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Business Administration

The Business Administration degrees are designed for three major purposes: to fulfill the necessary requirements for working towards a Bachelor of Applied Science; to equip students with technical knowledge and skills to enter the business workforce; or to update workplace skills.

  • Students wishing to transfer to a four-year university will pursue the Associate in Business – Direct Transfer Agreement/Major Ready Pathway (AB-DTA/MRP) degree option.
  • Students looking to gain technical knowledge and skills should pursue the AAS degree or certificate options.
  • Students pursuing the Bachelor of Applied Science in Business Management (BASM) degree at YVC should select the Associate of Applied Science – Transfer in Business Administration (AAS-T).

See your advisor to get insight on which path is the best for you, given your specific goals.

Associate Degrees

Accounting, AAS

The Accounting degree option is designed to prepare students for entry-level accounting positions as bookkeepers, accounting assistants, and accounting clerks.

The program offers instruction in accounting principles combined with a general college education. Instruction in computers, office machines, communications, and other related subjects is provided as part of the program.

Degree Requirements

Agribusiness, AAS

This degree is offered jointly between the Business and Agriculture departments. Students will develop an understanding of basic business management and agriculture production principles. They can apply these principles and skills to the management and operation of agribusiness firms. Examples of career opportunities include crop production managers, sales representatives, farmers and ranchers, agribusiness managers and owners, and record-keeping specialists.

Degree Requirements

This transfer degree is offered jointly between the Business and Agriculture departments. Students will develop an understanding of basic business management and agriculture production principles. They can apply these principles and skills to the management and operation of agribusiness firms. Examples of career opportunities include crop production managers, sales representatives, farmers and ranchers, agribusiness managers and owners, and record-keeping specialists.

Students must meet with an advisor as course requirements may alter due to Washington State University and YVC’s requirements.

Degree Requirements

Business Administration, AAS-T

The AAS-T in Business Administration is specifically intended for students planning to earn a two-year degree in business and pursue the Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Business Management (BASM) at Yakima Valley College.  The AAS-T in Business Administration is designed to include all the business and general education courses required for a smooth transition into the BASM degree.  Academic advisors in Business Administration can provide information to develop the best plan for students.  Note:  The AAS-T degree requires a minimum GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Degree Requirements

Business Management, AAS

The Business Management degree is designed to give students a basic background in business and an opportunity to specialize in the area of marketing or entrepreneurship, if desired. In consultation with a Business Administration program advisor, students will develop an individual training plan for the Business Management degree.

Specialty options: Entrepreneurship and Marketing

The degree includes a 75-credit core plus 15 credits either from the marketing specialty, the entrepreneurship specialty, or from the approved electives list.

Degree Requirements

Associate in Business – Direct Transfer Agreement/Major Ready Pathway (AB-DTA/MRP)

The Associate in Business – DTA/MRP (Direct Transfer Agreement/Major Ready Pathway) degree is designed for students who plan to pursue one of the business disciplines at a four-year college or university. Students have the opportunity to start on the business care coursed while completing their general education requirements. Upon completion of the DTA, students will most college or university schools as a junior.

The degree is accepted by the following institutions:

  • Central Washington University
  • Eastern Washington University
  • Gonzaga University
  • Heritage University
  • Pacific Lutheran University
  • St. Martin University
  • Seattle Pacific University
  • Seattle University
  • University of Washington
  • Washington State University
  • Western Washington University

See worksheet for details.

Degree Requirements

Certificates

Students can obtain certificates in specialized areas of business including accounting, accounting clerk, management, marketing, or retail management. Certificates are intended to assist students who plan to enter the job market after only three or four quarters.

Accounting Certificate

The accounting certificate provides students with an introduction to basic accounting skills, business administration and professional communication, and prepares them for entry level positions as accounts payable/accounts receivable clerks, office financial clerks, payroll assistants, and other positions in an office or business environment. Courses in the certificate may apply toward the associate of applied science degree in accounting.

Note: Students are strongly advised to have word processing skills for the business administration classes. While not required, it is the student’s responsibility to apply correct keyboarding skills and written communication formats.

Certificate Requirements

Accounting Clerk Certificate

The accounting clerk certificate is designed for students who desire beginning entry-level employment in an accounting office or department. Courses in the certificate prepare students for specific work-related job functions. Courses in the certificate may apply toward the accounting certificate or the associate of applied science degree in accounting.

