Bachelor of Arts in Management
Bachelor of Arts in Management
Become an Innovative Leader in Your Field
Strategic decisions. Keen insights. Mentoring skills. Managers in today’s business environments need sharply honed knowledge and skills that can position them for career growth and success. For many, the path to a corner office starts with a bachelor’s degree in management.
National University’s (NU’s) Bachelor of Arts in Management can prepare you to pursue a broad range of careers in any industry. Whether you’re focused on respect and recognition or specialization in a particular area of the business world, our BA in Management is designed to help you gain an edge on competition and develop a new level of visionary insight.
Maybe you’re in the early stage of your business career and are looking for a way to advance. Perhaps you have a military background, but want to transition into the civilian workforce. Possibly you’re an aspiring entrepreneur hoping to start your own company. Whatever your motivation, NU’s highly regarded BA in Management program can put you on the right track to a world of possibilities.
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Program Learning Outcomes
As a graduate of National University’s Bachelor of Arts in Management program, you will have developed the following skills:
- Describe the basic functions of management and their practical implications on the operations of the organization
- Analyze and evaluate management, leadership, and motivation theories
- Identify organizational behavior, communications, change theories and their practical implications
- Explain the effect of international business environmental factors (legal, economic, and cultural) in the context of global business
- Explain the principles and theories of ethical decision-making and their practical implications in the everyday conduct of business
You’ll be introduced to a wide breadth of industry-current topics and build real-world knowledge that can be applied to companies and organizations in any industry. NU’s BA Management offers career-focused concentrations in Alternative Dispute Resolution, Business Law, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Human Resource Management, Marketing, and Project Management. For details and course listings for these concentrations, please visit our catalog.
NU also limits the number of required prerequisite courses so that you can focus on a broad range of electives with topics that are relevant and meaningful to your career. You’ll also have an extraordinary amount of flexibility in how and when you study and complete assignments. Plus, our 4-week class format is designed to accommodate your current schedule and responsibilities.
According to Emsi labor market analytics and economic data1, banks and financial services, big tech and e-commerce, retailers, health insurance providers, and consulting companies are among the top employers of workers with a BA in Management. Emsi also confirms some of the top job titles to pursue for professionals who have earned this degree include:
- Project managers
- Financial analysts
- Program managers
- Operations managers
- General managers
- HR generalists and managers
- Retail/Store managers
In today’s active employment market, there are a variety of management careers with high paying salaries. For example, a graduate with a BA in Management might target a position and salary like:
- Services and Facilities Manager– $98,8902
- Marketing Manager – $141,4902
- Financial Manager – $134,1802
- Human Resources Manager– $121,2202
1Source: Emsi Labor Analyst- Report. Emsi research company homepage at https://www.economicmodeling.com/company/ (Report viewed: April 6, 2022. DISCLAIMER: The data provided is for Informational purposes only. Emsi data and analysis utilizes government sources to provide insights on industries, demographics, employers, in-demand skills, and more to align academic programs with labor market opportunities. Cited projections may not reflect local or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth. Current and prospective students should use this data with other available economic data to inform their educational decisions.
- Alternative Dispute Resolution – ADR professionals are in demand in the business community. In this concentration, you can develop the necessary skills to become an effective negotiator, mediator, and facilitator and learn how to promote peace and understanding between diverse cultures.
- Business Law – If you are interested in a career in law, business, or government, with an understanding of the complex legal issues that exist in today’s business environment, this concentration can provide you with an understanding of international law, current legal issues, public contracting, and much more.
- Economics – This concentration is designed for students interested in learning how a society makes economic decisions in allocating its scarce resources. You can also learn how individuals, businesses, and the government work together toward achieving the goals of a society.
- Entrepreneurship – If you’re seeking to gain practical knowledge in starting, managing, or running a business, this concentration is designed to prepare you with an understanding of various aspects of small business, and family business including venture capital, risk management, registration of new businesses, security issues, bankruptcy, estate planning, and philanthropy.
- Human Resource Management – This concentration provides education, knowledge, and skills that apply to every level of an organization. Our curriculum provides excellent preparation for students attracted to a career in the increasingly important field of HR management.
- Marketing – In today’s marketplace, there’s a wide range of opportunities in marketing, including marketing management, marketing research, purchasing manager/buyer, market analysis, product/branch manager, retail, sales promotion, and international marketing. This concentration is designed to teach you how to make decisions and manage a broad range of marketing activities.
