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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 Degrees

    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, which offers in-seat and online program options, is a two-year transfer program 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 business management, 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

    View curriculum guide for the Associate in Applied Science in Business.

    View curriculum guide for the Associate in Arts in Business.


  • 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: $82,260
    Fundraisers: $61,190
    Human Resources Specialists: $64,240
    Market Research Analysts: $68,230
    Sales Manager: $130,600
    Training and Development Specialists: $63,080
    Top Executives: $100,090

    2022 median pay. Source: The Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • Related Programs

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. 

Learn more about Ferris at SMC programs here.

Entrance of SMC with Students who are taking Ferris State University classes

Clubs and Honor Societies

Business Club

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.


Learn More

SMC School of Business

Wood Building home to business and IT classes

Barbara Wood Building

The Barbara Wood Building is home to all business, accounting, paralegal, and IT classes at SMC.

Niles Campus Entrance

Niles Campus

Business courses can also be completed on the Niles campus.