Management Studies Bachelor's Degree

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. UMUC’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 approach is ideal if you are an experienced manager or mid-career professional looking to complement your experience with a bachelor’s degree.

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

Industry Certification

This program can help prepare you for the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification exam.

Management Studies Bachelor's Degree Requirements

A degree with a major in management studies requires the successful completion of 120 credits of coursework, including 33 credits for the major; 41 credits in general education requirements; and 46 credits in the minor, electives, and other degree requirements. At least 17 credits in the major must be earned in upper-level courses (numbered 300 or above). See overall degree requirements.

Courses in the Major

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 Course

Writing Courses

Arts and Humanities Courses

Behavioral and Social Science Courses

Biological and Physical Sciences Courses

Math Course

Computing Courses

Electives

The bachelor's degree in management studies requires 46 credits of minor and/or elective coursework.

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.