7


Students that come into the program prepared to take 100 level classes, can complete the program in two years (4 semesters) and one summer if taking 15 credits each semester. If a student takes 12 credits, minimum for full-time, the program can be completed in 2.5 years (5 semesters) and one summer.

Business Specialist Instructor:  TBA

Cost to complete the program within normal time (15 credits per semester):

 (Based on five semesters)

Tuition                                                             $ 8,000

Registration Fee                                                    250

Lab Fee $50 (per lab class)                                   200

Library Usage/Email Account Fee                        150

Building Usage Fee                                              125

Technical Fee                                                        450

Books and Supplies (estimate)                           3,000

Graduation Fee                                                       40

Activity Fee                                                          150

Total                                                               $12,365                                   


34 CFR 668.6(b) The name and U.S. Department of Labor’s Standard Occupational Classification code of the occupations that the program prepares the student to enter along with links to occupational profiles on the U.S. Department of Labor’s O*NET web site or its successor site.

43-9061 Office Clerks, General

Perform duties too varied and diverse to be classified in any specific office clerical occupation, requiring knowledge of office systems and procedures. Clerical duties may be assigned in accordance with the office procedures of individual establishments and may include a combination of answering telephones, bookkeeping, typing or word processing, stenography, office machine operation, and filing.

Illustrative examples: Real Estate Clerk, Administrative Clerk, Office Assistant

Broad Occupation: 43-9060 Office Clerks, General 
Minor Group: 43-9000 Other Office and Administrative Support Workers 
Major Group: 43-0000 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 


O*NET link for Business Specialist