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The Bachelor of Business Administration in Management at St. Edward’s is perfect for students who desire a leadership role. Learning to lead and manage is an essential skill for collaborative projects — even when you’re not the boss. Cultivating your management style and being able to adapt to the size and structure of different teams is an invaluable and highly portable skill for any field. You’ll be prepared to pursue a successful career in any organization.

Along with gaining in-depth preparation in management theory and application, you’ll examine contemporary, real-time management issues and challenges with insightful and highly skilled, professional faculty members. Collaborative class projects and opportunities to participate in research, business internships and consulting projects will expand your skills and experience and allow you to network with business leaders in the community.

Bachelor of Business Administration in Management


As a BBA in Management major, you’ll learn the skills to become a team player and leader. You’ll gain a solid grounding in essential business concepts, such as accounting, finance, marketing, economics and management. You’ll also learn how to maintain healthy work relationships and create positive environments where employees flourish.

With a BBA in Management, graduates are prepared to work in numerous areas of a company. Opportunities are available in government and the private sector with for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Graduates can seek careers leading to management positions in production and inventory control, planning, human resources, and project management in domestic or international organizations. Many opportunities are available in major retail operations, agricultural management and healthcare management.

To increase employment opportunities, many graduates pursue advanced degrees in related business disciplines, such as a Master of Business Administration (MBA). Close interaction with faculty at St. Edward’s — and time spent in classes, advising sessions and program events — allows you to learn more about options for careers and graduate work.

Course Preview:

In addition to the general education courses required of all majors, and elective courses, BBA in Management majors take courses from these groups:

BBA in Management majors complete business core courses, which include Legal Environment of Business, Business Communication, Macroeconomic Principles and Introduction to Finance.

Students who major in management complete advanced courses, which include Human Resources Management, Problem Solving and Decision Making, Labor Relations, Organizational Behavior, and Management Consulting.

Students have the opportunity to take a Management Consulting course that gives them hands-on experience with an established business or nonprofit organization — many of which focus on issues of social justice. Students assist in resolving management problem(s) within the organization by completing research and a written summary of the history, background structure and general overview of the organization.

As a BBA in Management major, you’ll conclude your studies with a research project in Strategic Management. This course provides hands-on experience in identifying, analyzing and solving problems in situations representative of the real business world. Students take the perspectives of top management across an organization and develop research and case analyses.

View the Degree Plan (PDF) for sample course information for the Bachelor of Business Administration in Management.


In addition to an internship that may be required for your degree, St. Edward’s University offers numerous opportunities for optional internships, professional-level research and hands-on creative experiences (writing, art, music, theater and more). These activities enhance your résumé, build your confidence and skills — and give you a distinct advantage in your career and for graduate school.

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