Business Administration

The Business Administration Department at Mount Wachusett Community College provides students with the opportunity to earn a Certificate in Business Administration, a Certificate in Hospitality, a Certificate in Nonprofit Management, a Certificate in Small Business Management, an Associate Degree in Business Administration-Transfer or an Associate Degree in Business Administration-Career.   Upon completion of any program in Business Administration, students are prepared for positions in many types of business settings. During the course of study, students will develop skills and competencies in the basic economic principles of the business world using the latest computer and electronic technology.  Students will gain the knowledge in management, general business, small business, accounting and marketing.

Business Administration Certificate (BUC)

This program offers a broad array of courses, exposing students to the skills and knowledge needed for a business career. It is a great option for those who have a limited amount of time to attain an education, would like a background in business, or would like to explore business before pursuing a degree.

Year 1
FallCredits
ACC 101Principles Of Accounting I 3
CIS 127Computer Technologies 3
ENG 101College Writing I 3
MKT 142Marketing 3
Spring
ACC 102Principles Of Accounting II 3
MGT 210Principles Of Management 3
MAT 126Topics In Mathematics (or higher) 4
MGT 110Small Business Management 3
 Total Credits: 25
 

See Business Administration program competencies and technical standards

Helpful hints

Students must spend additional time outside of class completing assignments. It is not advisable for full-time students to work full-time.

Special requirements

Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.

Transfer options

This program is intended for immediate career entry. Courses completed as part of this certificate program can be applied to the Business Administration Degree.

Career options/Earning potential

For career options, please click here.

Gainful Employment Program Disclosure Information

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Hospitality Certificate (HRM)

The certificate courses provide students with a strong hospitality foundation while inspiring and teaching work ethics, cultural understanding and the leadership skills needed to function effectively in the hospitality industry.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in this field are projected to increase an average of 15.5 percent from now until 2018.

Year 1
FallCredits
ACC 101Principles Of Accounting I 3
HRM 102Introduction to Hospitality Management 3
BUS 125Communication For Business And Industry 3
CIS 127Computer Technologies 3
Spring
HRM 199Internship for Hospitality Management 3
BUS 113Business Etiquette And Protocol 3
HRM 103Hospitality Marketing 3
ACC 227Computerized Accounting 3
MAT 126Topics In Mathematics 4
 Total Credits: 28


 

See Business Administration program competencies and technical standards.

Helpful hints

Students must spend additional time outside of class completing assignments. It is not advisable for full-time students to work full-time. Day and evening courses are offered.

Transfer options

This program is intended for immediate career entry. Courses completed as part of this certificate program can be applied to the Energy Management Degree.

Career options/Earning potential

For career options, please click here.

Gainful Employment Program Disclosure Information

For gainful employment information, please click here.

Nonprofit Management Certificate (BNPC) (New)

Professionals in nonprofit organizations often are responsible for a variety of roles from chief executive, marketing, fundraiser, and grant writer. As a result, a professional requires a high degree of dexterity to successfully navigate today’s nonprofit environment.  Demonstrate your ability to solve problems, contribute ideas, and offer solutions by earning a certificate in nonprofit management.

Year 1
FallCredits
ACC 101Principles Of Accounting I 3
CIS 127Computer Technologies 3
ENG 101College Writing I 3
MGT 110Small Business Management 3
HST 101Introduction To Human Services 3
Spring
BUS 220The Business Of Social Change 3
ENG 251Introduction To Public Relations 3
Career Electives (See List Below)  3
BUS 224Introduction To Grant Writing 3
 Total Credits: 27

Career Electives

Credits
BUS 105Business Ethics3
BUS 112Introduction To Customer Relations3
BUS 125Communication For Business And Industry3
HST 150Cultural Awareness3
LAW 101Introduction To Law (Formerly PLS 101)3
MGT 210Principles Of Management3
MKT 241Advertising3

See Business Administration program competencies and technical standards.

