Business Administration (B.B.A.)

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Students seeking a Business Administration degree at SUNY Cobleskill can explore a variety of degree options that are tailored to fit their career goals. Students in our Business Administration program graduate with a strong understanding of the basic components of business. Each student has the option to focus their studies on interest areas like accounting, entrepreneurship, financial services, forensic accounting, human resources, leadership, management, marketing, sports management, or sustainability.

Instruction focuses on applied learning through class projects and internship experiences to prepare students with the real-world skills they’ll need to either enter the workforce or pursue a graduate degree after graduation. 


     Program Highlights

> A variety of liberal arts and sciences courses interwoven with fundamental business courses provide students with a well-rounded, business-centered education.

> Small classes led by experienced faculty who instill the fundamentals of business through a personal perspective and an environmental perspective – including the economic, global, social and legal platforms a business operates within.

> Students are taught by professors who have practical real-life business experience in their appropriate fields.

> Coursework that stresses building skills in critical analysis, problem solving and decision making, effective communication, efficient teamwork, and managing diversity in the workplace.

> Class projects which develop the ability to plan and implement strategic and tactical organizational strategies.

> Specialization available in entrepreneurship, financial services, forensic accounting, human resources, leadership, management, marketing, sports management, or sustainability.

     What Will I Learn?

The Business Administration program at SUNY Cobleskill provides students with a flexible curriculum that emphasizes relevancy, diversity and practical application through projects and internship opportunities. Learning targets are met through core course offerings, experiential learning projects, internships, and/or a focused learning plan. Additionally, students can choose electives to specialize, broaden their exposure, or pursue minors.

In the BBA students learn to

> Apply effective oral and written communication skills.
> Apply critical business principles and practices.
> Understand how to act professionally and ethically.
> Identify, analyze, solve business-related problems, and Seize business-related opportunities by making effective recommendations to improve corporate outcomes.
> Analyze financial and accounting statements.
> Demonstrate a comprehension of management roles and responsibilities.
> Appreciate and understand the interdependence of the global economy.
> Integrate strategy with organization functions.

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     Meet the Faculty

Scott Ferguson Associate Professor Dr. Scott Ferguson joined SUNY Cobleskill’s faculty in 2008 after working for 20 years in HR Management and 17 years as an Entrepreneur. He received an Ed. D. from St. John Fisher College’s Executive Leadership Program. Dr. Ferguson has owned, developed, managed, and profitably grown five small businesses. He has international experience through his education and his global responsibilities in business. He has taught Decision Making, Entrepreneurship, Ethics and Management, Financial Management, International Business, International Marketing, Management, Management Communication, and Management Policies and Issues. Additionally, he teaches a Business Plan workshop for small business owners, advises the Business Careers Club on campus, and coaches student teams in the New York State Annual Business Plan Competition.  | 518-255-5462

Paul J. Gemmiti Paul J. Gemmiti Is Professor of Accounting and Financial Services and has taught a wide variety of courses including accounting and finance courses at Siena College and The College of Saint Rose. Paul is currently a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Financial Planning Association. His professional career included Senior Accountant at KPMG Peat Marwick, CPAs, where he prepared tax returns for large corporations and high net worth clients. He has consulted with several local and regional CPA firms and has successfully operated his own tax and financial planning firm for over thirty years. Paul has had over a dozen SUNY Cobleskill students work as interns in his firm, many of which went on to earn their CPA or become employed in the accounting or financial services industry.

In May 2016 Paul was awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and for many years he has been the recipient of the Faculty Appreciation Award for his dedication to students.  | 518-255- 5565

Charles Moran Charles Moran is Professor of Business Administration and Director of the Financial Planning Program. He teaches Investment Planning, Estate Planning, Introduction to Financial Planning, Risk Management & Insurance Planning, Employee Benefits & Retirement Planning, Case Studies in Financial Planning, Business Law I & II, Management Communications and Human Resource Management and continues to teach  graduate courses in the summer program at Harvard University. He also  serves the statewide SUNY University Faculty Senate as a Senator and member of the Executive Committee.

