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About the Business Program

Put On Your CEO Hat, Your Career in Business Awaits

Prepare for a career in business administration, management or leadership--or even explore entrepreneurship through our comprehensive business programs. More and more, our rapidly changing world demands business leaders who bring innovative ideas, It all starts with our foundational programs at SMC, where we offer a broad range of classes including marketing, finance, global trade and logistics, ethics, strategic leadership, and more.

According to leading research organization Brandon Hall Group, 84% of organizations anticipate a shortfall of leaders in the next 5 years. With education and training in business, you could be the next leader who helps close that gap. Business roles are diverse and dynamic, including administrative services manager, sales manager, business intelligence analyst, market analyst, compliance manager, and much more. You have what it takes to serve as a business leader within your chosen industry.

With on-campus and fully online program options, SMC offers a format that works for you.

Find the path that fits your personal needs and professional goals:

Transfer Preparation

Many colleges and universities offer baccalaureate degrees in this field. Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university need to know which courses completed at Santa Monica College will be accepted at the specific college/university. Please consult a Counselor. SMC has transfer articulation agreements with the many UC and CSU campuses, as well as several private and out-of-state institutions.

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Degrees and Certificates

Associate in Science for Transfer  - Business Administration

23 units + General Education Requirements

This AS-T degree is geared toward students who want to transfer into an upper-division baccalaureate program at a California State University (CSU). If you are considering a transfer to a UC, private, or out-of-state university, please consult a counselor before applying to transfer, as that institution’s transfer requirements might be different from those required for the AS-T in Business Administration.

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Associate in Science Degree - Business

24 units + General Education Requirements

Your early courses will be in accounting and business fundamentals, then you’ll prepare yourself for a career in global or domestic business by focusing on a particular area of study, such as:

  • Marketing
  • Insurance
  • Global Trade and Logistics
  • Entrepreneurship Finance
  • Management/Leadership
  • Retail/Hospitality/Tourism
  • General Business
  • Your own personal combination from any of the above!

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Associate in Science Degree - Management and Leadership 

24 units + General Education Requirements

Certificate of Achievement - Management and Leadership 

24 units

You’ll develop solid analytical skills, receive training in methods for resolving problems, and learn to plan and execute strategies in pursuit of large-scale organizational goals.

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Certificate of Achievement - Entry Level Business Information Assistant

12 units

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Potential Career Options

Business Management and Administration careers encompass planning, organizing, directing and evaluating business functions essential to efficient and productive business operations. Business Management and Administration career opportunities are available in every sector of the economy.

job title Typical Education Median Wage
Chief Executives Master's or Professional Degree $177,513
General and Operations Managers Bachelor's Degree $111,114
Sales Managers Bachelor's Degree $106,015
Administrative Services Managers High School Diploma or More $95,407
Industrial Production Managers  Bachelor's Degree $97,438
Transportation Managers  Bachelor's Degree $88,932
Storage and Distribution Managers Bachelor's Degree $88,932
Construction Managers  Bachelor's Degree $60,143
Social and Community Service Managers Bachelor's Degree $71,902
Regulatory Affairs Managers Bachelor's Degree $68,404
Compliance Managers  Bachelor's Degree $68,404
Supply Chain Managers Bachelor's Degree $68,404
Loss Prevention Managers  Bachelor's Degree $68,404 
 Cost Estimators Bachelor's Degree $61,107
 Management Analysts Bachelor's Degree $82,571
Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners Bachelor's Degree $46,635
Business Continuity Planners Bachelor's Degree $71,410
Business Intelligence Analysts  Bachelor's Degree $75,813