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Nicole Rojas

Nicole Rojas

"Business plays a big role in what a community looks like."

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.

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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

Companies in various industries require employees who have basic business information systems and bookkeeping skills and can effectively communicate and interact with customers at an entry-level position.

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Certificate of Achievement - Sustainability in Business

12 units

This program is designed for students who are interested in pursuing an entry level job position (or an upgrade of current skills and knowledge base) in the business field, with a focus on sustainability in business, and need a working knowledge of the fundamental concepts in this area of sustainability.

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