Inspiring leaders for the future.

Building and managing a successful business has always been challenging, which is why today’s business leaders need skills in creativity, critical thinking, communication, cultural awareness and computer knowledge. At Marian, you’ll be inspired to become a leader in business through earning a degree in management.

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The Program

Through the management program, you’ll take courses that address all facets of business, including accounting, economics, finance, law, management, marketing and personnel. You’ll acquire the skills to navigate the workplace and the world, with business curriculum and Marian’s liberal arts classes providing you a broad depth of knowledge and understanding in the business field. In addition, many management students complement their major with another business major or minor to further enhance their opportunities and increase their marketability.

For more details regarding this program, view Marian’s Academic Bulletin.

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General Education Program

46-49 credits of University requirements, including:

Prerequisites:

An examination of the private, corporate and social dimensions of business life in the context of a total ethical life. Economic theories and actual business practices and cases are considered and evaluated from the perspective of established normative ethical principles.

Prerequisites:

An introduction to the overall functioning of an economic system with a view toward understanding the factors underlying income, employment, and prices on the aggregate level. Topics include such monetary and fiscal policies as suggested by the relevant theories discussed.

Prerequisites:

MAT 001 Basic Algebra, MAT 002 Essential College Mathematics, with grade of C or higher or an appropriate math placement test score

A course designed to acquaint the business student with mathematical techniques used in business and common business applications of those techniques.

Prerequisites:

MAT 112 Pre-Calculus Mathematics, Appropriate math placement test score or MAT 112 with a grade of C or higher

A first course in the calculus treating functions of one variable. Topics include limits, continuity, derivatives, and integrals of polynomial rational functions. A major emphasis of this course is the application of these concepts to problems arising out of industry, economics, business, and the sciences.

This course introduces the basic concepts of computer technology, the use of integrated microcomputer software, and the role of information technology in a wide range of professions. The first half of the course covers basic information on computer components and peripherals, as well as foundation concepts in using the Internet as a research tool, word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software. The remainder of the course is divided into modules focusing on computer software used in a range of professional endeavors, such as education, publishing, marketing, programming, and graphic arts.

TEC 102 is highly recommended.

Business programs core, 34 credits as follows:

31 credits:

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to generally accepted accounting principles, basic accounting systems, accounting theory; and financial statements.

A course in resume writing, interviewing skills, techniques for personal enhancement, and international business etiquette; supplies the student with criteria beyond academics for acceptance into the world of work and future entry-level management positions.

Prerequisites:

An interdisciplinary introduction to the basic principles of data analysis with an emphasis on application. Students are expected to apply these principles to data analysis in their respective areas of study. The applied focus is on the computerized application of summary statistics, one/two/multi-sample tests, linear models, association tests, randomness/normality tests, time series comparison, quality control charts and probability distributions as used across a variety of community and organizational settings. Other techniques may be added as appropriate for specific disciplines.

Prerequisites:

This course introduces the student to the economic, political, social and cultural issues of operating a business in a global economy. An understanding of exchange rate mechanisms, international trade agreements and international strategies will be developed.

A study of business law. Topics included in the course include the American legal system, contracts, property, negotiable instruments, creditors’ rights and bankruptcy, agency, business organizations, labor and employment relations, government regulations, and torts.

Prerequisites:

A capstone business course that integrates the functional areas of a business with the strategic decision-making process. In a team environment, students are expected to employ the skills and knowledge learned from their academic career in a computer-simulated industry. An analysis of case studies and/or current business articles will also be used to link academic concepts and theories to real-world situations. (Senior Standing, all Business core courses must be completed before taking this course.)

Prerequisites:

This course is an introduction to microeconomics: the study of how households and firms interact and make decisions to allocate limited resources in the markets for goods and services.

Prerequisites:

An introduction to financial management. Topics include the role of financial managers and financial markets, valuation of corporate securities, risk and return, financial statement analysis and capital budgeting.

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A systematic analysis of the management process involving an integration of classical, behavioral, and modern contemporary philosophies. The importance of relating the theoretical principles of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling to practical experience is featured.

Prerequisites:

ENG 105 Expository Writing, ENG 230 Professional Comp. & Research Writing, or appropriate English placement test score

A general overview of the scope and significance of marketing both domestically and internationally. The course emphasizes the marketing of consumer and industrial goods and analysis of the marketing mix variables of product, price, promotion and place. It introduces marketing policies and practices of business firms.

This course introduces information technology systems that support organizational decision-making and problem solving. The course surveys the technical and organizational issues involved in the use and design of information systems and how the application of IT can enable an organization to improve quality, timeliness, and competitive advantage.