Helpful hints

Students must spend additional time outside of class completing assignments. It is not advisable for full-time students to work full-time.

Special requirements

Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.

Transfer options

This program is intended for immediate career entry. Courses completed as part of this certificate program can be applied to the Business Administration Degree.

Career options/Earning potential

For career options, please click here.

Gainful Employment Program Disclosure Information

For gainful employment information, please click here.

Small Business Management Certificate (SBC)

This program is a great option if you own your own business or are thinking of starting one. Learn the latest concepts in financing, staffing, organizing, and running a small business. Many enjoy the opportunities that come with owning their own business: the adventure, being their own boss, working in a field they enjoy and/or believe in, and fulfilling their own mission.

Year 1
FallCredits
ENG 101College Writing I 3
ACC 101Principles Of Accounting I 3
CIS 127Computer Technologies 3
MAT 126Topics In Mathematics (or higher) 4
Spring
MGT 110Small Business Management 3
ECO 101 or 102Macroeconomics (or Microeconomics) 3
ACC 102Principles Of Accounting II 3
MKT 142Marketing 3
 Total Credits: 25

 See Business Administration program competencies and technical standards.

Helpful hints

Students must spend additional time outside of class completing assignments. It is not advisable for full-time students to work full-time.

Special requirements

Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.

Transfer options

This program is intended for immediate career entry. Courses completed as part of this certificate program can be applied to the Business Administration Degree.

Career options/Earning potential

For career options, please click here.

Gainful Employment Program Disclosure Information

For gainful employment information, please click here.

Business Administration—Transfer Degree (BA)

Start your business degree education and training at Mount Wachusett Community College. The business transfer degree qualifies a student for direct transfer to Massachusetts State Universities under MassTransfer agreement. It is the practical degree for students with a desire to work hard and contribute to society in a business framework. A business degree is often viewed as a vocational or job-focused degree because it provides students with the practical skills and knowledge most desired in the workplace. Through courses in management, general business, liberal arts, science, accounting, and marketing, students will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to get that next promotion or prepare for transfer to a bachelor degree program. The Business Administration Transfer program includes the MassTransfer Block. For more information, visit the MWCC business degree website at http://business.mwcc.edu

Year 1
FallCredits
ACC 101Principles Of Accounting I 3
CIS 127Computer Technologies 3
ENG 101College Writing I 3
MAT 163Pre-Calculus (or higher) 4
MGT 210Principles Of Management 3
Spring
ACC 102Principles Of Accounting II 3
ENG 102College Writing II 3
Health Elective (see list below)  2-4
Behavioral Social Science Elective 1 3
Humanities Elective 2 3
Year 2
Fall
BUS 211Business Law I 3
ECO 101Macroeconomics 3
ACC 226Managerial Accounting I 3
MKT 142Marketing 3
Lab Science Elective 3 4
Spring
Science Elective 3 3
SPC 113Speech (formerly THE113) 3
ECO 102Microeconomics 3
Humanities Elective 2 3
MGT 250Strategic Management 3
 Total Credits: 61-63
1

Behavioral Science Elective: ANT, PSY, SOC, SSC

2

Humanities Electives: ART, ASL, DAN, ENG, FRE, HUM, MUS, PHL, SPA, SPC, THE

3

Lab Science Electives/Science Electives: BIO, BTC, CHE, EAS, EGM, NRD, PHY

Health Electives  

Credits
BIO 101Introduction To Nutrition (formerly NUT101)3
BIO 103Human Health And Disease3
BIO 112Biology Of Cancer3
BIO 230Nutrition, Health, And Sustainability3
CHC 101Complementary Health Care3
CHC 102Foundations of Yoga3
CHC 108Transforming Stress3
CHC 220Mind-Body-Spirit Connection3
EXS 102Principles Of Anatomy And Kinesiology3
EXS 201Exercise Science And Nutrition4
PER 126Fitness And Wellness2
PER 127Weight Management through Walking and Resistance Training2
PER 130Health, Fitness, And Wellness3

See Business Administration program competencies and technical standards.

