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Small Business Management/Entrepreneurial Studies
Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree

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  • Phone: 732.906.2594
  • Course Outline 2012-2013 (PDF)

Small Business Management/Entrepreneurial Studies is for people who intend to start, or who already operate a small business. This program can help students who have a skill or idea – and want to be their own boss – to realize their goal of running a successful business. The degree program incorporates general education courses with the small business management curriculum.The Certificate is designed for those with no prior college course work and includes English Composition with the Small Business Management curriculum. The Certificate of Achievement program is geared toward people who already hold a college degree and intend to operate a small business.

Can students who major in Small Business Management/Entrepreneurial Studies transfer to a four-year college or university?
Articulation agreements with public and private institutions offer students who earn the A.A.S. degree the opportunity to transfer all of their coursework to the four-year institution. Students in specialized programs, or who earn an A.A.S. degree should discuss the transfer process with an advisor.

What will students learn if they study Small Business Management/Entrepreneurial Studies?
They will study the elements that are necessary for a thriving business: business plan, capital needs, marketing strategies, legal and tax issues, forms of ownership, employee management, new technologies, sales, marketing and new product development. They will acquire skills particular to entrepreneurs but transferable to the general business environment.

Note: Not all SBM courses are offered every semester both day and evening. Please call the Department Chair at (732) 906-2594 to discuss course offerings for future semesters.

Are there any requirements that must be satisfied before taking courses in the major?
Algebra I is a prerequisite for all majors. Students may satisfy this requirement with a grade of “C” or better in high school Algebra I. Algebra I competency may be verified with a passing score on the College’s placement test or by the completion of the appropriate course.

How long will it take to complete this degree?
Once students complete developmental coursework (if needed), the degree can be completed in two years of full-time study. They can shorten the amount of time by taking courses in the summer and winter sessions. Some major courses in the Small Business Management program may only be offered in the evenings and not every semester.