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, AAS, Diploma, and Certificates some courses are delivered in an 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.

Because the use of computer is integral to this curriculum, some courses are delivered in a hybrid/online format.

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 course in the Small Business Management Certificate program are also courses in the AAS degree program.

Special Program Requirements: Students must have credit for ENG-095 or DRE-098 Reading & Comp. Strategies and credit for MAT-060 Essential Mathematics, or DMA-010, DMA-020, and DMA-030.

Earning a BS or MBA

We have articulation agreements with three NC Universities: UNC Pembroke, St. Andrews University, UNC Greensboro, and Fayetteville State University.

Students can earn the Associate in Applied Science in Business Administration at Sandhills and then continue to earn the BSBA and MBA on the Sandhills campus from UNC Pembroke.

Articulation Agreement in Business Administration between UNC-P and SCC (AAS to BSBA).
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) MAT 140 will also transfer as MAT 1050.

Contact UNC-P directly about the MBA program: Billy “Chris” Bennett, 910.410.1852,

Articulation agreement between St.Andrews and SCC (AAS to BSBA).

Students can also transfer to UNC-G and earn the BSBA from UNC Greensboro under the 2Plus Agreement. Note that UNC-G does not offer classes on the Sandhills campus. You will have the option to complete the program on the UNC-G campus or online (check restrictions of online offerings directly with UNC-G).

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

Nevius Toney, Professor
212B Stone Hall

Contact Information for the Entrepreneurship Certificate Program

Sarah Bumgarner, Professor
212C Stone Hall

Contact Information for the Small Business Management Certificate Program

Catherine Skura, Professor Economics
208 Stone Hall