Helpful hints

Our MWCC business faculty members are recognized for their teaching ability and impressive array of local, national, and international business credentials they bring to the classroom. Many are sought-after consultants and serve as advisory board members for corporations and non-profit organizations. They stress critical thinking. Many students spend additional time outside of class working on class projects that ultimately will enhance their resume.

Special requirements

Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.

Transfer options

For transfer options, please click here. It is recommended that you also consult with your academic advisor.

MassTransfer

Students who plan to transfer to a Massachusetts state university or a University of Massachusetts campus may be eligible to transfer under the MassTransfer agreement which provides transfer advantages to those who qualify.

Please click here for MassTransfer information

Career options/Earning potential

For career options, please click here.

Business Administration—Career Degree (BAC)

Start your business degree education and training at MWCC. A business degree prepares you for a large variety of jobs. It is the practical degree for students with a desire to work hard and contribute to society in a business framework. A business degree is often viewed as a vocational or job-focused degree because it provides students with the practical skills and knowledge most desired in the workplace. Through courses in management, general business, accounting, and marketing, students will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to get that next promotion or prepare for transfer to a bachelor degree program. Check out the MWCC business degree website at http://business.mwcc.edu.

Year 1
FallCredits
ACC 101Principles Of Accounting I 3
CIS 127Computer Technologies 3
ENG 101College Writing I 3
MGT 210Principles Of Management 3
MAT 126Topics In Mathematics(or higher) 4
Spring
ACC 102Principles Of Accounting II 3
ACC 227Computerized Accounting 3
ENG 102College Writing II 3
MKT 142Marketing 3
Restrictive Business Elective 1 3
Year 2
Fall
BUS 211Business Law I 3
ECO 101Macroeconomics 3
Humanities Elective 2 3
Restrictive Business Elective 1 3
MGT 110Small Business Management 3
Spring
MGT 250Strategic Management 3
ECO 102Microeconomics 3
Health Elective (see list below)  2-4
Social Science Elective 3 3
Lab Science Elective 4 4
 Total Credits: 61-63
1

Restrictive Business Electives: ACC, BUS, ECO, FIN, MGT, MKT

2

Humanities Electives: ART, ASL, DAN, ENG, FRE, HUM, MUS, PHL, SPA, SPC, THE

3

Social Science Electives: ANT, ECO, GEO, HIS, POL, PSY, SOC, SSC

4

Lab Science Electives: BIO, BTC, CHE, EAS, EGM, NRD, PHY

Health Electives

Credits
BIO 101Introduction To Nutrition (formerly NUT101)3
BIO 103Human Health And Disease3
BIO 112Biology Of Cancer3
BIO 230Nutrition, Health, And Sustainability3
CHC 101Complementary Health Care3
CHC 102Foundations of Yoga3
CHC 108Transforming Stress3
CHC 220Mind-Body-Spirit Connection3
EXS 102Principles Of Anatomy And Kinesiology3
EXS 201Exercise Science And Nutrition4
PER 126Fitness And Wellness2
PER 127Weight Management through Walking and Resistance Training2
PER 130Health, Fitness, And Wellness3

See Business Administration program competencies and technical standards.

Helpful hints

Our MWCC business faculty members are recognized for their teaching ability and impressive array of local, national, and international business credentials they bring to the classroom. Many are sought-after consultants and serve as advisory board members for corporations and non-profit organizations. They stress critical thinking. Many students spend additional time outside of class working on class projects that ultimately will enhance their resume.

Transfer options

For transfer options, please click here. It is recommended that you also consult with your academic advisor.

Special requirements

Prior to enrolling in each course, students should ensure they meet course requirements. Many business electives are offered to meet students' career goals. Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.

Career options/Earning potential

For career options, please click here.

