Sonoma State University has formed a new partnership with College of Marin allowing business students to complete a four-year degree at Marin’s community college.

The collaboration between College of Marin and SSU’s schools of Business & Economics and Extended & International Education paves the way for students to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with a concentration in management, according to both colleges.

The impetus to form the partnership was to extend SSU’s campus beyond Sonoma County, said Robert Eyler, Ph.D., dean of the School of Extended and International Education at SSU. “Traffic conditions and information we had about students wanting a program at COM also helped.”

Applications for the fall semester are underway and will be accepted through July 15, 2018, according to SSU.

“We are anticipating 12 to 15 (students) in the first class and then, hopefully, upwards of 25 to 30 in three years,” Eyler said.

SSU faculty will teach the courses on evenings and Saturdays at College of Marin’s Kentfield campus, according to the university. The program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

“The opportunity to have a set program with Sonoma State where it’s not just about transfer, but it’s about being able to complete a degree on our campus is very exciting,” said Jonathan Eldridge, senior vice president of student learning and student services at College of Marin, said in a video statement. “And it’s something that not many two-year colleges have. Given the proximity, I think it benefits students, because students attending here can be self-sufficient on this campus, but at the same time they also have access to the resources at the Sonoma State campus.”

An information session is scheduled for June 26 from 6:15 to 7 p.m. at the College of Marin. General information will be available at the Marin County Fair from June 30 through July 4. To learn more about the program, visit web.sonoma.edu/exed/bus-dcp.