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Applied Management

Applied Management (AM)
Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS)


The Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Management (AM BAS) is a two-year program designed to enhance students' technical skills so they can move up in their careers. Graduates will be prepared with applied management skills and expertise to meet industry demand.

Students can choose from three career-boosting specializations:

  • Project Management 
  • Human Resource Management
  • Entrepreneurial Leadership (Launch Date: TBD)

This program is designed for the working adult with hybrid classes (part in class/part online) meeting Tuesdays, Thursdays, and alternate Saturdays. A full-time student can complete the degree program in 2 years. A new cohort of students begins every Fall. Part-time students are welcome.



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AM BAS Program

TCC's AM BAS degree program prepares students for successful employment. Here's a snapshot of what the program entails. 

Degree Requirements
AM BAS Program Classes
Career & Salary
Continuing to a Masters

Requirements of Admission to Program

Associate Degree (or 90 college level credits)

Students may be admitted to the program, but must complete the following lower division courses with an earned grade of C or higher prior to taking 300 level BUS courses: 

  • ENGL& 101
  • MATH 136 or MATH& 146

Students must also complete CU 203 with an earned grade of B or better OR Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification - Excel Core Level.

Applied Management General Requirements - Credit Hours (115)


  • ENGL& 101 English Composition I (5)
  •  Additional credits from the Communication Distribution (5)

HUMANITIES: 10 credits

  • CMST 320 Professional and Organizational Communication (5) 
  • PHIL 320 Ethical Decision Making (5)

SOCIAL SCIENCE: 10 credits

  • BUS 310 Organizational and Interpersonal Behavior (5)
  • BUS 330 Legal Environments in Business (5) 


  • ENVS& 101 Introduction to Environmental Science (5)
  • Additional credits from the Natural Science Distribution (5)


  • MATH 136 Inferential Statistics 
  • MATH& 146 Introduction to Statistics


Any college level course will meet these requirements. Recommend courses in business disciplines.
General Electives should ideally include the following:

  • BUS& 101 Introduction to Business (5)
  • Any BUS, ECON, or LOG class (5)
  • ACCT 101 Practical Accounting (5)


  • ACCT& 201 Principles of Accounting (5)

Applied Management Core Requirements  - Credit Hours: (45-50)

  • BUS 300 Foundations of Management Theory and Practice (5)
  • BUS 320 Managerial Accounting (5)
  • BUS 340 Financial Management (5)
  • BUS 350 Fundamentals of Project Management (5)
  • BUS 360 Fundamentals of Human Resource Management (5)
  • BUS 400 Economics for Managers (5)
  • BUS 410 Operations and Logistics (5)
  • BUS 420 Digital and Social Media Management (5)
  • BUS 430 Business Strategy and Sustainability
  • BUS 480 Applied Management Internship (optional) (2-5)

Applied Management Specialization - Credit Hours: (15)

Choose either Project Management OR Human Resources

Project Management Specialization Requirements

  • BUS 441 Intermediate Project Management (5)
  • BUS 451 Advanced Project Management (5)
  • BUS 461 Project Management Capstone (5)


Human Resources Specialization Requirements

  • BUS 442 Intermediate Human Resource Management (5)
  • BUS 452 Advanced Human Resources (5)
  • BUS 462 Human Resource Management Capstone (5) 


Total: 180 credit hours

What is the cost of the program?

It’s important to be aware of how much college costs so you can plan your finances. All online students qualify for WA state resident tuition rates with a waiver, no matter where in the United States they live.

Students are encouraged to review the official Tuition Rates and fees set by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. Every college also charges campus-based fees, like technology fees or lab fees.

Student Approved Mandatory Fees



Early Childhood Education/Childcare Bldg.

