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Management is a broadly defined discipline encompassing a diverse set of activities that span all business functions. By ensuring the effective utilization of resources, sound management is critical to organizational success.

Designed around learning critical conceptual, technical, and human skills, the management major is structured to prepare students to be successful organizational leaders. Whether taken as a stand-alone major or as a complement to another technical skill set, this skills-based approach ensures management majors have both the theoretical and practical background to excel in a wide range of organizational settings.

Undergraduate Major in Management

For undergraduate curriculum in business, major in management.

The Department of Management and Entrepreneurship offers a major in management. Students will complete the general education requirements (including business foundation courses), supporting courses/major prerequisites, business core requirements for the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree, and 18 additional credits in the major. 

The required courses at the core of the management major build foundational managerial skills with broad applicability (e.g. leadership, conflict mitigation, and strategic-thinking skills). Elective courses provide additional contextual knowledge (e.g. managing in a family or international business) as well as complementary managerial skills (e.g. motivational, analytic, project management and sales skills), allowing students to accentuate their skill set in areas best aligned with their career objectives.

Students will demonstrate awareness for the role of evidence, diversity, ethics and technology in business decision-making and the impact of external forces and global issues on organizations. Students will display the ability to think critically, to communicate effectively and to contribute constructively to effective team performance. Required courses in the major provide a variety of rich developmental experiences that include applied learning, case analysis, research projects, team-based active learning projects, and interaction with guest speakers, in addition to traditional classroom lectures and discussions.

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Student Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation, undergraduate students majoring in Management will:

  1. Be effective communicators.
  2. Be effective collaborators.
  3. Be problem solvers.
  4. Understand business concepts.
  5. Recognize ethical and legal responsibilities to organizations.


In addition to the basic business degree requirements ( the Management major requires students to take 18 credit hours in the Management area, including 12 credit hours of required core courses and 6 credit hours of electives.

Required Courses (12 credits):
MGMT 3700Managing Organizations3
MGMT 4220Negotiation and Conflict Resolution3
MGMT 4700Leadership and Change Management3
MGMT 4720Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Organizations3
Elective Courses (6 credits):
Select two courses from the following list:
MGMT 3200Corporate Entrepreneurship3
MGMT 3810Managing Family Businesses3
MGMT 4140International Management3
MGMT 4210XPersonality and Management3
MGMT 4710Introduction to Human Resource Management3
MGMT 4730Evidence-Based Decision Making in Human Resource Management3
MGMT 4810XNonprofit Management3
MIS 3400Project Management3
MKT 3420Foundation Of Personal Selling3
MKT 3670Consultative Problem Solving3

Course not offered on a regular basis. Students should consult with their academic advisor about terms of offering.

The X designation after a course number indicates this is an experimental course offered by the Department. Although in an experimental phase, these courses are open for registration just the same as permanent courses listed in the course catalog and count as elective choices in the major.

Students are limited to three business majors/degrees/minors within the Ivy College of Business. This limit is on business majors/degrees/minors only and does not apply to multiple majors/degrees/minors taken outside the Ivy College of Business.

Management, B.S.

Sample 4-Year Plan (Your plan may differ)

BUSAD 1020 or 10301ECON 10203
ECON 10103STAT 22603
COMS 11303PHIL 23003
ENGL 15003ACCT 28403
MATH 15003Global/International Perspective@3
LIB 16001BUSAD 20301
 14 16
ACCT 28503SPCM 31203
MGMT 37103ACCT 21503
ENGL 25003Business Core Course3
Natural Science3General Elective3
 15 15
MGMT 37003MGMT 42203
Business Core Courses6MGMT 47203
US Diversity#3Business Core Courses6
General Elective3General Elective3
 15 15
MGMT 47003MGMT 4780*3
MGMT Elective3MGMT Elective3
Global/International Perspective@3General Electives5
ENGL 30203 
Business Core Course3 
 18 14
Total Credits: 122

Courses in these requirements may also be used as Global Perspective.


US Diversity courses may be used to satisfy HUM/SOC SCI.


Must have credit or enrollment in all core courses listed above, except for MGMT 3720, plus senior standing, in order to enroll in MGMT 4780.

Graduation Requirements:

        1.  Grade of “C” or higher in at least 30 credits of Core and Major courses.

        2.  42 credits of 3000+ level courses from a four-year institution.

        3.  50% of required Business courses must be earned at ISU.

        4.  At least 32 credits and the LAST 32 credits must be earned at ISU (exceptions for study abroad and internship may be requested).

        5.  122 Credits minimum and a Cumulative GPA of at least 2.00 with no quality point deficiencies.

        6.  A grade of C or better in ENGL 2500 required, and also in one other required ENGL course.

        7.  All 3000-level and higher business credits must be earned at a four-year college.

        8.  Multiple business majors must have at least 15 distinct credits in each of the major requirements; when applicable, one course can be shared between business majors; see your advisor regarding multiple business degree requirements.

Undergraduate Minor in Management

The Department of Management and Entrepreneurship also offers a minor for non-Management majors in the Ivy College of Business. The minor requires 15 credits from an approved list of courses, including at least 6 credits in courses numbered 3000 or above taken at Iowa State University with a grade of C or higher. The minor must include at least 9 credits that are not used to meet any other department, college, or university requirement. Students with declared majors have priority over students with declared minors in courses with space constraints.

Required Courses (6 credits):
MGMT 3710Organizational Behavior3
MGMT 4780Strategic Management3
Elective Courses (9 credits):
Select nine credit hours from 3000- or 4000-level Management courses (excluding MGMT 3720).

Students are limited to three business majors/degrees/minors within the Ivy College of Business. This limit is on business majors/degrees/minors only and does not apply to multiple majors/degrees/minors taken outside the Ivy College of Business.

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Graduate Programs

The Department of Management and Entrepreneurship participates in the full-time and part-time Master of Business Administration (MBA) and in the Ph.D. in Business and Technology programs.

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

The MBA is a 48-credit, non-thesis, non-creative component curriculum. Thirty of the 48 credits are core courses and the remaining 18 are graduate electives. Within the MBA program, students can obtain a specialization in Leadership.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation, MBA students will:

  1. Demonstrate effective communication skills.
  2. Effectively lead and work in diverse teams.
  3. Critically solve business problems.
  4. Integrate ethical and global perspectives in decision making.

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Ph.D. in Business and Technology

The doctoral specialization in management (MGMT) will prepare students to conduct and publish scholarly research in management, including the sub-fields of strategy, organizational behavior, and human resource management. In addition to curriculum in these core areas, students will also take courses in research methods and the closely related area of entrepreneurship.

The goal of this program is to prepare students to compete for tenure-track positions at leading research universities in the United States and abroad. As a doctoral candidate, students will learn how to conduct impactful research, and they are expected to develop a research pipeline and publish their work in top academic journals before entering the job market.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation, Ph.D. students will be able to:

  1. Understand and advance knowledge.
  2. Create knowledge through original research.
  3. Teach effectively in an institution of higher education.

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