New Davenport Program Helps Students With a Trade Degree Earn Bachelor’s Degree in 2 Years

    GRAND RAPIDS — Beginning this fall, individuals with an associate degree in a trade – including construction, foods, graphic design, health, industrial management, and mechanical and electronic technology – can attain a bachelor’s degree in applied business in as little as two years.

    A new degree program from Davenport University, the Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Business degree, will help students prepare for various management or supervisory positions and provide the skills needed to launch a business or pivot into a completely new role.

    Davenport University is offering this opportunity to students with an associate degree, allowing them to transfer all 60 credits into Davenport’s Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) program — putting them halfway toward a bachelor’s degree and greater earning potential. It is the only program of its kind in Michigan.

    “This program is designed to give those in the trades a distinct advantage in the business world,” said Dr. Richard Pappas, president of Davenport University. “With this additional training, individuals will earn the confidence to take on a management or supervisory position – or even business ownership – in the business or industry of their choosing.”

    Davenport’s BAS program is designed to equip students with the management tools and business expertise necessary to accelerate their careers. In addition, this program helps students build upon their skilled specialty by developing the business expertise and foundational knowledge essential to understanding operations management, supply chain and logistics, and enterprise systems.

    All Associate of Applied Science and similar degree concentrations from accredited community colleges are accepted toward this degree, including Automotive Technology and Service, Building and Construction Trades, Culinary Arts, Engineering and Mechanical Technology, Graphic Design, HVAC Technology, Industrial Management, Mechanical Engineering, Electronic Technology, Welding Technology, and more.

    “We realize returning to school, especially after you have an established career, can be daunting,” Pappas said. “That is one of the many reasons why we offer flexible schedules and a Global Campus option, with classes online, in-person, or hybrid led by faculty laser-focused on student success.”

    Davenport has campuses in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Holland, Lansing, Midland, and Traverse City. In addition, community college and transfer students qualify for a 20% tuition discount.

    To apply or view the curriculum go to or call 800.686.1600 to speak with an admissions representative.