Program Competencies for BA, BAC, BNPC, BUC, HRM, SBC

Upon graduation from these programs students shall have demonstrated the ability to:

  • Identify basic principles used in the business world today.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic economic principles including skills necessary to read, create, and understand graphical information.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the “marketing concept” and its application by profit-seeking firms of this decade.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how monetary and fiscal policies are used to stabilize or stimulate the US economy.
  • Use the latest computer and electronic technology in both personal lives and professional careers.
  • Analyze economic events necessary for recording accounting transactions that result in accurately-prepared financial statements.
  • Apply basic management principles skills in order to obtain employment in fields related to training such that job performance will satisfactorily provide employers in the area with skills needed to meet current labor market trends.

Technical Standards1 for BA, BAC, BNPC, BUC, HRM, SBC

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For general information about technical standards and accommodation, see Technical Standards.

Students entering these programs must be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Comprehend textbook material at the 11th grade level.
  • Communicate and assimilate information either in spoken, printed, signed, or computer voice format.
  • Gather, analyze, and draw conclusions from data.
  • Manipulate small items such as a mouse or keyboard.
  • Read data from a computer screen.
  • Sit or stand for prolonged periods of time.
 

BUS Business Courses

BUS 105. Business Ethics. 3 Credits.

This course is designed for the student with an interest in organizational and business ethics. The focus is on how we act as individuals and how we contribute to group accountability. The class will provide each student with a framework for thinking in an ethical manner. In addition, the class will explore every-day ethical thinking. Most topics will be explored using the case study method. Although designed for the business student, this class is open to all students with an interest in exploring everyday ethical behavior on an individual and group level. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098, or placement.

BUS 108. Principles Of Real Estate. 3 Credits.

This course is an introduction to real estate. Topics include property rights, principles of land ownership, sale, financing and conveyance, contracts, liens, mortgage financing, mortgages or deeds of trust, deeds, recording, settlement concepts, condominiums and cooperatives, leasing, and other property concepts. Prerequisite: RDG 098, FYE 101 or placement.

BUS 112. Introduction To Customer Relations. 3 Credits.

This course focuses on practical information that will enable both the student and practicing customer service professional to enhance, hone, and refine their service skills. The course is designed to equip individuals with the strategic necessities to effectively interact with and deal with a multitude of customer-related service issues that are an integral part of the customer service job function. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098, or placement.

BUS 113. Business Etiquette And Protocol. 3 Credits.

This course prepares students to successfully enter the ever-changing workforce or to advance in their career by teaching the skills, attitudes, and behaviors demanded in today’s high performance workplace. This course is intended for the worker in career transition with discrete needs for grounding in business protocol. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098, or placement.

BUS 125. Communication For Business And Industry. 3 Credits.

Students are introduced to concepts relating to communicating in a diverse workplace. Emphasis is placed on nonverbal communication, the writing process, and email. Students learn how to write memos and letters and communicate with customers, research and use information, develop and use graphic and visual aids. Students prepare reports and presentations; develop skills to communicate through the application and interview process. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098, or placement.

BUS 201. International Business. 3 Credits.

Students will most likely work for a company that is either foreign owned, domestically owned but has some foreign operations, or domestically owned but is affected by the global economy. Thus, this class will prepare students to be successful and productive in their careers based upon an understanding of the basics of why companies conduct business across borders. Since even small businesses are becoming more active in the international business environment through activities such as buying and supplying components, students who are planning to start their own businesses should also be cognizant of international business. This class will also stress the importance of cultural literacy and will help students develop the type of cultural literacy that will enable them to be conversant within the global economy and international marketplaces. Prerequisite: ENG 101.

BUS 211. Business Law I. 3 Credits.

This course covers business transactions and issues, with particular emphasis on contract law. Major topics include the nature of law and the judicial process, the concept of contract, and the law of sales. Currently emerging legal concepts will be included. The focus will be on studying the law regulating commercial activity in order to prepare students to conduct business in a dynamic world marketplace. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098, or placement.

