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Vista College Online Campus is not accepting enrollments in the Business Administration and Leadership Diploma Online program at this time.

Starting a career journey? Let’s get back to business basics.

Looking for a better job? Thinking about launching your own business? Whatever your goals, you’ll benefit from the fundamental lessons in Vista College’s online Diploma program. Our courses are evidence based, which means that they’re designed with extensive input from employers. We teach the skills you need to get you Day 1 Ready for a new role.

This ACCSC-accredited online program focuses on key business concepts, including marketing, finance, communication, and management. Take your courses on virtually any device, on your time, making it possible to continue working while you complete your diploma. You’ll also get valuable guidance and mentorship based on your goals and have access to instructors with years of professional experience.

Because career preparation goes beyond classes and exams, our personalized career services focus on all aspects of readiness, from finding the right jobs to resume building to interview prep. Talk to us about your goals. Set them higher: Vista College also offers online associate and bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration. If you are ready for the challenge, we’ll give you all the right tools.

What You’ll Learn

In our online Business Administration and Leadership diploma program, you’ll practice the fundamentals of business management. You’ll understand how to balance the books, create business presentations, and set priorities.

Fast Facts

Next Start Date
November 15

Course Length: 15 Months *
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Lab Hours:
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Campus: Online
* Based on successful, full time enrollment


Career Opportunities for Business Administration Graduates

Graduates of our online Business Administration and Leadership Diploma emerge ready to pursue entry-level jobs in a huge variety of settings, including hospitality management, office administration, and foodservice management.

Potential Job Titles: Account Representative, Front Office Associate, Quality Analyst.

Why Online at Vista College?

The Right Skills for Real Jobs

The online campus at Vista College designs its courses around the real skills that employers seek, for jobs that are hiring today. Our Diploma program in Business Administration and Leadership is designed to provide instruction in the fundamentals of accounting, marketing, and management.

Course Title Credits
Accounting 4.5
Management 4.5
Leadership Principles 4.5
Small Business Management 4.5
Business Math 4.5
Oral Communication 4.5
Human Resources Management 4.5
Marketing Principles 4.5
Computer Applications 4.5
Professional Strategies 4.5
Business Communication 4.5
Career Strategies 4.5



This course exposes students to a general manager’s point of view of accounting practices. Students will learn bookkeeping, debit and credit practice, ledgers, working papers, adjusting and closing entries, income statement, balance sheets, and statement of owner's equity, cash, payroll, special journals, merchandising firms. Students will learn how to read and work with a profit & loss statement.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours



This course examines the roles, goals, and functions of management. Students will learn organization and planning, decision making, staffing, strategy, and the difference between management and leadership. Mastery of course outcomes will be demonstrated through the completion of an application project.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

Leadership Principles


Student’s examine individual, group and organizational behavior as it affects performance and productivity in the workplace. Through the course, they will explore issues such as diversity, leadership, teamwork, motivation, employee development, ethics, decision making and problem solving toward the goal of improving interpersonal effectiveness on the job. Mastery of course outcomes will be demonstrated through the completion of an application project.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

Small Business Management


Students are exposed to practical information such as site selection, managing personnel, merchandising, buying, pricing, financial management, store security, and information systems. Students will be able to describe the skills required to manage a small business and will solve common small business challenges. Students will utilize the principles of market research and other tools learned to analyze opportunities and consumers’ responses.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

Business Math


Students are exposed to basic math and statistical problems encountered in business situations. Students in this course will solve business problems using algebraic formulas, and demonstrate their ability to read, write, round off, add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole decimals. Students will compute simple interest, monthly payments, and compute wages based on hours worked. Students learn how to calculate discounts, basic statistics such as mean and mode, and construct basics graphs including a histogram, trend chart, and pie chart.

4.5 credits
30 theory hours
30 lab hours

Oral Communication


In this course, students learn the process of transferring oral and non-verbal meanings and the techniques that help to remove communication barriers. Emphasis is given on how to effectively develop and make oral presentations. Mastery of course outcomes will be demonstrated through the completion of an oral presentation.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

Human Resources Management


Students are introduced to the management of human resources as well as the impact of human resource activities and accountability to the organization. Human resource strategies, social and organizational realities, legal implications affecting people at work, union/non-union practices, comparable work, employee compensations, benefits, and employee rights are discussed and described.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

Marketing Principles


Students in this course study the interacting business activities designed to plan, price, promote, and distribute want-satisfying products and services to present and potential customers. Students learn the process through which organizations analyze, plan, implement, and control programs to develop and maintain beneficial exchanges with target buyers. Pricing strategies, place and promotion tactics, and the importance of product creation to meet customer needs are explored.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

Computer Applications


This introductory course exposes students to software applications commonly used in a business environment. Using word processing software, students will create and format documents including inserting graphics and mail merging. Using spreadsheet software, students will create spreadsheets with basic formulas and functions and prepare charts to display the spreadsheet data. Using presentation software, students will create basic presentations. Students will also exchange data between programs.

4.5 credits
30 theory hours
30 lab hours

Professional Strategies


This course focuses on the skills required to be successful in college and in your career. Emphasis is on time management, goal setting, and research techniques.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

Business Communication


Students in this course will analyze realistic business situations and select an appropriate letter-writing approach to bring about a desired outcome. Students will explore and write effective routine letters and memos, such as inquiry and request, claim, orders, and acknowledgements. Students will identify strategies for writing persuasive credit, collection, and sales letters that use emotional appeals, and compose a series of employment-related letters, such inquiry, application, and request for references.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

Career Strategies


This course is designed to study the personal and professional characteristics necessary for obtaining and maintaining suitable employment. The student will assemble a complete job seeking portfolio including resume and references, letters of application and appreciation, documentation of work and educational history, and demonstration of skills through examples of student work. Emphasis is on writing effective resumes, sources of job leads, techniques for successful interviewing, and the follow-up process in the career search.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

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