School of Business & Economics
Business is hands-on. Business school should be, too. Our business and economic programs offer real opportunities to practice what you learn with internships at industry giants like IBM, Daimler Buses and the Walt Disney Company.
Led by a distinguished faculty who have been both honored and published, our programs offer a global perspective that broadens both a your outlook and opportunities. Our study abroad classroom extends as far as China, England, and Australia — providing an up-close look at international issues.
Our students have found successful careers in numerous fields and positions. From senior executives to start-ups entrepreneurs, SUNY Plattsburgh graduates are thriving in today’s workforce.
Programs in the School of Business and Economics are accredited. All business programs are accredited by AACSB-International.
Our faculty is committed to teaching and interacting with our students. Nearly 85% hold a Ph.D. or terminal degree in their field. They are your greatest resource for your career and future plans. Our faculty is equally committed to being academically and professionally qualified in their respective fields. This means they are active and current in research and publishing on the national and international level in their discipline.
The SBE is the home to just over 1100 undergraduate students. We are proud to report that 92% of our students return each semester through graduation.
2021 is the business administration major’s 50th year! Created in December 1970, the major has been producing successful graduates ever since.
Mission & Values
We provide our diverse student population with an internationally recognized, high-value and AACSB accredited business education. We foster competencies for successful careers in the global economy, with a commitment to developing ethical and technologically proficient graduates. We emphasize teaching excellence and scholarship, complemented by experiential learning and exceptional mentoring, with impact on the regional and global community.
Revised: May 10, 2019
Statement of Core Values…No Empty Promises!
Our core values are the foundation on which we build a strong commitment to our mission. Our actions and interactions with one another and our students are guided by the following core values:
- Global awareness and diversity — We are committed to a global educational experience that values diversity and promotes an international perspective among our students
- Community engagement — We are committed to maintaining close relationships with the local business, government and non-profit community to be good stewards and benefit our students.
- Collaboration and teamwork — We are guided by a culture of respect for our colleagues and our students. We are strongly supportive of each other, and our actions are guided by an underlying belief in the value of collaboration. We believe that teamwork and the development of interpersonal skills are essential components of the educational experience.
- Academic excellence — We strive for excellence in teaching effectiveness and scholarship. We believe an emphasis on applied learning empowers our students, fostering skills in technological competence necessary for career advancement and personal success.
- Culture of entrepreneurship — We cultivate entrepreneurship among our students, seek to forge partnerships with entrepreneurs throughout the region, and reward the entrepreneurial efforts of our faculty.
Why Major in Business and Economics?
You need to ask yourself first and foremost, “What can a business education give me to prepare me for my future?”
Can a Business Education Give You Skills to Succeed?
Part of our job at SUNY Plattsburgh is to provide you with learning experiences (both textbook and real) that will give you the tools that you need to develop skills and make the best choices for your future.
Our faculty can give you the theoretical and practical knowledge of various business, economics, accounting, finance, management, and marketing subjects; however, it is your job:
- to ask questions,
- to test your own perceptions, and
- to find out for yourself what learning experiences are important to your future career and expectations for yourself.
Then, through all your experiences both in and out of the classroom, you are better able to put together your academic, career, and personal potential.
Is a Bachelor’s Degree in Business the Key to Your Success?
If you just go through the “motions” of getting an education then you will come out as “motionless.” This does not render you as very employable. If you only try to understand the theory of sound business practices without understanding applications you will only become a theorist. A theorist is good in some areas, but is not what the marketplace is asking for.
If you attempt to apply what you learn in the classroom to your everyday life (limited as it is during your time at SUNY Plattsburgh) you will discover the practicality of:
- building relationships with a wide variety of individuals and cultures different than your own,
- understanding, appreciating, and embracing differences in thoughts, ideas, and ways of thinking and acting,
- working in a team,
- planning, executing, and reviewing,
- managing people, yourself, money, and time,
- leading by example and inner strength,
- selling yourself on who you really are, and
- learning to live ethically and with integrity.
