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Program Overview


Automotive Management - Bachelor of Science

The Automotive Management (AMGT) program, formerly Automotive & Heavy Equipment Management (AHM), is a baccalaureate degree program that focuses on providing the transportation industry with state-of-the-art technical and business managers for service, parts, sales, leasing, warranty, and customer relations positions. Opportunities exist with car, truck, equipment, and component manufacturers; suppliers; dealers; fleets; insurance companies; the aftermarket; and local and federal government agencies.

Beyond the technical and general education coursework, industry-specific instruction is provided in:

  • Management
  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Product distribution
  • Warranty administration
  • Customer relations
  • Dealership operations
  • Franchising
  • Accounting
  • Financing
  • Internet marketing
  • Industry-related software
  • Automotive materials
  • Industry history and culture

The AMGT program prepares graduates for careers in the service sector. Regardless of where a product is designed or manufactured, our graduates are prepared to provide knowledgeable, skilled, world-class customer service. One in seven jobs in the United States is related to transportation, primarily in the service sector, and these jobs cannot be outsourced. The AMGT program emphasizes developing verbal and written communication as well as organizational and time management skills. On-the-job management internships further prepare the graduate to enter this lucrative field with experience.

Program Strengths

  • Has prepared technical managers for industry since 1971
  • Curriculum is developed in conjunction with industry leaders to ensure the highest possible quality and relevance
  • Industry-funded scholarships
  • Paid internships to reinforce classroom learning with real-world experiences
  • Faculty share over 100 years of industry experience

Program Offerings

2 + 2 Option

Our most familiar option continues as the 2+2 Option. This arrangement is available for students with an Auto Service, Heavy Equipment or Auto Body related associates degree from Ferris or elsewhere who desire to go on an obtain a B.S. degree. For samples of the transfer equivalency worksheets for coursework taken at community colleges and transferred to Ferris, click here .

0 + 4 Option

New to the Ferris Automotive offerings is the 0+4 Option. It is available for high school graduates who know they want a technical and business management degree. This option has a technical focus the first two years, and students have an opportunity to take 12 credits in a focus area such as a second language, technical writing, technical training, international business, e-commerce marketing, or obtain a minor in another discipline. This option allows students to tailor their degree to their specific area of interest, with advisor consent.

Minor Option

The third option is a Minor in Automotive Management for business majors and others who desire a solid overview of the business and cultural side of the transportation industry. The 18-credit minor prepares students to transition into sales, marketing, distribution, and customer relations positions within industry.

Off-Campus/Evening Option

Since the fall of 1996, the 2+2 Option has also been offered in the greater Detroit area at the Macomb Community College David L. Eisler Center. Courses are offered in the evening to cater to adults who need to work full-time and pursue the degree on a part-time basis. Full-time AMGT faculty members deliver major courses, over a three-year rotational schedule. Students take the general education and general business courses through Macomb Community College, any institution of their choice, or a combination of colleges or universities.

Graduate Options

Upon completion of the degree, graduates enter the field as:

  • Service Managers
  • Field Service Representatives
  • Field Service Engineers
  • Sales Representatives
  • Customer Relations Managers
  • Insurance Adjusters
  • Fleet Managers
  • Parts Managers
  • Regional Parts Managers
  • Account Managers
  • Finance Managers
  • Sales Managers
  • Aftermarket Managers
  • Warranty Administrators
  • Service Advisors
  • Body Shop Managers

Because every global manufacturer and supplier doing business in America requires managers with the precise skills offered by this program, many graduates face the difficult decision of choosing from several highly desirable and lucrative employment opportunities. Graduates are often sought by industry leaders including GM, Ford, Chrysler, Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Hyundai, Cummins Engine, Detroit Diesel, TAC Automotive, State Farm Insurance, as well as major dealership groups.

Program Enrollment

To apply via the Internet go to

Further information can be obtained by calling the Automotive Department Office
at 231/591-2655 or e-mail [email protected]