CWI laid the foundation to enable me to be successful in obtaining a four year degree.
Sephora (Law) Lewis - AA Business, CWI 2012; BA Accounting, BA Business, Northwest Nazarene University 2014
I am so glad I chose to graduate from CWI in the business program before transferring to BSU for upper division classes.
Wade Aldridge - AA Business, CWI 2013; BBA Accounting, Boise State University 2014
CWI put me ahead of the curve at U of I, and CWI's facilities and teachers were outstanding.
Katreece Hattaway - AA Business, CWI 2014; BA Operations Management, University of Idaho 2016
At CWI, the business professors invest themselves into each of their student’s goals and advancement with personal guidance and open communication of options available to us.
Magen D. Nielsen

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance - VITA

College of Western Idaho in partnership with the Internal Revenue Service is offering free tax preparation for students and community members.  For more information, please visit:

Taxes will be prepared through April 18, 2017 at the times and locations specified below:

Room 201
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Room 1210
2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
For more information or questions, contact Joe Welker at [email protected] 


If you are pursuing a career in business, the Business major at CWI is a great starting point. At CWI, you can earn an Associate of Arts degree and meet general education requirements to transfer to any Idaho public university. The program is designed to introduce you to the core business courses and provide skills in accounting, business decision-making, software, and communication.


The business program develops 21st century business professionals that are adaptable, ethical problem solvers who utilize networking and collaboration to achieve their career and business goals.

Why This Program

Business majors are in demand. At CWI, students learn how to think, adapt, and do the things that will prepare them for business or completing a four-year business degree.


The purpose of the Entrepreneurship Club is to help students better understand business and economic concepts, to inspire creativity and innovation through competition and unity, to form a business-oriented résumé, and to network with... more

Respectful Community

The College of Western Idaho is committed to maintaining a Respectful Community by providing equal opportunity for all individuals and does not discriminate in services, benefits, or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, veteran status, age, or any other legally protected status.  More on Title IX

Requirements and Costs

Degrees and Certificates

Business, Associate of Arts



Delivery Formats:
Traditional, Hybrid, Online, Degree Fully Online

Important Dates for Credit Programs

  Spring 2017 Summer 2017 Fall 2017
Registration Open November 14 April 10 April 10
Financial Aid Priority Date December 5 May 15 July 10
Admission Deadline December 30 May 19 August 4
Last Day to Register January 13 June 2 August 18
Tuition and Fees Due January 13 June 2 August 18
Classes Begin January 17* June 5* August 21
*Some classes begin before or after this date. See the class schedule for more information.


Navigating your way through college can be confusing, especially if you try to go it alone. CWI One Stop Student Services offers advising assistance, to help in deciding which courses you need to take to complete your educational goals. Visit Advising for more information or contact One Stop Student Services to schedule an appointment.

  • Students are encouraged to take mathematics each semester until they complete Brief Calculus (MATH 160)
  • Students should complete Information Science (BUSA 215) instead of CISA 101. This course should be taken prior to Business Statistics for Decision-Making I (BUSA 207).

Connecting With Ideas

Connecting With Ideas (CWID 101) is the first semester student success course designed to help CWI students become engaged members of the academic community and cultivate habits for lifelong achievement and success. Each semester, students can select from a variety of themes. More information about next semesters CWID 101 themes


Look beyond your degree at CWI and plan for continuing your education by working closely with CWI advising and representatives of your intended transfer school. Planning before you transfer can save you time and money. Visit Transfer Information for more information or contact One Stop Student Services.

Faculty in the Business Program work closely with the following four-year schools to assist students with transfer:

  • Boise State University
  • Lewis and Clark State College
  • University of Idaho
  • Idaho State University
  • Northwest Nazarene University
  • Brigham Young University – Idaho

Financial Aid Available

Did you know that as a student in this program you may be eligible for financial aid? Through grants, scholarships, and loans, more than 60 percent of first-time, full-time CWI students receive some form of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid options and whether you may be eligible, visit Financial Aid.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for a full-time CWI student averages half the cost of a state university and a third of the cost of a private college. Tuition and fees vary based on program and residence. Visit Tuition and Fees for more information.

Career Info

While an Associate of Arts in Business may improve the career prospects of job candidates in some fields, the current job market places a premium on four-year degrees from accredited business colleges and universities. The College of Western Idaho has agreements in place with many of Idaho's universities to help students transfer credits and complete four-year degrees.


  • CPA (Certified Public Accountant, with four-year degree and completion of certification)
  • Management
  • Operations
  • Finance
  • Leadership
  • Administration
  • Managers
  • Marketing
  • Accounting
  • Banker
  • IT Manager
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Financial Advisor
  • Compliance
  • Marketing Manager
  • Financial Advisor
  • Compliance
  • Marketing Manager
  • Executive Assistant
  • Event Planning
  • Sales Manager
  • Sales Representative
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Human Resources Manager


Nampa Campus Academic Building

5500 E. Opportunity Dr. Nampa, ID 83687

Ada County Campus Pintail Center

1360 S. Eagle Flight Way, Boise, ID 83709

Nampa Campus Aspen Classroom Building

6002 Birch Lane, Nampa, ID 83687


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News and Blogs

Do you like board games? Do you like winning prizes? Do you like to just have fun? Join the CWI Entrepreneurs Club on Saturday, April 22, for the Settlers of Catan Tournament. The event will take place at 1 p.m. at the second floor common area of the Nampa Campus Academic Building.


Student working with an art easel.

College of Western Idaho (CWI) will welcome a collection of visual and performing arts professionals to campus, April 14 (Friday), for an afternoon of expert insight into the world of art and business. CWI’s Business of Art Symposium will run from 1-5 p.m. at the CWI Nampa Campus Academic...

Shad Priest of Regence Blue Shield of Idaho gave a presentation on the Affordable Care Act and its potential impact in the Gem State.

Ryan Lewis, CWI Alumnus

Ryan Lewis is a prime example of how a student can take their education from CWI and turn it into a successful career.

Casey Lewis

Casey Lewis took what he learned in CWI's Business classes and put it to work in the real world.

College of Western Idaho (CWI) is launching an Entrepreneurial Strategy class this fall. This is a hybrid course designed for students pursuing a career in entrepreneurship or anybody that aspires to turn ideas into reality. You will get the opportunity to meet successful local business owners...


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