Business Leadership


The Business Leadership A.A.S degree is intended for students who are looking for an applied degree in Business Leadership that they can put to immediate use in business and industry. Business Leadership serves students:  

  • who already work in business and industry and are limited from advancement because they do not have a degree or leadership skills.
  • who find opportunities in business and industry are limited because they have a degree in a discipline other than business.
  • who wish to complete a two-year degree and immediately enter the business workforce, providing the option to work for an employer that provides tuition-reimbursement benefits if transfer to four-year program is desired at a later date.
  • who own or wish to own small businesses who would like to learn important business leadership skills that can be put to use immediately.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the A.A.S. Business Leadership degree program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate leadership through planning and decision-making that incorporates diversity, equity, and inclusion with personal and organizational vision, mission, and values.
  • Communicate effectively, using various methods, strategies, and techniques, with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Make operational business decisions, utilizing critical thinking and business analytical skills to evaluate and solve business problems. 
  • Support a diverse and inclusive workforce through team-building and management strategies.
  • Demonstrate leadership through ethical decision making that positively impacts internal and external stakeholders.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in a complementary discipline area.

Program Entry Requirements:

The Business Leadership A.A.S. degree program is open to all interested students. Students are required to satisfy placement at the time of admission. Students identified as needing developmental course work must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English and mathematics courses as a part of their degree program. 

Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:

Students are required to earn a minimum of 61 credits and maintain a GPA of 2.0 in order to graduate from the Business Leadership A.A.S degree program. 

Complementary Proficiency Certificates:

Students in the Business Leadership program may also earn credits toward the Business Leadership proficiency certificate. Students should be enrolled in the Entrepreneurship proficiency certificate, the Corporate Social Responsibility proficiency certificate, another proficiency certificate in a complementary discipline, or the equivalent (with department head approval) to complete the minimum 15 credits in a complementary discipline area. 

Course Sequence:

Semester 1

Course Number and NamePrerequisites and CorequisitesCreditsGen Ed Req.
BUSL 101 - Navigating Leadership and Business Professions 3 credits 
ENGL 101 - English Composition I or
ENGL 101H - English Composition I (Honors)
 3 creditsWriting/Research/Info Lit 1
CIS 103 - Introduction to Information Technology 3 creditsTechnological Competency
BUSL 125 - Customer Service LeadershipBUSL 101, which may be taken concurrently3 credits 
Complementary Discipline Course Sequence* 3 or 4 credits 

Semester 2

Course Number and NamePrerequisites and CorequisitesCreditsGen Ed Req.
MNGT 121 - Introduction to Business 3 credits 
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper or
ENGL 102H - The Research Paper (Honors)
ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" grade or higher3 creditsWriting/Research/Info Lit 2
FNMT 118 - Intermediate AlgebraFNMT 017 or FNMT 019 completed or FNMT 118 (or higher) placement3 creditsQuantitative Reasoning
ECON 120 - Introduction to Business Analytics 3 credits 
Complementary Discipline Course Sequence*  3 or 4 credits 

Semester 3

Course Number and NamePrerequisites and CorequisitesCreditsGen Ed Req.
BUSL 180 - Building Teams & Managing PeopleBUSL 1013 credits 
ACCT 111 - Business Accounting  4 credits 
ENGL 115 - Public Speaking or
ENGL 116 - Interpersonal Communication or
ENGL 117 - Group and Team Communication or
ENGL 118 - Intercultural Communication
ENGL 101, which may be taken concurrently3 creditsOral Communication/Creative Expression
Complementary Discipline Course Sequence* 3 or 4 credits 
Complementary Discipline Course Sequence* 3 or 4 credits 

Semester 4

Course Number and NamePrerequisites and CorequisitesCreditsGen Ed Req.
SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology or
SOC 101H - Introduction to Sociology (Honors) or
ANTH 112 - Cultural Anthropology or
PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology or
PSYC 101H - 101H Introduction to Psychology (Honors)
 3 creditsCultural Analysis and Interpretation
BUSL 240 - Ethics and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in BusinessBUSL 180 and ENGL 1023 credits 
EASC 111 - Environmental Conservation **
EASC 111H - Environmental Conservation (Honors) ** or
CHEM 101 - Fundamentals of Chemistry I (Lab Based) or
BIOL 106 - General Biology I or
PHYS 111 - General Physics I or higher
 3 or 4 creditsScientific Reasoning
BUSL 215 - Organizational LeadershipBUSL 125 or PJMT 110 and PJMT 1303 credits 
Complementary Discipline Course Sequence* 
(If a 5th course is needed to complete the minimum 15 credit hour complementary discipline course sequence.)
 3 or 4 credits 

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate:


General Education Requirements:

All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request For Course Substitution Of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College's general education requirements is also available.

For More Information, Contact:

The Division of Business and Technology, Room B2-22, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8414; or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.