- Project Management – Project Management is a career path emphasized and recognized as integral to the success of an organization. NU’s concentration is designed to prepare you to pursue job opportunities that increase your potential for future earnings.
For details and course listings for these concentrations, please visit our catalog.
To achieve maximum flexibility, the major in management program minimizes prerequisites, enabling students to take the required courses in any sequence. Students are also offered several areas of concentration.
The following courses are specific degree requirements.
Preparation for the Major (3 courses; 13.5 quarter units)
|ECO 203||Principles of Microeconomics*||4.50|
|ECO 204||Principles of Macroeconomics*||4.50|
|LAW 204||Legal Aspects of Business I||4.50|
*May be used to meet General Education requirements
Requirements for the Major (10 courses; 45 quarter units)
|MGT 309||Principles of Management & Organizations||4.50|
|MKT 302A||Marketing Fundamentals||4.50|
|MGT 351||Process Improvement Management||4.50|
|BIM 400||Information Management in Organizations||4.50|
|IBU 430||Survey of Global Business||4.50|
|Prerequisite: ECO 203 and ECO 204|
|LED 400||Introduction to Leadership||4.50|
|ODV 420||Intro to Organizational Behavior||4.50|
|HRM 409B||Survey in HRM & OD||4.50|
|MGT 400||Ethics in Law, Business & Management||4.50|
|MGT 480||Capstone: Strategic Business Management||4.50|
Prerequisite: Complete all “Preparation for the Major” courses and all other courses listed as “Requirements for the Major.”
Requirements for the Major (10 courses; 45 quarter units)
BA Management students choose their upper division electives from the concentrations offered for this program. For details and course listings for these concentrations, please visit our catalog.
- On-site courses include on ground in-person course instruction, which could be either on campus or at another learning site at a specific time, place, and location. On-site courses may have course information, work or other education related items delivered through online environments and/or tools.
- Online courses include instruction that is fully virtual and online, comprised of regular and substantive interaction between students and their instructors in either an asynchronous or synchronous format. Asynchronous online classrooms provide instruction, lessons and/or coursework via an online learning management system that allows students to view instructional materials each week at times of their choice. Synchronous classes require students to log in, engage and attend at specific times and dates, leveraging web and videoconferencing technologies to provide instruction, lessons and/or coursework in real time.
- Hybrid courses include both onsite and online instruction. Hybrid courses can have multiple deliveries of course instruction/materials and will have on ground requirements at specific locations and times. The online learning management system is often used to present or supplement course lessons, work, information and assessments.
Samantha Valenzuela, Class of 2022
“The BA in Management program offers advanced curriculum taught by dedicated educators, which has prepared me to excel in today’s complex business world.”
BA Management Program FAQs
At NU, BA Management degree students have the option to take three higher-level electives that count towards the MBA degree. Once students take these courses, they are counted towards their bachelor’s degree. However, if a student chooses to go on to the MBA, they will have three of their courses already completed. Since the MBA can be completed in less than a year, students who capitalize on the higher-level electives can finish their MBA in as few as nine months.
It’s like getting double credit. You can take your electives in the BA in Management program and then transition them to the MBA. That’s a major time accelerator and time-saver!
Generally speaking, a bachelor of arts degree (BA) will have a heavier emphasis on the arts, humanities, and social sciences, and a greater focus will be placed on building skills in critical thinking and communication. A bachelor of science degree is more likely to include coursework in science, math, and technology and emphasize proficiency in logic, reasoning, and qualitative skills. Choosing between a BA or BS degree is largely a matter of personal choice and the type of career you’re likely to pursue.
Many successful business leaders begin their professional journey after completing their Bachelor of Arts in Management degree. NU’s program offers an excellent pathway for working professionals to advance into leadership opportunities within their respective careers. It’s designed to give you a competitive edge over fellow job seekers when pursuing a broad range of management roles.
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*Positions may require additional experience, training and other factors beyond successfully completing this degree program. Depending on where you reside, many positions may also require state licensure, and it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all licensure requirements are met. We encourage you to also review program specific requirements. Any data provided on this page is for informational purposes only and does not guarantee that completion of any degree program will achieve the underlying occupation or commensurate salary.