$1.25 per credit to 10 credits, maximum rate $12.50

Technology Fee

$1.75 per credit to 10 credits, maximum rate $17.50

Health and Wellness Center Fee

$3.00 per credit to 10 credits, maximum $30.00

Safety Fee

$15.00 per student

eLearning Fee

$6.00 per credit

Program Specific Costs

*All costs are approximate


Total Cost


$2260.30 x 6 = $13,561.80

Student Approved mandatory fees

$187.50 x 6 = $1125.00

Books and Supplies ($300 per quarter)


Student BUS Course Fees




Notes About Tuition
  • Tuition rates subject to change by the Washington State Legislature.
  • Tuition and fees are due at the time of registration and payment must be completed within 2 business days of registration. Continuing students and new students who register early may defer fee payment until the published deferment date (see calendar).
  • Some courses have additional fees assessed.
  • Washington Online (WAOL) students are assessed an additional fee of $8.00 per credit. This fee is non-refundable once the course begins.
  • U.S. citizens and permanent residents who have not yet established Washington residency may now attend TCC at a reduced rate. This optional waiver has been approved by the TCC Board of Trustees, but may not be available at all state colleges. A student who plans to transfer to a college that does not participate in this waiver is advised to establish Washington residency before transfer. Residency information is available at the Admissions Counter.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Applied Management Bachelor of Applied Science program, students will be able to:

  1. Evaluate and implement effective communication across all levels of the organization and to diverse audiences using language, tools, concepts, and managerial principles necessary to achieve desired outcomes.
  2. Explain the value of diversity and community as related to business ventures with attention to the dynamics of power and privilege.
  3. Develop organizational management and leadership strategies using skills grounded in current theories and techniques for stability, growth, and change.
  4. Demonstrate innovation and critical thinking, teamwork, and technical and information literacy commensurate with management positions.
  5. Analyze, evaluate, and implement decision0making strategies apply analytical tools, information systems and emerging technologies.
  6. Design programs which maximize human potential using principles and best practices of successful human resource management
  7. Develop realistic comprehensive project plans, identify risk areas, monitor the plans, and deal with problems through appropriate use of project management techniques.
  8. Distinguish between law and ethics; recommend acceptable resolutions of ethical issues and dilemmas to improve organizational outcomes and support social responsibility.
  9. Analyze data to solve problems, explain performance, make decisions, and identify opportunities.
  10. Prepare and explain cost control processes including the ability to establish a budget, prepare cost reports, and forecast expenditures.
Degree Learning Outcomes

All Program Level Outcomes also align with TCC's Degree Learning Outcomes.  TCC has six measurable outcomes that all degree recipients are expected to meet. 

  1. Core of Knowledge (COK): Demonstrate a basic knowledge of each of the distribution areas (Written Communication, Humanities, Quantitative Skills, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences), or, as applicable, specific professional/technical content, and program-level content and apply this knowledge to academic endeavors.
  2. Communication (COM): Listen, speak, read, and write effectively and use nonverbal and technological means to make connections between self and others.
  3. Critical Thinking & Problem Solving (CRT): Compare, analyze, and evaluate information and ideas to solve problems.
  4. Information & Information Technology (IIT): Locate, evaluate, retrieve, and ethically use relevant and current information of appropriate authority for academic or, as applicable, specific professional/technical applications.
  5. Intercultural Collaboration & Diversity (ICD): Demonstrate successful application of an interdependent, diverse, and multicultural worldview through collaborative engagement.
  6. Responsibility & Ethics (RES): Demonstrate an understanding of what constitutes responsible and ethical behavior toward individuals, the community, and the environment.

Schedule of Classes

The average student will take between 10-15 credits per quarter. Your schedule will depend on how many general education courses you must complete. Upper division courses may not be available during summer quarters - summer quarters can be used to focus on completion of lower division general education courses.

This schedule assumes students come in already having completed 20 credits of required general education prior to taking 300 level BUS courses. This is just a sample. You will work one on one with your advisor to create your specific schedule. 

For a full time student (15 credits per quarter) this program will take six quarters (or two years) to complete.


Course Number

Course Name


Fall Quarter

BUS 300/LS 301

Foundations of Management/Research Skills for Business


BUS 310

Organizational & Interpersonal Behavior


Winter Quarter

BUS 320

Managerial Accounting


BUS 360

Fundamentals of Human Resource Management


CMST 320

Professional & Organizational Communication


Spring Quarter

BUS 340

Financial Management


BUS 350

Fundamentals of Project Management


BUS 330

Legal Environments in Business


Fall Quarter

ENVS& 101

Environmental Science


BUS 400

Economics for Managers



BUS 441


BUS 442

 Choose Specialization:

 Intermediate Project Management


Intermediate Human Resource Management




Winter Quarter

BUS 410

Operations and Logistics


BUS 430

Business Strategy and Sustainability



BUS 451


BUS 452

 Choose Specialization:

 Advanced Project Management


Advanced Human Resource Management




Spring Quarter

BUS 420

Digital and Social Media Management


PHIL 320

Ethical Decision Making



BUS 461



BUS 462


 Choose Specialization:

Capstone: Managing for Organizational Change


Capstone: Human Resource Management





The curriculum for TCC's Applied Management BAS will provide students with the fundamentals of applied management, to include areas of managerial accounting and economics, legal and ethical issues, organizational identity and behavior, project management, human resource management, leadership, operations and logistics, social media management, and business strategy and sustainability.

