What is Management?

The Management concentration prepares students for entry level management positions and the opportunity to specialize in human resources. The focus is on organizing and managing human effort within organizations. Understanding how people, individually and collectively, contribute to the success of an existing business, non-profit, governmental agency or new enterprise is vital for the organization’s success.

What can I do with Management?

A concentration in Management gives students a broad overview of the concepts, principles and processes to effectively manage in organizations. Students learn practical tools for interacting with others and leading in today’s global environment. The track for human resource professionals is BUSA 342, 442, 449, and ECON 321.

Why Management at Pacific Lutheran University?

A graduate of Pacific Lutheran University with a concentration in Management is prepared for entry level management positions in a wide variety of organizations. PLU graduates of this discipline will also be equipped to make ethical decisions, think critically, understand the disciplinary foundations of organizations, be effective communicators, work and/or lead a successful team and appreciate global perspectives.


Management – 16 semester hours

16 semester hours from the following in a purposeful selection

  • BUSA 340: Non-Profit Management (4)
  • BUSA 342: Managing Human Resources (4)
  • BUSA 352: Global Management (4)
  • BUSA 358: Entrepreneurship (4)
  • BUSA 442: Leading Organizational Improvement (4)
  • BUSA 444: Project Management (4)
  • ECON 325: Industrial Organization, Management Strategy, and Market Structure (4)
  • Approved BUSA Special Topics Courses

Management concentration students are encouraged to tailor their course of study in consultation with their faculty advisor to gain the knowledge and skills needed for the type of organization or function they envision will fit their post-graduation interests.  Although there are many possible options, example courses of study include:

  • Entrepreneurship or Family Business: BUSA 342, 358, 442 and one Management and HR concentration course of students choice
  • Global Corporate Business: BUSA 342, 352, 442, and either 444 or ECON 325
  • Human Resources Management: BUSA 342, 442, 444,  and one Management and HR concentration course of student’s choice
  • Nonprofit Management: BUSA 340, 342, 442 and one Management and HR concentration course of student’s choice