Diploma in Small Business Management
Kentucky Community and Technical College System

Program Details

The online Diploma in Small Business Management program from Kentucky Community and Technical College System is designed to prepare students for the position of entrepreneur and business owner. Students learn the fundamentals of starting and operating a business, including:

  • ​Basic financial accounting concepts, applications, reporting, and interpretations
  • ​The operation of the economic system and how it affects individuals, organizations, and society
  • ​Legal forms of small business operations
  • Sources of funding for small business
  • Financial documents for planning, organizing, and controlling small business
  • ​The role of marketing and customer focus in an organization
  • ​The functions of management – planning, organizing, leading, staffing, and controlling

This program is offered in two formats:

  • Learn on Demand offers 100% online self-paced learning with multiple start dates per semester.
  • Learn by Term provides traditional semester-based online courses with set start and finish times.

Students must designate a KCTCS college as their Home College. The KCTCS Home College must have program approval to award the credential. Online classes are delivered by different KCTCS colleges, and the Home College accepts all system-wide online courses delivered by other KCTCS colleges.


This diploma program requires 37-43 credits for completion.

  • Official high school transcript or GED transcript
  • Official test scores (ACT, SAT, COMPASS, Wonderlic, or KYOTE)
  • AP scores, if applicable
  • College transcripts, if applicable

School Accreditation Statement

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges