Management, B.S. Business Administration

Program Overview

Are you a natural born leader who likes to strategize, organize, innovate, and collaborate with others? When faced with problems, do people tend to look to you for solutions? Do you enjoy being in charge of projects or tasks? You may just have what it takes to be a successful manager or entrepreneur.

A PLNU Bachelor of Science in Management equips you with the intellectual and professional tools needed to assume positions of responsibility within an organization. Courses in leadership, organizational behavior, operations management, finance, and strategy will help you understand different areas and demands of the workplace. These courses, alongside your choice of a concentration in entrepreneurship or global business, will shape you into a leader of purpose and influence.

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Additionally, student-run business clubs like Launch Point will give you opportunities to test what you learn in class against real-world circumstances. You might choose to participate with Toast at the Point and hone your public speaking abilities for the professional environment. Or you can even decide to take your learning abroad through one of the international opportunities offered by the Fermanian School of Business. Some of the global options available to you are Mexico business tours; the 2+1+1 China partnership study abroad; or even business class trips to Europe, Asia, and Africa.

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Student Support

For most students, the transition into college life is one full of adjustments. There is the excitement of newfound freedoms, but also some uncertainty as you begin to make choices and take responsibility for your own future. 

At PLNU, we’re committed to supporting you — academically, professionally, spiritually, personally — so that you may be successful both in your time as a student and beyond. That’s why we offer a holistic support system that focuses on your unique experiences, particular needs, and personal and professional goals — resulting from our deep concern for you, our student.

With a focus on authentic relationships and personalized attention, our goal is to help transform you so you can follow your calling in your own career and life.

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Career Opportunities

The business world presents opportunities for creative and motivated individuals who excel in leadership, teamwork, and collaboration. With a huge demand for individuals trained to lead their companies to success, the versatile set of skills you’ll develop by pursuing a degree in management from PLNU will open doors and opportunities that are seemingly endless. 

At PLNU, our management program aims to set you up for success with two objectives:

  • Equipping you with the intellectual and professional tools needed to assume positions of responsibility
  • Helping you to understand the different areas and demands of the workplace for leadership, organizational behavior, operations management, finance, and strategy

These objectives and your choice of a concentration in entrepreneurship or global business will set you up to be a leader of purpose and influence.

What do management jobs look like post-graduation?

For administrative services and facilities managers (one of the most common careers PLNU alumni pursue with this degree), employment is projected to grow 6 percent from 2019 to 2029, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

What are PLNU alumni doing with their degrees in management?

Many graduates of the PLNU management program have gone on to work in industries such as website development, sales, social media, interior design, insurance, and much more. The opportunities are limitless with a degree in management because companies and organizations always have a demand for leadership to help them grow and achieve their goals.

Some of the positions PLNU graduates currently hold:

General and Operations Managers

2020 Median annual salary: $123,880

General and operations managers are responsible for managing activities that are part of the production of services in wide-ranging fields from social media to election campaigns. Operations managers' responsibilities include human resource management, asset management, and cost management. Their indirect responsibilities can include interacting with the managers in other functional areas within the organization whose roles have an impact on operations. 

Necessary attributes and skills:

  • Managing the operations process
  • Embracing design, planning, and control
  • Emphasizing performance improvement and operations strategy
  • Open communication with staff and constituents
  • Innovative thinking for improvement of programs and strategies

Administrative Services and Facilities Managers 

2020 Median annual salary: $98,890

Administrative services and facilities managers plan, direct, and coordinate activities that help an organization run efficiently. The specific responsibilities vary, but these managers typically maintain facilities and supervise activities that include recordkeeping, mail distribution, and office upkeep. In a small organization, they may direct all support services and may be called the business office manager. Large organizations may have several layers of administrative managers who specialize in different areas.

Necessary attributes and skills:

  • Supervise clerical and administrative staff
  • Set goals and deadlines for their department
  • Develop, manage, and monitor records
  • Recommend changes to policies or procedures in order to improve operations, such as reassessing supplies or recordkeeping
  • Monitor facilities to make sure that they remain safe, secure, and well maintained
  • Oversee the maintenance and repair of machinery, equipment, and electrical and mechanical systems
  • Make sure that facilities meet environmental, health, and security standards and comply with regulations

Marketing Managers

2020 Median annual salary: $142,170

Marketing managers create programs to facilitate interest in products or services. They work with art directors, advertising sales agents, and financial staff members to promote growth within their company. Marketing managers estimate and analyze the demand for products and services offered by an organization and its competitors. Additionally, they highlight and utilize markets that show promise for the organization’s products.

Necessary attributes and skills:

  • Clear communication and cooperation with department heads or staff
  • An understanding of pricing strategies for products or services marketed to the target customers
  • Interpersonal skills to meet with clients and provide marketing 
  • Knowledge of planning promotional campaigns

Management Consultants and Business Analysts

2020 Median annual salary: $87,660

Management consultants and business analysts recommend ways to improve an organization’s or product’s efficiency. They work one-on-one with an organization offering advice and guidance to encourage growth and long-term solutions when it comes to methods, equipment, revenue, expenditure, and employment reports. 

Necessary attributes and skills:

  • Data collection and analysis
  • Interviewing skills and communication of ideas
  • Ingenuity to develop solutions or alternative practices
  • Creativity and consistency with presentations or written reports

Take the lead and make your mark in an organization or company 

The robust set of skills you can develop by pursuing a degree in management from PLNU prepares you to accomplish the vision and goals of companies through leadership, delegation, and communication. Learn what it takes to be at the forefront of a company while manifesting its success.

Take the first step on your journey and apply to PLNU today, or get connected with one of our counselors for additional support and to answer any questions you may have.

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