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Application Deadline

  • Spring: December 8
  • Summer: April 12 (early sessions)
  • Fall: July 19

Class Begins

  • Spring: January 8, 2024
  • Summer: May 6, 2024 (early sessions)
  • Fall: August 19, 2024

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Arts
in Business Administration

WSU College

Carson College of Business

Manage. Lead. Succeed.

Management isn’t only a profession, it’s an art. Those who succeed in this field hone their craft by continuously learning and improving their management skills and leadership abilities. If you interested in a career helping to lead organizations to success, majoring in management is a great place to start.

Why Major in Management?

WSU’s management major—available completely online—offers a well-rounded curriculum designed to teach you the skills and practical knowledge you need to launch or advance a career as a professional manager, how to motivate and lead people, anticipate change and improve the planning, structure and operation of organizations.

Find out more from a Management Outstanding Senior!

What You’ll Learn

What you’ll learn as a WSU management major is applicable to business of all sizes and types. These businesses require managers that are problem solvers, have a global perspective, and can help guide business decisions that impact financial wellbeing. Successful managers are expert communicators, planners and strategic thinkers, with the ability to recognize and prioritize critical tasks for both themselves and those they supervise.

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WSU Management Program Strengths

  • WSU’s Carson College of Business is among only 2% of business programs worldwide whose programs are fully accredited by AACSB International (the world’s foremost business accreditation) at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels.
  • Learn from management faculty ranked among the top 20 for published research output.
  • WSU’s internationally-recognized management professors form close relationships with students, bring current research into courses, and provide career guidance.
  • Choose between two tracks, Innovation and Change or Human Resource Management, to gain additional marketable skills.

Courses Designed for Flexibility

The Carson College of Business offers its upper division courses in a 7-week format. Several required upper division courses are offered only once per year. Students will be required to take some courses during the summer.

The 7-week sessions allow students to complete two or four 7-week courses during a traditional 16-week semester and can be taken concurrently with 16-week non-business courses. The 7-week courses are accelerated and require about 15-20 hours of work per week but allow for a more flexible schedule suited for working students. The current 7-week management major course rotation schedule is provided below in the Program of Study under Management Core Requirements and Course Rotation Schedule.  

Program of Study

All courses are available online

All WSU undergraduates must complete a minimum of 120 semester credits of which 40 credits must be at the 300 – 400 level. Students must also complete the University Common Requirements (UCORE). These can generally be satisfied with a direct transfer degree. For a list of direct-transfer agreements, visit WSU’s Transferring an Associate Degree web page.

Students must also complete the College of Business graduation requirements and the program requirements of the degree.

Admission to the Major

To be eligible to be admitted to a WSU Carson College of Business major, students must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Complete ECONS 101 or 102, MATH 201 or 202, B_A 100, B_A 102 and HBM 101 with a C or higher
  • Complete the applicable portion of the Carson Career Amplifier Program (Tier 1 or Crimson Pathway 1)
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 and not be on academic probation
  • Complete at least 27 credit hours

Students Must Complete the Courses Below as Required by the Carson College of Business

FULL SEMESTER COURSES: Offered Each TermSpring Semester
(Jan. – May)
Summer Session
(May – July)
(Aug. – Dec.)
ECONS 101 [SSCI] – Fundamentals of Microeconomics YesYesYes
ECONS 102 [SSCI] – Fundamentals of MacroeconomicsYesYesYes
MATH 201 – Finite Math for Business
MATH 202 [QUAN] – Business CalculusYesYesYes
7-WEEK COURSES: Offered on a Rotation ScheduleSpring Session 1
(Jan. – Feb.)
Spring Session 2
(March – May)
Summer Session 1
(May – June)
Summer Session 2
(June – Aug.)
Fall Session 1
(Aug. – Oct.)
Fall Session 2
(Oct. – Dec.)
B_A 100 – Introduction to Business
(may be waived for qualifying transfer students)
B_A 102 – Exploring Careers in Business
(may be waived for qualifying transfer students)
HBM 101 – Professional and Career Development for the Business World (may be waived for qualifying transfer students)YesNoYesNoYesNo
ACCTG 230 – Financial AccountingNoYesNoYesNoYes
*ACCTG 231 – Managerial AccountingYesNoYesNoYesNo
B_LAW 210 – Business LawYesNoYesNoYesNo
B_A 212 – Decision Analysis, Spreadsheets and Data Visualization YesNoYesNoYesNo
MGTOP 215 – Business StatisticsYesNoYesNoYesNo
MIS 250 – Managing Information TechnologyNoYesNoYesNoYes
B_A 211 - Business Ethics, Teams, and InnovationNoYesNoYesNoYes
FIN 325 - Introduction to Financial ManagementYesNoYesNoYesNo
MGTOP 340 - Operations ManagementNoYesNoYesNoYes
MKTG 360 - Marketing YesNoYesNoYesNo
I_BUS 380 - International Business (requires admission to major)NoYesNoYesNoYes
MGMT 491 [CAPS] - Strategic Management (requires admission to major)YesNoYesNoYesNo

