Business Administration

Business Administration

Whether you are in banking, baking, or in public or private industry, today’s marketplace has no borders. As a result, consumers and businesses alike are in search of the best products and services that meet their needs. This process requires conquering language, cultural, monetary exchange, political, and transportation barriers that could all be too challenging to overcome without the right business knowledge at your fingertips. Jumpstart your career with a business administration degree from Central Piedmont and learn valuable business skills that can be used in a number of work environments, across a variety of industries.

What You Will Learn

Central Piedmont will provide you with the training you need to meet the needs of today's competitive, business environment. Our many certificate and two-year degree programs will teach you how to:

  • analyze securities transactions
  • analyze and evaluate company performance and industry trends and communicate these results to different audiences
  • develop, organize, and deliver business-related presentations in collaboration with peers, as well as incorporate consensus, compromise, and other team building skills
  • identify the four functions of management (planning, organizing, leading, and control) with the ability to explain and analyze how these concepts impact a business environment

Students who complete the Associate in Applied Science degree or certificate in business administration will be able to:

  • apply their fundamental understanding of the field of business by analyzing various securities transactions, analyzing and evaluating industry trends, and preparing and communicating results of company analysis to different audiences
  • develop, organize, and deliver a business-related presentation in collaboration with peers to include consensus, compromise, and other team building skills
  • identify and explain the four functions of management: planning, leading, organizing, and controlling and will be able to explain and critically analyze how these concepts affect the business environment

Our two-year Associate in Applied Science degree in business administration boasts three specialization areas. Depending on which specialization area you choose, you'll graduate from Central Piedmont prepared for a career in advertising, sales, operations management, transportation, management, interviewing, placement, needs assessment, planning, legal issues, compensation and benefits, training, and more.

Global Business

The business administration - global business curriculum will prepare you for positions in global business. Class time will be spent studying accounting, business, and specialized courses in global marketing, law, economics, and trade. 

Human Resources Management

The business administration - human resources management curriculum is designed to meet the demands of business and service agencies, equipping you with an understanding of the administration, training, and management of human resources. Course work will not only study management, interviewing, placement, needs assessment, planning, legal issues, compensation and benefits, and training techniques, but will also review people skills, learning approaches, skill building, and the development of instructional and training materials. 

Marketing and Retailing

The business administration - marketing and retailing curriculum will teach you fundamental marketing and retailing skills, such as merchandising, selling, advertising, computer technology, and management.

Why Choose Central Piedmont

It is our mission to encourage, engage, and empower our business administration students through innovative programs, partnerships with local business employers, relationships with alumni, excellence in teaching, and career skill building. At Central Piedmont, you will:

  • learn from our knowledgeable faculty, who have experience working in both corporate and governmental organizations
  • enjoy flexible class schedules, smaller class sizes, personalized attention, and less costly tuition 
  • have the opportunity to choose from a certificate or two-year degree program that both focuses on your specialty area of interest and will help you meet your professional or academic goals
  • gain valuable information from experienced guest speakers representing today's business and industry elite

Real World Education

At Central Piedmont, your education goes beyond what you learn in class. We offer numerous opportunities for you to enhance your learning  — and to make friends, network, and pursue your passions — through clubs and organizations, sports, events and activities, leadership opportunities, job experience, volunteer experiences, visual and performing arts, and even international experiences.

The Details

  • Program Options

    Choose from:

    • Associate in Applied Science in business administration
    • Associate in Applied Science in business administration - global business
    • Associate in Applied Science in business administration - human resources management
    • Associate in Applied Science in business administration - marketing
    • many certificates; completed certificates may be applied toward the Associate in Applied Science

    The college catalog details the business program options currently available at Central Piedmont as well as program eligibility and course requirements. If you would like information on opportunities to transfer associate degree credit to a four-year institution, please visit the Transfer Resource Center.

    Visiting Students

    If you wish to transfer business course credit back to your home institution, explore how to enroll at Central Piedmont as a visiting student .

