Miami Regionals Add Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce

Recognizing that the vast majority of businesses are small businesses, Miami University's Regional Campuses have introduced a new Bachelor of Science in Commerce, with a major in small business management.

Approved by the Ohio Board of Regents earlier this month, the degree is the culmination of study of the business needs of the region, according to Dr. G. Michael Pratt, associate provost and dean of the College of Professional Studies and Applied Sciences which is based on the regional campuses.

"Our research showed that, nationally, 99.7% of businesses are classified as small businesses. Better equipping small business managers and owners, and preparing future business owners in our region, was an area of need that we could help meet."

According to the US Census Bureau 2012 Economic Census, there are over 335,000 firms in Ohio employing fewer than 100 persons, with more than 2.1 million persons employed by those firms, and an annual payroll in excess of $74.7 billion.

Offered through the Department of Business Technology, the new degree features Miami's renowned liberal arts foundation (the Global Miami Plan) backed by hands-on applied education.

The degree is designed for persons managing a small business, looking to build one of their own, or wanting a foundation in commerce. It is designed for students straight out of high school, adult learners or transfer students, associate degree holders in business or other majors, and military veterans.

Students will pursue in-depth study of small businesses based on a foundation of courses in traditional business areas such as accounting, management, marketing, and computer based business analysis.

Building on those business foundations, advanced courses focus on small business applications in management and operations, marketing, sales and promotions, plus current issues and innovation in small business.

As regional campus students, those pursuing the degree will benefit from one of the lowest regional tuition rates in Ohio, in addition to the convenience, comfort and accessibility of campuses in Hamilton, Middletown, and West Chester. The program will offer flexible class scheduling, online course options, and extensive student support.

The degree is part of Miami's College of Professional Studies and Applied Science, and available entirely and exclusively at Miami's regional campuses.

"Your diploma says Miami," said Ted Light, chair of the Department of Business Technology, about the new program. "This degree - especially for those in small business - says you made a wise choice"

For more information visit or call the Admission Office at the Hamilton Campus (785-3111) or the Middletown Campus (727-3216).

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