What Can I Do With a Business Management Major?

 

This major is designed for students who expect to hold managerial positions in large or small organizations.

Business management involves two broad domains: One is working with people—hiring, training, coordinating and creating an effective environment for the attainment of organizational objectives. The other is laying a foundation for becoming a manager of a business or organizational unit where strategy and decision-making skills are important.

For more information, view Department of Management and Organizations website.


Degree Requirements

Includes foundation courses required for Professional Admission*, general education requirements, professional core courses, free electives and a list of courses to complete the Business Management major

The flexible curriculum in the Business Management major allows students to tailor their degree to fit their interests and goals.

Business Management majors, along with all other Eller students, take a basic management and organizational behavior course as a foundation. Business management majors then select from a list of elective major courses.

Sample Business Management Courses:

  • Human Resources Management
  • Production and Operations Management
  • Bargaining and Negotiation
  • International Management
  • Supply Chain and Logistics
  • Issues in Management
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Management of Effective Nonprofit Organizations
  • Managerial Judgment and Decision Making
  • Managing Groups and Teams
  • Communication and Cognition
  • Labor and Public Policy
  • Labor Arbitration
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Industrial Organizational Psychology
  • Complex Organizations

* Students must achieve Professional Admission (a competitive and selective application process) to move from the pre-professional phase to the professional phase. 
** Check the Degree/Academic Progress Report (APRR's) for your specific academic program requirements per the catalog.


Other Preparation

Research and Internships

Opportunities exist for students to participate in faculty research projects. The Department of Management and Policy sponsors an internship program through which students get practical experience, read assigned materials, attend seminars and prepare an internship report. (MGMT internships are coordinated through the Management and Organizations Department and are for fall and spring semesters only, no summer internships are available.)

Leadership Skills

To enhance leadership skills students are encouraged to attend leadership training workshops and conferences; including, but not limited to, public speaking, group dynamics, problem solving and evaluating techniques.

Clubs and Organizations

The college has a wide variety of professional fraternities, honoraries and student clubs. Student organizations offer: career information; networking opportunities; social and professional activities; and provide leadership roles and skills building opportunities.

Student organizations for Business Management majors include (but are not limited to):

  • EMA-The Eller Management Association
  • Students Consulting for Nonprofit Organizations
  • The Management Honorary, Sigma Iota Epsilon

Visit the Eller Undergraduate Student Organizations website for more information.


Career Opportunities

Business-management jobs occur in a variety of organizations: manufacturers, hospitals, charities, hotels, government and so forth. Among the many types of occupations are:

  • Management Development Trainee
  • Project Management
  • Small Business Management
  • Human Resource Administration
  • Management/Organizational Analysis
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Officer
  • Regional Operations Management
  • Production Management
  • Retail Store Management
  • Business Development
  • Sales Apprenticeship
  • Insurance/Annuities Sales
  • Athletic Sales
  • Territory Sales Management
  • Hospitality Management

View PDF of Types of Jobs and Employers


Salaries

Starting salaries vary by size and type of employer, location, course work, and experience. National average starting salary offers:

  • Eller Marketing graduate average offer: $48,692 (Eller Graduate Survey, 2016)
  • National Business Administration/Management graduate average salary offer: $51,452 (NACE Salary Survey, 2015)

Recruitment Opportunities

Business Management graduates obtain jobs through various avenues, leading to placements with a wide range of firms and organizations.

Recruitment opportunities include the annual "Career Days," sponsored each fall semester by UA Career Services, as well as the fall semester's "Eller Expo" and the spring semester "Career Showcase" coordinated by Eller College Student Council and Delta Sigma Pi.

sample of employers that hired Eller College Business Management majors in the 2015-2016 school year:

A23 Studios

ADPAlliance BernsteinAltria

Amazon

Apollo Robotics Systems 

Banner University Medical Center

Clique Meet

CNA Financial

Cognizant

Dale Carnegie Training

Dew Wealth Management

Dick's Sporting Goods

Enterprise Holdings

Ethos Lending

Eurocraft Construction

Ferguson

Governor's Office of Workforce Transportation

Hamstra Heating & Cooling

Havas PR

Howard Air

Insight Global

Intelligent Office

Jive

Junior Golf Association of Arizona

Keller Williams Southern AZ

Liberty Mutual

Macy's

Marriott Hotels International

MGM Resorts International

Miami Dolphins

Mondelez International

MoPro

National Hospitality Supply

Nestle

Peppermint Jim

Property Home Mortgage

Quicken Loans

Raytheon

Ross

SABIC

Six Flags Great America

Suffolk Construction 

Swaine Asphalt

Target

TEKsystems

Texas Instruments

The Frank Recruitment Group

The Navigators

USAA

Vanguard

Vive Peru

Wherdugo

Wilson Sporting Goods

Workday

Eller and UA Resources

Major Advisor
Frank Barile

Career Coach
Adrienne Perez

UA Career Services 
Student Union, Suite 411 
520-621-2588 

Undergraduate Programs
Eller College of Management 
McClelland Hall 204
520-621-2505

Department of Management and Organizations 
McClelland Hall 405 
520-621-1053