Kickstart your business career
Business administration credentials can be applied to nearly any industry or used to help you start your own business. At Harper, you'll hone your ability to think strategically, conceptualize theories, and develop and implement real-world business plans in hands on classroom experiences.
Harper offers transfer programs as well as career-oriented degrees and certificates in a variety of flexible class delivery choices. You can take courses in the evenings through the Fast Track program, daytime with Apprenticeship students or online anytime to meet your schedule. With Harper's small class sizes, you get personal attention from instructors, who have work experience and have completed their degrees while working…just like you.
The IDEAShop, the MakerSpace and Entrepreneur Center, is the place to complete your Entrepreneurial Maker Certificate, with hands on practice for any maker. Finish the certificate with a start-up that is ready to apply for our Dream Big Angel Grant!
The Business and Entrepreneurship Club provides an opportunity for students to gain business and relationship building experience by participating in global sustainability challenges, nationwide pitch competitions and creating business focused events on campus. This club is also involved in social entrepreneurship and giving back to the community, locally and abroad, and working closely with our IDEAShop: the Harper MakerSpace and Entrepreneurship Center.
Start at Harper. Finish at a four-year university.
The Associate in Arts (AA) degree prepares you to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor's degree in accounting, business administration, economics, financial services, international business, management and marketing. Speak with your advisor about the best courses to take to meet your academic goals.
Harper also offers institution-specific transfer information to help prepare you to transition to a four-year university. To learn more, visit our transfer information page or see your advisor.
Earn a career-ready degree
The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree is designed to prepare you for immediate entry into a career field. With different areas of specialization, you can focus on the area of business that interests you. Coursework in the AAS could also prepare you to transfer to a four-year college or university.
- Associate in Applied Science in Business Administration
(choose ONE specialization):
- Financial Management
- Human Resources Management
- Social Commerce and Sales
- Social Media Specialist
Earn a workforce credential
Jumpstart your career by learning new skills through a certificate program. All of the following certificates are stackable to the AAS degree program through additional coursework.
- Entrepreneurial Maker Certificate
- Financial Management Certificate
- Human Resource Management Certificate
- Insurance Certificate
- Management Certificate
- Retail Merchandising Certificate
- Social Commerce and Sales Certificate
- Social Media Specialist Certificate
Flexible program options
- Earn Stackable Credentials
- Fast Track (Accelerated, part-time programs)
- Apprenticeship Opportunities (Earn degrees/credentials debt-free with guaranteed employment)
- Distance Learning (Earn degrees/credentials by taking all classes online)
- University Center (Earn a bachelor's degree on Harper's campus)
For more information about starting your college education at Harper, please contact Admissions Outreach at 847.925.6700 or fill out our request information form.