Business Administration Specialist

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Business Administration Specialist

Technical Certificate

18 Credits | Less than 1 year

Ashland*, New Richmond*, Rice Lake*, Superior*
Outreach Centers: Balsam Lake*, Hayward*, Ladysmith*

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

Career Cluster: Business Management

The Business Administration Specialist certificate will prepare students for success in today’s business world. Areas of emphasis include supervision, human resource management, and business law.

Program Overview

This certificate will provide you with the well-rounded skills that are necessary to become an integral support employee in a business firm. 

Program Outcomes

The Business Administration Specialist certificate will prepare you to:

  • Make informed decisions regarding business transactions
  • Document business transactions
  • Communicate with internal and external customers
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Take your classes in a variety of options including online, Your Choice or in a traditional classroom. Start the courses in August or January, summer or mid-semester—you decide.

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

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Build relationships with fellow classmates that will last a lifetime.

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Improve interpersonal communication. 


The Business Administration Specialist certificate is conveniently available at every Northwood Tech location. 

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. 


Take your classes at any of Northwood Tech's campuses or online. No matter which you choose, you will make connections with others who share your desire for a career in business. 

Required Courses

This certificate covers courses in Business Law, Human Resource Management, Entrepreneurship, Supervision, and Technical Reporting. 

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Featured Business Administration Specialist 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
Introduces the functions of Human Resource Management in the legal and social context of today's dynamic business environment. Topics include human resource development, employee selection, performance, appraisal, compensation, training, labor relations, affirmative action, and career management.
| 3 CR
In Supervision, the learner applies the skills and tools necessary to perform the functions of a frontline leader. Each learner will demonstrate the application of strategies and transition to a contemporary supervisory role including day-to-day operations, analysis, delegation, controlling, staffing, leadership, problem solving, team skills, motivation, and training.

Business Administration Specialist is Part of a Career Pathway

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

Take this first and get a credential. 

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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Continue your education and earn an associate degree.

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.


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Tuition and Fees

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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 Administration Specialist

18 Credits | Less than 1 year


*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 Administration Specialist Program

Upon completion of the program, you will earn a Business Administration Specialist certificate. Continue your education at Northwood Tech in the Customer Service Manager technical diploma and Business Management associate degree.

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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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