    Corporate and Continuing Education

    Central Piedmont's Corporate and Continuing Education provides non-credit, non-degree courses and programs, including job skills, industry-focused career training, certificates, certifications, professional licensure, and personal enrichment. Day, evening, weekend, and online opportunities are available.

    College and Career Readiness

    If you are looking for programs to gain the knowledge or skills necessary to finish a high school degree or to get a job, visit Central Piedmont's College and Career Readiness.

    College Credit for High School Students

    Visit Career and College Promise to learn about opportunities for high school students to earn college credit at Central Piedmont.

  • Business Administration Program Requirements

    Entrance exams are not required to attend Central Piedmont, but minimum scores on placement exams are prerequisites to take certain business courses. A minimum score on the mathematics placement exam is a prerequisite for the MAT (mathematics) course required in the A.A.S. degree programs. A minimum score on the English placement exam is a prerequisite for all of the ENG (English) courses required in the A.A.S. degree programs. If you do not achieve the minimum scores, you will be required to complete certain developmental courses before being allowed to register for the curriculum courses in the area of study for which you did not score high enough. You should make an appointment to take these placement exams as soon as possible after submitting your Central Piedmont application. You will not be permitted to register for the required MAT and ENG curriculum courses unless you have achieved the minimum score on the appropriate placement exam or have successfully completed the appropriate advancement studies course(s). If you have completed relevant coursework at another institution, you may be able to put that credit toward your business degree. For detailed information on business administration course and program requirements, visit the Central Piedmont Community College catalog.

    If you attend full-time (14—16 credit hours per semester plus one or two summer terms), you should be able to complete an associate degree in two years. You may also take classes part-time, but it will take longer to complete the degree. You may start the program at any time.

  • Locations

    Please note that while some required courses are offered at other campuses, the majority of the program must be completed at Levine Campus. Course offerings and availability are subject to change from semester to semester. Always confirm which courses are required to complete this program in the college catalog and confirm where courses are available using Schedule Builder.

  • Course Delivery Methods

    • Classroom/Lab
    • Combined (Classroom/Lab and Online)
    • Online

    All classes are offered in evenings, however course offerings and availability are subject to change from semester to semester. Always confirm which courses are required to complete this program in the college catalog and confirm course delivery methods using Schedule Builder

  • Careers in Business

    Business administration skills apply to every aspect of the working environment and are valuable no matter what career path you choose. A business administration degree signals to employers that you have the type of skills and training they value most. Visit Central Piedmont’s Career Coach for detailed business career opportunities, salary information, and job openings.

  • Costs and Aid

    Central Piedmont provides real-world, affordable, hands-on education and career training. Learn how much it costs to attend Central Piedmont. Financial aid and scholarships are available.

    Business Administration Degree Scholarships

    In particular, students who plan to enroll in an business administration degree program should apply for the following Central Piedmont scholarships:

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    Leadership Opportunities

    My Enactus QC

    My Enactus QC is a student organization which operates under the Division of Business and Accounting. It is designed as a natural extension of a student’s academic activities for a more enhanced learning process. Participating students approach their education with a greater sense of ownership and purpose. Enactus is an international non-profit organization that brings together student, academic and business leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. An annual series of regional and national competitions provides a forum for teams to showcase the impact of their outreach efforts and to be evaluated by executives serving as judges. National champion teams advance to the prestigious Enactus World Cup to experience excellence in competition, collaboration and celebration. My Enactus QC is the name of the Enactus club at Central Piedmont Community College. Our purpose is to enable progress through entrepreneurial action. Guided by academic advisors and business experts, the student leaders of My Enactus QC create and implement community empowerment projects around the globe. The experience not only transforms lives, it helps students develop the kind of talent and perspective that are essential to leadership in an ever-more complicated and challenging world. We benefit students through: 

    • helping students develop their entrepreneurial talent and perspective
    • providing employer contacts and serving as a resume builder
    • extending beyond the classroom, helping students make a difference in their communities
    • global mindset

