The Management Program

Successful organizations know how to manage people and resources efficiently to accomplish organizational goals and keep those goals in tune with changes in the external environment. Management specifies the coordination and integration of work activities with and through other people. Management understands the four major functions of business management (i.e., planning, organizing, leading and controlling), and how individuals, teams and program managers implement strategies effectively, efficiently and ethically.

The McKenna School management department is one of the only departments in the United States to offer students in-depth training in Operational Excellence and cutting edge training in Management Information Systems.

What Can I Do With a Degree in Management?

McKenna School management majors have obtained jobs in a wide variety of occupations (e.g., banking, healthcare, manufacturing, non-profits and government) as noted in the Internships and Careers section. In addition, graduates have pursued advanced degrees in law, public administration and business.

  • In addition to human resources management and project management, the management major features Operational Excellence infusion with application to the service and manufacturing industries. The program is strongly linked to the McKenna School’s Kennametal Center for Operational Excellence, which runs a cooperative program for OE minors.
  • The McKenna School offers SAP Business One certification. SAP’s comprehensive business software suite is utilized by thousands of prominent world class companies such as Kennametal Inc., Heinz Corporation, KPMG, Latrobe Specialty Metal Co. Siemens.
Distinctive features of the McKenna School Management Major
  • A 4+1 program where management majors can earn a master of science in Management: Operational Excellence, a program ranked in the top 50 in the U.S.The management program also offers a minor in operational excellence featuring the Toyota Production Process.  
  • Our management job placements are exceptional. From the class of 2015, 36 of 40 graduates reported working in their field, with 4 graduates unknown. 
  • Rankings: The McKenna business seniors score exceptionally well on the ETS undergraduate business field test. In management, the McKenna School scored in the top 12.8% of the nation in 2014 and top 15.1% in 2016 compared to 563 accredited business schools.
  • The McKenna School features an annual "OE Around the World" academic experience during spring break to visit factories and hospitals abroad. In 2015, students visited Dublin. Past trips include China, South Africa, Chile, Ireland and Turkey. 
  • Attributable to our ACBSP accreditation, students receive in depth knowledge in 12 business core competency areas: accounting, management, business ethics, marketing, information systems, business finance, the legal environment of business, statistics, business policies, economics, quantitative skills and global dimensions in business.
  • Students may join Women in Business, the Accounting Club, Pizza and Politics Club, the Finance Club, the Operational Excellence Club and Delta Mu Delta, the national Greek honor society for business majors. 
  • The management program features small class sizes, and majors will have a management professor as their adviser, with connections in the field.
Management Major Requirements

All Management Majors must take both Business Core and Core Curriculum:

College Core (48 credits)
TH 119 First Theology (freshman year) - 3 credits
Theology (200 Level) - 3 credits
Theology (300 Level) - 3 credits
History (100 Level) - 3 credits
History (200 Level) - 3 credits
PL 101 1st Philosophy - 3 credits
Philosophy Elective (PL 215 Ethics suggested) - 3 credits
Natural Science 100 Level with lab - 4 credits
Natural Science 200 Level with lab - 4 credits
EL 102 Language and Rhetoric (freshman year) - 3 credits
English Elective (Literature Course) - 3 credits
English Elective - 3 credits
Fine Arts (100 Level) - 3 credits
Foreign Language Intermediate Level - 3 credits
Foreign Language Intermediate Level - 3 credits
First-Year Seminar (additional hour) - 1 credit

Business Core (43 credits)
BA 100* Financial Accounting I (freshman year) - 3 credits
BA 170 Organizational Behavior (freshman year) - 3 credits
BA 220 Principles of Marketing (sophomore year) - 3 credits
BA 265 Management Information Systems (sophomore year) - 3 credits
BA 305 Business Ethics (junior year preferred) - 3 credits
BA 320 Corporate Finance I (sophomore year) - 3 credits
BA 340 Business Law (junior year) - 3 credits
BA 350 Statistics I (sophomore year) - 3 credits
BA 351 Statistics II (sophomore year) or
     EC 360 Econometrics (sophomore year) - 3 credits
BA 495 Business Policy and Strategy (senior year) - 3 credits
EC 101 Principles of Microeconomics (freshman year) - 3 credits
EC 102 Principles of Macroeconomics (freshman year) - 3 credits
PS 100* Principles of American Politics - 3 credits
MA 109/111* Calculus I (freshman year) - 4 credits
BA 00P ePortfolio Requirement - 0 credit

* Satisfies the core curriculum requirements for social sciences and mathematics. 

