This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

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The demand for car parts and service will always be there. Northwood University offers a BBA degree in Aftermarket Management, and our graduates account for a great supply of talent in the industry. This means that you’ll be highly desired by employers upon getting your degree. It’s no wonder the employment rate for this major is almost a perfect 100%. (Your economics teacher wasn’t joking about supply and demand.)

The automotive aftermarket includes any addition, enhancement or repair to a vehicle after the initial purchase. So whether it’s a mom who needs headphone jacks installed to save her sanity or a teen trying to impress his friends with infinite decibels, the aftermarket industry makes it happen.

What if I’m not a “car person?”

Maybe you’re not a “car person” but you can appreciate a nice vehicle whether its look is strong, luxurious or sporty. You might even like to hear it purr like a kitten or growl like a beast. To us, you’re a “car person” if this is exciting to you. While our program is centered around the automotive industry, its primary focus is on the business management aspect of it. So even if you’re less concerned with cars and more concerned with a little thing called job security, you’ve found the right industry.

A Degree That Works

Many of our graduates are top executives at some of the most prestigious companies in the United States. If you want to talk to some of them to learn their secrets of success, we can arrange that. They still have ties to Northwood and are proud to have started their careers here.

Take a look at the partial list of where the Aftermarket Management degree has taken our graduates. We apologize for how lengthy it is. we don’t.

  • ACDelco
  • Aerotek Automotive
  • Affinia Group, Inc.
  • American Honda Motor Company
  • American Racing
  • Automotive Aftermarket Parts Alliance
  • Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper
  • Bendix BWD Automotive
  • Clevite Engine Parts
  • Dana Engine Management
  • Delphi Automotive Systems
  • Dorman Products
  • Eaton Corporation
  • Epicor Software Corporation
  • Exide Technologies
  • Federal-Mogul Corporation
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Gates Corporation
  • Grote Industries
  • HALSCOTT Consulting, Inc.
  • Hendrick Automotive Group
  • K&N Engineering, Inc.
  • Krupp Bilstein of America
  • KYB Americas Corporation
  • MagnaFlow
  • Martin-Senour Automotive Finishes
  • Meguiar’s
  • Muskegon Brake & Distributing Company
  • NAPA Auto Parts
  • Old World Industries, LLC
  • Penske Truck Leasing
  • Precision Turbo & Engine
  • R.L. Polk & Co.
  • Roadranger Marketing
  • Saint-Gobain
  • Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes
  • Tenneco
  • Truck-Lite Co, LLC
  • U.T.I.

Education in Action

  • In case you missed it, our employment rate averages nearly 100%.
  • Northwood is home to North America’s largest new vehicle, outdoor auto show. It’s entirely student-run and draws an average of nearly 50,000 attendees each year.
  • Our 10-week internship program will give you industry experience before you graduate. Like John Wilson who landed an internship with Vipar HD to work with them in all aspects of Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week (HDAW). You should probably laminate your résumé – employers tend to drool.
  • You could have the opportunity to attend AAPEX/SEMA, one of the world's largest automotive trade shows held annually in Las Vegas. This is where many of our students get their first job offers.
  • Another great educational and networking venue is GAAS. About 400 of the industry's top executives attend this annual convention held in Chicago to learn what is happening in the aftermarket sector. The speakers are not only from some of the top companies in the aftermarket, but also from other industries that touch the marketplace such as Google, the car manufacturers, and top research companies such as R.L. Polk, J.D. Power, and Frost & Sullivan.
  • The Automotive Group (TAG) is a club on the Michigan campus for hardcore automotive enthusiasts from the Aftermarket Management program and its counterpart, the Automotive Marketing & Management program.
  • An intensive capstone project during your senior year will give you the opportunity to draw up a business plan for a viable automotive parts business, covering every aspect of the company. To top it off, you get to pitch it in front of industry professionals.
  • You may also want to note and check out our University of the Aftermarket for working professionals.
  • Read the Q&A on Alternative Fuel Systems with Dr. Timothy G. Nash in Aftermarket Business World.