Business, Management and Economics

As a student of business, management and economics you will investigate the world of business administration, economics, finance, human resources, information systems, international business, labor relations, management, marketing and public administration.

As a student in this area, you will develop analytical, management, communication and quantitative skills, increase your understanding of economic principles and disciplinary methods and learn about the effective use of information technologies to support your career or personal goals and aspirations as, together with a faculty mentor, you create a program to meet your specific needs and goals.

Why choose a degree in business, management and economics?

The practical skills and breadth of knowledge you obtain through your degree can prepare you for:

  • entry to or advancement in a business career
  • international business
  • graduate school
  • entrepreneurship
  • teaching
  • government service
  • banking
  • finance
  • human resources
  • labor relations
  • marketing
  • management.

Degrees Available

As a regionally accredited college of the State University of New York, Empire State College offers the following degrees in the business, management and economics area of study:

  • Associate in Arts
  • Associate in Science
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Professional Studies
  • Combined B.A./B.S./B.P.S.  in Business, Management, and Economics / M.A. in Community and Economic Development
  • Combined B.A./B. S./B.P.S. in Business, Management, and Economics / M.B.A. in Global Leadership.

Note: The Associate of Science degree provides a foundation in the core business areas (e.g., accounting, economics, management) as preparation for further study. The Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Professional Studies degrees allow you to develop a full concentration within a business field. The key difference between the two bachelor's degrees is that the B.S. requires more credits in the liberal studies component (e.g., humanities, social sciences). The majority of students pursue B.S. degrees, particularly if they are thinking about earning a graduate degree in the future.

Taking individual courses as a nondegree student is also possible and will offer you the same range and depth of courses and rigorous standards as matriculated undergraduate students.

Undergraduate certificates in Business and Environmental Sustainability and Manufacturing Management are also available.

B.S. in Accounting Degree Program

The B.S. in Accounting is a 124-credit program, listed with SUNY and New York State Education Department as a registered bachelor of science degree program in accounting It is designed to serve students who are interested in pursuing future careers as professional accountants regardless of their chosen field or certification in public, private, nonprofit, and/or governmental accounting services. The program provides students with the option to pursue a more structured degree program in Accounting while offering them the option to individualize their degree through their selection of electives.

Popular Concentrations

The business, management and economics area presents opportunities to explore diverse aspects of, approaches to and experiences in the business world, including in:

You can focus on a single area such as accounting, or create an interdisciplinary concentration that connects or combines perspectives exploring a theme or topic.

Take the Next Step

Ready to advance your education and career? There’s no time like the present. Apply now, or learn more about SUNY Empire at one of our information sessions.