Management major requirements(21 credits)
BA 150 Managerial Accounting (freshman year) - 3 credits
BA 232 Human Resource Management (junior year)- 3 credits
BA 250 Global Management or
     BA 251 International Business - 3 credits
BA 280 Leadership - 3 credits
BA 398 Project Management - 3 credits
BA 492 Operations Management - 3 credits
BA --- Business 300 level or higher management class - 3 credits

Electives(12 credits)  

Minor in Management
Required courses (2 non-business majors, 3 business majors)
BA 102 Survey of Accounting (non-business majors only) - 3 credits
or BA 100 Financial Accounting I and BA 150 Managerial Accounting - 6 credits
BA 170 Organization Behavior - 3 credits
In addition to the above, any four of the following:
BA 150 Managerial Accounting (non-business majors only)
     or BA 232 Human Resource Management - 3 credits
BA 250 Global Management
     or BA 251 International Business - 3 credits
BA 280 Leadership - 3 credits
BA 322 Corporate Communications - 3 credits
BA 398 Project Management - 3 credits
BA 490 Organizational Theory - 3 credits
BA 492 Operations Management - 3 credits

Minor in Entrepreneurship
BA 102 Survey of Accounting (non-business majors only)
      or BA 100 Financial Accounting I and BA 150 Managerial Accounting - 6 credits
BA 170 Organizational Behavior
     or BA 220 Principles of Marketing - 3 credits
BA 230 Introduction to Entrepreneurship - 3 credits
BA 265 Management Information Systems - 3 credits
BA 320 Corporate Finance I - 3 credits
BA 322 Entrepreneurial Finance - 3 credits

Minor in Operational Excellence 
Business Portfoliomanagement-portfolio
A Business Portfolio Must Be Completed Before Graduation 

Work to be included:

  • Business Ethics Paper written in BA 170 (First Year)
  • Updated Business Ethics Paper written in BA 305
  • Resume (Completed first year and updated each year.)
  • Experiential Project defined by major -- at least one
  • Information Systems Analysis Project
  • Oral Presentation from 300 level business class or above
  • Term paper written in 300 level business class or above
  • Optional: Professional Thesis  
Accreditations and Affiliations
  • McKenna business majors are accredited by the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)—one of the top two premier accrediting agencies for business schools worldwide. With a requirement for faculty professional development and courses primarily (at least 70% at SVC) taught by PhDs, the ACBSP is the number one business accreditation program devoted to teaching excellence and service to students. 
  • The McKenna School is also a member of the Middle Atlantic Association of Colleges of Business Administration.
  • Majors may join Women in Business and the Theta Tau Chapter of Delta Mu Delta, Business Honor Society.
Internships and Careers in Management
  • Outstanding job placements:
    Allegheny County
    Allegheny Ludlum
    BNY Mellon
    Classic Industries
    Conemaugh Hospital
    Creehan and Company
    Excela Health
    Federated Investors
    Ferguson Integrated Services
    First Commonwealth Bank
    Heartland Campus Solutions
    Heinz Corporation
    Kennametal Inc.
    Miami Dolphins
    MWA Arizona (SAP B1)
    Nexus Solutions
    Norma Group
    OMNOVA Solutions
    Pioneer B1 (SAP B1)
    PLS Logistics
    PNC Bank
    Red Valve Company
    US Steel
  • Job Positions include:
    Accounts Payable
    Business Solutions Specialist
    Continuous Improvement Specialist
    Customer Financial Administrator
    Financial Associate
    HR Specialist
    IT Recruiter
    Lean Specialist
    Operations Development
    Pricing Analyst
    Process Excellence
    Production Specialist
    Production Supervisor
    Quality Engineer
    Senior Financial Services Associate
    Supply Chain Analyst
  • Superior Internships:
    Atlantic Engineering Services
    Creehan and Company
    Elliot Company
    Excela Health (OE)
    Forbes Regional Hospital
    Kennametal Center for Operational Excellence
    Latrobe Specialty Metals
    Memorial Medical Center's Robust Healthcare Internship
    MWA Arizona (SAP B1)
    Norma Group
    Pioneer B1 (SAP B1)
    PNC Bank
    PNC Financial Service Group
    ProCamps Worldwide with Coach Tomlin Pittsburgh Steelers
    State Representative Mike Reese
    Stellar One (SAP B1)
    The Wexas Group
    Thermo Twin Industries
    Think Management Team
    Third Wave (SAP B1)
    U.S. Congressman Tim Murphy
  • Graduate Placements:
    Carnegie Mellon University Heinz School
    Cleveland State University Law School
    LaGrange College, MS Philanthropy & Development
    Saint Vincent College, MSMOE
    University of Pittsburgh , MBA
    University of Pittsburgh Law School
    Utrecht University (Netherlands)
    Virginia Commonwealth University, MS Sports Management
    Winthrop University 
  • Learning Objectives

    The major in Management is designed to:

    • prepare students for entry-level management positions in for-profit, not-for-profit and public agencies;
    • prepare students for further study in graduate programs such as our Master's in Management: Operational Excellence, the Master's in Business Administration (MBA),  Master's in Public Administration (MPA) and other public policy programs that demand substantial management undergraduate work; and
    • prepare students for graduate programs leading to doctoral-level study for students wishing to pursue a career in teaching or research in business management or public administration.

    The McKenna School also offers a minor in Management, Operational Excellence and Entrepreneurship.