The course rotation schedules are provided for planning purposes. New students should refer to their personal planning worksheet created by their Global Campus academic advisor for initial planning. Once admitted to the major, students should refer to their Academic Progress Report in myWSU to track their academic progress.

The Carson Career Amplifier Program is a co-curricular program that complements what students are learning in the classroom. Students will develop professional skills through engaging, hands-on experiences.

For more information, visit the College of Business Carson Career Amplifier Program and watch a brief overview on YouTube: Career Amplifier Program Overview.

7-WEEK COURSES: Offered on a Rotation Schedule, and Require that Students are Admitted to the MajorSpring Session 1
(Jan. – March)
Spring Session 2
(March – May)
Summer Session 1
(May – June)
Summer Session 2
(June – Aug.)
Fall Session 1
(Aug. – Oct.)
Fall Session 2
(Oct. – Dec.)
MGMT 401 – Leading People and OrganizationsNoNoNoNoNoYes
MGMT 415- Managerial Effectiveness Through DiversityNoNoYesNoNoNo
MGMT 485 [M] – Negotiation SkillsNoNoNoNoYesNo
MGMT 450 – Personnel and Human Resources Management (Human Resource Management Track)NoYesNoYesNoYes
MGMT 455 [M] – Recruiting and Hiring Human Capital (Human Resource Management Track)YesNoNoNoNoNo
MGMT 456 [M] – Evaluating and Rewarding Employees (Human Resource Management Track)NoYesNoNoNoNo
MGMT 483 [M] – Management of Innovation and Change (Innovation and Change Track) YesNoNoNoNoNo
MGMT 487-Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (Innovation and Change Track)NoNoNoNoYesNo
MIS 448-Global IS Project Management (Innovation and Change Track)NoYesNoNoNoNo

The course rotation schedule is provided for planning purposes. New students should refer to their personal planning worksheet created by their Global Campus Academic Advisor for initial planning. Once admitted to the major, students should refer to their Academic Progress Report in myWSU to track their academic progress.

Students must complete the University Writing Portfolio, and two Writing in the Major [M] courses.

  • For students in the Human Resource Management Track, the Writing in the Major requirement will be fulfilled with MGMT 456 and MGMT 485.
  • For students in the Innovation and Change Track, the requirement will be fulfilled with MGMT 483 and MGMT 485.

  • *6 credits of additional social sciences or humanities coursework: [SSCI], [HUM], or ANTH, ASIA, CES, CRM_J, DTC, ECONS, ENGLISH, FINE_ART, HISTORY, HUMANITY, PHIL, PSYCH, SOC, H_D, POL_S, or WGSS
  • One of the following Communication courses:
    • COM 102 [COMM] – Public Speaking in the Digital Age
    • H_D 205 [COMM] – Developing Effective Communication and Life Skills
  • 3 credits Written Communications: ENGLISH 402 [WRTG] [M] – Technical and Professional Writing OR ENGLISH 403
  • 2.5 cumulative grade point average in all business courses
  • Nine upper division (300- and 400-level) courses must be taken at WSU
  • 6 credits International Experience Requirement: A variety of options exists to fulfill this requirement, including study abroad, international internships, and approved coursework.

*Cannot be used for any other requirement

Note: Students who have already completed a business degree through WSU may not return to complete a second business major.

Please review the online WSU Catalog for additional information about specific degree requirements.

Related Certificates

Global Campus offers these related undergraduate certificate programs that you can consider pairing with your Management major.