Reach the Top With Business Administration
Are you cool under pressure? Are you motivated by financial security? And, most importantly, do you have the capacity to lead?
If so, you might be the perfect candidate for Buffalo State College’s Business Administration Program. Read on to learn how our program can help prime you for success in high-powered environments and prepare you for a career that will maximize your earning potential.
What Is Business Administration?
Business administration is one of the most historically popular undergraduate degrees and for good reason: The skills acquired in the business administration program can translate to almost any career path. Business administration professionals work in just about any industry you can name, from hospitality to TV production. And, of course, business administration is the perfect choice for students who would like to run businesses of their own one day.
If you have a head for numbers, a passion for teamwork, and the ability to commit to the goals and standards of others, business administration is likely an excellent path for you.
Terron Grant, a business major who started a clothing line while a student, pointed to Susan McCartney, director of the campus’s Small Business Development Center and lecturer in the Business Department, as a superb mentor.
“When we were launching the business, she helped us take it to the next level. In the classroom, she puts us in the position of captain of the ship and asks how we would react in different scenarios,” Grant said. “I’ve always believed that business is something that should be applied.”
Jeffrey Chow, assistant professor of business, has researched Islamic finance, which he described as a theological way of doing business. “Islamic finance is driven by religious imperatives with the underlying idea that when you engage in a financial transaction it should benefit all parties,” Chow said.
As an institution, Buffalo State backs its commitment to undergraduate research by putting substantial financial resources behind faculty-mentored undergraduate research. The Undergraduate Research Office promotes, supports, and funds undergraduate research in all academic areas—from the sciences to the arts—and for all committed students. More than 400 students present their research through posters and performances each year at the Student Research and Creativity Conference. They also compete for Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowships, which support eight weeks of paid research activity.
Business administration students are required to work a total of 150 hours at an internship placement site to earn three internship credit hours. To earn additional credits, a student can work 120 hours for six credit hours and an additional 100 hours for nine credit hours.
The Business Department Internship Program is intended to assist students in obtaining practical business experience that will complement and enhance the traditional educational process. The experience will aid students in the exploration of potential career opportunities and assist in clarifying personal, educational and career goals. Graduates have landed recent internships at several local businesses and organizations including:
Distinctive Program Features
Buffalo State’s bachelor of science degree in business administration prepares students for leadership roles in management and marketing in domestic and international business and public and nonprofit organizations.
Our curriculum focuses on three dimensions: content, skills, and practical experience and prepares students for careers in a world where leadership, acceptance, communication, and team-playing traits are as important as technical skills.
Upon acceptance into the program, students must choose and complete a 15-hour concentration in management, marketing, or international business. During the first two years of the program, students acquire a foundation in accounting, economics, and computers, as well as in the arts, humanities, and social and natural sciences. The last two years are devoted to upper-division courses in management, marketing, human resources, law, finance, production and operations management, and a capstone course in business strategy.
Following are just some of the reasons why Buffalo State is an excellent choice for business administration majors:
- Strong affiliation: The business administration program is part of Buffalo State’s School of the Professions, which is filled with award-winning faculty, professional accreditations, and a vibrant student body.
- Excellent faculty: Our faculty is committed to teaching and learning as its primary responsibilities, with secondary emphasis on applied scholarship and instructional development. Due to small class sizes, students receive plenty of individualized attention.
- Unique campus centers: Business State is home to both the Small Business Development Center and the International Center for Studies in Creativity, which offer workshops and other opportunities that benefit business administration students.
- Advanced technology: Students are educated in the use of a broad range of software used for academic research and by government and business.
- Asian opportunity: Students have the opportunity to travel to Beijing, China, for two weeks in January as part of a three-credit course. The trip introduces students to Chinese business and culture, combined with visits to historical sites and emerging companies.
- Scholarships: The Business Department offers a few scholarships specifically for BA majors, including the Kratus Entrepreneurship Scholarship and the Michael T. Morrisey Memorial Scholarship. Also, Buffalo State awards hundreds of scholarships based upon academic merit, financial need, field of study, or a combination of criteria. Contact the Financial Aid Office.
There are countless opportunities available in the business, finance, and management industries. Job titles most often acquired by business administration graduates include:
- Account Manager
- Administrative Assistant
- Bill Collector
- Business Plan Writer
- Contracts Manager
- Event Planner
- Food Service Manager
- Fundraising Specialist
- Human Resources Specialist
- Insurance Sales Agent
- Investment Broker
- Marketing Director
- Office Manager
- Plant Manager
- Production Manager
- Product Manager
- Real Estate, Property, or Housing Association Manager
- Purchasing Agent/Manager
- Real Estate Agent/Broker/Manager
- Retail Manager
Local and regional organizations that have recently hired our business administration graduates include:
City of Buffalo
Buffalo Niagara Enterprise