Charles Moran's professional career in financial services includes Pension Trust Officer of The Chase Manhattan Bank; Senior Vice President of Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company; Chairman, President and CEO of Lionel D. Edie and Company, Inc.; Founding President of Government Securities Clearing Corporation; Chair of the Ethics and Government Relations Committees in the  Financial Planning Association; Member of the founding FPA Board of Directors; Chair of the statewide SUNY University Faculty Senate's Ethics and Institutional Integrity Committee; and leader of the Certified Financial Planning Board of Standards as Chair of the Board of Directors.  | 518-255- 5457 

Katrina PearlProfessor Katrina Pearl  teaches courses in Marketing and Management. Prior to joining SUNY Cobleskill in August 2015, she worked for Schenectady County Community College as an Assistant Professor of Management and has several years of industry experience in accounting, finance, and real estate. Professor Pearl teaches Principles of Marketing, Advertising & Promotion, International Marketing, E-Marketing, Marketing Research, and Management. Her publications include “The Influence of Culture and Implicit Beliefs on the Leadership Development of Women in Global Higher Educational Institutions” presented at the International Journal of Arts and Sciences Conference at Harvard University and “Faculty as Opinion Leaders: A Major Source of Influence on Innovation Opportunity in Higher Education” presented at The Northeast Business & Economics Association at Monmouth University.  | 518-255-5381

Mary Rooney Professor Mary Rooney is a Certified Public Accountant with a Bachelors Degree in Accounting and a Master's Degree in Curriculum Design and Instructional Technology. She worked for the Internal Revenue Service for three years where she received extensive training in all aspects of individual and business tax law. As an internal auditor with the City of Phoenix for 13 years, she gained experience in forensic accounting and not for profit accounting. She has a Master’s Degree in Education and ten years of experience teaching a wide variety of accounting classes. She currently teaches Financial, Managerial, Intermediate, Not for Profit, Cost Accounting and Fraud Examination classes. Professor Rooney is also a Certified Fraud Examiner.  | 518-255-5562

     Study Abroad

Students can participate in a wide variety of study abroad programs. Our students also have the ability to complete their internships in other countries. We have had Business students study abroad or complete internships in Australia, Costa Rica, New Zealand, and Turkey.


A 600-hour internship is required for graduation in the Bachelor of Business Administration Program. This is an opportunity for the student to get work experience applying their studies. The student can choose to do an international internship. Internships have been completed at all types of employers including Beech-Nut, Cooperstown Dreams Park, Green Wolf Brewery, McDonalds, the Congressional Award, and the United Nations, and many students have been offered employment as a result.

Noor Alsharafi Noor Alsharafi '16
Business Administration
Intern at Marimba One

“Most importantly, I have learned how to work ethically, how to love what I do, and how to be disciplined in my work.”

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Romario Nicholas Romario Nicholas '16
Business Administration
Intern at United Nations Development Programme

“The internship itself provides me with resources to learn more about an organization that promotes mobility amongst staff members in different parts of the world, which is a path that I aim to pursue.”

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     Student Perspective

Marcus T Browne
“I graduated with my Associate's Degree in Social Sciences and decided to work in social development with a firm. I earned certifications and grew within the ranks of the company, but I couldn't go any higher without a Bachelors. I decided to come back to finish what I started in 2007. When I returned to SUNY Cobleskill, I felt that my skills in the professional world were put to the test, and they were. I am grateful for this as I sharpened my tools and gained new ones. SUNY Cobleskill and its Business Program provided this opportunity.”

Quativea Campbell
"I would recommend a future college student to SUNY Cobleskill for business because the department is great and hands-on. They will help you find an internship of your interest or one that best fits you."

John Frith
“All of the Business Professors have either been in a Business firm or manager of their own businesses. These professors not only teach the class but build on the lesson by adding their personal business experience.”

Cassidy Lock
“I value, above all, the professors' passion and their investments in my education...Because there are great professors who have wide ranges of business experiences to share.”

Sarah Mellor
“I love the learning environment here. Professors know you on a personal level and are always willing to help. Being a transfer student, the eduction here at SUNY Cobleskill is more hands-on than my previous school and you aren't just a number in the classroom.”

     Career Outlook | Alumni

A Business Administration degree from SUNY Cobleskill unlocks a world of possibilities for our graduates to lead rewarding professional careers in a variety of business-oriented fields. Career possibilities include work in government, non-profit, public, private, domestic, or global organizations, as well as self-employment. A broad business background also empowers graduates to enter a management track in any organization. Additionally, students who specialize through electives and internship experiences are prepared to begin careers in accounting, advertising and promotion, banking, business analysis, entrepreneurship, financial services, government, human resources, management, marketing, procurement, retail, or sales.

Graduates from our programs have pursued graduate degrees in accounting, business, and human resources at RIT, Rutgers, Sage College, and U Albany. Graduates have also started their own businesses including a meadery and a stained glass business. Recent graduates are employed by The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, Farm Credit, Enterprise, Game Stop, and Verizon.

     Graduate Program Opportunities

SUNY Cobleskill has a number of articulation agreements with other universities in place, and new ones are always being pursued, that enable our graduates to be accepted into advanced degree programs. SUNY Cobleskill BBA graduates can be accepted into Rochester Institute of Technology’s Saunders MBA program, pursuing one of 15 graduate tracks at SUNY Cobleskill to reduce the time needed to earn an MBA by up to one year.