Business Administration

Are you ready to launch your small business and need help getting started? Or maybe you’re interested in a career in finance or want to lead a non-profit organization? You’re on the path to an MBA? Entrepreneurship, finance, marketing or general business: Whatever your business career goal, the OCC Career Advantage program in Business Administration can help you reach it. Start or build your business career at OCC. Read on to learn more about the OCC Career Advantage program in Business Administration.

A sampling of courses for these careers

Business Law
Microeconomics and Macroeconomics
Business Communication
Business Calculus/Statistics
Principles of Advertising
Introduction to Marketing

Did you know?

Business and financial occupations paid $62,500, on average, in 2012. Workers in this sector with less than a bachelor’s degree can earn more than the national median wage, according to the Association for Career Technical Education.

Program Details

Complete one of our certificate programs, and you’ll be well-prepared to enter a career in business administration, or build upon your skills if you’re already employed in the field.

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In less than 2 years
you can earn:
Certificate of Achievement

Prepare for an entry-level business position in which you will be equipped to apply business principles and techniques. You also may take what you learn here and transfer to a business program at a four-year college. View program detail in course catalog.

Build on your certificate
of achievement with a:
Certificate of Specialization

Prepare to start an entrepreneurial venture using the small-business principles you learn through this program. Develop skills in starting, maintaining and growing a small business through courses that emphasize feasibility analysis, legal considerations, financial management, marketing plans and sales techniques. View program detail in course catalog.

Prepare for an entry-level job or training position in a brokerage firm or in a small- to mid-size enterprise. Develop analytic and critical-thinking skills in the financial area of business through courses that emphasize financial accounting, securities and financial and investment management. View program detail in course catalog.

Prepare to take on the challenges and opportunities of an evolving not-for-profit industry, whether you are a potential, new or mid-level professional. Learn about new roles and approaches related to strategic planning, financial management, capacity building, and program creation and evaluation. View program detail in course catalog.

Or earn your
associate degree
in under 4 years

Complete the Business Administration Certificate of Achievement and the Associate in Science graduation requirements to earn an associate degree. Prepare for an entry-level business position in which you will be equipped to apply business principles and techniques. You also may take what you learn here and transfer to a business program at a four-year college. View program detail in course catalog.

Earn an Associate in Science in Business Administration for Transfer Degree to be well-positioned to complete a bachelor’s degree in a similar major within the California State University system. Students who complete the Business Administration AS-T degree are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. View program detail in course catalog.


To enroll in a Career Advantage program, you must first apply for admission to Orange Coast College. To apply, go to the Admissions Application Information webpage and review the information and requirements for admission. A link at the bottom of that page will take you to the CCCApply website, where you will be prompted to create an account so you can begin the application process.

Classes cost $46 per unit for residents of California. Classes vary in their unit value, but an average 3-unit class costs $138. There are additional fees required to register and additional costs associated with each program. Click here to view the estimated total costs of the program in this career cluster.

View this chart for the length of the core program.

This program offers courses on evenings and weekends. For details about offerings in this program, speak to a counselor or consult the class schedule. The class schedule tool searches through all Orange Coast College course offerings and includes a filter for online classes.

You can make an appointment in person, online or by phone.  Click here for more information about Counseling Services and how to make an appointment.

For general questions about enrollment, availability of classes and other services for prospective and current OCC students, call The Answer Center at 714-432-5772. For answers to specific questions you can speak to a counselor or to the faculty member listed on this program page.

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