Gain management expertise through a broad and flexible course of study aimed at turning you into a leader.

Today, many business, government, public service, and technical environments require knowledge of management principles from multiple disciplines. UMGC’s program in management studies can help you gain that expertise through a course of study focused on decision making, problem solving, and leadership.

This program is also available as a minor.

About the Management Studies Bachelor's Degree

In your management studies courses, you’ll focus on management principles and organizational dynamics for today’s global, multicultural, and multinational organizations. You’ll also benefit from a full spectrum of related business courses, including statistics, business writing, marketing, finance, and organizational behavior.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Apply leadership skills to promote communication, ethical behavior, and quality performance
  • Implement employment practices, encourage team building, and mentor junior staff members
  • Communicate effectively with culturally diverse audiences using a variety of formats and technologies
  • Assess and develop performance measures, feedback, and coaching that facilitates employee development
  • Employ self-reflection and mindfulness of individual and cultural differences when interacting with others
  • Research, plan, and develop processes and procedures that ensure organizational performance

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Create a management or a leadership plan
  • Create decision matrices, balanced scorecards, and appraisal performance reviews for an organization
  • Conduct a fishbone analysis and an internal and external environmental scan

Management Studies Bachelor's Degree Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Courses in the Major

  • BMGT 110
  • ACCT 301
    or ACCT 220
  • BMGT 364
  • BMGT 365
  • BMGT 464
    or BMGT 465
  • BMGT 317
  • BMGT 305
    or any upper-level ACCT, BMGT, FINC, HRMN, or MRKT course
  • BMGT 304
    or any upper-level ACCT, BMGT, FINC, HRMN, or MRKT course
  • BMGT 484
    or any upper-level ACCT, BMGT, FINC, HRMN, or MRKT course
  • BMGT 496
  • BMGT 485

Related Required Courses

Note: The following related required courses for the major are listed under general education ourses and may be applied to general education or elective requirements.

  • ECON 201
    or ECON 203
  • IFSM 300
  • STAT 200

General Education Requirements

Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may require you to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. See information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements (in communications, arts and humanities, behavioral and social sciences, biological and physical sciences, mathematics, and interdisciplinary issues).

Research and Computer Literacy Courses

  • PACE 111M
    or PACE 111B
    or other PACE 111 course
    (to be taken in first 6 credits)
  • LIBS 150
    or CAPL 398A
    or other general education elective
  • IFSM 300
    (related requirement for the major)

Communications Courses

  • 3 Credits, WRTG 111
    or WRTG 291
    or other writing course
  • WRTG 112
  • SPCH 100
    or other communication, writing, or speech course
  • WRTG 394
    or other advanced upper-level writing course

Math Course

  • STAT 200 (related requirement for the major)

Arts and Humanities Courses

  • HIST 142
    or HIST 157
    or other arts and humanities course
  • ARTH 204
    or foreign language course or other arts and humanities course

Behavioral and Social Science Courses

  • ECON 201
    or ECON 203
    (either course meets requirement for the major)
  • GVPT 170
    or other behavioral and social science course

Biological and Physical Sciences Courses

  • BIOL 101
    and BIOL 102
    or other paired science lecture and laboratory courses
  • NUTR 100
    or BIOL 160
    or other science lecture course

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for an entry-level management position in business, government, public service, and technical environments. It will also help prepare experienced managers or midcareer professionals who are looking to advance their careers.

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Bianca Bostic wanted more than just a job. She wanted a career. UMGC made it possible for Bianca to return to school while being a single mother. After graduating with her BS in Management Studies, Bianca landed an exciting position where she could directly apply her new knowledge. UMGC helped Bianca stand out from the competition.