The Business Fundamentals Concentration offers students immersion in material that is substantive, thought-provoking and comprehensive regarding the development and operation of a business in the United States. This program places a strong emphasis on business fundamentals including finance, budgeting, strategic planning, sales and marketing, ethics, on-line commerce and information technology resources. Additionally, students will gain knowledge in the areas of professional development and customer service.

Program Length

44 weeks (40 academic weeks + 4 administrative weeks)

Optional Practical Training (OPT)
for International Students

After completion of the Business Career Program, eligible international students can apply for up to 12 months OPT work authorization to gain practical experience in their field of study.

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PROGRAM LENGTH

44 Weeks
*54 Credit Hours

PROGRAM COSTS

Illinois

Tuition: $1,250 per quarter
Course Materials Fee: $180 per quarter
Supply Fee: $40 per quarter
Total: $1,470 per quarter

Tuition: $5,000 per year
Course Materials Fee: $720 per year
Supply Fee: $160 per year
Total: $5,880 per year

Massachusetts

Tuition: $1,450 per quarter
Course Materials Fee: $180 per quarter
Supply Fee: $40 per quarter
Total: $1,670 per quarter

Tuition: $5,800 per year
Course Materials Fee: $720 per year
Supply Fee: $160 per year
Total: $6,680 per year

EXTERNSHIP

Externship can only be taken once a student has successfully earned 12 credits

* ADDITIONAL OPTIONAL COURSES FOR UP TO 9 MAXIMUM CREDITS

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Professional Development

3 Qtr. Credit Hours

Customer Service

3 Qtr. Credit Hours

Computerized Accounting

6 Qtr. Credit Hours

Business Ethics

6 Qtr. Credit Hours

Principles of Sales & Marketing

6 Qtr. Credit Hours

Financial Services

6 Qtr. Credit Hours

Applied Business Concepts

6 Qtr. Credit Hours

Computer Applications I

6 Qtr. Credit Hours

Computer Applications II

6 Qtr. Credit Hours

Business Professional Externship

3 Qtr. Credit Hours/ 6 Seminar Hours/ 84 Externship Hours

Cross-Cultural Management Fundamentals

3 Qtr. Credit Hours/ 5 Weeks

Introduction to Small Business Management

3 Qtr. Credit Hours/ 5 Weeks

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EXTERNSHIP OBJECTIVES

  • Introduced to general management concepts
  • Understand the basic principles of how to operate a small business
  • Participate in preparation of basic financial documents
  • Demonstrate strategies for handling customers in everyday situations
  • Explore the basics of marketing, consumer behavior, and targeted marketing strategies.
  • Define what a business model is and how it relates to an organization’s strategy
  • Use Microsoft Office applications (i.e., Excel, Word, Outlook, etc.) or similar software programs for business purposes
  • Assist with the preparation of business reports and presentations

Students are eligible for Externship (CPT) after successful completion of at least 12 credit hours and have more than 1 Academic year of studies in the United States.

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Microsoft Office Specialist (MoS) Certification

Industry-specific certifications provide significant advantages to professionals and job candidates. They allow participants to be strategically positioned in the interview process, which may lead to gainful employment.

Microsoft Office Specialist (MoS) Certification provides industry-leading assessments of skills and knowledge, giving students real-world exercises to appraise their understanding of Microsoft Office. It boosts academic performance and prepares students for future careers.

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    This program prepares you for the following careers:

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