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Business Administration Degree

Business Administration Degree

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    A Business Degree You Can Count On

    A business administration degree is more than just a piece of paper—it’s proof that you have attained insight to a diverse range of critical business skill sets. Business skills aren’t just about communicating effectively or understanding how corporations work. In order to truly succeed, you need training in numerous fields, including:

    • Accounting
    • Marketing
    • Communication
    • Computer applications
    • Human resources
    • Management strategies
    • Ethics

    Fortunately, Northwestern College offers all of this in a two-year business administration degree format. And because the education we provide is designed to serve as a foundation for future growth, your career can quickly grow from an administrative services team member to a management position.

    When You Need Flexibility in Your Education

    One thing we’ve found to be true over the years—when it comes to our business administration majors, flexibility is key. Your parents and full-time workers. Your caretakers and adult learners. You have a life outside of school and work, and that life often makes it difficult to consider career advancement.

    Not anymore. With online learning options and our 24 month program, you can earn your degree with only three days of class per week. We also offer the same great campus resources and financial aid options regardless of how you choose to learn, so you never have to sacrifice your education for your lifestyle.

    Make Northwestern College Your First Step

    Taking that first step toward your new future is the most difficult one. Let us make it easier on you by providing everything you need in one convenient program. Whether you choose an online learning format or put your skills to the test at our campus locations, the Business Administration Associate Degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

    With our reputation for excellence and your commitment to success, you can earn a degree worth having—and turn it into a career worth looking forward to. Your future is waiting, and we’re ready to do what it takes to get you there.

    Program Goals

    Upon completion of the program, it is expected that students will be able to:

    • Demonstrate knowledge of the common professional components of the business environment
    • Understand and analyze ethical behaviors in the business environment
    • Recognize and apply clear oral, written, and electronic communication when making professional business decisions
    • Interact effectively with teams as both leader and member
    • Possess knowledge and skills to solve business problems

    Student Outcomes

    Northwestern College conducts routine evaluation of student academic achievement. In support of this, assessment of student learning is a college-wide initiative and is conducted quarterly. This link provides access to the School of Commerce and Technology assessment results summary which identifies program goals and intended learning outcomes assessed for academic years 2010 – 2014.

    Retention Rate:

    Student retention rate is calculated annually for students in the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Administration program.  The retention rate for each year starting in 2015 through 2017 is listed below:

    2015-2016:  93%

    2016-2017:  90%

    2017-2018:  97%

    Course Information

    As a business student, you will enjoy classes such as:


    This course covers the fundamental principles of economic concepts, and the way in which they are used to make sound business decisions. Topics include macroeconomic modeling, monetary and fiscal policy, private sector components of aggregate demand, and macroeconomic synthesis and challenges for the future.


    This course covers the analysis of the various theories of organization and management from the standpoint of organizational and individual effectiveness. The management functions of planning, organizing, directing, and controlling are thoroughly covered and discussed.

    Business Law I

    An introductory survey of the basics of contractual law, torts, and specific forms of contractual relationships. Also includes a review of the nature and kinds of commercial paper and the treatment of negotiated commercial paper including holders of due course. The law surrounding sales contracts and security devices will be covered.

    Accreditations and Approvals

    The Business Administration Associate in Applied Science Degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, 11520 West 119th Street, Overland Park, Kansas 66213, (913) 339-9356,

    Northwestern College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, 230 S. LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604, (312) 263-0456,

    Northwestern College is approved for veterans training under the G.I. Bill for Veterans Educational Assistance.


  • Making College Affordable

    At Northwestern College, we help our students understand their college costs and how to pay for them. We also, understand that applying for financial aid can seem a little confusing and overwhelming, and want to make the process of applying for financial aid as easy as possible. That’s why our Financial Assistance Representatives are available to meet with you to help you understand financial aid and help you navigate through the application process.

    Northwestern College participates in several different types of financial aid programs to enable our Financial Assistant Department to offer you the best possible combination of aid awards. We participate in both the Federal Student Aid Programs and Illinois State MAP Program, along with other miscellaneous financial aid programs from various sources (including Veterans Programs).

    Most of our students receive some form of financial assistance. We work hard to help you find the money you need to finance your education, guiding you through the financial aid process and helping you explore different financial aid options. Grants, loans, scholarships, and work-study will assist you in paying for a college education. Read on to learn more about these opportunities.

    Remember, you can always contact the Financial Assistant Department at any time and speak with one of our Financial Assistance Representatives if you have any questions regarding the financial aid process. We look forward to helping you!


    Grants are need-based awards funded by the federal or state government. Grants are funds that do not require repayment. Learn More


    For many students and parents, loans represents an important resource to help finance educational expenses. Northwestern College participates in the federal student loan program which allows students and their parents to borrow money to help meet their educational costs. A loan is a borrowed money that is expected to be paid back with interest. When you take out a student loan, you are making a legal obligation to repay the loan, so carefully consider the amount you borrow. Be a responsible borrower and borrow only what you need. Learn More

    Scholarships/Tuition Discounts

    Northwestern College offers a variety of scholarships to students. The internal scholarships and tuition discounts that we offer are sums of money that do not require repayment. See which ones you qualify for.

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