3 credits from the following:

An application of contemporary communication theory to practical business situations, and an application of traditional rhetoric and communication theory to oral presentations. Students study communication theory; practice basic forms of business writing; write, deliver and evaluate public speeches; and explore communication systems in modern corporations.

This course focuses on the exploration of fundamental principles of effective communication. Skilled communication behaviors are developed through the study and practice of interpersonal communication, public speaking, listening, and group dynamics. Practical applications include class discussion, group activities, listening exercises, and individual presentations.

A course applying traditional rhetoric and communication theory to oral presentations. Students study, write, deliver and evaluate public speeches. Emphasis is placed on the students’ ability to speak from an outline in a variety of situations including informative speaking, persuasive speaking and demonstration speaking. All presentations are made in class and videotaped to aid in evaluation.

Management courses, 18-21 credits as follows:

12 credits:

 

Prerequisites:

This course aims squarely at the customer-serving objectives of effective operations in creating a world-class service or manufacturing concern. Effective domestic and international operations management (OM) requires continually improving the operating process and resources of the organization, especially people. OM requires harnessing the talents of front-line employees, technicians, experts, and upper-level managers while blending the interests of customers, employees and other stakeholders in the face of work force diversity, changing technologies and a global economy. The course also highlights the interdependencies between operations and other functional areas as marketing, finance/accounting, product/service design, human resources, and information systems.

A study of the efficient flow of inventories within manufacturing and services operations. Topics include purchasing, receiving and stores, inventory management and valuation, inventory control systems, materials handling and physical distribution. The course addresses the legal ramifications specific to goods and services.

Prerequisites:

The course provides the overview of an organization’s process and quality management programs. This course addresses principles and practices in process and continuous improvement of quality in the business and non-business enterprise. Covers commonly accepted techniques for achieving quality – e.g., benchmarking, Baldrige criteria, ISO 9000/14000. Particular attention is given to philosophies and methods of process managing for quality, and to tools for quality improvement. The instructional approach is highly experiential and interactive, and features contact with quality systems professionals. Includes an overview of the Total Quality Management (TQM) movement and how the application of TQM techniques achieves customer satisfaction, continuous improvement, and employee involvement. This course introduces the quality philosophy in business. Topics include the linkages between the voice of the customer, the role of information systems, and the human resource management function and how they all tie together to forge the quality direction of an organization.

Prerequisites:

( also FIN 403) This course deals with computer applications in quantitative management decision making at an advanced level. Students will utilize a variety of research tools to locate, analyze and evaluate information. It will investigate the use and application of computer technologies within organizations such as management support systems, decision support systems and executive information systems. Hands on application of front-end software, such as Microsoft Office, will be used to conceptualize, analyze, and develop technological solutions to practical business situations.

03 credits:

Prerequisites:

A course designed to provide the student with field work experience through a work opportunity related to the student’s career objective. A learning contract is used to focus expectations, duration of the experience, and means for evaluation. The student will benefit applying classroom learning to actual job experience. (“0” credit receives CR/NC grade.)

Prerequisites:

A course designed to provide the student with field work experience through a work opportunity related to the student’s career objective. A learning contract is used to focus expectations, duration of the experience, and means for evaluation. The student will benefit from applying classroom learning to actual job experience. (“0” credit receives CR/NC grade.)

6 credits from the following:

A study of selected topics offered at the discretion of the instructor. Open to qualified juniors and seniors who wish to do advanced work and consent of instructor.

This course addresses topics from selected themes of contemporary interest in the broad content area of business and may focus on accounting, economics, management, leadership, marketing, finance, and technology. This course will explore questions raised by emerging new issues in the field of business and their potential impact on business, research, and society.

Prerequisites:

An overview of employee involvement, leadership skills, and other management and organization behavior principles affecting human resources and relations – individual, group, and organizational. Topics include: motivation, communication, rewards, leadership, conflict, decision making, organizational structure, performance evaluation, and organizational change. The “human side of enterprise” will be examined in a cross-cultural context whether applied in domestic, offshore, or multi-national organizations.

Prerequisites:

A comprehensive study of the personnel management function: planning, recruiting, testing, selection, training, compensation, policy development, performance appraisal, government regulations, and labor relations.

Prerequisites:

This course examines leadership in contemporary organizations. It addresses the leader’s role in accomplishing organizational objectives in a complex, changing, contemporary, global, team-based values-challenged environment. The course reviews approaches to leadership (Behavioral, Transformational, Situational, and Values based), and the impact of successful leadership on the organization. It examines processes involved in the leadership and development of heterogeneous and homogeneous work teams. Students will gain self-awareness of their personal leadership styles, interpersonal skills and values affecting their leadership through experiential exercises and self-assessment.

