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    UMass Amherst Summer Pre-College: How Business Works

    UMass Amherst Summer Pre-College: How Business Works


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Online
    • Provided By: College
    • Session Start: July
    • Session Length: Two Weeks
    • Entering Grade: 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: Business/Entrepreneurship
    • Sub-Categories: Business
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
    • Minimum Cost: $1,500 - $2,999
    • Career Clusters: Business Management and Administration
    • Credit Awarded: Yes
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    Learn about Summer 2024 Pre-College opportunities at UMass Amherst. Our residential and online pre-college programs are designed to give you a preview of the UMass student experience, including college-level academics and being part of a learning community of high school students from all across the U.S. and the world. Our programs feature faculty-led courses, state-of-the-art facilities, and the #1 campus dining in the U.S., as ranked by the Princeton Review.


    Have you ever wondered how business works? How businesses make decisions ranging from what new markets to enter, to how big should a new factory be? What the different activities are that happen inside a company (e.g., management, marketing, accounting, finance), and how they are coordinated in order to be successful?

    This course provides the framework for all future business courses. It is a broad-based introductory course designed to give you exploratory experiences in all aspects of business. It will acquaint you with the dynamic business world of the 21st century. Economics, management, globalization, marketing, finance, accounting, operations, and careers in business will be included, with a special unit on entrepreneurship and start-ups.

    The use of technology and its impact on business will also be stressed, with a focus on how to foster innovation. We will combine online meetings in real time with team-based activities and individual exploration culminating in a final team project.

    You will:

    • Consider the ethical and social responsibility issues involved in the current business environment
    • Evaluate the global economy and its impact on U.S. economy
    • Identify and define the functions of and challenges facing management
    • Describe the responsibilities and significance of human resource management
    • Explain the basic accounting process
    • Describe the United States’ financial and investment systems and their role in business


    Schedule: Live, synchronous sessions will meet Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 1:00-3:00pm (EDT). Plus asynchronous work as assigned. 



    Students attending the online program are expected to attend all class sessions live in real time. In order to prioritize the health and well-being of participants, eligibility is restricted to applicants residing in time zones where class hours do not extend beyond midnight. Please use a time zone converter to check when class sessions will meet in your time zone. 

    Cost and Session Information

    Dates: July 15 - 26, 2024
    Two-Week Online Intensives: $1,865

    *Program fees listed above include tuition and registration.
    *All programs require submission of $35 application fee.