These are the values and characteristics demanded of the business marketplace today. This is what you will receive from a business education at the SUNY Plattsburgh School of Business and Economics.
We look forward to having you join us.
Facts & Stats
SUNY Plattsburgh’s SBE is fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International since 2001. Only 5% of business schools world-wide are AACSB accredited. Learn more about us through our AACSB profile.
SBE Undergraduate Student Enrollment
Total Headcount 1038 Total Majors 1386 Male 60% Female 40% International 14% Ethnic Diversity 25%
SBE Undergraduate Graduation Rates*
*Data for students who enter Plattsburgh as first year business students and graduate from the college. Enrolled 2008 Enrolled 2009 Enrolled 2010 Enrolled 2011 Enrolled 2012 4-year 47.1% 56.4% 43.0% 54.0% 50.6% 5-year 58.8% 65.6% 59.4% 58.9% 6-year 61.4% 66.3% 64.1
SBE New Student Snapshot
Freshmen Class Profile Fall 2016 Transfer Class Profile Fall 2016 High School Average 89.1 Average GPA 2.97 Math SAT 546 Offered Merit Scholarships 43% Verbal SAT 513 States Represented 3 Total SAT 1059 Countries Represented 6 Offered Merit Scholarships 43% International Students 11% States Represented 7 Out of State Students 3% Countries Represented 18 International Students 19% Out of State Students 7%
SUNY Plattsburgh Rankings
- SUNY Plattsburgh has been ranked among “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report for the eighth straight year. Ranked No. 76 out of all northern regional universities, the college was evaluated based on opinions of administrators at peer institutions, student retention data, faculty resources, admissions selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.
- USA Today and College Factual “Best Colleges for the Money”: No. 124 in the nation, 21 in the Middle Atlantic Region. SUNY Plattsburgh scored well in average total degree cost.
- Affordable Colleges Online “Best Online Colleges”: No. 4 in New York State. The rankings commended the quality and breadth of Plattsburgh’s online class offerings and the faculty’s use of the Moodle system.
- Washington Monthly “Best Bang for the Buck”: No. 78 in the Northeast. Plattsburgh scored highly with a low net price and a low student loan default rate.
- BestColleges.com “Best Small Town Colleges”: No. 34 in the nation. The rankings praised Plattsburgh for its variety, location and “robust collection of internships that give students real career connections and hands-on experience.”
Careers in Business & Economics
Would you like to understand why you make the choice to balance your checkbook everyday; why you make the choice to spend your hard earned dollar on one item and not another; what drives you to be a consumer, and how you manage that consumption? Are you curious about
- What drives our world economy?
- What makes one business successful and another unsuccessful?
- What are the laws and ethics of sound business decisions?
What Are Your Goals & Interests?
- Do you like to take charge?
- Do you want to start your own business?
- To lead?
- Be your own boss?
- To manage?
- Do you like to take risks?
- Do you want to travel?
- Perhaps you like to work behind the scenes collecting and manipulating data, managing the financial picture, understanding the national and international financial trends?
- Would you like to manage stocks and bonds?
- Do you want to become involved in globalization?
You will find the answers to all these questions and more by becoming part of our business and economics family. We work together to discover the avenues in this field that best suits your own
- personal goals,
- academic goals, and
- career goals
within the world of accounting, business, economics, finance, entrepreneurship, international business, hospitality management, management, and marketing.
We invite you to enter our world of discovery. Whether you choose to major or minor in business and economics, you will be enlightened by what lies ahead.
Dean’s Advisory Council
The mission of Dean’s Advisory Council (DAC) is to:
- Advise and support the dean and the faculty of the School of Business and Economics in developing long-term strategies and curriculum improvements; [and]
- Foster inter-relationships among the students, faculty and business community that integrates business practice and business education as the students acquire the knowledge and skills required to be effective in the business world and the global economy.
The membership includes executives from area businesses, non-profits and government agencies that correspond to the various programs in the school, as well as selected alumni.
