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Business Management & Marketing

Create Your Success Story in Business Management

For fast-paced, exciting corporate life, there's no better fit than a career in business management, where you can work in an office, retail store, medical practice, and more. Business management roles offer tremendous growth opportunities and experience that can be transferred to any job! The Business Management Program at Compton College teaches students the fundamentals of accounting, human resources, communications, and more.

Courses include Business Law, Business Management, Oral Business Communications, Human Relations in Organizations, and more.

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How can I apply?

Becoming a Compton College student starts by filling out a free online application. After that, there are a few simple steps to follow before it's time to enroll in classes. Click to get started today.

What are the steps to enrollment?

Click here for all the details you need to understand the process from application to graduation, but here's a brief summary of the steps to become a Compton College student.

  1. Apply for admission
  2. Explore your financial aid options
  3. Complete your online orientation
  4. Work with a counselor to create your educational plan
  5. Register for classes

Need more help? Click here for our virtual program guides.

What degrees and certificates are offered?

Associate in Science (28-29 units)

Certificate of Achievement

  • Compton College offers two Certificates of Achievement for students in the Business Management Program:
    • Business Management (18 units)
    • Retail Management (25-26 units)

View the Certificate of Achievement or the Associate in Science program maps for more details on a pathway to completion.

How much does this program cost?

The program cost is $46 per unit for California residents, not including books, fees, and supplies. For example, unit fees for a 15-unit certificate would be $690, ranging up to the 60-unit associate degree, which would be $2,760. Most students qualify for financial aid or for the Compton College Promise Program.

How long is the program?

Program length varies depending on whether you are pursuing an associate degree or certificate and how many classes you are able to take each semester.

View the Certificate of Achievement or the Associate in Science program maps for more details on a pathway to completion.

What types of jobs are available once I earn a degree or certificate?

  • Office Administrator
  • Administrative Services Manager
  • Billing Services Manager
  • Customer Service Manager
  • Retail Manager
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What is the salary range for jobs in this field?

The median salary for someone with a Business Management certificate in California is $61,895 and goes up based on the role and industry. Among administrative workers in California, the lowest 25 percent earned less than $48,980, and the highest 75 percent earned more than $78,304.

Are there internships and/or work experience available?

Cooperative Work Experience (CWEE) is designed to provide Compton College students with workplace experience and enhanced skills. We invite you to learn more about the work experience process with us by visiting the CWEE website.

Why choose Compton College?

Compton College is a great value for students looking to make a change or enhance their career and get experience for in-demand, high-paying jobs. Our diverse programs, affordable fees, and outstanding student services are here to support your career goals. The Business Management Program is just one of many career paths we offer and trains students for industry success.

Can I transfer to a university after earning a degree?

Upon completing Compton College's Business Management Program, students can use their certificate and/or degree to work immediately or complete additional general education and major preparation coursework for transfer to a university.

What else do I need to know?

At least 50% of the major requirements for the associate degree must be completed at Compton College.

Who are the program contacts?

Rosa Portillo Gonzalez
Student Services Advisor
Business and Industrial Studies
Office: Welcome Center D-27

Alicia Zambrano
Student Services Advisor
Business and Industrial Studies
Office: Vocational Technology Building, VT-150

"Compton has helped me reach my goals by teaching me the purpose of educational merit. The more that I focused on my studies here, the more opportunities came my way. I was able to secure a scholarship, gain a student worker position with my professor, have a voice in advocacy for change, and acquire meaningful letters of recommendation."
Jonathan Riptoe, Compton College student


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