Business degrees and programs

Business Degrees and Certificates


A degree in Business from SMC will prepare you for an exciting career in business, marketing, and more.

Flex Forward

New FlexForward programs in Business and Small Business Management on the Niles Campus feature evening and online-hybrid courses so you can earn a degree on a schedule that works for you. Learn more.

About the Business Degree

The associate degree in Business melds business theories and practices, technology, and communication to give you a solid introduction to the business field. The practical coursework will have you build a business plan, develop a marketing plan, and apply your learning in an internship.

You’ll develop all the skills hiring managers are looking for such as cost control, sales and marketing, project management, financial analysis, technological aptitude, professionalism, and communication.

Plus you can specialize in an area that suits your interests such as office assistant or office management. You can also enhance your resume with a certificate in small business management/entrepreneurship, office assistant/specialist, human resource management (through Ferris), international business (Ferris), or leadership and supervision (Ferris).

The programs are designed to blend seamlessly into any of the Ferris at SMC bachelor in business programs.

The business degree is also offered at the Niles Campus. The Small Business Management/Entrepreneurship program is offered on the Niles Campus in an accelerated format. Learn more about the accelerated program here.

More About the School of Business

Watch the video below to see what School of Business faculty have to say about the strengths of our business, accounting and IT programs.

Career Options & Salaries
Administrative Services Manager:           $96,180
Budget Analysts:           $76,220
Fundraisers:           $56,950
Human Resources Specialists:           $60,880
Market Research Analysts:           $63,120
Sales Manager:           $124,220
Training and Development Specialists:           $60,870
Top Executives:           $104,980
2018 median pay. Source: The Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Curriculum Guides

Associate in Applied Science in Business
Associate in Arts in Business
Office Assistant/Specialist Certificate
Small Business Management/Entrepreneurship Certificate

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See It Now!

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Bachelor's Degree in Business

Earn a bachelor’s degree in business administration on our Dowagiac campus through our partnership with Ferris State University.

Ferris at SMC students can pay three years at SMC’s low tuition, and only one year of Ferris’ tuition. Plus, out-of-state students can pay Ferris’ in-state tuition.

Ferris also offers a number of business-related certificates at SMC. Learn more about the Ferris Dowagiac program.