BUS 212. Business Law II. 3 Credits.

This course is a continuation of BUS 211 Business Law I and introduces the student to the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), a uniform set of legal principles that facilitates intrastate and interstate commercial transactions. Topics include the law of sales, leases, secured transactions, and other commercial legal topics. Particular emphasis is placed on the UCC modification of common-law contract law, with particular reference to the sale of goods and special rules governing transactions by merchants. Prerequisite: BUS 211.

BUS 220. The Business Of Social Change. 3 Credits.

This course will explore the theory of social entrepreneurism and how social entrepreneurs create systemic social change. Through case studies and readings, students will analyze how social entrepreneurs use their management skills in business planning, marketing, and leadership to work with the for-profit, nonprofit, and public sectors to achieve their goals. The course will also explore how successful social entrepreneurs use creative thinking, strong leadership, and business skills to create purposeful organizations that grow and thrive. Prerequisite: MGT 110 or permission of division dean.

BUS 224. Introduction To Grant Writing. 3 Credits.

This course provides beginner or intermediate-level grant writers with the skills and knowledge needed to obtain public and private grants. Working with sample proposals, students will learn to create a successful grant. This will include finding funding organizations, responding to a request for proposal, planning a program, creating a budget, learning the essential elements of a grant proposal, and understanding how to partner with agencies. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098, or placement.

HRM Hotel & Restaurant Mgmt Courses

HRM 102. Introduction to Hospitality Management. 3 Credits.

This introductory course is a survey of contemporary hospitality and managerial practices and procedures that are pertinent to the hospitality industry. It examines the overall operation of hospitality including hospitality and tourism and tourism leadership, communication, front office leadership, customer service, housekeeping operations, facilities management, human resources, food and beverage service, and managing banquets and catered events. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, MAT 092, RDG 098, or placement.

HRM 103. Hospitality Marketing. 3 Credits.

This course introduces the basic factors involved in implementing the “marketing concept” with an emphasis on the hospitality and tourism industry including the four elements of the marketing mix: product planning, promotion, pricing, and distribution. Also covered are the societal, legal, economic and competitive environments within which sales and marketing functions within the hospitality industry. Prerequisites: MAT 092, RDG 098, ENG 098, FYE 101 or placement.

HRM 199. Internship for Hospitality Management. 3 Credits.

In this course, students will apply knowledge, perform administrative procedures, and develop professional attitudes for interacting with other professionals and hospitality consumers in the actual hospitality industry. This will involve 120 hours unpaid experience at an MWCC-approved hospitality site. Prerequisites: ACC 101, CIS 127, BUS 125, HRM 102, and approval of the instructor.

MGT Management Courses

MGT 105. Leadership And Management For The Health Care Professional. 3 Credits.

This course is targeted for nurses and other health care professionals who work in care teams with other health care professionals. The emphasis is on developing negotiation, partnership, shared responsibility, accountability skills, and understanding within healthcare organizations and care teams. Participants will develop leadership and management skills through a variety of case studies. Students that will benefit the most from this class plan to be, or are, members of a patient-focused health care delivery team. This course is intended to build competencies in health care leadership and management while enhancing the health care professional's ability to build and interact with care teams, resolve conflict, negotiate for solutions, and develop collaboration skills. This course will also prepare the professional nurse to mentor and coach members of the health care team. Students enrolled in nursing, dental hygiene, allied health, medical assisting, and physical therapist assistant, are encouraged to take this course as an elective. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, MAT 092, RDG 098, or placement.

MGT 110. Small Business Management. 3 Credits.

Small business entrepreneurs fail most frequently because of the inability to plan and to master business operations after recognizing a business opportunity. This course will deal with business planning and operations as they relate to the small business entrepreneur. Business operations are discussed with attention to business and management functions as they relate to small business. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, MAT 092, RDG 098, or placement.

