Business Specialist

Business, Marketing and Hospitality

The Business Specialist program provides the basic knowledge and skills in preparation for business positions of a general nature. Student in the program develop strong critical thinking, problem solving, oral and written communication skills. Areas of emphasis include accounting, marketing, management, economics and business law. After completion, graduates are prepared to seek employment in entry-level management and supervisory positions.

Award: Associate of Applied Science
Credits: 68
Locations: Calmar, Dubuque, Online, Peosta
Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer

Paying for the Program

Financial Aid Eligible

Out-of-State Tuition & Fees: $15,096*

Financial Aid Info

Career Outlook

$19,835 - 73,576

Estimated annual salary range for Business, Marketing and Hospitality graduates based on EMSI. Salary range represents 10th percentile - median annual wage for related occupations ​within a 100-mile radius from the center distance between Calmar and Peosta Campuses.

Potential Careers

  • Department Manager
  • Inventory Specialist
  • Supervisor
  • MRP Controller
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  1. Apply for admission.
  2. Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.
  3. Complete ACCUPLACER® reading and writing assessment and ALEKS® math assessment for course placement. Assessments may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, ACT Compass® or ALEKS® test scores. ACCUPLACER® scores are valid for three years, and ALEKS® scores are valid for 18 months.
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2019-2020 Business Specialist (Calmar) Class Schedule

2019-2020 Business Specialist (Peosta) Class Schedule


BCA:212 Intro to Computer Business Applications 3.0
BUS:103 Intro to Business 4.0
MAT:102 Intermediate Algebra  4.0
MKT:140 Principles of Selling 3.0
SDV:179 The College Experience 3.0


ENG:105 Composition I 3.0
MKT:110 Principles of Marketing 3.0
MKT:183 Customer Service Strategies 3.0
PSY:112 Psychology of Human Relations 3.0
SPC:112 Public Speaking 3.0


ACC:152 Financial Accounting 4.0
BUS:130 Intro to Entrepreneurship 3.0
BUS:180 Business Ethics 3.0
BUS:185 Business Law I 3.0
ECN:120 Principles of Macroeconomics 3.0
MGT:102 Principles of Management 4.0


ACC:156 Managerial Accounting 4.0
BUS:204 Professionalism in the Workplace 3.0
ECN:130 Principles of Microeconomics 3.0
MGT:170 Human Resource Management 3.0
MGT:215 Principles of Financial Management 3.0

At the Dubuque Center only, the Business Specialist program is an evening hybrid format offered in eight-week sessions.

The Business Specialist degree currently has transfer agreements in place with the institution(s) listed below. Students are encouraged to speak with their transfer college or university to verify that their planned courses at NICC will meet necessary requirements. Learn more about transferring from NICC.

Ken Brown

Ken Brown
Business Instructor

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  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 2301
  • Location: Peosta