External DAC Membership
Name Title Company Kent Backus Regional Manager Community Bank, NA Bonnie Black Director of Employee Assistance Services Behavioral Health Services North Matt Boire President CDC Real Estate David Coryer ’91 Co-Founder/COO Coryer Staffing Kimberly Davis ’06 Treasurer Clinton County Bob DeCamp ’97, G’99 Directory or Regulatory Affairs/Consulting A.N. Deringer, Inc. Vicki Demarse-Giroux General Manager La Quinta Inn & Suites Garry Douglas President/CEO North Country Chamber of Commerce Alex Edwards CPA Alexander Edwards & Company Deena Giltz McCullough President/CEO Northern Insuring Agency, Inc. Paul Grasso President/CEO The Development Corporation Erin Hynes ’98 Deputy Director Empire State Development C.J. Madonna General Counsel Schluter Systems L.P. Nikki Mars President/CEO Mars Mechanical, LLC Terry Meron Owner Comfort Inn & Suites Devi Momot CEO/Acting CISO Twinstate Technologies Tom Murphy President/CEO Glens Falls National Bank & Trust Co. Michael O’Connor Senior Vice President/Investment Officer Wells Fargo Advisors Bill Owens Senior Partner Stafford, Owens, Piller, Murnane, Kelleher & Trombley, PLLC Lee Ann Pray Head of Human Resources Swarovski Lighting Joyce Rafferty Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer UVM Health Network - CVPH Pat Russell President/CPA Abbott, Frenyea & Russell, CPA’s, PC Bob Smith President Nine Platt Hospitality Group Chris Steinhardt ’93 Managing Director of Business Advisory Services Grant Thornton Nate Wilson President/CEO Wilson Appliances Eric Zeisloft Vice President of Operations Mold-Rite Plastics
Business Exit Exam (BEE) — BUS 489 FAQs
Who is required to take the exam?
SBE students majoring in accounting, business, business administration, entrepreneurship, finance, global supply chain management, international business, management, management information systems and/or marketing.
What is the Business Exit Exam — BUS 489?
All majors in the SBE (except economics & hospitality management) at SUNY Plattsburgh must register for and pass the Business Exit Exam (BUS 489) in order to graduate. NOTE: If you passed MGM 490 prior to spring 2011 at SUNY Plattsburgh, you have already met this requirement. The Business Exit Exam (BEE) focuses on the core business knowledge areas and serves as a direct assessment of student learning in the SBE. There is a Moodle review site that all registered students will gain access to prior to the exam. Topic areas on the review site correlate with the questions on the exam.
At what point can I register for the BUS 489 (Business Exit Exam)?
Once you have achieved junior standing (60+ credits) and have completed ACC 202, ACC 351, ECO 260, FIN 355, MGM 275, MGM 280 & MKE 290, you are eligible to register for BUS489.
When is it offered?
The exam is administered each fall and spring semester. Please contact us for dates and times.
How well do I have to do on the exam?
A letter grade will be assigned for the exam. A “D” or better is required for graduation. Grades are calculated based on standard deviations above or below the mean as outlined below.
A: SCORE > Test Mean +1.75 standard deviation
B: SCORE > Test Mean +1.00 standard deviation, but less than or equal to 1.75 standard deviation
C: SCORE within one 1 standard deviation of the Test Mean
D: SCORE < Test Mean -1.00 standard deviation, but less than or equal to -1.75 standard deviation
E: SCORE < Test Mean -1.75 standard deviations
How should I study for it?
The best way to study is to review your books and notes from ACC 202, ACC 351, ECO 260, FIN 355, MGM 275, MGM 280 & MKE 290 as well as review documents that will be made available to you on the BUS 489 course site via Moodle once you have registered for the exam.
What if I forget to register for it?
Check on Banner to find out who is administering the exam for that semester. Contact that person to let him/her know that you are not registered and to inquire about space.
Can I retake the exam if I don’t pass?
