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. University of Maryland University College's Bachelor of Science 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 midcareer professional looking to complement your experience with an online bachelor's degree. It can also prepare you for an entry-level management position.

About the Management Studies Bachelor's Degree

In your core 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 following certification exams

Project Management Professional (PMP)

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 or prior business experience and an additional course chosen from ACCT, BMGT, FINC, HRMN, or MRKT
  • STAT 200
  • ACCT 220 or ACCT 301
  • BMGT 364
  • BMGT 365
  • BMGT 464 or BMGT 465
  • BMGT 317 or any ACCT, BMGT, FINC, HRMN, or MRKT course
  • BMGT 305 or any upper-level ACCT, BMGT, FINC, HRMN, or MRKT course
  • BMGT 392 or any upper-level ACCT, BMGT, FINC, HRMN, or MRKT course
  • BMGT 496
  • BMGT 485

General Education Requirements

Writing and Communication Classes | 12 Credits

No more than 3 credits in writing can be earned by exam.

Introductory Writing Class | 3 Credits

All Available Options
  • WRTG 101
  • WRTG 101S

This requirement must be completed within the first 18 credits. A placement test is not required for WRTG 101. The requirement cannot be met through course challenge exams.

Writing Class | 3 Credits

All Available Options
  • WRTG 293 or any 3-credit WRTG class EXCEPT for
    • WRTG 486A
    • WRTG 486B
  • ENGL 102
  • JOUR 201

Communication, Writing, or Speech Class | 3 Credits

Recommended for Management Studies Bachelor's Degree

COMM 202

All Available Options
  • A 3-credit class in COMM, SPCH, or WRTG
  • ENGL 102
  • ENGL 281
  • JOUR 201

Advanced Writing Class (Upper Level) | 3 Credits

Recommended for Management Studies Bachelor's Degree

WRTG 394

All Available Options
  • WRTG 391
  • WRTG 393
  • WRTG 394

Research Class | 1 Credit

LIBS 150

Arts and Humanities Classes | 6 Credits

Classes must be from different disciplines.

Historical Perspective Class | 3 Credits

Recommended for Management Studies Bachelor's Degree

HIST 125

All Available Options

A 3-credit class in ARTH or HIST

Arts and Humanities Class | 3 Credits

Recommended for Management Studies Bachelor's Degree

HUMN 100

All Available Options

A 3-credit class in ARTH, ARTT, ASTD, ENGL, GRCO, HIST, HUMN, MUSC, PHIL, THET, dance, literature, or foreign language

Behavioral and Social Science Classes | 6 Credits

Classes must be from different disciplines.

Behavioral and Social Sciences Class | 3 Credits

Recommended for Management Studies Bachelor's Degree

ECON 201

related requirement for the major

All Available Options
  • A 3-credit class in ANTH, BEHS, ECON, GEOG, GERO, GVPT, PSYC, or SOCY
  • AASP 201
  • CCJS 100
  • CCJS 105
  • CCJS 350
  • CCJS 360
  • CCJS 461
  • WMST 200

Behavioral and Social Sciences Class | 3 Credits

Recommended for Management Studies Bachelor's Degree

BEHS 103

All Available Options
  • A 3-credit class in ANTH, BEHS, ECON, GEOG, GERO, GVPT, PSYC, or SOCY
  • AASP 201
  • CCJS 100
  • CCJS 105
  • CCJS 350
  • CCJS 360
  • CCJS 461
  • WMST 200

Biological and Physical Sciences Classes | 7 Credits

Laboratory Science Class | 4 Credits

Recommended for Management Studies Bachelor's Degree

BIOL 103

All Available Options
  • A 3-credit science lecture class with a related 1-credit lab
  • A 4-credit science class combining lecture and lab chosen from ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, GEOL, NSCI, PHYS, biotechnology, botany, entomology, general science, or zoology

Science Class | 3 Credits

Recommended for Management Studies Bachelor's Degree

NSCI 100

All Available Options
  • NUTR 100
  • A 3-credit class in ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, GEOL, NSCI, PHYS, biotechnology, botany, entomology, general science, or zoology

Math Class | 3 Credits

Recommended for Management Studies Bachelor's Degree

MATH 106

All Available Options
  • MATH 106
  • MATH 107
  • A 3-credit MATH class at or above the level of college algebra

Computing Classes | 6 Credits

Computing Class | 3 Credits

Recommended for Management Studies Bachelor's Degree

IFSM 201

related requirement for the major

All Available Options
  • IFSM 201
  • CMST 301

Computing Class Appropriate to Your Major | 3 Credits

Recommended for Management Studies Bachelor's Degree

IFSM 300

related requirement for the major

All Available Options
  • A 3-credit class in CMIS, CMIT, CMSC, CMST, CSIA, IFSM, or SDEV
  • ACCT 326

Overall Bachelor's Degree Requirements

In addition to the general education requirements and the major, minor, and elective requirements, the overall requirements listed below apply to all bachelor's degrees.

  • You must complete a minimum of 120 credits
  • You must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 overall and a minimum grade of C for any class applied to the academic major or minor
  • Within the 120 credits required, the following coursework must be taken through UMUC:
    • 30 credits (normally the final 30)
    • Half of the required number of credits within both the major and the minor
    • 15 credits at the upper level (earned in classes numbered 300 to 499), preferably within the major or minor
  • At least 45 credits must be upper level and include
    • At least half of the credits required for the major
    • 3 credits in advanced writing
  • The remaining upper-level credits can be earned in any part of the curriculum
  • At least half the required number of credits for any academic major or minor must be earned through graded coursework. Credit earned by examination, portfolio assessment, or noncollegiate training does not count as graded coursework

Double majors: You can earn a dual major upon completion of all requirements for both majors, including the required minimum number of credits for each major and all related requirements for both majors. The same class cannot be used to fulfill requirements for more than one major. Certain restrictions (including use of credit and acceptable combinations of majors) apply for double majors. You cannot major in two programs with excessive overlap of required coursework. Contact an admissions counselor before selecting a double major.

Second bachelor's degree: To earn a second bachelor's degree, you must complete at least 30 credits through UMUC after completing the first degree. The combined credit in both degrees must add up to at least 150 credits. You must complete all requirements for the major. All prerequisites apply. If any of these requirements were satisfied in the previous degree, the remainder necessary to complete the minimum 30 credits of new classes should be satisfied with classes related to your major. Contact an admissions counselor before pursuing a second bachelor's degree.

Electives: Electives can be taken in any academic discipline. No more than 21 credits can consist of vocational or technical credit. Pass/fail credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits, can be applied toward electives only.

Student Clubs and Organizations

Business and Management Club

Type: Academic club
Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

This club allows students to network and discuss their shared interests with one another and their faculty members, enabling them to learn more about the field.