Specialized Associate Degree – Business

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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.

Program Length: 6 quarters (18 months)
Specialized (Occupational) Associate Degree awarded upon successful completion of all graduation requirements.

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

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
  • Social Media Marketing
  • And many more comprehensive courses

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Angela Emerick, Esq.

(Class of 2015)

"Being born in Australia and becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2009, I understand the process and honor of becoming an American citizen and am proud to help those in their quest to become citizens and better their lives."

Daryl Reese, Esq.

(Class of 2014)

"I decided to enroll in Law School when I was 50 years old having enjoyed a full career in the nonprofit sector. Now I have a robust business and nonprofit law practice serving clients throughout the State of California and I am loving it. I could never have made that kind of career transition if it had not been for Empire Law School. The opportunity to take evening courses and at a cost far less than other law schools, and to do so in my own community made my career shift affordable, enjoyable, and attainable."

Orchid Vaghti, Esq.

(Class of 2010)

"There are not that many new lawyers who have the experience to go to trial. They would not be ready for it. Seeing the practical points of the legal process through her Empire education gave Orchid an advantage."
- L. Stephen Turer, Esq.