Yes. You can take the exam up to 3 times. If it is not your last semester at SUNY Plattsburgh, you can simply register to take the exam again the following semester. If it is your last semester, you should contact the test administrator to arrange a retake during the same semester.
Our responsibility is to help you with understanding academic policies and procedures, registration, advisor assignments, declaration or changes of major and minors, grade issues, degree completion and most importantly your academic success. If you have questions or concerns regarding academic policies or procedures, please stop by to visit.
Prepare for Academic Success
All School of Business and Economics students are assigned an advisor from their major department. The advisor’s name will appear on the top of your Degree Works Audit and on MyPlattsburgh. You may change your advisor at any point by obtaining a form in SBE or the Academic Advising office (Feinberg 1st floor). You only need the signature of your new advisor.
- Your current major(s) is listed on the top of your Degree Works.
- You may change your major at any time by obtaining a form in SBE or from the Academic Advising office (Feinberg 1st floor).
- You may declare a minor area of study at any time. Forms are available in SBE.
Almost all SBE majors start with the same core of classes so that you are free to change. If you are considering accounting, economics, finance, or hospitality management you need to be aware of the sequence of classes so you are prepared to make the change. You will be fairly safe until the mid-point of your sophomore year.
Do You Need a Minor?
A minor area of study will make you more marketable in your future endeavors. You may declare a minor in any area of the college. Courses for some minors can be taken as general education electives and others can be double counted from your major program of study, so plan ahead and discuss this with your advisor.
Major & Minor Requirements & Course Sequences
We have curriculum sheets available in SBE listing all requirements and the registration sequence for each major and minor in SBE. These sheets are located across from the faculty mailboxes in Redcay.
It is VERY important that you look at this guide often. It not only lists the courses that you must complete and in which sequence, but also make yourself aware of the prerequisites involved for each class that you plan to take.
What is a Prerequisite?
A prerequisite is a course (or learning experiences or class level) that must be taken or completed prior to enrolling in a given class.
For example: MGM 280 Principles of Management has the prerequisites of ENG 101 (English 101), either ECO 101 (Principles of Economics) or both ECO 110 (Macroeconomics) and ECO 111 (Microeconomics). This means that you must have completed or be in the process of completing these listed prerequisite courses to enroll in MGM 280.
Plan Your Progress
Your DegreeWorks audit and your academic transcript are extremely important tools for academic progress and success.
Your Degree Works Audit
- Degree Works is a planning tool for your time at SUNY Plattsburgh.
- Your Degree Works Audit is located on MyPlattsburgh — Student Menu — Degree Audit/Information - SUNY Degree Works Login
- Degree Works is broken down into basically 3 areas:
- SUNY Plattsburgh Graduation requirements.
- General Education requirements.
- Major requirements.
The responsibility to meet the requirements for graduation by the intended graduation date, both with respect to selecting courses and to completing them satisfactorily, ultimately rests with the student.
Your transcript is located on Banner Web — Student Menu — Student Records Menu.
Your transcript will tell you how many hours you have registered for and completed each semester. You are responsible for each course for which you register.
Your transcript will be the official record of your academic performance at SUNY Plattsburgh and will go with you into your future. Your transcript will also give you cumulative values of credits earned and your GPA. You must earn a minimum of 120 credits and have a cumulative and major GPA of 2.0 to graduate from SUNY Plattsburgh.
Enhance Your Education
Registration occurs at least 2 times each academic year, once in the fall for spring classes, and once in the spring for summer and fall classes. This is also a good time to check your program of study, general education requirements, and graduation requirements with your advisor. This will be key to keeping on track toward degree completion and academic success. All registration and schedule adjustment is done online at SUNY Plattsburgh. You will need to become very familiar with Banner Web.
Join a School of Business & Economics Club or Honor Society
Your education is enhanced by what you put into it. Joining one or more of our SBE student clubs and honor societies is very important to your future. Think of this as a resume building experience.
Internships & Careers
SBE is fortunate enough to have its own Office of Internships and Career Opportunities in Au Sable 321. This office will assist in helping you find, apply for and complete an internship.
