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A management degree from USM prepares you for leadership success in many career fields in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.

Managers Plan, Organize, Lead, and Control Resources

Effective management ensures the attainment of organizational goals through planning, organizing, leading, and controlling organizational and human resources. All courses in the management major explore and develop skills in these four managerial functions.

  • Planning: selecting goals and ways to attain them
  • Organizing: assigning tasks, delegating authority, and allocating resources
  • Leading: motivating employees to accomplish assigned tasks and organizational goals
  • Controlling: monitoring activities and outcomes and making necessary corrections


Upon completion of foundation courses in management, students will take courses focused on organizational behavior, organization theory, and human resource management.

Study Abroad

Study abroad programs led by USM business faculty are established for Japan/South Korea and as part of the British Studies Program. Ask us about opportunities to learn in other countries.

Degree Options

There is one Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree available with this major.

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Our graduates are currently working as executives, operations managers, plant managers, general managers, and human resource managers.

Our graduates have careers with Cintas, Sherwin Williams, Sanderson Farms, and Mississippi Power.

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