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With the right skills, knowledge, and support—you’re in business.

Getting started in the world of business means having a handle on key skills. Whatever the challenges ahead, our business diploma gets you Day 1 Ready. This means having more under your belt than business basics—we equip you with the knowledge and confidence to perform under pressure on Day 1 of a new job. If you need to prepare for your first business job, this program teaches you everything you need in less than 10 months*.

Our students benefit from the experiences of instructors who are real professionals—and from research into the skills that employers are looking for. Our courses are hands-on: you’ll build a business plan and deliver presentations. As with today’s work environments, you’ll collaborate in a team. Our business students get to know office software, learn important terms, and pick up accounting skills. They’re ready to apply them across a huge variety of workplaces, including:

  • Offices
  • Agencies
  • Retail
  • Hospitality

This business administration program goes beyond basic instruction. Our personalized career services focus on all aspects of career readiness, from finding the right jobs, to resume building, to interview prep—help and support you won’t get when taking most business classes. We are always in touch with potential employers and may be able to help connect you to real opportunities. If you are ready for the challenge, we’ll work with you to get you Day 1 Ready.

*Based on successful, full-time enrollment

Fast Facts

Next Start Date
April 19

Course Length: 10 Months *
Class Hours:
Lab Hours:
Clinical Hours:

* Based on successful, full time enrollment

Career Opportunities for Graduates

Graduates of our Business Administration diploma program may seek entry-level employment in offices, government agencies, or other environments such as retail and hospitality settings.

Potential Job Titles: Account Representative, Team Lead, Assistant Manager, Bookkeeper, Office Associate, and Quality Analyst.

Why Vista College?

The Right Skills for Real Jobs

Vista College designs its business programs around the real skills that employers seek, getting you Day 1 Ready for jobs that are hiring today.

Course Title Credits
Business Fundamentals 6.5
Computer Applications 6.5
Business Communications 6.5
Customer Service 6.5
Management * 6.5
Marketing * 6.5
Business Law * 6.5
Accounting * 6.5

Business Fundamentals


This course explores fundamental processes of global business. Topics include: risk and profit in the business environment; economics, ethics, and social responsibility; organizational structure, management, and leadership; human resources; marketing; and managing financial resources.

6.5 credits
4.5 theory hours
4.5 lab hours

Computer Applications


This course focuses on Microsoft® Office applications and how they are used in business. Topics include: business documents, tables, graphics, and templates; spreadsheets, worksheets, and data; using formulas and functions; charts and tables; databases and tables; data relationships and queries; creating, editing, and delivering presentations.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Business Communications


This course is the study of communications in a business environment. Topics include: establishing credibility; interpersonal and team communication; difficult conversations and communicating across cultures; effectiveness and readability; communication tools and social media; types of business messages; and reports and presentations.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Customer Service


This course explores skills, behavior, and culture of customer service. Topics include: Verbal and nonverbal communication skills, listening, service breakdowns and recovery, maintaining relationships, and retaining customers.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours



This course introduces management principles in an organizational environment. Topics include: the evolution of management; culture, ethics, and corporate responsibility; planning and decision making; human resources, diversity, and inclusion; leadership, motivation, communication, and teamwork; and innovation and change.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours



This course is an overview of marketing in business. Topics include: marketing strategies and plans; social and mobile marketing; analyzing the marketplace; consumer, business-to-business, and global marketing; products, branding, packaging, and services; establishing value; supply chain management; retail and multichannel marketing; marketing communications, advertising, promotion, public relations, and sales.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Business Law


This course examines the legal environment in business, focusing on legal and ethical issues. Topics include: administrative law; constitutional law; criminal law and business; tort law; real, personal, and intellectual property; contract law; domestic and international sales law; negotiable instruments and banking; agency; business organizations; and government regulation.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours



This course involves accounting principles and introduces topics such as: business transactions and T accounts; general journal and general ledger; closing entries and trial balance; accounts receivable and accounts payable; cash and banking procedures; payroll; accruals and deferrals; and financial statements.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

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