    College and university ENACTUS chapters have an opportunity to compete nationally in competitions that showcase how students are transforming lives and enabling progress through entrepreneurial action. Competitions are dramatic, energy-filled events where teams showcase the collective impact of their community outreach efforts. Students present their projects and are evaluated by business leaders serving as judges who rank them on how successful they were at using business concepts to improve the quality of life and standard of living for those in need. The winners of these national competitions are then invited to compete at the prestigious Enactus World Cup. In the United States, the competition process begins with the National Exposition competition held in St. Louis, Missouri on May 15-17, 2016. After two days of activities progressing through the opening, semi-final and final rounds of competitions, one team will be named the Enactus United States National Champion and be invited to represent the United States at the Enactus World Cup. Interested students should complete an MyEnactus application form (PDF) and return to Mike Grier, faculty advisor, at

    Walmart Women's Economic Empowerment Partner Project with The Sycamore Project

    The Sycamore Project is operated by a woman who while extensively trained in the arts has struggled with fundamental and key business concepts. This has so far led to an inability to gain secure footing for the organization of which she is in charge to ensure that the excellent work that is done in the community continues. The successful empowerment of this entrepreneur will have a significant ripple effect in enhancing the quality of life of people she serves in the community.

    Project Concept

    The Sycamore Project provides dance, theater and film arts education primarily to youth in underserved communities and adults. The organization, which is headed by an arts trained female, has encountered difficulty with sustainability. While very well versed in the arts it is felt that the lack of sustainability is due to a lack of business and organizational skills. The project concept is to make the Sycamore Project sustainable.

    Project Execution

    The objective will be to infuse basic business and economic concepts and practices into the organization in an effort to re-direct it from one that operates from project to project to an ongoing operational design.

    The Harvey Cummings Project

    Harvey Cummings has compiled and employed a band (company) to run business as The Harvey Cummings Project. He has booked numerous events and related contracts since 2007. Harvey, a young entrepreneur has been stifled by an inability to engage sound managerial and accounting processes to ensure that his abilities and contracted employees can accomplish more with their company in the local and national music industry. Harvey Cummings II teaches free classes for students at local CMS schools and volunteers with his band by providing entertainment at community events. Successfully empowering this small business, The Harvey Cummings Project, will significantly enhance the lives of the company and all of the patrons and community members it serves. There will be nothing that prevents us from following up with our contact for this project as needed.

    Project Concept

    The Harvey Project provides live music of multiple genres for corporate events such as for the Carolina Panthers, the Congressional Black Congress and NASCAR to name a few. The band volunteers their time and talent to youth that would not otherwise have the opportunity to learn music, and in underserved communities. The organization is run by a classically trained with a dual degree yet has encountered difficulty with sustaining the business skills required for longevity in the industry. The project concept is to make the Harvey Cummings Project sustainable by implementing sound business and accounting practices and marketing efforts.

    Project Execution will include the following anticipated measurable outcomes:

    • A consistent established process for documenting accounting and contracts
    • Established processes to document media and marketing
    • A calendar of events routinely updated and placed with various media outlets
    Business and Accounting Student Leadership Series
    • this free event open to all Central Piedmont students is an immersive experience in various business and accounting discipline from which you will come away with a greater understanding of how the discipline relates to you personally and professionally. The series culminates with Business and Accounting Week.

    Business and Accounting Week

    Central Piedmont's Business and Accounting Week is an annual event, typically held each spring, that provides a deep-dive into hot topics in the business world that allows you to learn from and network with experienced industry professionals.

    Mock Interviews

    Benefit from interviews and feedback from industry professionals who are Central Piedmont business and accounting advisory board members.

  • Related Programs

  • Admitted Students: Find Your Faculty Advisor

    Students at Central Piedmont have a faculty advisor for each program of study offered. Find your faculty advisor based on your last name.

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    Marketing and Retail:

    Human Resources: