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Electronic commerce programs prepare people to do business on the Internet. These programs are also called e-commerce.

Electronic commerce programs prepare people to plan and manage a business on the Internet. Students learn about computer security, computer laws, and web design.

In electronic commerce programs students learn how to plan and manage a business online via the Internet. These programs include topics such as:


In electronic commerce programs, students may be able to specialize in:


Several community colleges offer associate degree programs in electronic commerce. An associate degree program usually takes two years to complete.

A few colleges and universities offer bachelor’s degree programs in electronic commerce. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Several universities offer master’s degrees in electronic commerce. A master’s degree usually requires two years of study beyond the bachelor’s degree. Some Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs offer concentrations in electronic commerce.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to MBA programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, and good test scores. Your bachelor's degree should be in a business field, with several computer science courses. Otherwise you should take several courses in business and computers. Some recommended courses are economics, statistics, and business law. You should also take courses in accounting, management, and management information systems.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

The undergraduate program in a business field typically includes courses in the following subjects:

In addition, to prepare for a career in electronic commerce you probably will want to take some of the following, either in a bachelor's program or an MBA program:

Graduate Program Courses

An MBA program typically includes the following:

Things to Know

Good skills in writing, speaking, and critical thinking are needed for advancement in the business world.

Business courses in high school can be useful preparation for a career in electronic commerce. Your high school transcript needs to show that you are preparing for a demanding college-level program.


East Side Area

Walla Walla Community College

King-Snohomish Area

Bellevue College

Edmonds Community College

Highline College

Vancouver Area

Clark College

West Side Area

Peninsula College

Western Washington University