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The focus of management is the design, development, control, motivation, and operation of organized activities. Effectively managing resources, which includes financial, human, and time-based resources, is a necessary ingredient for success in today’s businesses. Our award-winning faculty have research and teaching expertise in a variety of topics that pertain to management at the individual, interpersonal, and firm levels. At the individual level, topics include employee motivation and performance, work attitudes such as job satisfaction and commitment, and worker-based factors like personality and emotion. At the interpersonal level, topics of interest include group behavior and teamwork, leadership, negotiations, and human resource management strategies related to staffing, compensation, and employee development. At the firm level, topics include firm performance, organizational culture, strategic decision-making, entrepreneurship, and executive behavior.


Our Majors in the Department of Management offer quality educational experiences to traditional and nontraditional students that prepare them for a broad array of careers in management. Students are immersed in basic subject matter concerning the theory and principles of administration, organization, and motivation; decision and strategy; and human resource management. Several management courses provide students with action-learning experiences that emphasize hands-on education. Students also gain foundational knowledge from other business fields such as finance, accounting, marketing, and supply chain management through the required business administration core program. The management curriculum draws on a variety of fields – particularly psychology, sociology, economics, and statistics. Students in management are urged to take courses in these fields because many new developments in human resource management and strategic decision-making require behavioral science and statistical tools.

We have two majors: a program specifically in Management or one in Human Resource Management. The Management major is broad in scope and aimed at developing the student’s grasp of management functions (planning, organizing, and decision-making) directed toward the management of one’s own business. This program provides students with flexibility in self-designing a major tailored to different career objectives, and can be paired with a minor in entrepreneurship, information technology, or international business. Recent Management graduates were hired by companies such as, Boeing, IBM, Coca-Cola, GE, Kohl’s, Nike, and Quicken Loans.

The Human Resource Management major is more specialized in scope and focuses on staffing, compensation, and training and development. This program prepares students for careers in human resources and it is built around the view that human resource specialists must also have good business acumen. The curriculum provides a balance of business and general education requirements, along with foundational courses in human resources areas. Recent Human Resource Management graduates were hired by companies such as, Amway, APCO Worldwide, Chrysler, Dow Chemical, General Motors, Nestlé USA, and Whirlpool.


The Minor in Retail Management prepares students for careers in the field of retailing, and financial retailing. It is designed to enhance the career potential of students studying management and marketing by providing a program of study dedicated toward a specific industry and career path. The minor will also be particularly valuable to students in advertising and public relations, finance, and food industry management.

The Minor in Sports Business Management provides students the academic foundation and practical experience to pursue careers in intercollegiate and professional sports and the sports business industry. The minor is intended for students who wish to enhance their marketability for highly competitive careers in areas related to sports business management including sports associations and leagues, intercollegiate and professional sports organizations and teams, sports entertainment and media services, and firms that primarily supply the sports and entertainment industry. Students will apply their knowledge of business to the industries of sports through course work and hands-on experience in supervised fieldwork and internships.

Destination Survey 2015

Administered annually by the MSU Career Services Network, the Destination Survey attempts to document the post-graduate outcomes of MSU students who received a bachelors degree during the spring and summer semesters, offering a snapshot of their progress during the initial transition out of college.


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