Business Management

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Business Management

Associate Degree

60 Credits | 2 Years

Financial Aid-Eligible

Ashland*, New Richmond*, Rice Lake*, Superior*

Outreach Centers: Balsam Lake*, Hayward*, Ladysmith*

*Combination of Online, Your Choice and On Site instruction. Select courses are available at the Northwood Tech Outreach Centers. Please contact your local campus for specifics.

Career Cluster: Business Management

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Business managers are found in a wide variety of settings in virtually every sector the economy. To make sound business decisions, you need a broad-based background in supervision, leadership, marketing, human resources, finance, law, planning, business technology, communication, math, accounting and budgeting. 

Program Overview

In the Business Management program, you will develop skills for employment in a variety of business settings or prepare to operate a business of your own. Careers can be found in hospitality, sales, technology, retail, manufacturing and financial services. While at Northwood Tech, you will learn to plan and implement business strategies. You will have the opportunity to specialize in general business or marketing. A field study experience allows you to practice skills in a real-world business environment. 

Program Outcomes

Business Management graduates will 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

Take the next step toward your career in business with Northwood Tech's Business Management program.

Take your classes in a variety of options to fit your lifestyle.

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Enhance technology skills needed in today's business world.


Classes are offered at the Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake and Superior campuses. Select courses are available at the Outreach Centers in Balsam Lake, Hayward and Ladysmith. You can take classes in various instruction types including Online, Your Choice or On Site.

Experienced Instructors

Northwood Tech is large enough to serve you but small enough to know you. Northwood Tech's experienced instructors are knowledgeable, approachable and eager to help you. 

Cutting-Edge Curriculum

Northwood Tech's continuous networking with business professionals, employers and recent graduates will ensure your courses are up-to-date and applicable for your future career. 

On-the-Job Experience

The final semester of this program features a field study where you will gain experience in a business setting. This provides an opportunity to refine your strengths and make an informed choice about your ultimate career. 

Required Courses

You will experience a variety of business topics to find your unique niche. Emphasis areas are offered in general business or marketing. The general business track explores human resources, project management, entrepreneurship and strategic planning. The marketing emphasis features professional selling, graphic design and social media marketing. Software classes allow you to build skills in word processing, spreadsheets and presentation graphics. 

Explore the Required Courses

Featured Business Management Courses

| 3 CR
This course is designed to develop the planning, organizing, financing, and management functions needed to start a small business. Included are research methods and identification of the resources to create, develop, and implement solutions to problems. Students will also develop appropriate strategies to initiate or maintain a small business.
| 3 CR
This course follows social media’s transformation of advertising from a mass medium to one-to-one communication with immediate feedback. Social media’s use for public relations and advertising as well as how to create and deploy a social media campaign will be the main focus of the course. The history and development of social media platforms will be examined as well as today’s ethical and legal implications of social media efforts.
| 2 CR
This course will allow the student to analyze what specific occupational field(s) they are best suited for. Included will be an in-depth self-analysis, simulated job application and interviews, a career research report, and work-based experience(s). PREREQUISITE: Minimum of 36 credits of program coursework must be completed prior to enrolling in this course.

Business Management is Part of a Career Pathway

As a Business Management student at Northwood Tech, you can earn credentials each step of the way! 

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Technical Diploma
30 Credits / 1 Year Full Time; Part Time Options Available
Potential Careers
Account Coordinator, Customer Service Specialist, Help Desk Specialist, Account Representative
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Associate Degree
60 Credits / 2 Years Full Time; Part Time Options Available
Potential Careers
Store Manager, Customer Service, Assistant Manager, Management Trainee, Department Manager, Branch Manager, Operations Assistant, Coordinator, Owner/Entrepreneur, Sales, Agent, Client Services
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Continue your education to earn your bachelor's degree.


Admissions and Tuition

Northwood Tech has an easy admission process that can be completed in one visit. Please see the details under the "Requirements and Application" section to get started.

Requirements and Application

Tuition and Fees

Northwood Tech breaks down the cost of education, so you'll have a good idea of how much your education will cost.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to help you pay for your education. It can come in the form of grants, loans, federal work-study, military and veterans benefits, division of vocational rehabilitation benefits, and scholarships. 

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Cost of Attendance

The Cost of Attendance (COA) is an estimate of the costs that you may incur while attending Northwood Technical College.

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Estimated Total Program Tuition 2024-25*

Business Management - General

60 Credits | 2 Years


Business Management - Marketing

60 Credits | 2 Years


*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented. 

After the Northwood Tech Business Management Program

Upon completion of the program, you will earn an associate degree in Business Management.

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Transfer your Northwood Tech credits to a four-year college to earn your bachelor's degree and beyond. 

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Career Outlook

Northwood Tech's graduates experience success. Learn more about the types of careers you can get after graduation. 

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Rice Lake Admissions Contact

Nicole Messicci

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Ashland Admissions Contact

Jennifer Bednarik

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New Richmond Admissions Contact

Sherry Rehnelt

Admissions Advisor



Superior Admissions Contact

Anna Kalin

Admissions Advisor



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