Business Administration (B.B.A. or B.S.)

The Business Administration program, B.S. and B.B.A., (60 credits), is designed to educate students in the core business areas of finance/accounting, marketing, human resources, economics, and business strategy. In addition students complete a variety of elective courses including business ethics, organizational behavior, leadership and diversity, conflict management and global business.

Students acquire the skills, knowledge and abilities needed to excel in the field of management in both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Students use critical thinking and analytical skills integrating their learning over the course of their academic program. The culminating experiences are the business strategy II course and an internship. A list of the program learning outcomes are shown below.

This Business Administration program is designed to provide the background and skills necessary for a management career and the skills and prerequisites for entry into Sage’s MBA program. Qualified students may apply to the graduate program before finishing the bachelor’s degree and take graduate and undergraduate courses simultaneously.

The B.S. leads to any management career or entry into Sage’s M.B.A. program. The B.B.A. is designed for those students who wish to take more professional courses and may wish to continue on to a M.B.A. graduate degree. Either way, you’ll be ready for the working world or for continued education. At Sage, you’ll be prepared for the challenges and rewards of a fast-paced, competitive global business environment.

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply appropriate and effective use of technology for organizations.
  • Communicate effectively through the delivery of written and oral presentations.
  • Synthesize managerial practice with stakeholder theory and socially responsible decision making.
  • Analyze, evaluate, and develop effective leadership skills in a variety of settings.
  • Understand the social, financial, environmental, legal/political and global issues facing contemporary organizations.
  • Use critical thinking skills to understand and apply problem solving strategies and techniques for organizational and individual decision making.
  • Demonstrate the ability to integrate knowledge in the sub-disciplines of management through experiential learning.
  • Demonstrate professionalism within the context of the work environment.

Core Requirements

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Required Electives in Major

  • Complete four courses from ACC, BUS, ECO, or LAW. At least 6 credits in this category must be completed at Sage.
  • Or, students may opt to utilize credits in this category to form a Concentration in marketing, organizational studies, sports management, or sustainable enterprise. See concentration requirements below.
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Concentrations (optional)

Students may choose a concentration. Courses required in the concentration are completed in place of the ACC, BUS, ECO, or LAW electives category.


Students interested in pursuing a career in marketing may opt to utilize these credits to form a concentration in Marketing.

  • Choose four of the following courses:
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Organizational Studies

Students interested in pursuing a career in leadership or human resource management may opt to utilize these credits to form a concentration in Organizational Studies.

  • Choose four of the following courses:
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Sport Management

  • Complete four of the following:
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Sustainable Enterprise

Complete one of the following courses: (3 credits)

  • SCI 105 Energy and the Environment
  • BIO 110 Environmental Issues
  • CHM 235 Green Chemistry and Environmental Toxicology
  • ECO/SOC 215 Economics of Social Problems
  • PBH 201 Health and Society
  • PBH 210 Overview of Global Health

Complete three of the following courses: (9 credits)

  • BUS/SCI 224 The Business of Climate Change
  • BUS 312 Ethics and Social Responsibility (or) BUS 307 Business Ethics
  • BUS 340 Leadership and Diversity
  • BUS 336 Social Audit
  • BUS 369 Business Strategy and Sustainability
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Graduation Requirement

Beginning spring 2014 all graduating business administration students (B.S. and B.B.A.) are required to complete the Peregrine Assessment Exam. Students will be notified via email of testing days and times including access information.

Degree Completion Notes

  • Total credits required for bachelor degree (minimum): 120 credits
  • Cumulative GPA required for graduation (minimum): 2.000
  • Major GPA required for graduation (minimum): 2.200
  • 1/2 of major requirements must be completed at Sage (minimum)
  • Completion of all required General Education coursework
BS/BBA to MBA at SGS: Accelerated MBA 

Suggested Program of Study

Major Courses and General Education Courses
*ACC and BUS courses are taught on the Albany Campus

Year 1: Fall
BUS 104
BUS 204
ECO 202
RSC 101
WRT 101

Year 1: Spring
BUS 205
BUS 209
ECO 201
WRT 201
General Education course

Year 2: Fall
ACC 201
BUS 212
BUS 215
ECO 215

Year 2: Spring
ACC 202
BUS 213
BUS 308

*Recommended: completion of ACC 201/202, BUS 212/213, and ECO 201/202 is recommended before start of 3rd year.

Year 3: Fall
BUS 325
ACC, BUS, ECO, or LAW course
RSC 301

Year 3: Spring
BUS 335
ACC, BUS, ECO, or LAW course

Year 4: Fall
BUS 324
BUS 327
ACC, BUS, ECO, or LAW course

Year 4: Spring
BUS 424
ACC, BUS, ECO, or LAW course

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