The AM BAS degree program currently has two specializations. Specializations were phased in one at a time begining in the first year with Project Management, and in the second year adding a specialization in Human Resources. Both AM BAS specializations share a 75 credit core curriculum (65 of these credits are upper division coursework) and a 15 credit specialization track (all 15 credits of upper division coursework). You will also have the option of an elective internship of 2-5 credits. Students must complete a total of no less than 180 college level credits. At least of those credits must be at the 300-400 level.


BAS Applied Management Job Classifications

While professionals with Applied Management degrees could work in any number of fields, TCC's attention is focused on occupational classifications that most closely reflect natural pathways for graduates of our BAS-AM degrees.

Average Washington State Salary by Job Classifications

The following average salaries were reported in 2020 by the Washington State Employment Security Department. These are stat-wide averages and may not be reflective of your specific region.

Human Resource Management Specialization:

Recruiter $77,900 ($37.45 hr)

Human Resource Recruiters develop and implement recruiting plans and strategies designed to fulfill company staffing needs. They are responsible for leading the staffing efforts of a company and building a strong workforce that adds to the company's bottom line. They possess knowledge of employment and labor law, have a deep understanding of the organization and its staffing needs, and possess strong interpersonal and communication skills.

Compensation, Benefits and Job Analysis Specialists $80,187 ($38.55 hr)

Compensation, Benefits and Job Analysts develop compensation structures to optimize hiring and maximize employee retention by analyzing remuneration packages and position responsibilities. They are human resources experts in labor costs, compensation analysis and benefits structures. They research what comparable jobs pay and what benefits are given elsewhere and develop appropriate salary and benefit structures.

Project Management Specialization:

Purchasing Manager $131,200 ($63.08 hr)

Purchasing managers develop purchasing strategies and oversee the daily activities of sourcing suppliers and purchasing products, equipment, and services. Their responsibilities include developing purchasing strategies, maintaining positive relationships with suppliers, coordinating with internal teams regarding their supply needs, and overseeing the purchasing team in their daily activities.

Management Analyst $107,679 ($51.77 hr)

Management Analysts conduct organizational studies and evaluations, design systems and procedures, conduct work simplification and measurement studies, and prepare operations and procedures manuals to assist management in operating more efficiently and effectively. They also document findings of study and prepare recommendations for implementations of new systems, procedures and organizational changes.

Entrepreneurial Leadership Specialization:
(not currently offered)

Personal Financial Advisor $114,662 ($55.13 hr)

Financial advisors advise clients on investments, taxes, estate planning, and college savings accounts, insurance, mortgages, and retirement. They talk to their clients about their financial objectives and risk tolerance and then recommend an appropriate financial planning strategy. Advisors help clients plan for short-term and long-term goals, such as meeting educational expenses and saving for retirement through investments. They possess strong interpersonal and communication skills.

Agent and Business Manager (of Artists, Performers, and Athletes) $93,445 (44.93 hr)

Agents and Business Managers represent their clients to current or prospective employers. They handle contract negotiations, schedule appearances and performances, and may also manage travel arrangements, ticket sales, and advertising. Many provide legal and financial advice. They possess an entrepreneurial mindset and use their interpersonal skills to build their network of contacts and to promote their clients to potential employers.

There are several Master’s degree-level paths that graduates of the AM BAS program have upon completion.

WGU offers Master’s degrees in multiple fields. They accept all Washington BAS degree graduates via a statewide transfer (articulation) agreement.

Pacific Lutheran University has a transfer agreement for all TCC BAS degrees to be accepted into all their Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Finance, Master of Science in Marketing Analytics degrees offered through their School of Business.

University of Washington-Tacoma’s Milgard School of Business (MSB) program accepts all TCC’s applied bachelor’s degrees into their Master of Science in Business Analytics.


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