Major in Management

Becoming a management professional is a huge responsibility. In addition to knowing the inner workings of your business, you must also be a people person who can promote, nurture and cultivate the emotional health of the organization. By pursuing a Management degree, you will gain a broad knowledge of business, finance, human resources and marketing as well as a variety of practical skills. Opportunities range from entrepreneurship to leadership. Our Management program will prepare you for a career in human resources, industrial production, management consulting, government, insurance, real estate, banking or hotel and restaurant management. A concentration in management also serves as a firm foundation for graduate studies in business, public administration or international studies. Skilled managers are in high demand across the country. Prepare to fill the need by pursuing a degree at Washburn.

Career Forecast Bright OutlookAverage Salary $57,900on campus

BBA in Management

Learn about yourself and self-management through Washburn University's Management program. Learn about people and how to organize and lead them efficiently. Learn to communicate, listen and interact. Most importantly, learn how to reach your potential!

Our curriculum is designed to provide you with an understanding of principles and theories that guide human behavior and organizational practices. Courses in the fields of organization theory, human relationships, administrative communication and related behavioral areas provide you with a solid knowledge base that is enhanced by hands-on experiences. Before managing others, manage your own career by choosing Washburn University.

  • Accreditation: Washburn School of Business is accredited by AACSB, a distinction bestowed upon only the top 5% of business schools nationwide
  • Our placement rate is 87.7% with 68.5% of graduates entering the workforce and 19.2% pursuing graduate studies.
  • Washburn's Business students consistently score in the 80th percentile on the Major Field Test (MFT), a national exam that's given to more than 550 U.S. business schools.
  • Washburn students enjoy smaller class sizes, which are usually no more than 20 students.
  • Most classes are delivered by professors with doctoral degrees, who have extensive teaching experience and strong research portfolios or practical experiences.
  • Students participate in simulations, teamwork projects and experiential exercises that provide the opportunity to apply their knowledge to real-world problems and assist area businesses.
  • Networking opportunities between students and regional businesses are provided through the Rotaract Club, which is sponsored by a Topeka area Rotary Club.
  • In the Student Human Resource Club, you can develop a network with regional business professionals who assist in finding internships, jobs and scholarships.
  • Attending full-time, you can complete your degree in four years.

Merits of Management

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Meet Katie

"The leadership skills I've developed through Washburn's Management program in the School of Business have been far above what I expected. I have this confidence now that I am capable of achieving my career goals and growing as a professional. The support shown by the Washburn Business faculty gives students a chance to be creative and take on leadership roles within the classroom."

Katie Mayer
BBA Management 2020/MBA 2021

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Meet Nenah

"Washburn's Business School has the most outstanding professors and students. Professors have real world experiences and put you to the test rather than always relying on textbooks. Even while going to school with a child, the professors still made me feel welcomed and always checked on me and my own. I will definitely miss all of my professors and classmates but I will never forget the knowledge they gave me. If you are looking for a phenomenal student body and professors in the Management emphasis, this is the school for you!"

Nenah Hewins
BBA Management, 2020

Admissions & Advising

Washburn faculty and staff are ready to help you plan your educational journey. Whether you are a freshman and starting out or an upperclassman who needs an advisor, we are prepared to answer your questions and continue to provide support.

Students are eligible for admission to the School of Business after completing seven lower-division courses. Learn about the three steps required for declaration of major, application and admission.

Freshmen and students new to the School of Business should visit with Stacy Woltje initially for help in determining their degree track. Sophomores, juniors and seniors may choose a faculty member advisor.

Determining the correct catalog year is very important when using our advising literature.  Catalog years dictate the requirements of your degree program and can change from year to year.  These requirements will remain in force for up to seven years, or until the student decides to choose a newer catalog year.  Sometimes it makes sense for a student to choose a newer catalog, while other times it’s more advantageous to use the older catalog.  Regularly working with your advisor ensures you are following the right degree track.


For students who started at Washburn on or before Summer 2019: Use the 2018-2019 catalog (updated general education program – requiring 9 hours from each of the core distribution areas of Humanities, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences)

For students who started at Washburn in Fall 2019-Summer 2020: Use the 2019-2020 catalog (additional writing elective added within the Humanities requirement)

For students who started at Washburn in Fall 2020-Summer 2021: Use the 2020-2021 catalog (additional course in BU248 Data Analytics added to Business Core requirements)

The following courses are required for a concentration in Management:
  • BU302 Business Communications or an approved Management elective
  • BU345 Human Resource Management
  • BU346 Organizational Behavior
  • EC341 Labor Economics
  • Twelve additional upper division elective hours in accounting, business or economics

By the Numbers

CAREER FORECAST: bright outlook
Employment of human resources specialists is predicted to grow by 7% from 2019 until 2029, which is faster than the average for all occupations. Companies are likely to continue to outsource human resources functions to organizations that provide these services, rather than directly employing human resources specialists. In addition, the services of human resources generalists will likely be needed to handle increasingly complex employment laws and benefit options.

Experienced Salary

$71,740

Placement Rate

87.7%

Annual Scholarships

$400,000
(to WU Business students)

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