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Specialized Associate Degree – Business

Explore our business degree program in Northern California.

Empire College can help you expand your potential for assumption of supervisory or management responsibilities through this multi-disciplined associate degree in business program with concentrations in communications, project management, accounting, entrepreneurship, and all office skills required of highly placed personnel.

Objective: This program is designed to prepare the graduate to be a leader and decision maker in business and other organizations in the California wine country. The emphasis on entrepreneurship includes creating, financing, marketing and managing a business. Special emphasis is placed on the accounting essentials and legal aspects in business.

This associate business degree in Santa Rosa, California, concentrates on critical-thinking and decision-making skills with special emphasis on business management, software certifications, event and meeting planning, marketing, project management, leadership, and motivation. Other current topics include social media marketing, human resource management, e-commerce, and green business practices. A comprehensive 120-hour internship is included for those students who quality.

We focus on marketable skills. Students are prepared for certifications in the following areas: Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) in Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint; National Bookkeepers Association payroll certification; and American Hotel & Lodging Association certifications in convention management/service, supervision in the hospitality industry, and guest service. At Empire College, we can make it easier for you to earn your associate business degree in Santa Rosa, California.

Program Length: 7 quarters
Specialized (Occupational) Associate Degree awarded upon successful completion of all graduation requirements.

This program includes the following courses:

  • Management Communications
  • Project Management
  • Records Management
  • Office Management
  • Meeting Planning
  • Event Planning for the Wine Country
  • Business Law
  • Business Meeting and Travel Planning
  • Entrepreneurship: Creating, Financing, Marketing & Managing a Business
  • Accounting
  • Various Computer, Internet and Microsoft courses
  • Business and Financial Math
  • Web Publishing
  • And many more comprehensive courses!

Click here to view a course outline for the Specialized Associate Degree – Business program.


"I enrolled in one of Empire’s business programs. My final courses included an internship with Community Action Partnership (CAP). Prior to my internship, I didn’t know much about CAP or of the great things they do to assist the community. I was able to put many of the skills I obtained during my time at Empire College to use. I am thankful to have been given the opportunity to work with the great staff at CAP as well!"
- Teresa Vandervort