Business Administration

SUNY Adirondack offers a two-year Associate in Science (AS) degree in Business Administration that parallels the first half of a bachelor’s degree and is specifically designed for transfer to a 4-year institution.

This field of study prepares students for further education in concentrations such as accounting, finance, marketing, economics, human resources, and other business related programs. SUNY Adirondack offers a wealth of established transfer opportunities for its Business Administration students.

Graduates of the program have the option of applying to SUNY Plattsburgh in order to complete their bachelor’s degree on-campus at the SUNY Adirondack Regional Higher Education Center or at other top colleges, including:

  • The University at Albany
  • Empire State College
  • Siena College
  • The College of St. Rose
  • Paul Smith's College








Business Administration focuses on the management of all business operations and the critical decision making required for success in today’s fast-paced work environment. Students will learn the fundamentals of business planning, technology, interpersonal skills/communication, critical thinking and execution with a strong foundation in liberal arts. SUNY Adirondack blends practical business experiences with theory and teaches students how to apply these concepts in actual business situations through case studies, interactive sessions and internships.

Students will also take specialized courses in economics, law, ethics, and financial/managerial accounting. Please note: Those students not intending to transfer should consider either the Accounting or Management, Marketing & Entrepreneurship degree programs.


SUNY Adirondack offers small class sizes and access to dedicated faculty who have years of real-world business experience with Fortune 500 companies, CPA firms, and area businesses. Students will also have the opportunity to network with local business professionals at the annual business alumni dinner and career forums.

Other features of the Business Administration program include:

  • Access to the on-campus Business Resource Center
  • Membership in the Adirondack Business Club
  • One-to-one transfer counseling for selecting a 4-year school

For more information, download the degree requirements or visit Career Coach.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate the knowledge and skills needed to initiate, develop and expand an agricultural business.
  2. Understand the functional management tasks of planning organizing, leading and controlling.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the importance and implementation of marketing research.
  4. Understand how soils act as the foundation of agriculture and how they are affected by management decisions.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of contemporary issues, opportunities and methods in food production agriculture and agriculture businesses.
  6. Demonstrate a basic understanding of small business finances.
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of basic business and management principles as they relate to the agriculture industry.
  8. Demonstrate a basic understanding of business law.