An internship is usually considered after you have completed your sophomore year. Many students take on an internship during the summer, but it is also possible during the regular academic year if you are ahead in your studies or you are doing an internship in the Plattsburgh area. You and your advisor may select an internship in your area of interest from our list of available internships.
Think of this as a resume-building experience. An internship is also a good way to find the right fit for your future.
Study abroad is not required of SBE students, but again is a significant contributor to your future success. There are many opportunities available to SBE students in Europe, Australia, Canada, and Mexico. Global education and understanding is so very important to the success of today’s business managers and leaders. Think of this as a resume building experience.
English Requirement for School of Business & Economics Students
All students must take the English placement examination before they can register for ENG101, a general education requirement for all students.
Note: Please take this exam very seriously.
Students who have received transfer credit for ENG 101 with a grade of C or better from an accredited college or university. The official transcript of this credit must be on file in the admissions office and the credit will appear on your transcript and Degree Works report.
Math Requirement for SBE Students
All SBE majors must complete CALCULUS I (SUNY Plattsburgh course: MAT 221 or MAT 224). This course will not only meet a business cognate requirement but will also fulfill the Math General Education requirement.
In order for students to be eligible to register for Calculus I, they must meet one of the following requirements:
- Have a score of 460 for SAT or 16 for ACT to bypass the MAT placement test and have demonstrated knowledge at the level of Precalculus.
- Passed the MAT placement exam at SUNY Plattsburgh given at the beginning and end of each semester and have demonstrated knowledge at the level of Precalculus.
Students who have received transfer credit for CALCULUS I from an accredited college or university. The official transcript of this credit must be on file in the Registrar’s Office and the credit will appear on your transcript and in Degree Works.
Events & Activities
To focus is on addressing concerns of the faculty and students from each School of Business & Economics major and improve the SBE as a whole.
What We Do:
- Serve as the “voice” for the students in the SBE;
- Provide advisement to the Dean on academic and other SBE related issues;
- Act as ambassadors to the SBE for distinguished visitors and guests;
- Coordinate the Annual SBE Leadership Summit; and,
- Foster student/alumni connections.
Call to Action:
- Meet regularly with the advisor to discuss ideas and provide feedback on behalf of the students in the SBE.
- Conduct meetings of the SBE student body to solicit feedback.
- Discuss and develop plans for implementation of student suggestions.
Student Departmental Representatives
Student Representative Major Graduation Date Michael Hamilton Accounting Spring 2021 Frances Porcaro Business Administration Spring 2021 [email protected] Alex Rine Economics Spring 2022 Olivia Forcino Entrepreneurship Spring 2021 [email protected] Ha Nguyen Finance Spring 2021 [email protected] Matthew Hernandez Global Supply Chain Management Spring 2023 James D’Amato Hospitality Management Spring 2022 [email protected] Bugeon Choi International Business Winter 2024 Renee Choong Management Spring 2021 [email protected] Andrea Cuadros Management Information Systems (MIS) Spring 2021 Pilar Balader Marketing Spring 2023
Alpha Mu Alpha
Alpha Mu Alpha (A.M.A.) acknowledges the achievements of outstanding marketing students across the country.
- GPA in top 10% of marketing majors.
- Only students and faculty from colleges and universities with established A.M.A. collegiate chapters or which are recognized by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business are eligible.
- Dr. Nithya Shankar
Email: [email protected]
Beta Gamma Sigma
Beta Gamma Sigma is the honor society serving business programs accredited by A.A.C.S.B. International — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in a business program accredited by AACSB International.
While almost 300,000 students in the U.S. receive a baccalaureate or master’s degrees in business each year, less than 20,000 earn a membership in Beta Gamma Sigma. To be eligible for nomination, you must:
- be a business major with an academic ranking that places you in the upper 7 percent of the junior class or upper 10 percent of the senior class with a minimum of a 3.5. Both the overall quality point average and the QPA in major are used for this test; and
- be at least a junior with 45 on-campus credit hours of which 18 must be in the major.
