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College of Marin Career Education | Business Administration Program

Career Options

  • Business Manager
  • Entrepreneur
  • Financial Services Representative
  • Human Resource Assistant
  • Management Assistant or Trainee
  • Marketing Assistant
  • Salesperson/Sales Professional

Career Profile

The demand for business professionals continues to be high because the career opportunities for individuals with a solid business education are abundant.

Companies in every industry need professionals who are trained to organize, plan, and manage an organization.

Career opportunities also exist for entrepreneurs who want to start up and run their own businesses.

Business managers and owners:

  • Require strong communication skills and regularly interact with clients, vendors, and staff.
  • Need strong time management skills to meet deadlines.
  • Leadership and collaboration skills.
  • May market or sell products and services.

Plan your Education

View the classes you need to take to complete your certificate or transfer degree in Business at College of Marin.

Available Certificates and Degrees

Associate Degree in Business – 60 units

  • Time to Complete: Can be done in 4 semesters.
  • Estimated Cost: $2,976 in tuition and fees plus approximately $2,000 in books and supplies.

Associate Degree to Transfer (AS-T) in Business – 60 units

  • Time to Complete: Can be done in 4 semesters.
  • Estimated Cost: $2,976 in tuition and fees plus approximately $2,000 in books and supplies.
  • Upon completion of the transfer Associate Degree, you may be eligible for transfer with junior standing into the California State University (CSU) system. Meet with an academic counselor to discuss the best combination of courses to take for the AS-T and to meet the requirements of the institution to which you are intending to transfer.

Skills Certificate in Business Management & Supervision – 9 units

Why College of Marin?

  • Affordable: College of Marin classes are open to all and cost only $46 per unit for California residents.
    • Starting here is a terrific and inexpensive way to start your career in business.
    • Financial aid and student support services are available to those who qualify.
  • Convenient: COM has two campuses (Kentfield and Novato) and class meeting times and locations are convenient to the working student’s schedule. Evening, weekend, and online classes available for a wide range of scheduling needs.
  • Small Class Size: Most business classes have 20-30 students. This low student-to-teacher ratio allows instructors to work individually with students as needed while covering material in-depth.


Questions? Contact Counseling:

  • (415) 485-9432
  • (415) 485-9430

Business & Information Systems Dept.

  • Christine Li (415) 457-8811 x7579
  • Norm Pacula (415) 457-8811 x7407
  • Nancy Willet (415) 457-8811 x7497

Business Advisory Committee

Patricia Borrego | Daniel Burge | Jon Burns | Joan Carlson | Caran Cuneo | Peter Dempsey | Robert Friedman | Mike Grant | Miriam Hope Karell | Matt Hughes | Kurt Jackson | Bill Kelly | Alex Kramer | Denise LaBuda | Jason Lau |Tom Millard | Greg Milton | Laurie O’Hara | Leonard Weingarten

Gainful Employment
For more information about College of Marin graduation and completion rates, the median debt of students who have completed our programs, and other important gainful employment information, please visit

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How long does it take to earn the certificate?
You can typically complete the Certificate of Achievement in Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management in 2 semesters. The Skills Certificate in Business Management & Supervision can be done in 1 semester. Associate Degrees take 4 semesters (2 years).
Are there any pre-requisites?
Some classes have requirements and prerequisites; for more detailed information talk to a counselor by calling (415) 485-9432.
Can I take classes in the evening or online?
Yes, classes are available in the evenings, with many classes available online, great for working students.
How do I get started?
To get started, you need to enroll at College of Marin and should meet with a career counselor (who can help you with planning your education, direct you to financial alternatives, and more!)