Business Degrees at SMC
Study business at SMC for a strong start to your degree that pairs quality education with hands-on practice—all for half the cost of most four-year schools.
Whether you strive to work in marketing, management, finance, or other areas, SMC’s business degree will prepare you to begin your career with confidence.
About the Degree
Instilling confidence in your skills is a key aspect to this program. Through our hands-on degree programs, you’ll develop a business plan, build a marketing strategy, practice financial planning, and learn to communicate business needs effectively.
You’ll gain a thorough understanding of developing a competitive advantage, business law, and accounting. You’ll also learn how to maximize efficiency, motivate employees, delegate work, conduct market research, and more. You’ll graduate with the skills and knowledge hiring managers are looking for and be equipped for a strong career in business or related fields.
SMC offers two degrees in business, the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) and the Associate in Arts (AA). The AAS in business is designed to help you gain entry-level employment in business. The AA in business is a two-year transfer designed to help you complete the first half of a bachelor’s degree in business or a related field. The curriculum meets Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) requirements and will transfer to institutions nationwide. Students have gone on to top schools like University of Michigan and Michigan State University.
You can also enhance your resume with a certificate in small business management, office assistant/specialist, human resource management (through Ferris), international business (Ferris), or leadership and supervision (Ferris).
The business degree is also offered at the Niles Campus.
- What You’ll Learn
What Can I Do With a Business Degree?
Business majors learn how to effectively run a business and may get jobs in any area related to business operations, including sales, marketing, human resources, management, finance, law, and more.
Because business is a broad field, you’ll be able to apply your degree to many applications in any industry. Business professionals might manage the operations of a sports venue, track the finances of a non-profit, lead a sales team, or develop marketing strategies to effectively position an organization in the marketplace. Below is a sample of some careers that can be obtained with a business degree.
Careers and Salaries Career Option Salary Administrative Services Manager:
Budget Analysts: $76,540 Fundraisers: $57,950 Human Resources Specialists: $61,920 Market Research Analysts: $63,790 Sales Manager: $126,640 Training and Development Specialists: $61,210 Top Executives: $104,690
2019 median pay. Source: The Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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Bachelor's Degree Option
Earn a bachelor’s degree in business administration on our Dowagiac campus through our partnership with Ferris State University.
SMC business programs are designed to transfer into Ferris programs, saving you time and money.
Clubs and Honor Societies
The Business Club is open to students of any major. The Business Club allows students to engage with each other and professionals in various industries. The Business Club also hosts various events on campus and typically participates in a field trip each semester to various businesses/industries so that students can see first-hand the experience of what it is like to work in that business/industry.
Alpha Beta Gamma
Business and accounting students have the opportunity to join SMC’s chapter of Alpha Beta Gamma, the international business honor society.