SMC Expands Education Opportunities with Online Degrees
Spartanburg Methodist College (SMC) is opening up new opportunities for students to earn an associate or bachelor’s degree with a portfolio of nine online degree programs.
The college will offer three associate and six bachelor’s degree programs beginning in the fall of 2021.
“In today’s world, higher education has had to adapt to a new atmosphere, including the need to provide degree programs in non-traditional formats,” said Dr. Toni Bennett, associate provost for online strategy at SMC. “Bringing SMC into the digital world with these online degree programs will allow us to reach a wider audience, providing opportunity for more students to advance their career options.”
SMC’s online degree programs will feature the same in-depth education and personal approach the college provides in the classroom. The new programs provide an opportunity for non-traditional students whose work, family, or other commitments prevent them from attending school in person.
Students can choose to get their two-year Associate in Arts, Associate in Criminal Justice, or Associate in Business from the same faculty and curriculum as the college’s traditional on-campus programs. The associate degrees provide students a pathway into a bachelor’s degree program or an opportunity to move directly into an entry-level position in their chosen career field.
The online bachelor’s degree programs provide students a four-year degree in either criminal justice, with a concentration in business or psychology, or business administration, choosing a focus in accounting and finance, management and entrepreneurship, or marketing and sales.
SMC’s online bachelor’s degrees will also include the school’s unique Camak Core classes. These professional development courses focus on providing students an advantage when seeking a career by teaching them key soft skills employers are looking for, including leadership, professional communications, and technology. Students will also gain real-world experience through internship opportunities.
“The new online degree programs are a great step for SMC and keep with our mission of providing a quality education for everyone,” said SMC President Scott Cochran. “By offering these opportunities online, we’re opening up a college education to a wider audience who may not have thought it was an option.”
SMC will offer five, eight-week terms per year, allowing online students to study at their own pace and on their own schedule.