Fast Track

Business Administration
 Earn your A.A.S. in Business Administration plus a specialized certificate.
 Earn your Entrepreneurship Certificate in just one year.
 A certificate in HR management can increase your success in any industry.

An Accelerated, Part-time Affordable Program That Fits Your Life

Harper College has a unique, future-focused program for you to reach your goals faster. Harper is accredited by Higher Learning Commission.

Fast Track classes are designed for you:

  • Pre-selected and pre-scheduled, allowing for more independent work
  • Primarily offered in 5- to 8-week lengths, accelerating your learning
  • Guaranteed with a consistent day/time simplified schedule
  • Conveniently held at the Harper Professional Center (HPC) in Schaumburg or at the main Palatine campus
  • Offered in a cohort format, allowing for peer support and progress
  • Limited in size, allowing for personalized interactions with your instructor

Go forward even faster by inquiring about getting credit for your prior college or work experience.

Fast Track Degree:
Earn a certificate on the way to your degree

Associate in Applied Science - Business Administration. Specialize in Management or Human Resources Management. 

  • Human Resources Management Specialization
    • Starts Thursday, September 5, 2019
  • Management Specialization
    • Starts Thursday, September 12, 2019

Fast Track Certificates:
Each certificate program can be completed in about 1 year

Learn more at the next Info Session or schedule your personal appointment.

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Fast Track Admission Requirements

Acceptance into the Fast Track program requires prospective students to complete the general Harper Application for Admission plus the following:

  • Meet with a Fast Track Counselor to discuss the program in detail and determine if it meets your educational and career goals. Any prior credit that can apply to the program requirements will also be discussed.
  • Complete English and Math placement testing, or have prior credit, for those interested in the AAS degree. The Business Management Certificate requires Math placement testing or prior credit. All other certificates do not require these placement tests.
      • English placement minimum score is 4.0 (essay).
      • Math placement minimum score is 14 (ALEKS).
  • Attend the mandatory orientation night for your desired program

Students with prior college credit at Harper or another institution must have an overall GPA of 2.0 or better to enter Fast Track.  Exceptions to this requirement can be made on a case-by-case basis.

Tuition and Payment

Tuition and fees are paid each semester or on a course-by-course basis. Estimated tuition and fees for current Fast Track programs are:

  • AAS-BA Degree: Approximately $10,000
  • Business Management Certificate: Approximately $3,000
  • Entrepreneurship Certificate: Approximately $3,500
  • Health Information Technology (HIT) Medical Coding Certificate: Approximately $3,100
  • Human Resources Management Certificate: Approximately $3,000
  • Supply Chain Management Certificate: Approximately $4,800

Your actual costs may vary. Tuition rates for all Fast Track programs are based on Harper College's tuition and fees schedule. These estimates are based on in-district rates and assume an individual follows the entire program of study. Books and other course supply fees are not included.

Paying for College

  • All Fast Track programs are financial aid eligible.
  • You may qualify for financial aid or scholarships. 
  • The Business EdVantage program allows people who live outside of Harper's district, but work in-district organization, to take college credit courses at in-district rates. 

Services to Help You Succeed

Take advantage of the many benefits offered to Harper College students including services provided at the main campus and the Harper Professional Center (HPC):

Convenient Location

Fast Track courses, support services and academic counseling are offered at:
Harper Professional Center (HPC) 
650 E. Higgins Road, Suite 9S
Schaumburg, IL 60173

Transfer to Complete Your Bachelor's

Harper partners with colleges and universities that offer nontraditional, online programs, and/or on-campus adult-friendly degree completion programs to allow you to transfer quickly and complete your bachelor's degree. Specific transfer agreements with Fast Track's AAS: BA degree are listed hereCollege and university representatives are on-site multiple times each semester to meet with you and answer your questions. Degree requirements vary by school.