Business Administration Diploma

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Council Bluffs Campus
Clarinda Center
Cass County Center
Page/Fremont County Center
Shelby County Center

Program Information

More and more corporations today are seeking smart, energetic leaders to help move them in a sustainable and profitable direction. Iowa Western's Business programs give students a jumpstart on that career path. The field of business is popular for its diversity of job outcomes, so you’ll make a wise choice by enrolling in Iowa Western's Business Administration program. Students who complete this program earn a Business Administration Diploma and enter the workforce upon graduating from Iowa Western. Business classes are conducted with instructors who have real-world business knowledge with actual business experience in their field. Local businesses provide representatives who serve on the advisory board. This program offers face-to-face courses, but also online and hybrid formats, which will pay off as you advance toward a bachelor’s degree. Many students, however, land jobs immediately after earning their degree from Iowa Western. This program is designed to give you the knowledge and skills to excel in the 21st-century workforce.

Students who complete this diploma will have earned a Business Administration certificate by completion.

Job Outlook

This program is primarily designed for students intending to enter the workforce after finishing their diploma at Iowa Western. The job outlook is generally favorable for those with a business degree, though the business area and career interests play a big role in final outcomes.

What will you do

A variety of different jobs are available to business majors with a business administration diploma. Graduates can find jobs in accounting, marketing, wealth management, economic policy positions, financial analysis, and also in general business operations management. Upon earning a business diploma, graduates may also have enough knowledge to start their own businesses. Salaries and employment opportunities may vary greatly, depending on the area and type of business.


Salaries and employment opportunities vary greatly, depending on the area and type of business.

Career Examples

  • Accountant
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Social Media Coordinator
  • Personal Wealth Advisor
  • Insurance Advisor
  • Operations Research Analyst
  • Economist or Economic Policy Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
  • Program Coordinator
  • Compliance Analyst
  • Project Coordinators
  • Healthcare Administration Coordinator
  • Business Operations Manager
  • Various Entrepreneurial Endeavors

First Semester

ENG 105 - Composition I 3.0 Credit(s)

*May substitute for ENG 110  (3 credits)

BUS 102 - Introduction to Business 3.0 Credit(s)
FIN 121 - Personal Finance 3.0 Credit(s)
ACC 121 - Principles of Accounting I 3.0 Credit(s)
CSC 116 - Information Computing 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 15.0 Credits

Second Semester

MAT 711 - Business and Financial Mathematics 3.0 Credit(s)

**May substitute for MAT 102 or higher (3 credits)

MGT 101 - Principles of Management 3.0 Credit(s)
BUS 154 - E-business 3.0 Credit(s)
BUS 121 - Business Communications 3.0 Credit(s)
ACC 122 - Principles of Accounting II 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 15.0 Credits

Total Semester Hours Required: 30.0


*May substitute for ENG 110.

**May substitute for MAT 102 or higher.


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Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

1. Apply management concepts as relates to business.
2. Explain how information management and technological skills affect an organization’s competitive advantage.
3. Demonstrate informed decision-making based upon basic business calculations.
4. Communicate using written, oral, and visual communications skills.

Program Disclaimers

  • Because career opportunities associated with this degree are so varied, salaries vary considerably as well. To explore careers and gather specific salary information, we encourage you to visit the following website: IHaveaPlanIowa