Business Administration

The Business Administration Curriculum is designed to introduce students to the various aspects of the free enterprise system. Students will be provided with a fundamental knowledge of business functions and processes, and an understanding of business organizations in today’s global economy.

Course work includes business concepts such as accounting, business law, economics, management, and marketing. Skills related to the application of these concepts are developed through the study of computer applications, communication, team building, and decision making.

Through these skills, students will have a sound business education base for lifelong learning. Graduates are prepared for employment opportunities in government agencies, financial institutions, and large to small businesses or industries.

Because the use of computers is integral to this curriculum, some courses in the AAS, Diploma, and Certificates are delivered in a hybrid/online format.


Business Administration Occupational Profile

Our Business Administration Program focuses on entrepreneurial, managerial, and technological skills. Job opportunities are available at both entry and advanced levels. With an associate’s degree in business administration, graduates qualify for basic management and administrative roles in private, public and nonprofit organizations. Many find employment as management trainees or managers in the sales or retail industry. Others work as project assistants, office managers and technology-oriented support specialists.

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy (2017), it is estimated that there are over 57.9 million people employed in small businesses in the United States. They employ just over 47% of the country’s private sector workforce. The top three  small business industries are healthcare and social assistance, food services, and retail trade. The majority of the innovations that come from United States companies are generated through small businesses.

When the economy takes a downturn, more small businesses are begun and become successful as individuals who are under-employed or unemployed pursue their passions and begin their own business.


Banking and Finance Certificate Program

Banking and Finance is a concentration under the title of Business Administration. This certificate curriculum is a two-semester program designed to prepare individuals for entry level positions in banking and finance.  Course work includes principles of banking, money and banking, fundamentals of banking, survey of real estate and practices in the areas of accounting and spreadsheets.

Graduates should qualify for a variety of entry-level jobs in banking and finance. Also available are employment opportunities with insurance, brokerage and mortgage companies, and governmental lending agencies.

This new certificate is the product of a partnership between SITUS (located in Robbins, NC) and Sandhills CC. SITUS is offering scholarships with preference given to Business or Accounting students working on obtaining a Certificate in Banking and Finance.

Learn more about the SCC and SITUS partnership.

Special Program Requirements: Students must have credit for ENG 002 Transition English, MAT 003 Transition Math, and ACA 090 Student Success Strategies.


Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management Certificate Program

Many students with skills in massage therapy, cosmetology, landscape gardening, culinary, and many others ultimately open their own small business.  This certificate is designed to supplement that specific training with the business fundamentals to provide small business startups an overview of basic skills to succeed.

Course work includes topics related to small business accounting principles, basic bookkeeping, government requirements, and payroll. Additional course work in business law, and small business management topics such as writing a business plan are included in the certificate. All courses in the Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management Certificate program are also courses in the A.A.S. degree program.

Special Program Requirements: Students must have credit for ENG 002 Transition English, MAT 003 Transition Math, and ACA 090 Student Success Strategies


Human Resource Certificate Program

The Human Resource Management Certificate program provides instruction on the employment law, training, development, recruitment and other HR management topics. This certificate prepares students for careers such as Human Resource Specialist, Training and Development, and Compensation and Benefits Assistants.

Special Program Requirements: Students must have credit for ENG 002 Transition English and ACA 090 Student Success Strategies.


Earning a Bachelor's Degree

We have articulation agreements with five NC Universities: UNC Pembroke, Fayetteville State University, St. Andrews University, Methodist University, and Pfeiffer University.

  • Articulation Agreement in Business Administration between UNC-Pembroke and Sandhills CC (A.A.S. to B.S.B.A.).
    Notes: 1) Students transferring to UNC-P should take CIS 110 to get credit for CSC 1000. CIS 111 will only count as general elective credits. 2) Take ECO 251 or ECO 252 as the Social/Behavioral Science Elective.

UNC Pembroke Contact:
Phyllis Locklear, Assistant Director, Transfer Student Services
(910) 521-6262 
1 University Dr. P.O. Box 1510
Pembroke, NC 28372-1510

St. Andrews University Contact:
Robert Bell, Director, Sandhills Program
175 Kennedy Hall, Sandhills Community College
(910) 695-3888


Estimated Program Expenses

Tuition* $4,940.00 $17,420.00
Student Activity Fee $175.00 $175.00
Technology Fee $240.00 $240.00
Textbooks $600.00 $600.00

*Program credit hours: 65– $76.00 per credit hour in-state tuition, $268.00 per credit hour out-of-state tuition.


Contact Information for the AAS in Business Administration, Banking and Finance Certificate, and Human Resource Certificate Programs

Nevius Toney, Professor
212B Stone Hall
(910) 695-3752


Contact Information for the Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management Certificate Program

Sarah Bumgarner, Professor
212C Stone Hall
(910) 695-3751