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Business Transfer Pathway

Associate of Science (AS) - 60 credits
Delivery Method: On-Campus


The Business Transfer Pathway AS offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an Associate of Science degree with course credits that directly transfer to designated business bachelor’s degree programs at Minnesota State universities. The curriculum has been specifically designed so that students completing this pathway degree and transferring to one of the seven Minnesota State universities enter the university with junior-year status. Emphasis is on contemporary business practices through coursework in management, marketing, economics, accounting, technology and communications. All courses in the Transfer Pathway associate degree will directly transfer and apply to the designated bachelor’s degree programs in a related field.

Universities within the Minnesota State system include Bemidji State University; Metropolitan State University; Minnesota State University, Mankato; Minnesota State University, Moorhead; Southwest State University; St. Cloud State University; and Winona State University.

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Career Information

Visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the MN Dept of Employment & Economic Development, and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) to gather valuable career information such as wage reports, career outlook, job prospects, industry trends, and career opportunities. These tools are available to help empower students to make informed decisions about their educational and professional paths.

Below you will find the Career Field and Career Cluster that this program is related to. Learn more about if this career area fits your interests!

Is Business Administration and Management right for you?

Business, management, and administrative workers give the support needed to make a business run. You might check employee time records or train new employees. Or, you might work as a top executive and provide the overall direction for a company or department.

Is Finance right for you?

Finance workers keep track of money. You might work in financial planning, banking, or insurance. For example, you might provide financial services to a business or individual. Or, you could maintain financial records or give advice to business executives on how to operate their business.

Is Hospitality and Tourism right for you?

Hospitality and tourism workers help people enjoy vacations and entertainment activities. You might work at a restaurant, resort, sports arena, theme park, museum, or hotel. For example, you might manage operations of a college cafeteria, guide high school students on a trip to Spain, or rent equipment at a recreation center.

Is Marketing, Sales, and Service right for you?

Marketing, sales, and service workers help businesses sell products. You might advertise and promote products so customers want to buy them. Or, you might sell products and services to customers.

Program Outcomes

  • Apply effective business administration concepts and tools
  • Understand contemporary business strategies
  • Demonstrate analytical skills in identifying and solving problems
  • Apply marketing, management, and economic concepts in a business setting
  • Apply accounting principles and practices
  • Demonstrate financial management skills
  • Demonstrate administrative management skills
  • Demonstrate interpersonal communication skills
  • Plan, prepare, and deliver effective oral and written communications
  • Make business decisions in compliance with the law
  • Create statistically reliable and valid data
  • Demonstrate understanding of statistical data for business decisions
  • Utilize effective software applications for business administration

This pathway will transfer into Business Administration BS, Management BS, Entrepreneurship and Innovation BS, Human Resource Management BS, Finance BS, Marketing BS, Supply, Chain and Operations Management BS, International Business BS at:

  • Bemidji State University
  • Metropolitan State University
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Minnesota State University Moorhead
  • Southwest Minnesota State University
  • St. Cloud State University
  • Winona State University

To graduate and be guaranteed admission to a Minnesota State university’s designated program you must earn an overall grade point average as indicated by the university to which you will transfer.