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Management Program

Prepare for a career in management and learn about supervising others in a business setting. Become a manager or supervisor in small to medium-sized businesses or start your own business through the Management program at College of DuPage.

Students will take a variety of management courses, including business-related topics, principles of management, marketing and organizational behavior, business ethics and business law, as well as subjects on accounting, computer information systems, economics and general psychology. 

College of DuPage offers an Associate in Applied Science, Management degree program that prepares students for supervisory positions in small- to medium-sized businesses. Numerous management certificates are also available in human resource management, supervision and organizational leadership.

Determine Your Path

Nearly every sector of the economy needs professionals with knowledge of business, economics, information systems, people and project management, organization and strategic planning.

Whether you are preparing for a career in business, management or marketing, planning to transfer to a four-year institution, planning to start your own business, or updating your skills, College of DuPage has the right program for you. We offer:

  • Dedicated instructors with years of practical industry experience and teaching experience.
  • Instruction in top-notch facilities.
  • Flexible schedules with day and evening classes, online learning and accelerated hybrid classes.
  • Practical, hands-on experience as well as classroom based studies.
  • Affordable programs that get you on the fast track to success without breaking the bank.
  • Programs designed to prepare students with the skills that are in demand by today’s employers.
  • Articulated transfer programs with several prestigious universities that facilitate a convenient, affordable and streamlined approach to earning a baccalaureate degree.


The Management, Associate in Applied Science degree program prepares students for supervisory positions in small- to medium-sized businesses. Graduates typically enter lower management positions directly from college or establish their own businesses or are promoted with their current employer.

Curriculum covers business related topics including principles of management, marketing and organizational behavior, business ethics and business law, as well as subjects such as accounting, computer information systems, economics and general psychology.

Business Environment and Concepts

The Business Environment and Concepts certificate is designed for certified public accountant examination candidates who have earned a baccalaureate degree in a discipline other than business.


The Entrepreneurship certificate provides students with the knowledge and skills involved in the marketing and management of entrepreneurial enterprises, including accounting, business budgeting and planning, product development and start-up financing.

Human Resource Management

The Human Resource Management certificate is designed to provide entry-level human resource generalist and specialist content and competency development for individuals seeking careers in human resource positions.


The Management certificate provides students with core competencies required for a variety of positions in management. The curriculum covers accounting, business, business law, computer information systems, human resource management, principles of management, principles of marketing and organizational behavior.

Organizational Leadership

The Organizational Leadership certificate provides students with the core competencies required to excel in leadership roles within nearly any organization.


The Supervision certificate provides students with the fundamental knowledge and skills required to fill supervisory roles.

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Get Started Today

The first step to getting started in Management is to apply for admission.

Academic and Career Pathways give you a roadmap to achieving your career goals. Follow a pathway based on your degree that outlines which classes you need to take and when so you graduate on time or move on to the next phase in your career.

Management program graduates will:

  • Explain concepts associated with the management functions and resources.
  • Assemble appropriate information resources to support analysis of the managerial environment.
  • Formulate communication for diverse stakeholder groups.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of ethical and socially responsible managerial issues and practices.
  • Summarize the role of management and leadership in an organization.
  • Utilize a decision model to plan and control managerial outcomes.
  • Develop an understanding of emotional intelligence and its application to management.
  • Integrate a team of diverse individuals working toward a common goal.

College of DuPage has several business, management and marketing transfer agreements in place with four-year colleges and universities to save you time, money and make the transfer process easier.

Many of these agreements with other colleges and universities have specific course requirements and a pre-determined course plan that needs to be followed to be eligible to transfer. Contact a program faculty member or academic advisor to learn more as course requirements vary by institution.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The following are answers to common frequently asked questions regarding the Business, Management and Marketing programs.

A certificate focuses on a specific body or area of knowledge while a degree combines that focus with a broad academic background. 

An Associate in Arts degree is usually geared to transfer to a baccalaureate-granting college or university in a residential, full-time program. The Associate in Applied Science degree is accepted by many local colleges and universities, especially adult, part-time programs.

The Associate in Arts includes more liberal arts courses, while the Associate in Applied Science focuses more on your specialty area.

IAI is the acronym for the Illinois Articulation Initiative. A course which is designated IAI will transfer to any public or private college or university in Illinois.

Prerequisites are courses (or demonstrated equivalent experience) that you must take prior to enrolling in another higher-level course. 

You need to take prerequisite courses because they give you the background necessary for higher-level courses. The higher-level course instructor assumes that you have mastered the content of the prerequisite course. Mastery of the prerequisite course content improves your chances of successful performance.

The following courses are usually offered in fall, spring, and summer terms in at least one delivery format, in-person, hybrid, online, or virtual:

  • Business 1100 (Introduction to Business) 
  • Business 1111 (Customer Service)
  • Business 1161 (Entrepreneurship)
  • Business 2255 (International Business)
  • Management 2210 (Principles of Management) 
  • Management 2215 (Leadership)
  • Management 2220 (Organizational Behavior)
  • Marketing 2225 (Consumer Behavior)
  • Marketing 2235 ( Digital Marketing Analytics)
  • Management 2240 (Human Resource Management)
  • Marketing 1100 (Consumer Marketing)
  • Marketing 2210 (Principles of Marketing) 
  • Marketing 2220 (Principles of Sales) 
  • Marketing 2240 (Advertising)
  • Marketing 2270 (Digital Marketing)