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  • Bachelors of Business Administration
  • Minor

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.

Curriculum Requirements

  • Management Major Requirements

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

    Business Core (45 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 and BA 350A Excel Lab (sophomore year) - 4 credits
    BA 351 Statistics II and BA 351A Excel Lab (sophomore year) - 4 credits
        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


    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

    Management major with Sports Management Track (33 credits)
    BA 150 Managerial Accounting (freshman year) - 3 credits
    BA 209 Sports Administration - 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 333 Sports Marketing - 3 credits
    PS 374 Sports Law - 3 credits
    BA 398 Project Management - 3 credits
    BA 492 Operations Management - 3 credits
    BA 231 Franchising or
         NSCI 242 Science of Human Strength - 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 332 Corporate Communications - 3 credits
    BA 398 Project Management I - 3 credits
    BA 468 Project Management II - 3 credits
    BA 492 Operations Management - 3 credits

    Minor in Entrepreneurship
    Minor in Operational Excellence 

  • Business 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  

Program Highlights

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 


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 System.  
  • 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. The McKenna School's overall rank for 2017-18 academic year placed us in the top 19.8% compared to 496 accredited colleges and universities of which 1/3 are AACSB accredited. In management, the McKenna School scored in the top 13.6% of the nation in 2016 and top 9.9% in 2018.
  • The McKenna School features an annual "OE Around the World" academic experience during spring break to visit factories and hospitals abroad. In 2018/19, students will visit Peru. Past trips include: 2017/18 - Czech Republic, 2016/17 - Spain. 
  • 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.

Student Learning Outcomes

The major in Management is designed to:

  • Understand the Strategic management process and demonstrate the ability to create effective strategic plans.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to work effectively with others in a team setting.
  • Understand and apply best practices in Human Resources.
  • Understand and apply key ethical decision-making frameworks in analyzing business decisions.
  • Know the basics of how to increase job performance, motivation, and commitment of employees.

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

Accreditations and Affiliations

  • The McKenna School of Business has seven undergraduate programs and one graduate program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). They are: Accounting, Business Education Information Technology, Business Economics, Finance, International Business, Management, Marketing and the Master of Science in Management: Operational Excellence graduate program. The Economics, Politics and Criminal Justice programs are not accredited through the ACBSP; however, all programs in the McKenna School have regional accreditation through the Middle States Association. The ACBSP is one of the two premier accrediting agencies for business schools worldwide. With a requirement for faculty professional development (e.g., publications and research) and courses primarily taught by faculty holding doctorates, the ACBSP is the leading 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.