Prerequisites:

This course focuses on the functions and activities in a team-based, project-management organization. The project life cycle is discussed. Activities such as initiating, planning, staffing, budgeting, executing, piloting/testing and monitoring the project are addressed. Key issues and challenges facing the project manager are identified. Hands-on experience is provided through case studies, exercises and projects.

Prerequisites:

Course provides an overview of major processes and procedures related to safety, security, and health in the work place. Students will gain an understanding of standards for occupational safety and health related to the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Safety and health hazards, causes of accidents and injuries, record keeping standards, and analysis of statistics are discussed. Measures organizations can take to promote safety, security, health and wellness are discussed.

16-22 credits:

University elective

Professional Standards in business

Business programs at Marian University are accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) whose mission is to promote and recognize excellence in business education in institutions of higher education worldwide, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, through specialized accreditation of business programs.

Accreditation Standards

Marian adheres to the following principles of business education promoted by IACBE:

Principle 1: Outcomes Assessment. The academic business unit has developed and fully implemented an outcomes assessment process consistent with their mission and broad-based goals.

Principle 2: Strategic Planning. The academic business unit has developed and implemented a strategic planning process that enables continuous improvement and guides it into the future consistent with its mission.

Principle 3: Curriculum. Programs offered are consistent with current, acceptable business practices and the expectations of professionals in the academic and business communities.

Principle 4: Faculty. Appropriate program coverage is provided by highly-qualified faculty with adequate time to devote to teaching, service, and scholarly activity.

Principle 5: Scholarly and Professional Activities. Faculty members are involved in scholarly and professional activities that enhance the depth and scope of their knowledge.

Principle 6: Resources. Financial resources available are sufficient to support a high-quality learning environment.

Principle 7: Internal and External Relationships. The academic business unit has effective working relationships with other functional units within the institution, meaningful linkages to business practitioners and organizations, effective relationships with external organizations, and is accountable to the public.

Principle 8: International Business Education. The academic business unit ensures that students possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to understand and deal effectively with critical issues in a dynamic global business environment

Principle 9: Educational Innovation. The academic business unit maintains environment that encourages and recognizes innovation and creativity in the education of business students.

Professional Conduct (Standard for Students)

Faculty and Staff in the School of Business expect the highest standards of honest, ethical professional conduct from each of our students. Primary components of professional behavior expected include:

  • respect for others
  • full engagement
  • responsibility and integrity, and
  • commitment to quality.

Mission

The goal of the Management Program is for students to gain an understanding of theory, frameworks, processes and practice of managing individuals and groups including continuous improvement and leadership in organizations.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will possess an integrated knowledge of business functions & systems.
  • Students will Possess effective written communications skills.
  • Students will Possess effective oral communications skills.
  • Students will be able to effectively apply critical thinking skills to business problems.
  • Students will understand management theories and practices related to structure, processes, communication, decision-making, and culture in organizations.
  • Students will value ethical principles and application of individual and business ethics and values to business situations.
  • Students will apply a case solving methodology to management cases and be introduced to techniques for analyzing and solving organizational problems.
  • Students will understand and practice methods of continuous improvement for organizations.
  • Students will become sensitized to worldwide economic, labor, political, social, cultural, and competitive markets.

As a graduate of the management program, you’ll find career success in a variety of settings, ranging from banking services and human resources to operations management and quality management. With numerous hands-on internship experiences, you’ll be one step ahead of the competition and find success in both the private and public sectors.

MANAGEMENT – Traditional (Day) Program

Assessment

Outcome: Knowledge Acquisition – Business

Measure: Peregrine CPC Comp Exam

Results:

Marian Baseline Target = 50 %-ile (51.9% correct)

Comparison (IACBE schools) = 50%-ile (51.9% correct)

Marian Stretch Goal = 80%-ile (62.5% correct)

Marian Average achieved = 78%-ile (59.9% correct)

Marian Highest Achieved = 98%-ile (79% correct)

Conclusions:

On average, Marian students performed higher than the IACBE comparison average.

Almost half of Marian students performed in the top 20 percent nationally (45%).

In general, students have good knowledge of business concepts as measured by the CPC-Comp.

Outcome: Integrated Knowledge of Business

Measure: CAPSIM Business Simulation

Results:

Standard: Balanced Scorecard – Standard = at/above National average (50th %-ile)

Stretch Goal: Balanced Scorecard – Standard = at/above 80th %-ile

Marian Achieved = All teams above average except 1. (Range: 16th to 96th %-ile)

Marian Stretch Goal Achieved: 44% of teams at or above 80%

Conclusions:

94% of Marian teams achieved results at or above the national average compared with others teams.

44% of Marian teams achieved the stretch goal performing at or above the 80th percentile.

In general, students do well in the simulation, demonstrating integrated knowledge of business.

