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2,748 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
46% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were women, and 46% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups. Also, 2.1% of general business graduates were international students.

Education Levels of General Business Majors

In 2020-2021, 2,748 earned their basic certificate in general business. The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in general business at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 24,850
Associate Degree 17,867
Master’s Degree 8,488
Basic Certificate 2,748
Undergraduate Certificate 1,440
Graduate Certificate 402
Doctor’s Degree 247

Earnings of General Business Majors With Basic Certificates

We are unable to calculate the median earnings for general business majors with their basic certificate due to lack of data.

Student Debt

We do not have the data to calculate the median and range of debt loads for general business students who are basic certificate holders.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their basic certificate in general business. About 58.8% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 1,132
Women 1,616

The racial-ethnic distribution of general business basic certificate students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 166
Black or African American 169
Hispanic or Latino 784
White 1,391
International Students 58
Other Races/Ethnicities 180

General Business Concentrations

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
General Business & Commerce 1,188

Below are some popular majors that are similar to general business that offer basic certificates.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Business Administration & Management 40,893
Accounting 13,126
Business Support & Assistance 11,065
Entrepreneurial Studies 4,576
Human Resource Management 3,373


*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

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