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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
A student must meet the following minimum requirements to be eligible to apply for a Carson College of Business major:
- Complete the following courses with a grade of C or higher:
- B A 100 – Introduction to Business
- HBM 101 – Professional Development
- B A 102 – Exploring Careers in Business
- MATH 201 – Mathematics for Business & Economics (MATH 202 or ALEKS score of 80% or higher is an acceptable substitute. MATH 106 or MATH 140 will be accepted as alternatives to MATH 201 for transfer students.)
- ECONS 101 – Microeconomics OR ECONS 102 – Macroeconomics
- Complete the Carson Career Amplifier Program Year 1
- Have a WSU cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 and not be on academic probation
- Complete at least 27 credit hours
Students must apply to be admitted to the major during the term they anticipate completing the above requirements.
36 semester credits
The rotation schedule below shows when upper division business courses for the management major and the Human Resource Management and Innovation and Change tracks are offered during the year. The 7-week sessions are typically scheduled as follows:
- Fall Session 1: Late August to early October
- Fall Session 2: Mid-October to early December
- Spring Session 1: Early January to late February
- Spring Session 2: Early March to early May
- Summer Session 1: Mid-May to late June
- Summer Session 2: Late June to mid-August
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.
Management Rotation Schedule
|Course||Fall Session 1||Fall Session 2||Spring Session 1||Spring Session 2||Summer Session 1||Summer Session 2|
|FIN 325 – Introduction to Financial Management||Yes||No||Yes||No||Yes||No|
|IBUS 380 – International Business||No||Yes||No||Yes||No||Yes|
|MGMT 491 [CAPS] – Strategic Management||Yes||No||Yes||No||Yes||No|
|MGTOP 340 – Operations Management||No||Yes||No||Yes||No||Yes|
|MGTOP 470 – Business Modeling with Spreadsheets||No||No||No||No||Yes||No|
|MKTG 360 – Marketing||No||Yes||No||Yes||No||Yes|
|MGMT 450 – Personnel and Human Resources Management (HR Track)||No||Yes||No||Yes||No||Yes|
|MGMT 401 – Leading People and Organizations||No||Yes||No||No||No||No|
|MGMT 487 – Business Ethics and Corporate Responsibility||No||No||No||No||Yes||No|
|MGMT 455 [M] – Recruiting and Hiring Human Capital (Human Resource Management Track)||No||No||Yes||No||No||No|
|MGMT 456 [M] – Evaluating and Rewarding Employees (Human Resource Management Track)||No||No||No||Yes||No||No|
|MGMT 483 [M] – Management of Innovation and Change (Innovation and Change Track)||No||No||Yes||No||No||No|
|ENTRP 489 – Entrepreneurial Management (Innovation and Change Track)|
MIS 441 - Global E-Commerce (Offered Summer 1 only)
MIS 420 – Business Intelligence (Offered Spring 2 only)
- * 6 credits of additional social sciences or humanities coursework: ANTH, ASIA, CES, CRM J, DTC, ECONS, ENGL, FINE ART, HIST, HUM, PHIL, PSYCH, SOC, HD, POL S, and WOMEN ST
- 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
*Cannot be used for any other requirement
Unlike online management degree programs at other institutions, the Carson College of Business has a six-credit international experience requirement to help students develop the skills to succeed in the global marketplace. A variety of options exists to fulfill this requirement, including study abroad, international internships, and approved coursework.
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.