Internships

Recent graduates have held internships in places such as:

  • Agnesian Healthcare
  • Consumer Portfolio Services
  • Eden Meat Market
  • Fond du Lac YMCA
  • Gleason Reel Corp.
  • Menasha Corporation

International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE)

Marian University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), located in Lenexa, Kansas. The business programs in the following degrees are accredited by the IACBE:

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) with majors in Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, Health Care Administration, Management, Marketing, Sport & Recreation Management.
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) with major in Information Technology.
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with majors in General Management, Health Care Administration, Human Resource Management, Marketing, Operations and Supply Chain Management.
  • Master of Science (MS) with concentration in Organizational Leadership.

International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education
11374 Strang Line Road
Lenexa, Kansas 66215, USA
(913) 631-3009
www.iacbe.org

Marian University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Marian’s business faculty will prepare you to achieve your goals through a classroom experience centered on a personal, applied approach. Through the program, you’ll be prepared to plan, organize, direct and manage an organization’s activities, all while becoming a leader in business and achieving your professional goals.

Criteria for Undergraduate Business Students

A student who meets Marian University admission standards and who declares a business major must comply with the following standards at each class level:

Freshman Criteria (for students with at least 30 credits completed)

Students should have completed the following with a minimum grade of C:

  • ENG 101 or ENG 105

Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00

Sophomore Criteria (for students with at least 60 credits completed)

Students should have completed the following with a minimum grade of C:

  • ENG 151 or ENG 106
  • MAT 111 or MAT 130 or MAT 132
  • BUA 210
  • Science lab(s)

Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00

Junior and Senior Criterion (for students with at least 80 credits completed)

Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00

Failure to Meet Criteria

Any business student failing to meet these criteria is placed on probation. During the first semester of probation, students may continue taking business courses. If the student has failed to meet the criteria after one semester on probation, that student may only retake deficient classes and general education requirements.

Graduation Requirements

A business student is not allowed to graduate with a D+ or lower grade in any business course. If such a grade is recorded, the course must be retaken and a grade of C- or above must be achieved. All business students are required to take a comprehensive exit examination during the semester prior to graduation. Students pursuing more than one major in the business program must complete at least 15 credits of unique courses to count in each major. Students pursuing a minor must complete at least 9 credits of courses unique to the minor.

Internship Experience

The internship provides practical work experience related to the student’s career objective. All internships involve planned and supervised on-the-job training with interaction among the student, a faculty advisor, and a supervisor from the site of the internship. The student may complete the internship on a part- or full-time basis. Before the student begins their internship, they must consult with the internship coordinator in their respective discipline to review requirements and expectations.

Prior to the start of the internship, the site must be approved and a learning contract and supervisor agreement must be completed. Students are eligible to register for a 0-3 credit internship upon achieving junior status. Specific internship requirements such as number of hours, paperwork, and other assignments may differ depending on major. Students must consult with the program director and internship coordinator for these details and cannot register for the internship until authorized by the internship coordinator. Business students are required to complete a minimum of one internship experience regardless of the number of declared majors.

 

School of Business video

Inspiring future leaders, Marian’s business programs prepare students for all facets of the business world. Watch to learn more about Marian’s Business Programs.

 

Alumni Spotlight: Meet Kira Schnell-Harrison, class of ’08. Kira graduated from Marian University with a Marketing degree and is now employed as a Retail Account Specialist with Simmons Bedding Company. Watch Kira’s story.

Internships are one of the many opportunities to gain hands-on experience while receiving an education at Marian University. Senior Kate Kostac, is just one shining example of a student who had a great experience while completing their internship. Kate served as the Human Resources Intern at the Fond du Lac Family YMCA. Watch Kate’s story.

When given the opportunity to complete an internship as part of her program, Brooke took on the opportunity!! Hear about her experiences as a human resources intern at Agnesian. Watch Brooke’s story.

Learn more about Business programs at Marian!

 

Thomas DePaoli, Ph.D
Assistant Professor, Management Program Director
920-923-8531
tmdepaoli76@marianuniversity.edu

Teresa Lorenzoni
Adjunct Instructor
920-923-8965
talorenzoni94@marianuniversity.edu

David Washkoviak
Adjunct Instructor
920-923-8965
dgwashkoviak00@marianuniversity.edu

As part of Marian’s management program, you’ll apply knowledge gained in class to solving real-world problems through creativity, critical thinking and communication skills. You’ll engage in internships and cooperative work experiences with numerous businesses and organizations, which often lead to professional employment opportunities after graduation.

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For more information, please contact:

Office of Admission
920.923.7650
admission@marianuniversity.edu

Thomas DePaoli, Ph.D.
Management Program Director
920.923.8531
tmdepaoli76@marianuniversity.edu