- Mark Kaiser
Email: [email protected]
Eta Sigma Delta
Eta Sigma Delta is an international honor society that recognizes exceptional academic achievement among hospitality and tourism students. Eta Sigma Delta is administered by the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education (International CHRIE), the leading international association devoted to hospitality and tourism education.
To be eligible for nomination, you must:
- have completed fifty percent (50%) of the credit hours required for graduation;
- have officially declared as a hospitality management major (or related field);
- be enrolled in an institution that belongs to International CHRIE;
- have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in a 4.0 system or its equivalent in another
be in the top 20% of the class; and
- agree to uphold the values of excellence, leadership, creativity, service and ethics.
Important Note: Students who have not met the above criteria but who are considered honor students in hospitality management and have demonstrated outstanding contributions in the field of hospitality, tourism, and/or culinary arts can be awarded membership by the Board of Governors upon the recommendation of the Chapter Advisor. Supporting documentation is required.
- Mr. John Parmelee
Email: [email protected]
Omicron Delta Epsilon
Omicron Delta Epsilon recognizes scholastic attainment and honors outstanding achievements in economics.
- GPA overall 3.0.
- 12 credits in Economics with 3.0 average.
- Dr. Kartik Verma
Email: [email protected]
Sigma Nu Tau
Sigma Nu Tau is a collegiate honor society established at SUNY Plattsburgh in 2009 to recognize students, faculty members and entrepreneurs who have either excelled in the study of entrepreneurship or who are exemplary models of principled entrepreneurship.
Student Eligibility Requirements
- Cumulative GPA of at least 3.2.
- Junior class standing.
- Honor and Integrity.
- Evidence of strong entrepreneurial spirit.
Faculty Eligibility Requirements
- Full-time or part-time faculty.
- Contribution to the enhanced study of entrepreneurship.
Entrepreneur Eligibility Requirements
- Demonstration of a strong entrepreneurial spirit and a model of principled entrepreneurship.
- Dr. Nancy J. Church
Email: [email protected]
- Dr. Laurent Josien
Email: [email protected]
Clubs & Organizations
Accounting & Finance Association (AFA)
Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO)
- Student President: vacant
- Faculty Sponsor: Richard Gottschall
- CEO National Website: https://www.c-e-o.org/
- Student President: Saugat Gautam
- Student Vice President: Tyler Wells
- Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Kartik Verma
Hospitality Management Club (HMC)
Information Systems & Data Analytics Club
- Student President: Matthew Svarplaitis
- Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Rohit Rampal
NABA — National Association of Black Accountants
- Student President: Fatou Diagne
- Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Samy Garas
- NABA National Website: http://www.nabainc.org/
The Plattsburgh State Collegiate Chapter of the American Marketing Association (Marketing Club)
- Student President: Kelly Byrnes
- Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Nithya Shankar
- AMA National Website: https://www.ama.org/
Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF)
Learn about investing, trading and opening brokerage and online accounts.
- Student President: vacant
- Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Stephen Henry
Supply Chain Management Club/APICS
- Student President: Connor Jeffers
- Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Brian Neureuther
- APICS National Website: http://www.apics.org/apics-for-individuals/apics-for-academics-and-students/student-programs
Women in Leadership Club
Faculty Awards & Honors
The School of Business and Economics is built on the strength of an outstanding faculty. The faculty is distinguished, is published, is accessible, is friendly, and collectively serves as a vital resource for all students. We encourage you to make yourself available to our faculty, because your questions and thoughts are the barometer of academic exchange. We want to get to know you. Mentorships have been very important to our student’s success and we know how important they can be to yours. Take advantage of all that we can give to you.
School of Business & Economics Faculty Award Recipients
The recipients of the Chancellor’s Excellence in Teaching Award are honored for superb teaching and also must show extraordinary service to students, be active scholars in their field and adhere to the highest academic standards of excellence.
Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching
(1992) Dr. Nancy Church
SUNY Distinguished Service Professor Award/Rank
(2004) Dr. Nancy Church