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.

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2018–2019 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.

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 exam(s):

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
  • ACCT 301 or ACCT 220
  • BMGT 364
  • BMGT 365
  • BMGT 464 or BMGT 465
  • BMGT 305 or any upper-level ACCT, BMGT, FINC, HRMN, or MRKT course
  • BMGT 317
  • HRMN 300 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

Electives

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

General Education Requirements

Research Course

  • LIBS 150
    (to be taken in first 6 credits)

Writing and Communication Courses

  • WRTG 111 or other writing course
  • WRTG 112
  • COMM 390 or other communication, writing, or speech course
  • WRTG 391 or other advanced upper-level writing course

Math Course

  • STAT 200
    (related requirement for the major)

Arts and Humanities Courses

  • HIST 125 or other arts and humanities course
  • HUMN 100 or other arts and humanities course

Behavioral and Social Sciences Courses

  • ECON 201 or ECON 203
    (related requirement for the major)
  • BEHS 103 or other behavioral and social sciences course

Biological and Physical Sciences Courses

  • One of the following pairs of lecture and laboratory courses in the same session:
    • BIOL 101 and BIOL 102
    • NSCI 100 and NCSI 101
    • Other paired science lecture and laboratory courses taken in the same session
  • GEOL 100 or other science lecture course

Computing Courses

  • IFSM 201
    (prerequisite to later course)
  • IFSM 300
    (related requirement for the major)

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. Please also see more information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements.

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 advisor 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. You may not earn a second bachelor's degree in general studies and may not obtain a second associate's degree within the second bachelor's degree. Contact an admissions advisor 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.

Recommended Minors

Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship Minor

Through your coursework, you'll learn how to start and operate a successful small business and look for opportunities to create patterns of innovation within your organization. This minor is a great fit for those who are planning to start or manage a small business, such as a family-owned business, a franchise, a virtual business, or a home enterprise.

Courses in the Minor 

A minor in small business management and entrepreneurship requires the completion of the following courses: 

  • BMGT 302
  • BMGT 330
  • BMGT 335
  • BMGT 364
  • FINC 328

Accounting Minor

Through your coursework, you'll learn about foundational topics relating to accounting practices.

Courses in the Minor

A minor in accounting requires the completion of 15 credits of coursework. All ACCT courses apply.

Law for Business Minor

Through your coursework, you'll build substantive knowledge and practical skills in select areas of law relevant to business.

Courses in the Minor

A minor in law for business requires the completion of 15 credits of coursework chosen from the following: 

  • BMGT 380
  • BMGT 381
  • COMM 400
  • HRMN 408
  • LGST 200
  • LGST 201
  • LGST 312
  • LGST 325
  • LGST 340

Business Administration Minor

Through your coursework, you'll learn principles and techniques to organize, plan, manage, and lead in various organizations.

Courses in the Minor

A minor in business administration requires the completion of 15 credits of coursework. All ACCT, BMGT, FINC, HMGT, HRMN, and MRKT courses apply.

It is recommended that you take BMGT 364 as the first course in the minor (if you have not already applied the course toward other degree requirements).

Communication Studies Minor

Through your coursework, you'll learn specialized skills in workplace communication, including written and oral communication skills, and a greater understanding of human interactions.

Courses in the Minor

A minor in communication studies requires the completion of 15 credits of coursework. All COMM, JOUR, SPCH, and WRTG courses apply. 

It is recommended that you take COMM 300 early in the minor (if you have not already applied the course toward other degree requirements).

Contract Management and Acquisition Minor

Through your coursework, you'll learn about contract management principles and processes, including requirement gathering, federal contracting, and acquiring goods and services.

Courses in the Minor

The minor in contract management and acquisitions requires the completion of the following courses: 

  • BMGT 339
  • BMGT 482
  • BMGT 372
  • BMGT 375
  • ACCT 350

Economics Minor

Learn about the forces that determine production and distribution, price levels, and income distribution, as well as other economic factors that influence the quality of life.

Courses in the Minor

A minor in economics requires the completion of the following courses: 

  • ECON 201
  • ECON 203
  • ECON 305
  • ECON 306
  • ECON 430

Finance Minor

Through your coursework, you'll learn about the institutions, theory, and practice associated with private-sector financial resource allocation.

Courses in the Minor

A minor in finance requires the completion of 15 credits of coursework. All FINC courses apply. 

It is recommended that you take FINC 330 and FINC 340 as the first courses in the minor (if you have not already applied the courses toward other degree requirements).

Human Resource Management Minor

Courses in the Minor

A minor in human resource management requires the completion of 15 credits of coursework. All HRMN courses apply. 

It is recommended that you take HRMN 300 and HRMN 400 for the minor (if you have not already applied the courses toward other degree requirements).

Marketing Minor

Through your coursework, you'll learn about marketing fundamentals and the emerging global marketplace.

Courses in the Minor

A minor in marketing requires the completion of 15 credits of coursework. All MRKT courses apply. 

It is recommended that you take MRKT 310 as the first course in the minor (if you have not already applied the course toward other degree requirements).

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 career.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

This program is appropriate for those new to the management field, changing careers, or looking to move up in their current organization. We recommend you have strong written and verbal communication skills.