GM Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions


Can I receive credit for Center of Learning training, previous college courses, or my work experience? 
Previous training or college coursework is not required to participate in the Advanced Leadership Program 
For the bachelor’s degree program, Center of Learning required courses and years of work experience will be evaluated during your first course in what we call a “Prior Learning Assessment” (PLA) to determine the number of credits that will be applied. A learner can receive up to 30 credits through the PLA. You may also submit any college courses you previously completed to determine eligibility to transfer credits earned toward the bachelor’s degree. 

How do I enroll? 
After gaining commitment from your management, complete the Request More Information form above or review the enrollment process page for more information.

What does each program cost? 
Program costs are competitively priced; details can be found on each program page on this site. All costs are the responsibility of the learner and do not include related travel expenses. 

What is the time commitment?
The Advanced Leadership Program includes two courses, each approximately eight weeks in length. The delivery method is a blended model of online virtual classroom with an in-person class at the beginning and end of each course. Learners read course materials, post a minimum number of meaningful online discussions, interact with fellow learners and complete assignments. Learners will spend approximately 5-6 hours per week. The course is proctored by a professor who guides learners and ensures course requirements are being met. The format is flexible and allows you to complete coursework around your schedule.

The amount coursework for the BAA may vary depending on previously earned credits that might be applied to your degree. The coursework is flexible and can be completed online, at a regional Northwood campus or through a combination of both. Learners will spend approximately 8-10 hours per week to complete the BAA over a 12-36 month period.

The coursework for the custom MBA may vary depending on previously earned credits that might be applied to your degree. You may be required to spend approximately 15-20 hours per week online, in addition to participating in periodic live seminars at one of the Northwood University campuses over a 12-month period.

Who is the ideal candidate for this program?

This retail professional development partnership between GM and Northwood University is designed for key leaders in your dealership.

The Advanced Leadership Program is designed for those in management in the dealership, or who may be interested in personal and professional development. 
The bachelor’s and master’s degree programs offer the opportunity to expand the understanding of the automotive retail industry and apply it to solve real-world problems at their dealership. 

Over 1000 GM dealers, and other GM dealership employees have earned, or are earning bachelor’s degree in automotive marketing and management from one of three Northwood’s residential campuses.  While that option is available, this program affords GM dealership employees the opportunity to enhance their knowledge or even gain a university degree without having to leave their employment at the dealership.