MGT 115. Financial Management For Small Businesses. 3 Credits.

This course develops skills in planning, budgeting, administering, controlling, and evaluating the financial aspects of small businesses. The course presents a logical sequence of steps necessary to plan a new venture or strengthen an existing one; how the decision is made to start, buy, or franchise will be closely analyzed. Forms of business organization, financial statements, accounting systems, financial planning, and financial services and procedures will also be covered. Prerequisites: ACC 101, MGT 110.

MGT 132. Principles Of Production. 3 Credits.

This course covers the problems confronting the production manager. Topics include product design, work simplification and measurement, inventory, production, quality, and cost control. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, MAT 092, RDG 098, or placement. Evening only.

MGT 201. Total Quality Management. 3 Credits.

This course introduces the principles of company-wide quality management including the theories of Deming, Ishidawa, Juran, Crosby, and others. Quality tools such as integrated flow charts, fishbone diagrams, and Pareto charts will be introduced. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, MAT 092, RDG 098, or placement.

MGT 210. Principles Of Management. 3 Credits.

This course is a survey of traditional and contemporary principles of management and of the application of behavioral science and quantitative concepts to the solution of actual business organization problems. It is an introductory course dealing with the structure of business, its environment, and its relationship to society, and the individual members of the class. It examines the operation of business, how a firm's structure and management are determined, the methods by which companies produce products and services, the way they manage human and physical resources, market their goods and services, finance operations, and the techniques they use to control operations and meet their responsibilities. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, MAT 092, RDG 098, or placement.

MGT 235. Human Resources Management. 3 Credits.

This course focuses on the development and retention of an efficient work force, including such topics as the construction and use of occupational descriptions, sources of labor, application forms, interviewing, testing, training, job analysis, and wage plans and policies. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, MAT 092, RDG 098, or placement.

MGT 250. Strategic Management. 3 Credits.

This capstone course prepares students to integrate important current issues in strategic management with key learning from MWCC business curriculum courses. It concentrates on in-class presentations and work team approaches to learning with a focus on critical thinking. It is designed with an applied perspective and highlights significant emerging trends in strategic management. It is intended to provide students with the business skills and knowledge transfer that prepares them for further baccalaureate learning and on-the-job implementation of corporate, business, and functional strategies. This is a business capstone class and registration is restricted to business degree graduating sophomores only. Prerequisites: ACC 101, ACC 102, CIS 127, ENG 102, and 45 credits earned toward a BA or BAC degree.

MKT Marketing Courses

MKT 142. Marketing. 3 Credits.

This course introduces the basic factors involved in implementing the "marketing concept" with emphasis on the four elements of the marketing mix: product planning, promotion, pricing, and distribution. Also covered are the societal, legal, economic, and competitive environments within which the modern marketing organization functions. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, MAT 092, RDG 098, or placement.

MKT 143. Retail Management. 3 Credits.

This course includes topics such as competition, motivation, risk, buying, pricing, store location, and planning and controlling inventories. The management approach to the study of retailing is emphasized. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, MAT 092, RDG 098, or placement.

MKT 241. Advertising. 3 Credits.

This course focuses on the role of advertising as a communications component in the marketing process. Topics include advertising agency operations, product and media research, media selection and buying, integrated marketing communications, and the creative process. Students will examine case studies and develop ad campaigns. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, MAT 092, RDG 098, or placement.

MKT 244. Sales Management. 3 Credits.

This course covers the functions and responsibilities of the sales manager including organization, selection, training, compensation and supervision of sales personnel, as well as quota and territory determination. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, MAT 092, RDG 098, or placement.

MKT 245. Introduction to Sales. 3 Credits.

Students explore the exciting field of professional selling and learn how to apply the principles and techniques of successful selling. This course provides a strong academic and practical foundation for those considering a career in sales as well as for current sales professionals in need of a foundational refresher. Students will make in-class sales presentations. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, MAT 092, RDG 098, (or placement).