Program Overview

Riverlands' Business Department provides globally accredited business degrees and transfer options to achieve professional and personal goals. The Department offers high quality, flexible, affordable on-campus and online educational opportunities in a culturally sensitive learning environment promoting lifelong learning and community engagement while enhancing personal development.

The Associate in Arts (AA) degree with a Business Emphasis is designed specifically for liberal arts students who want to develop a strong business foundation as they work toward transferring to a four-year university program to enter a College of Business. The curriculum is designed for students planning to transfer and pursue a bachelor's degree in accounting, business administration, economics, finance, human resources, international business, management, or marketing.

A student successfully completing this degree will be able to transfer to a four-year university for further study in a business field, apply critical thinking processes to ethically analyze and evaluate business situations, demonstrate the ability to use application software, technology, and other resources to research, analyze, and integrate data to solve business problems, prepare and present oral, written and group materials that inform, persuade, and influence others, demonstrate the ability to effectively work in a team environment to achieve goals, and apply the principles of accounting, finance, and economics to evaluate fiscal decisions.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    The Business Emphasis degree is globally accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

    School Overview

    Riverland Community College is an institution located in Austin, Minnesota, and is part of the larger Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System. RCC was founded in 1940 as Austin Junior College. The school later changed its name to Austin Area Vocational-Technical School to match the technology-oriented academics offered at the institution. The title Riverland Community College was established in 1996 because of its merge with different schools in the region. Today the public, two-year college maintains campuses in Albert Lea and Owatonna, in addition to the Austin site, and promotes its mission as “a regional comprehensive community college inspiring learning for living through a personalized educational environment.”

    Riverland Community College offers career technical training and associate’s degrees. More than 350 Riverland courses are offered online or through hybrid formatting, and several programs are offered completely online.


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