Note: Students are strongly advised to have word processing skills for the business administration classes. While not required, it is the student’s responsibility to apply correct keyboarding skills and written communication formats.

Certificate Requirements

Management Certificate

Students can obtain certificates in specialized areas of business including accounting, accounting clerk, management, marketing, or retail management. Certificates are intended to assist students who plan to enter the job market after only three or four quarters.

Note: Students are strongly advised to have word processing skills for the business administration classes. While not required, it is the student’s responsibility to apply correct keyboarding skills and written communication formats.

Certificate Requirements

Marketing Certificate

The Marketing certificate is designed for students who desire to specialize in the sales and marketing areas of business. Courses in the certificate may apply toward the Associate of Applied Science degree in Business Management with Marketing Specialty.

Note: Students are strongly advised to have word processing skills for the business administration classes. While not required, it is the student’s responsibility to apply correct keyboarding skills and written communication formats.

Certificate Requirements

Retail Management Certificate

The Retail Management certificate is a nine course program designed to prepare individuals for the fast-paced retail industry. The program is intended to help students develop an understanding of the retail manager’s job and the requirements for career success and advancement in the retail industry. The program serves both entry-level job candidates and incumbent employees.

The Retail Management certificate meets the needs of industry leaders such as the Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC). Courses in the certificate may apply toward the Associate of Applied Science degree in Business Management. The Retail Management certificate is not limited to the grocery industry – it is designed to prepare employees and advance careers of general retail professionals.

Note: Students are strongly advised to have word processing skills for the business administration classes. While not required, it is the student’s responsibility to apply correct keyboarding skills and written communication formats.

Certificate Requirements

Wine Sales Certificate

Looking to enter the Washington wine industry? The Agriculture and Business Administration programs collaborate to offer a short-term certificate that combines coursework from both programs to provide training options aimed at industry needs. The Wine Sales Certificate is designed to provide students with a concentration of courses in wine sales and marketing. All courses taken for the certificates would apply toward the related associate degree programs. Careers include tasting room attendants and wine club managers.   For more information visit the Vine, Wines, & $igns page for more information.

Certificate Requirements

Bachelor of Applied Science Degree

Business Administration, BAS

The Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Business Management (BASM) is designed for students who have earned an applied associate’s degree and seek a pathway to an applied bachelor’s degree. The pathway combines lower-division technical and transfer courses with upper-division credits in business management resulting in an application-oriented four-year degree.

Classes are offered during the evening, with each class occurring one time per week for two hours. Continued instruction and student interaction take place online. Full-time students, those taking 15 credits per quarter, can finish the program in two years upon completion of all prerequisites. Courses are offered during the fall, winter, and spring quarters. This program is also open for part-time enrollment.

More Information

Do you want to transfer as a Business Administration major?

Did you know?

  • Forty-four percent of business majors at Washington State public institutions started at the state’s community colleges.
  • Statistics show that students who transfer from Washington State community colleges have higher GPAs and graduation rates than students who start at the four-year universities.

Washington State Community Colleges join forces to offer a state-wide curriculum of freshman and sophomore level Business Administration courses so you can transfer easily!

Degree and Certificate Worksheets

Degree and certificate worksheets can be found on the Degree/Certificate Search page. If you have questions concerning your degree progress, please make an appointment to discuss it with your advisor.

Department Faculty and Contacts

Christi KittBusiness Department Chair
Yakima Campus
Deccio Higher Education Center
Building 8, Room 241
Phone: 509.574.4797
John EvansonFaculty
Yakima Campus
Deccio Higher Education Center
Building 8, Room 235
Phone: 509.574.4769
BBA, MBA, University of North Dakota
Kevin PalmateerFaculty
Yakima Campus
Deccio Higher Education Center
Building 8, Room 227
Phone: 509.574.4792
AA, Lower Columbia College; BS, MEd, Central Washington University
Ritva KinzelFaculty
Yakima Campus
Deccio Higher Education Center
Building 8, Room 239
Phone: 509.574.4872
BS, California State University: MBA, Washington State University
Carol SchneiderFaculty
Yakima Campus
Deccio Higher Education Center
Building 8, Room 243
Phone: 509.574.4904
BS, MBA, University of Rhode Island
Cathy Van WinsenProgram Assistant
Yakima Campus
Technology Complex
Building 24, Room 100
Phone: 509.574.4796