The Business Pathways Certificate is designed for students who want to learn fundamental business concepts while also completing some of the required courses (general education requirements and basic business requirements) for an Associate of Applied Business degree.

Students admitted to one of the following Cincinnati State associate degree programs may wish to add the Business Pathways Certificate:

  • Accounting
  • Business Management
  • Finance
  • Hospitality Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Pre-Business Administration

Students with degrees in non-business areas may use this certificate to prepare for entrance into a Master of Business Administration (MBA) program.

High school students who are earning college credits through College Credit Plus may also wish to pursue the Business Pathways Certificate.

To ensure that courses taken as part of the certificate will apply to degrees earned at Ohio public universities, students should select electives that are part of the Ohio Transfer 36 or the Ohio Transfer Assurance Guide. Certificate advisors assist students in choosing elective courses.


Program Chair

Stani Kantcheva

Career Outlook

Graduates Are Prepared To

  • Complete an associate's degree in a business-related field
  • Transfer to a bachelor's degree program in a business-related field

Representative Job Titles For Graduates

  • Depends on focus of degree completed

Graduate Employment Outlook

Depends on focus of degree completed

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

Depends on focus of degree completed

Education Options

Co-op Salary Projections

Co-op is not part of the certificate program


Program Chair

Stani Kantcheva


Effective 2023-2024 academic year

Business Pathways Certificate (BUSC)

Semester 1 Lec Lab Credits
ENG 101 English Composition 1 3 0 3
MAT XXX Mathematics Elective 3 0 3
ACC 101 Financial Accounting 2 2 3
LAW 101 Business Law 3 0 3
MGT 101 Principles of Management 3 0 3
Semester 2
ENG 10X English Composition Elective 3 0 3
XXX XXX Arts/Humanities Elective or Natural/Physical Sciences Elective 3 0 3
XXX XXX Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective 3 0 3
XXX XXX Directed Elective 1 3 0 3
XXX XXX Directed Elective 2 3 0 3
Total Credits: 29 2 30


English Composition Elective
ENG 102 English Composition 2: Contemporary Issues 3
ENG 103 English Composition 2: Writing about Literature 3
ENG 105 English Composition 2: Business Communication 3
Mathematics Elective (select one course)
College-level math:
MAT 105 Quantitative Reasoning 3
MAT 111 Business Mathematics 3
or, Ohio Transfer 36 math:
MAT 131 Statistics 1 3
MAT 151 College Algebra 4
MAT 153 Pre-Calculus 6
MAT 215 Business Calculus 6
MAT 251 Calculus 1 5
MAT 252 Calculus 2 5
Directed Electives (select courses from two different subject areas)
ACC 102 Managerial Accounting * 3
MKT 101 Principles of Marketing (Requires ECO 105 as a pre-requisite or co-requisite) * 3
FIN 100 Personal Finance 3
FIN 150 Business Finance 3
IM 111 Computer Applications 3
IM 120 Electronic Spreadsheets: Microsoft Excel 3
IM 200 Information Systems for Managers 3
Arts/Humanities Elective
Any Ohio Transfer 36 course from ART, LIT, MUS, PHI, REL, THE, or COMM 130
Natural/Physical Sciences Elective
Any Ohio Transfer 36 course from BIO, CHE, EVS, PSC, PHY
Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective
Any Ohio Transfer 36 course from ECO, GEO, HST, LBR, POL, PSY, SOC
* Ohio Transfer Assurance Guide (TAG) course
Some courses are offered in alternative versions identified with a letter after the course number -- for example, ENG 101 and ENG 101A.

• This curriculum displays only course numbers without the added letter.
• The alternative version, when available, meets the requirements of the course version without the added letter.

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