The Business Management program provides students with the tools needed to meet the challenges of managing a business. Students receive a background in business operations, accounting, marketing, service operations management, human resource management, team building, problem solving, and business law. Business managers are found in every sector of the economy, in nearly all work settings. Graduates may find positions as an entry-level manager, assistant manager, office manager, team leader, or may start their own business.

The Business Management program may be completed during the day, in the evening, online, or through a combination of these options.

  • Overview
  • Is This Program for You?

    If you set goals for yourself and strive to accomplish them, prefer working with others rather than alone, enjoy serving as a leader even if it means more work, and want to improve your skills and promotion potential, then a career in business management may be a good choice for you.

    Students entering the Business Management program should:

    • Enjoy working with numbers and details.
    • Enjoy working with people.
    • Be able to make decisions.

    Program Basics

    • Associate degree, requiring a minimum of two years to complete.
    • Classes are offered during the day, evening, online or any a combination that works for you.
    • High school articulation courses accepted.
    • Financial aid available.
    • Program starts in August or January, and is available in online as well as modified plan formats.
  • Curriculum & Costs
  • Curriculum Options

    Full-time Online Curriculum

    Semester 1 - Fall Online
    Course # Course Title Credits
    10-101-111 Accounting 1 4
    10-102-109 Business Law I 3
    10-102-130 Management Principles 3
    10-103-106 Beginning Microsoft Excel 1
    10-104-130 Marketing Principles 3
    14
    Semester 2 - Spring Online
    Course # Course Title Credits
    10-102-105 Introduction to Business 3
    10-102-131 Developing a Business Plan 1
    10-102-151 Personal Finance 1
    10-103-105 Beginning Microsoft Word 1
    10-801-195 Written Communication 3
    10-804-123 Math with Business Applications 3
    10-809-195 Economics 3
    15
    Semester 3 - Fall Online   
    Course # Course Title Credits
    10-102-108 Risk Management 3
    10-102-115 Business Management Strategies 3
    10-104-105 Selling Principles 3
    10-801-198 Speech 3
    10-809-199 Psychology of Human Relations * OR *
    10-809-198 Intro to Psychology 3
    15
    Semester 4 - Spring Online   
    Course # Course Title Credits
    10-102-104 Principles of Finance 3
    10-102-110 Business Law 2 3
    10-102-129 Human Resources Management 3
    10-102-132 Operations Management 3
    10-809-143 Microeconomics 3
    10-102-133 Career Planning in Business 1
    16
    Total Credits: 60

    Part-time Online Curriculum

    Semester 1 - Fall Online
    Course # Course Title Credits
    10-102-109 Business Law I 3
    10-102-105 Introduction to Business 3
    10-103-105 Beginning Microsoft Word 1
    10-801-195 Written Communication 3
    10
    Semester 2 - Spring Online
    Course # Course Title Credits
    10-801-198 Speech 3
    10-804-123 Math with Business Applications 3
    10-809-195 Economics 3
    10-102-131 Developing a Business Plan 1
    10
    Semester 3 - Fall Online   
    Course # Course Title Credits
    10-101-111 Accounting 1 4
    10-102-130 Management Principles 3
    10-104-130 Marketing Principles 3
    10
    Semester 4 - Spring Online   
    Course # Course Title Credits
    10-809-143 Microeconomics 3
    10-102-110 Business Law 2 3
    10-102-129 Human Resources Management 3
    10-102-151 Personal Finance 1
    10
    Semester 5 - Fall Online   
    Course # Course Title Credits
    10-102-115 Business Management Strategies 3
    10-104-105 Selling Principles 3
    10-102-108 Risk Management 3
    10-103-106 Beginning Microsoft Excel 1
    10
    Semester 6 - Spring Online   
    Course # Course Title Credits
    10-102-132 Operations Management 3
    10-102-104 Principles of Finance 3
    10-102-133 Career Planning in Business 1
    10-809-199 Psychology of Human Relations * OR *
    10-809-198 Intro to Psychology 3
    10
    Total Credits: 60
  • Requirements
  • Admission and Program Requirements

    • Submit Application and $30 Application Fee
    • To make sure your classes are the right fit, we consider any previous college credit you've earned, Accuplacer or ACT scores, high school GPA, or an assessment at your registration session. Submit High School Transcripts, College Transcripts, and Test Scores to: Southwest Tech, Attn: Admissions, 1800 Bronson Blvd, Fennimore, WI 53809

    Requirements for Online Students

    Chromebooks are not compatible with some testing features within Schoology (our Learning Management System). Southwest Tech recommends not to use Chromebooks for classes.

