Management Studies

  • Credits: 120
  • Degree:
    Bachelor of Science

Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Management presents a comprehensive management curriculum that equips students with the skills necessary to work in for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Our students learn directly from practicing scholar-professionals, many of whom are distinguished area business leaders. The Cambridge College
practicing professional teaching model gives students the opportunity to learn both management theory and effective, practical management techniques. By combining research, theory and practice, graduates will be prepared with the skills that will enable them to manage both people and complex issues.

Required courses provide a practical framework to the management curriculum, including the history of management theory, structures of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, and theories of leadership. Students will gain knowledge of strategic planning, diversity issues in the workplace, financial requirements, human resource planning, and ethics. Along with these skills graduates will be prepared with an understanding of marketing and sales skills, and technological advances in the corporate and not-for-profit environments.

Concentrations

A concentration can be a key element in your bachelor's degree, providing unique perspectives and skills that can enrich your career.

Program Outcomes

Management students will acquire a firm grounding in major management theories, concepts and processes, and attain the broad-based marketable and transferable skills that will help them effectively manage both people and organizations. Students will:

  • Develop essential management skills, including effective professional communication, human relations, teamwork, and negotiation.
  • Gain theoretical and practical understanding of business processes and organizational systems.
  • Gain practical business skills in accounting, economics, ethics and finance.
  • Learn to create work environments that foster corporate social responsibility, sustainability, and long-term growth.
  • Understand the importance of diversity in today’s global business environment, and develop skills to manage diverse organizations.
  • Learn to analyze complex managerial and organizational situations, taking into account the larger context, strategy, policy, and ethics.
  • Gain knowledge of information systems, databases and Internet technology as management tools.

Career Options

Graduates can be highly valuable individual contributors, outstanding team members, and managers within corporate and not-for-profit organizations. They can work in sales and marketing, finance, information technology, e-business, general management, human resources, and hospitality.

Program Chair

Bruce Cohen
bruce.cohen@go.cambridgecollege.edu

Curriculum


General Education
42
Credits

WRT101-102 and MAT101-102 may by waived if equivalent courses have been accepted in transfer. Credits will be replaced with open electives. WRT201 required if both WRT101-102 are waived; not required for students completing WRT101-102 at Cambridge. WRT090 and MAT100 required if assessment indicates need.

Principles and Processes of Adult Learning
LRN 175 3 credit(s)
Students explore theories of adult learning. They clarify the fit between their academic program and their learning and career needs, and see how their prior learning fits in. They assess their academic skills of critical thinking, mathematics, writing, and computer literacy. Students become independent learners who can effectively manage the structures, processes and expectations of undergraduate education.
College Writing I
WRT 101 3 credit(s)
Through challenging readings, class discussion, small group col­laboration, and different forms of writing, students learn the skills and process of “thinking on paper.” They learn to construct an argument or discussion that supports a clear thesis and present it effectively in a well-organized essay that observes the conventions of written English. They write academic papers that analyze and synthesize the issues suggested in two or more readings. Critical reading, critical thinking, research skills, and forms of documentation are also introduced.
Foundations of Critical Thinking
CTH 225 3 credit(s)
We learn to engage in reasoned thinking. We learn to formulate hypotheses; conceive and state definitions, and understand logical consistency and inconsistency. We explore the differences between claims of fact, value, and policy; what constitutes credible evidence; the nature of assumptions. We learn what constitutes a persuasive argument as opposed to an emotive and propagandistic one, and critically examine them. Students learn to present clear, well thought out critical arguments in writing and oral presentations. We look at the relationships among thinking, writing, speaking and listening, laying a strong foundation for improving our capacity to write, speak, and listen well.
College Mathematics I
MAT 101 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: MAT100 If assessment indicates need. This course introduces students to the value of mathematics for students’ career and educational goals. Students will acquire mathematical study skills, gain strategies for problem solving, and develop a sound foundation for future mathematics coursework. The course is structured towards engaging students in active, applied, and real-life learning in order to facilitate mathematical problem solving and conceptual understanding.
Introduction to Computer Applications
CMP 130 3 credit(s)
Assessment available. This course provides a hands-on introduction to the personal computer, Windows, word processing, spreadsheet, presentation software, the Internet, and an overview of Word, Excel and Power-Point uses. Students begin with the basics of each application and progress through intermediate level.
College Writing II
WRT 102 3 credit(s)
WRT102 acquaints students with the academic research paper as both process and product. The course begins with an intensive review of the strategies and techniques for writing an academic essay that are covered in WRT101 and then moves to selecting and narrowing a topic, preliminary research, and establishing a focus for a 12-15 page argument research paper. The final paper includes an abstract, an introduction, discussion, conclusion, and references. Students learn how to write an annotated bibliography and use APA documentation for in-text citations and references.
College Mathematics II
MAT 102 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: MAT101 If assessment indicates need. Challenge exam available. This course develops students’ mathematical thinking and problem solving around issues of both mathematical content and process. Students will acquire a conceptual and practical understanding of and familiarity with numbers and operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, and basic data analysis and probability. The course focuses on supporting students’ understanding of problem solving, reasoning and proof, communication, connections, and representations. A key feature of the course is active student involvement to support communicating mathematics in everyday and academic contexts.
Information Literacy
CMP 230 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: CMP130 (course or portfolio) and familiarity with Windows and/or Mac operating system, or permission of instructor. Information literacy is necessary for lifelong learning and career advancement. It is the ability to analyze problems, research and select relevant information, create an effective presentation from that information, and, when appropriate, publish it in print or electronic formats. Students acquire the knowledge, skills, and abilities to apply principles of information literacy to their academic and professional lives. A problem-centered approach is used. Students use the Internet and e-mail news groups, file transfer and Netscape, and search engines. They learn to evaluate the credibility of information and use problem-solving paradigms.
Distribution Requirements

