Award: Certificate in Business Administration
No. of credits required: 
For more information: Contact Miriam Huddleston, 443-412-2426, mhuddleston@harford.edu; or Admissions, 443-412-2109.

The Business Administration Lower-Level Certificate is designed for students who have completed a bachelorís degree in a field other than business administration. As such, this certificate is intended to provide students with a business administration foundation which will prepare them for many federal government management and administrative positions. Although some of the courses in this certificate may transfer into the A.S. Business Administration and A.A.S. Business Management degrees, the purpose of this certificate is to provide the necessary additional business administration courses which will enable students to meet federal government management and administrative related position requirements.

Upon successful completion of this program of study, students will be able to:
  1. Apply appropriate communications skills to work independently and collaboratively within an organization to promote the goals and objectives of the work unit.
  2. Recognize how to facilitate successful completion of technical projects.
  3. Demonstrate competency in using technical tools, technology, methods, and processes.
  4. Recognize professional and ethical behavior.
  5. Apply problem solving skills to technical problems.

 NumberTitle Credits
 ACCT 101Accounting Principles I  3   
 ACCT 102Accounting Principles II 3   
 BA 101Introduction to Business 3   
 BA 109Principles of Management 3   
 BA 111Purchasing and Materials Management 3   
 BA 210Business Computer Applications 3   
 BA 225Project Management 3   
 BA 246Legal Environment of Business 3   
 Total Credits24  

Numerous federal government and Department of Defense administrative/business, contracting, administrative assistant and information technology positions will require a bachelorís degree, including 24 credit hours in business administration.


Students earning a certificate from HCC must complete or demonstrate exemption from the following courses: ENG 003 and ENG 012, or ENG 018, and MATH 020. See graduation requirement details in this catalog for further information.

Business Administration - Lower Level
Program Level - Undergraduate certificate
Program Length - 1.5 years

Occupations: General and Operations Managers
CIP Code: 52.0201
SOC Code: 11-1021.00
Link to O*Net: http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/11-1021.00

*How much will this program cost me?
In-State (in-county) Tuition and fees: $3,772.00
Out-of-State Tuition and fees: $5,945.00
Books and supplies: $1,567.00
On-campus room & board: not offered

*The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. Note that this information is subject to change.

What financing options are available to help me pay for this program?
Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. The median amount of debt for program graduates is shown below:
Federal loans: *
Private education loans: *
Institutional financing plan: *

* Less than 10 graduates received loans. Median amounts are withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the loan recipients.

How long will it take me to complete this program?
The program is designed to take 18 months to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2016-2017, *% finished in 18 months.

*Less than 10 students completed this program in 2016-2017. The number who finished within the normal time has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

What are my chances of getting a job when I graduate?
The job placement rate for students who completed this program in 2016-2017 is *%.

* This institution is not currently required to calculate a job placement rate for program completers.

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