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Business Administration

Program Overview

The mission of the Business Administration program is to promote a community of learning in which our students grow to become individuals who can effectively work in diverse business environments, and who are prepared to handle challenging ethical situations with understanding and respect. The program seeks to provide a learning environment that expands the students' ability to effectively address business issues using critical thinking, creative problem solving, and innovative decision-making. With a strong liberal arts foundation, our graduates are prepared for leadership roles in the complex and ever-changing business world.

The program offers a Bachelor of Science or a minor in Business Administration, a Continuing Studies Accounting Concentration, and a Combined BA or BS/MS in Management Degree. Courses are offered in hybrid, online and in-person formats.

Offerings

Major or Minor in Business Administration

Graduates with a Business Administration major from the College of Saint Elizabeth are equipped with the skills to succeed in a range of environments (corporate, government, non-profit, business), and fields (financial, manufacturing, telecommunication, insurance, pharmaceutical, information technology). Coursework and internship experiences will prepare them for such areas as:

  • Accounting
  • Advertising and promotion
  • Corporate administration
  • Human resources
  • Marketing
  • Organizational and project management
  • Sales

Accounting Concentration

The Accounting Concentration, starting in the fall semester of 2015, is a 24 consecutive month program (including winter sessions and summer) with a pathway to CPA certification. The concentration is primarily designed for Associates Degree students. However, an "alternate path" is available to Women's College freshmen starting fall 2015, and non-Associate Degree Continuing Studies students who complete the prerequisites. Courses will be offered in hybrid, on-line and in-person formats.

Per state of New Jersey requirements, students in the Accounting Concentration who are seeking to become certified public accountants (CPAs) must complete 150 credit hours of education. Students should check certification requirements and plan accordingly. One option is for eligible students to join the Combined BS/MS Degree Program in Management.

Combined Degree Program: BA or BS / MS in Management

The Combined B.S. in Business Administration to M.S. in Management Degree Program enables highly motivated undergraduate students to transition into the graduate master's program even while still completing the College's baccalaureate program. It is open to all CSE undergraduates who meet the academic criteria, and no GRE or GMAT exam is required. To be eligible for the Combined Baccalaureate to Master's Degree Program, students must achieve a 3.25 or higher grade point average.

Qualified students, after successfully completing their junior year, may apply to the Combined Degree Program. Once accepted, students take up to three designated graduate courses (9 credits), which can be applied as free electives toward the completion of their undergraduate program and/or toward the 30-credit requirement for the Master's Degree in Management. This may enable the student to complete their Master's Degree in less than 12-15 months. Taught from a leadership perspective, this experiential program prepares graduates to change or advance careers, compete in industry trends, and manage evolving organizational environments. Graduate students may choose from one of two specializations: Human Resources Management or Organizational Change Management.

Outcomes

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Students who complete the program will:

  • Be knowledgeable of and be able to apply ethics in decision making.
  • Demonstrate critical and creative problem solving in business scenarios.
  • Be able to work collaboratively as a leader or as a team member.
  • Be knowledgeable about the role that accounting, economics, management, marketing, finance, law, project management, and research and reporting play in business.
  • Be able to identify and utilize appropriate technology to manage data and communicate information.
  • Be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Be able to support ideas and theories with data using appropriate methodologies.
  • Be knowledgeable on how global influences impact business.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the social responsibilities in business.
  • Be knowledgeable of how to respectfully interact with people in diverse cultures.

Accounting Concentration

Students who complete the Accounting Concentration program will:

  • Demonstrate foundational knowledge of accounting required to attain professional competence and certification.
  • Apply professional knowledge as well as college-level quantitative and research skills in solving challenging business problems.
  • Develop effective oral and written communication skills needed for successful professional presentations.
  • Develop teamwork and leadership skills needed for professional success.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and awareness of the moral and ethical demands confronting contemporary businesses.
  • Develop knowledge of the global forces that have an impact on contemporary business organizations.