Arts & Humanities - 6 credits

Natural & Physical Sciences - 6 credits

Social Sciences - 6 credits

Open Electives
36
Credits

Choose electives and/or concentrations to support your academic interests and professional goals. (Course prerequisites must also be met.)

Management Studies Major
42
Credits
Economics for Managers
BSM 300 3 credit(s)
This course provides an overview of economics and establishes a foundation and vocabulary for future courses. It gives an applied, practical introduction to macroeconomics and microeconomics. At the macro-economic level the course helps the learner understand how the American economy functions, and what impact changes in the economy may have on the individual and the organization, as well as the impact of the global economy. At the microeconomic level the course examines how individuals and firms make economic decisions. This knowledge becomes the basis of understanding key concepts of supply, demand and pricing, as well as average and marginal costs and breakeven analysis.
Introduction to Business
BSM 200 3 credit(s)
Students learn how American business operates. The course begins with a study of business in its broader perspective, looking at the context within which American business fits, and the investment markets which provide the capital needed to grow. The external factors influencing business development and the role business plays in the world economy are examined. The course then focuses on the internal organization and the operations of American business, highlighting major issues associated with managing functional areas of a business, such as marketing, production, technology, and supply chain management. In the later part of the course, financial management, both personal and business, and financial institutions are studied.
Principles of Managing Organizations
BSM 305 3 credit(s)
This course focuses on the evolution of traditional and modern management theories, practices and behaviors for planning, organizing, leading and controlling in organizations, and considers the contemporary and changing forces that challenge the practice of management. It helps students understand the importance of the environment in which managers function, and explores the processes of strategic, operational and tactical planning. It considers various organizational structures, the contexts for which they are best suited, and the role of communication, decision-making and leadership in managing organizations. It also discusses the principles of organizational control and the role of control systems in improving organizational productivity and efficiency.
Organizational Theory & Behavior
BSM 310 3 credit(s)
This course examines the factors which influence individual, group and firm behavior in the work place. Topics include communication, motivation, group dynamics, leadership, power, and organizational design and development. Theories and frameworks, case discussions and skill-building exercises are used to understand and apply each topic. Class sessions and assignments help participants acquire the skills that managers need to improve organizational relationships and performance.
Diversity in the Workplace
BSM 315 3 credit(s)
This course looks at the significance of diversity in management and the implications of diversity for how organizations are organized and how they function. The changing demographics of the workplace are examined and the significance of diversity for domestic and international business are discussed. Organizational approaches to diversity are examined and analyzed. The course attempts to engage differences within the class and help students develop leadership skills for managing diversity, including consensus building, conflict resolution and talking through differences.
Operations Management
BSM 320 3 credit(s)
This course covers the essentials of the operating systems of manufacturing and service organizations that convert materials and other resources into finished goods and services. Topics covered include key performance metrics, process mapping and analysis, product and process design, new product introduction, supply chain management, plant location and capacity planning, total quality and effective resource management. The goal is to understand the concept of total product life cycle management, and the effect of strategy in the operations role, as well as tactical issues such as inventory control, quality assurance and operations scheduling. The course also discusses recent developments such as computer-integrated manufacturing, flexible-manufacturing systems, and just in time inventory. It considers the interrelationship of operations decisions with marketing, finance and the overall strategy of the organization.
Marketing
BSM 325 3 credit(s)
In this course students master the basic principles and practices of modern marketing. The course offers a broad overview of the nature and fundamentals of marketing activity. It provides an introduction to managing the marketing activities of an organization including marketing information systems and research, the marketing organizational system, and the marketing planning and control system. Topics include analysis of the global marketing environment of the firm, market research, customer and client analysis, target marketing and segmentation, product and service planning, pricing, communications, advertising and sales promotion, distribution management, and the development of marketing and sales strategies and plans. The use of marketing concepts and tools by nonprofit organizations is discussed.
Financial Accounting
BSM 330 3 credit(s)
This course introduces the principles that govern financial accounting systems and the income statement and balance sheet that are the principal end products. Students learn how accounting information is used to evaluate the performance and financial status of private, non-profit and public organizations. The course emphasizes the use of accounting information by managers within the organization and by shareholders, lenders, and other outside parties. Basic accounting terms and concepts, and the language of financial management are presented as well as the essentials of the accounting process. The course also builds an awareness of the ethical, information and regulatory environment of accounting.
