Business Administration

Prepare for the future of business

Explore all facets of commerce, including finance, marketing, and management. Our business administration major equips you for many careers while challenging you to find your true path.


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Main Campus - Alfred, NY


Business Administration (BS)


Business Administration

Program Contact

Mark Lewis



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The business administration major provides a high degree of flexibility. In consultation with a faculty advisor, you will be encouraged to explore career options, including graduate school, and to select business and non-business electives that provide a professional focus.

Active Environment

You will learn both inside and outside the classroom in an active learning experience. You will use the latest business software, attend professional meetings, meet with professional business leaders, and work with business clients. You will also have the opportunity to participate in study-abroad trips and leadership positions.

As a business administration major, you will complete courses gaining a broad foundation in accounting, marketing, management, and other core principles of business.

Business Professional Core Requirements
  • ACCT 211 Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 212 Managerial Accounting
  • BUSI 105 Business Perspectives
  • BUSI 106 Contemporary Business
  • BUSI 499 Business Policy & Administration
  • FIN 348 Managerial Finance
  • LAW 241 Legal Environment of Business
  • MIS 390 Intro to Management Information Systems
  • MGMT 328 Management & Organizational Behavior
  • MGMT 484 Operations Management
  • MKTG 221 Marketing Principles & Management

International Business - choose from:

  • BUSI 457 International Business
  • ECON 412 International Economics
  • FIN 458 International Finance
  • MKTG 489 International Marketing

Field Experience - choose from:

  • BUSI 458 Internship
  • MKTG 452 - Marketing Research
  • MKTG 453 Marketing Practicum
  • FIN 205/206
  • FIN 306 Advanced Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF)
  • ACCT 371 Personal Income Tax
  • Participation in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program

You will also have the flexibility to choose additional classes tailored to your specific interests and career goals totaling about 35 credit hours.

Arts & Sciences Core
  • BUSI 113 Business Statistics
  • BUSI 213 Research Methods for Business
  • MATH 104 Quantitative Methods for Business OR
    MATH 151 Calculus I
  • ENGL 101 Writing I
  • ENGL 102 Writing II
  • ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomic
  • MIS 101 Computers and Society
  • Social Sciences (minimum 3-4 credits)
  • Natural Sciences (minimum 3-4 credits)
  • Humanities (minimum 3-4 credits)

The Bachelor's of Science business degree is composed of professional core courses shared by all majors, business courses specific to each major, business electives totaling 48 credits in business, arts and sciences and general education core courses specified for business, and liberal arts electives to reach a minimum of 60 credits of liberal arts courses (as required for all Bachelor of Science degrees). Depending on the major, you will take additional electives to reach the total of 120 credit hours required for graduation. You are also required to :

  • Complete a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper division business courses
  • Maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average overall
  • Satisfy the University's Physical Education requirement (credits not included in the 120 credits required for graduation)
  • Satisfy the University's Global Perspectives requirement

After your first year is complete, we urge all business students to gain the valuable, real-world experience only an internship can offer. Past students have interned with Fortune 500 companies, hockey foundations, religious charities, music companies, and many others.

  • Most internships occur during the summer months between semesters
  • Each credit hour you'll earn equals 60 hours of work; you'll figure out the actual schedule with your site supervisor
  • Internships may or may not be paid, depending on your host organization
  • Grades are assessed based on complete, timely submission of all required internship documentation, with the final learning report weighted most heavily

You can greatly enhance your career opportunities by earning a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in one year after completing your undergraduate degree.

This streamlined and competitive opportunity allows our undergraduate students to earn both their undergraduate degree and Master of Business Administration in an accelerated format (4+1).

The business administration minor for non-School of Business students is designed to not only serve as a minor for non-School of Business students but also as Pre-MBA program for students who choose to pursue graduate study in the field of business.

The minor is known as the "4+1" program, where you can obtain the Business Administration minor and then continue to the Alfred MBA program and be able to complete it in one year. The minor is an additional twenty-eight (28) credit hours for non-School of Business students, totaling nine courses in accounting, business, economics, finance, management, and marketing.

The core courses include:

  • ACCT 211 - Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 212 - Managerial Accounting - (Prerequisite: ACCT 211)
  • BUSI 113 - Business Statistics (MATH 241, ENGR 305, POLS/SOCI 230, or PSYC 220 may be substituted)
  • ECON 201 - Principles of Microeconomics - (Prerequisite: Sophomore standing) (ENGR 206 may be substituted)
  • ECON 202 - Principles of Macroeconomics
  • FIN 348 - Managerial Finance - (Prerequisites: ACCT 211/212, ECON 201/202)
  • MGMT 328 - Management & Organizational Behavior (Prerequisites: junior standing)
  • MGMT 484 - Operations Management (Prerequisites: BUSI 113, ACCT 212, MGMT 328) (CEMS 484 may be substituted)
  • MKTG 221 - Principles of Marketing

A maximum of 30 credits in courses offered by the School of Business may be taken by non-business students. Satisfaction of this minor fulfills all foundation requirements for the Alfred University MBA.

Completion of the 4+1 undergraduate coursework does not automatically admit a student into the MBA program.

At least half of your coursework for the minors in our College of Business must be completed at Alfred University. A grade point average of a "C" (2.0) or better must be attained in courses submitted for completion of the minor.

Nearly 98% of our students receive some form of financial aid, mostly in the form of scholarships and grants that don't have to be paid back. We urge you to apply for financial aid, even if you're unsure if you qualify. We're committed to making your AU education affordable.

Our recent business administration graduates hold a wide variety of job titles including:

  • Financial Analyst
  • Management Trainee/Risk Management Specialist
  • Business Manager
  • Strategic Planning Associate
  • Tech Specialist
  • IT Analyst
  • Portfolio Analyst
  • Catering Supervisor

Graduates who have been building on their degree for several years hold titles such as:

  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Director of Information Systems
  • Digital Content Specialist
  • Internet Solutions Manager
  • Human Resources Generalist
  • Assistant Dean
  • Senior Research Analyst
  • Vice President of Compensation

Interested in graduate school? AU business administration graduates have continued on to:

  • RIT (Entrepreneurship)
  • Seton Hall University (Accounting)
  • New York University (Information Technology)
  • Cornell University (Health Administration)
  • Suffolk School of Law (Law)
  • Ithaca College (Business Administration)
  • Alfred University (Business Administration)
  • Metropolitan College of NY (Public Administration)
  • Kaplan University (Marketing)
  • University of East Anglia (Economics)
  • Massachusetts School of Law (Law)
  • Florida State (Management Information Systems)
  • Brandon University (Rural Development)

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