The Business Administration/Management Concentration program prepares students in the vast areas of business which may include banking, insurance, retail, manufacturing, government and/or managing their own business. Graduates may also continue their education in MBA programs, law school, or other graduate-level programs. This versatile program includes coursework in accounting, finance, marketing, and management as well as a variety of business technologies. Graduates are prepared for a variety of managerial jobs in both the service and manufacturing industries, the government sector, and/or managing one’s own business. Also, graduates of the program are strong candidates for graduate studies that may include law school, M.B.A. programs, etc.
Students are encouraged to earn credits by extending their learning beyond the classroom. For example, several prominent firms in the region offer internship programs that provide supervised business training. Firms such as Security State Bank, John Deere Seeding Group, Gander Mountain, Coca-Cola, Rod Buck, CPA, WDAY, and Best Buy have had VCSU students in their internship programs. Cooperative research projects with faculty give students first-hand experience with advanced research techniques. Shadowing allows students to observe managers in daily work routines. Students will also have the opportunity to also participate in economic development activities such as tours, workshops, fairs, and conferences. An internship can be a part of a student’s academic program and can take place any semester, any place and any number of credits from 3 to 12. Student interns gain hands-on workplace experience to build resumes, become better prepared to enter a specific career field, to network with professionals in the career field of interest, and may gain a full-time position.
VCSU has entered into an agreement with SAP, a leading worldwide provider of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software, to join the SAP University Alliances Program. The program allows VCSU faculty to incorporate SAP software into its business and information technology coursework, giving students hands-on experience with popular application software and adding immediate value to their skills in the marketplace. SAP is a provider of collaborative business solutions for all types of industries and for every major market. Serving more than 41,200 customers worldwide, SAP is the world’s largest business software company and the world’s third-largest independent software provider overall.