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Bachelor's Degree in Business: Management & Leadership

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The Industry

Organizations across the globe seek passionate and strategic leaders to foster innovation and forge the path toward long-term business success. Modern business managers must understand the challenges facing companies today, and executives are in need of qualified managers to anticipate opportunities and carry out strategic objectives. According to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), CEOs view talent constraints as a major obstacle to achieving business growth. One in four CEOs reported that they were unable to pursue, or had to delay or cancel a strategic goal because they did not have the right talent to execute a business initiative. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment operations manager positions will grow by 12.4% between 2012 and 2022, amounting to 244,100 new job opportunities. Portland State University’s Management & Leadership Program teaches you the practical skills needed to manage daily responsibilities and strategic principles to drive opportunities and goals. Become the strong, effective, and conscientious business leader of tomorrow.

The Management & Leadership Program

Management & Leadership is our most versatile and customizable business concentration. Because we know your passions steer your career, we’ve designed this program to be compatible with any of our other areas of focus or elective courses; it can also be a strong and reputable stand-alone concentration for future business pioneers. There are many lenses from which to analyze a business. One truth is universal: The most successful organizations have powerful and effective leaders. As global development, remote workforces, economic challenges and new technologies challenge businesses today, they are in need of educated and experienced managers to guide them to success and give them a competitive advantage. Our Management & Leadership program is well suited for students who are looking for a creative way to be the next business innovators and change-makers.

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The Management & Leadership Curriculum

The Management & Leadership option provides the requisite knowledge and skills that will enable you to meet the challenges of all managerial responsibilities. By starting your degree focused on our world-class business coursework, you will gain an understanding of the fundamentals of the business environment and organizational behavior. From there you will target your managerial and leadership skills to thoughtfully, logically and strategically move businesses through necessary changes and modernizations. Our core curriculum prepares you for best-in-class leadership with hands-on skills that can be applied immediately to their professional roles.

Management and Leadership Focused Courses (24 Management & Leadership credits required out of 82 credits in Business)

  • Human Resource Management
  • Team Processes
  • Organization Design and Change
  • Contemporary Leadership Issues

Download the Management & Leadership Sequence Sheet (PDF) for additional details about our pre-requisites, requirements, credits and suggested sequences. Visit Degree Requirements for detailed requirements for your entire degree.

Related Programs

Human Resource Management Major Concentration

Management & Leadership Students and Faculty

In the heart of downtown Portland, our business connections provide students with sought-after soft skills as students have real-world opportunities to connect with the local management community and practice their professional networking. Students in the Management & Leadership program experience meaningful interactions of a diverse student body from different perspectives, and a unique body of experienced faculty, which will encourage the utmost enthusiasm towards creativity and innovation for business development. Students can choose from 12 student organizations to further discover your passion and career goals. View our Management Faculty Fact Sheet (PDF).

Your Career

The Management & Leadership program is both general and customizable, providing you with the foundation to launch your career in any organization or to start your own business. While graduates of our program go on to pursue a variety of career paths, companies across the globe are in need of inspired leaders to manage business growth and innovation. Portland State University’s downtown business connections, faculty of academic and industry experts, and alumni network are available to support you during your job search. Regional and global businesses and entrepreneurs seek to hire Management and Leadership graduates like you. PSU’s Management & Leadership: Start your own path!