Bachelor of Science in Management

School of Business Administration

This major provides students with the knowledge and skills managers need in today's dynamic business environments. Core management courses provide a general overview of key management competencies including effective leadership, team building, managing and motivating human resources, facilitating organizational change and learning, and fostering and applying organizational knowledge for competitive advantage. Students complement this general management foundation with a human resource management, entrepreneurship, supply chain management, or individualized concentration.

Human Resources Management Concentration

This concentration prepares students for a career in human resource management by developing skills and competencies in managing diversity and equal opportunity, ethical and fair treatment of employees, human resource planning and staffing, employee training and development, compensation and benefits, performance management, labor relations, and protecting employee safety and health. Students completing this concentration would be prepared to demonstrate their knowledge of the core principles of human resource practices and the application of those principles for potential certification as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR), Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), or Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR).

Entrepreneurship Concentration

The Entrepreneurship concentration is designed to introduce undergraduate students to the process of new venture development. Topics covered in the concentration include business plan development, the nature of management in small business, and the role of creativity and innovation in the entrepreneurial process. Opportunities are provided for student participation in the development of an actual new business venture.

Supply Chain Management Concentration

The Supply Chain Management concentration prepares students for a professional career in managing supply chain activities by developing knowledge, skills, and competencies in the areas of logistics, procurement, inventory, transportation, and warehouse management. Students learn analytical techniques including trade-off analysis, construction and evaluation of networks, and optimization methods. Emphasis is placed on attaining an in-depth understanding of both inter-functional and inter-firm collaboration, whereby supply chains become the basis of competitive advantage.

Individualized Concentration

The Individualized concentration is designed to provide students with a customized specialization that enables them to develop their own concentration in a management field of their choice. It allows flexibility in developing student knowledge and competencies in accordance with their personal, professional, and career interests.

For a B.S. degree in Management, a minimum of 120 credits is required. At least 50 percent of the business credit hours required for the degree must be taken at the Capital College. No more than 60 credits should be from business and business-related courses.

Entry to Major Requirements:
Entry to the Management major requires the completion of 8 entry-to-major courses: ACCTG 211(4); ECON 102 GS(3); ENGL 015 GWS(3) or ENGL 030 GWS(3); FIN 301(3); MATH 110 GQ(4) or MATH 140 GQ(4); MGMT 301(3)[1]; MKTG 301(3); SCM 200 GQ(4) or STAT 200 GQ(4); and a 2.00 or higher cumulative grade-point average. Additional information about this major is available in the office of the Director of Undergraduate Studies, School of Business Administration at Penn State Harrisburg.

Career Opportunities

Opportunities for graduates of Penn State Harrisburg’s Management program exist in virtually all industries. Skills in problem solving and decision-making, coupled with an understanding of the changing business world, can lead to varied and exciting career paths. Students have an opportunity to specialize in a particular area by choosing any of the following concentrations: human resources management, entrepreneurship, supply chain management, and individualized concentration. Opportunities may be found in small businesses, large corporations, industry, retail, hospitality, government, health care, education, service professions, and nonprofit organizations. Students will also be prepared for advanced study at the graduate level.

Job Outlook

Employment for Management graduates is expected to grow as fast as the average for all occupations through 2010. Because this is a large occupation, many openings will occur each year as managers transfer to other positions, start their own businesses, or retire. Projected employment growth varies widely among industries. The large number of qualified college graduates and experienced workers should create a competitive job market.


Student interns are placed in a wide variety of businesses and agencies, where they interact with business professionals and participate in solving day-to-day problems. To participate in the internship program, students must be enrolled in the School of Business Administration, have a cumulative GPA of 3.0, and be second semester juniors. They also must have completed 6 credits in the major and have completed all core courses except B A 462 and B A 364Y. Interested students should contact the Internship Coordinator through the School of Business Administration office.

Classroom Opportunities for Student-Business Interaction

In addition to internships, the School offers a number of courses that involve students in solving organizational problems or require a project focusing on some aspect of organizational management. The following courses in the School of Business Administration would provide such opportunity: Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management, where students work with local entrepreneurs to develop a small business plan; Project Management, a course that requires students to solve operations-related problems with companies or organizations; and Small Business Field Study, where students work in teams with small business managers to provide solutions to a variety of problems.

Clubs and Honor Societies

The School of Business Administration encourages student participation in Sigma Iota Epsilon-the Management Honor Society, and Beta Gamma Sigma, the Business Honor Society of AACSB-accredited business schools.

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