Management Degree Program


The Management Program is designed to prepare students to step into leadership and management roles in the workplace.  The Management Program is also ideal for individuals wanting to advance their careers into management positions, from communication and customer service to conflict resolution, managing organizational change, and general business operations. Skills in these areas are needed by businesses and organizations in order to be successful. Students will acquire the discipline-specific skills and knowledge necessary for success in business. Enter the workforce with confidence, or further develop your career with new potential for promotion and leadership roles!

This Program offers three options:

Earnings Potential

An associate degree in management offers you the salary potential of $55,683 two years after graduation from Taft College, with expected increases to $57,848 by five years, based on five-year studies of graduates by California Community Colleges. These do not reflect salaries with a four-year degree.1

Career options are quite varied. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage is $74,000 for social and community service managers; $73,060 for farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers; $59,440 for food service managers; $59,430 for lodging managers; $59,230 for property, real estate, and community association managers; $99,290 for administrative services and facilities managers; and $127,490 for sales managers. Some careers typically require a minimum of a four-year degree, such as sales and facilities managers.2

California is the state with the highest employment level in office and administrative support occupations, and managers oversee these departments. Industries with the highest levels of employment in office and administrative support occupations are local government, excluding schools and hospitals; credit intermediation and related activities; offices of physicians; general medical and surgical hospitals; the postal service (federal government); and business support services.3

1 California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. Salary Surfer. 2021. Accessed 19 April 2023.

2 “Occupational Outlook Handbook.” U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 8 Sept. 2022. Accessed 19 April 2023.

3 “Occupational Outlook Handbook.” 8 Sept. 2022.

Program Requirements

To earn an Associate in Science in Management, students must complete: (1) all course requirements with a minimum grade of “C” in each course; and (2) complete General Education Graduation Requirements with an overall GPA of 2.0 or better.

See the degree requirements in the Taft College Catalog. Please note: This links to an external website.

Program Learning Outcomes

After completing the Management major, a student will be able to:

  1. Synthesize business and personal growth skills into strategies useful in public and private sectors.
  2. Utilize specific business concepts to work effectively in personal and business environments.
  3. Exhibit a high standard of professional practice by demonstrating ethical and social responsibility in a multicultural, team-oriented rapidly changing environment. 

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