    • Cable/broadband/DSL internet with a minimum speed of 1.5Mbps. You can test your local internet speed at www.speedtest.net. Run this test from the location you will be working from.

      Higher bandwidth and speed will greatly assist you in your online learning environment, so where possible, a faster internet speed is recommended. Cable internet tend to be faster than DSL or 4G wireless, although DSL or 4G wireless may also work depending on other factors. Your computer, other software (such as anti spyware), other users on the system, and system configurations can all influence your ultimate line speed. Many instructors use videos as a part of their instruction, as well as synchronous meeting times (Skype, Adobe Connect, etc). Having an acceptable internet connection speed will be important to your success.

    • Convenient access to a computer that has one of the following current versions of Internet Browsers:
      • Microsoft Internet Explorer
      • Mozilla Firefox
      • Google Chrome
      • Safari
      Call 608.822.2302 for verification of other browsers.
    • An active e-mail account (all Southwest Tech students are issued a free email account)
    • Word processing software (Microsoft Word is the recommended word processing software at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College). Free Microsoft Office software is available to all Southwest Tech students at http://products.office.com/en-us/student
    • Availability of 10-15 hours per week for each 3-credit course
    • Self-motivation and self-discipline

    Helpful Academic Background

    • Good math, communication, and writing abilities
    • Accounting or bookkeeping

    Program Fees

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Estimated cost for each semester can be found under the Curriculum tab. Please note that costs are approximate and are based on the current academic year.
    • Please discuss additional fee questions with the program advisor or instructor.
  • Outcomes
  • Program Outcomes

    At the completion of the program, students are expected to be able to:

    • Plan the operations of a business across functional areas
    • Organize resources to achieve the goals of the organization
    • Direct individuals and/or processes to meet organizational goals
    • Control business processes

    Technical Skill Attainment (TSA)

    This TSA scoring guide will be used to document your attainment of technical program outcomes for the Business Management Degree. To meet the requirements on the scoring guide, you will be asked to draw upon the skills and concepts that have been developed throughout the program and are necessary for successful employment in your field. Results will be used to inspire continual improvement of teaching and learning in Wisconsin Technical College System. In addition, this assessment will provide feedback to you about your performance.

    If you are unable to access documents here, please contact Technical Skill Attainment Team (tsa@swtc.edu, 608.822.2464)
  • Career Opportunities
  • Southwest Tech's Career Connections Center offers Services to assist students looking for job placement.

  • Transfers
  • Prior Learning
  • Credit for Prior Learning

    Experience Pays! You've Been There... You've Done That... Let's See If You Can Get Credit For It!

    Credit for prior learning gives you opportunities to earn credit for college-level knowledge that you have already acquired. This may be the result of work or volunteer experiences, certifications, apprenticeships, military training, extensive self-instruction, or professional development. Credit for Prior Learning affords you the opportunity to accelerate the completion of your educational goals.

    For more information or to request Credit for Prior Learning see our Credit for Prior Learning page.

    Business Management Courses that may have Credit for Prior Learning options:

    Course # Course Title Challenge Exam
    (Demonstration)
    Challenge Exam
    (Standard)
    CLEP Credential Portfolio
    10-101-111Accounting 1Yes
    CLEP Test - Financial Accounting
    10-102-104Principles of FinanceYes
    CFP (Certified Financial Planner), CFA (Chartered Financial Analysts), CPA (Certified Public Account), FINRA Series 7 Securities License
    10-102-105Introduction to BusinessYes
    10-102-108Risk ManagementYes
    CLU (Chartered Life Underwiter), CFP (Certified Financial Planner), ChFC (Chartered Financial Consultant), CPCU (Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter)
    10-102-109Business Law IYes
    CLEP Test - Introduction to Business Law
    10-102-129Human Resources ManagementYes
    PHR (Professional in Human Resources), SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources)
    10-102-130Management PrinciplesYes
    CLEP Test - Principles of Management
    10-102-132Operations ManagementYes
    APICS test - CPIM
    10-102-151Personal FinanceYes
    CFP (Certified Financial Planner), CFA (Chartered Financial Analysts), CPA (Certified Public Account), FINRA Series 7 Securities License
    10-103-105Beginning Microsoft WordYes
    10-103-106Beginning Microsoft ExcelYes
    Any Microsoft MOUS certification (even an old certification) will also be considered for CPL
    10-801-195Written CommunicationYes
    College Composition CLEP test would also be accepted for credit. However, the challenge exam is the preferred method.
    10-804-123Math with Business ApplicationsYes
    10-809-195EconomicsYes
    CLEP Test - Principles of Macroeconomics