Financial Management
BSM 332 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: BSM330. This course provides tools for managing business funds and making decisions that will affect the financial position of an organization. Students gain an understanding of financial analysis and its use in planning and control functions. Capital budgeting, discounted cash flow, and present/future value techniques are presented as well as the capital formation process, the advantages and disadvantages of various capital structures, and the long and short term uses of capital. Students gain an understanding of the workings of financial markets and institutions, financial instruments, and the domestic and international financial environment.
Statistics for Business
BSM 333 3 credit(s)
Business Statistics presents the use of quantitative methods to define, analyze and choose among business alternatives. The scientific method of problem solving is presented to provide systematic analysis, selection and evaluation of business alternatives. Various statistical tools are introduced to collect, study and use information in support of rational business decision-making. Topics include decision-making under uncertainty, evaluating independent and dependent alternatives, selection of alternatives given limited resources, forecasting and simulation modeling.
Human Resources Management
BSM 335 3 credit(s)
This introductory course surveys what current and aspiring general managers need to know about personnel and human resource management in business and nonprofit organizations. It is for students who are exploring career opportunities in personnel management rather than experienced personnel specialists. The course covers staff recruitment and selection, performance evaluation, compensation, and management training. It considers the impact of human resource policies on productivity, employee morale and turnover. It also covers the promotion of equal employment opportunity, with discussion of recent court decisions, government regulations, and technical advances that affect the personnel management function.
Managing Information Systems and Databases
BSM 340 3 credit(s)
This course presents the fundamentals of information management and provides an overview of the issues managers face in the selection, use, and management of information technologies. As economies have become globalized and competition has increased, organizations have turned with increasing frequency to information technology (IT) to help them deal with data processing and information management constraints. The first part of the course covers the basics of designing databases to serve the information needs of the enterprise. Relational database concepts are presented and students build a working database. In the second part of the course, a case study approach is used to cover topics related to the overall management of information systems such as system acquisition, requirements analysis, make-or-buy decisions, decision support systems, and the management of end-user computing.
Business Ethics
BSM 345 3 credit(s)
Business Ethics provides an in-depth understanding of the ethical, social and political context of organizations today. It approaches social problems with an ethical framework for choosing among alternative courses of action. The course emphasizes the application of ethical reasoning to real business and management situations, problems and decision-making.
Management Studies Capstone Project
BSM 490 3 credit(s)
Prerequisites: 90 credits minimum, including WRT101 and WRT102. The Capstone is a comprehensive research project which is the culminating academic activity that helps to synthesize students’ learning in the undergraduate management program. It is an opportunity to explore a topic of personal or professional interest in the field of management and to create an original project or piece of research that contributes to the field. The Capstone is 25-30 pages in length and follows a research paper format appropriate to the field of study. Students work together in class and meet or communicate individually with the instructor as needed. Those who take an additional term to complete the Capstone must register for BSM491 and pass before graduating.

Admissions

  • Admission Test:

    Passing grade on TOEFL (English language proficiency test) is required for international students.

  • Admissions Office:
    1-800-829-4723
  • Application:
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students)

General Requirements

Official Transcript: High school or GED
One Completed Recommendation Form
Personal Statement

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State Requirements

College students are required to comply with state laws regarding individual health insurance and immunization. Compliance requirements currently exist for students in Massachusetts, Virginia and Tennessee. Learn more

International Students – Additional Requirements

International Students will need to complete supplemental documentation when applying. International transcripts must also be translated prior to submission in order to be evaluated for applicability. Learn more about international student requirements.

Transfer Credit Request Form

Only needed if you wish to have prior course work evaluated for transfer credit. Learn more about transferring credits.

Tuition

  • Credits:
    120
  • Cost per credit hour:
    $407
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students)
  • Graduation Fee:
    $110 (charged in last term)

Note: Rates are as of September 2013, and are subject to change without notice. Rates apply to all students, unless otherwise noted.

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