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Management and Leadership

Undergraduate - Business Students
Full-time Program
Recent Graduate Data
Median Starting Salary
At Time of Graduation
79% Placement

KU’s management and leadership major will provide you with an array of skills to help you effectively manage a team, department or even company. The mix of theoretical and practical lessons in planning, organizing, leading and controlling organizations will prepare you to be an effective leader, whether you end up working for a bank or for a nonprofit. To narrow your focus into a particular field of interest, you can declare a concentration.

Refer to the Program Guide in the Advising Handouts for the complete list of requirements.

Required Courses
  • MGMT 410: Human Resouces Management
  • MGMT 437: Personal Skills Managing People
  • MGMT 455: General MGMT Processes/Change
  • IBUS 480: International Management (AE42)
  • +3 Advanced Business Electives
Advanced Business Electives (400 or higher)
  • Managing Performance and Compensation
  • Legal Environment for Managing Employees
  • Role of General Managers
  • Project Management
  • Business Consulting
  • Negotiations and Dispute Settlement
  • Recruiting and Selecting Effective Employees
  • Training, Development, and Management
  • International Human Resource Management
  • Leadership in Business Organizations
Required Hours: 12  +  Elective Hours: 9  =  Total Hours: 21

A degree in management and leadership will provide you with the skills to effectively lead a group of people. Many graduates secure jobs in sales, human resources, entrepreneurship, retail, general management and management rotational programs.

Like many fields of business, it is important to network as a management and leadership major. You should also attend shadowing days to get a taste for jobs you may want when you graduate. Look into leadership positions within clubs on campus or through KU’s LeaderShape program. Experience through a summer internship or part-time work will allow you to be competitive with other management and leadership graduates. For more information on careers in management, check out Business Career Services.

Typical positions include:
  • Benefits Administrator
  • Branch Manager
  • Business Development Officer
  • Contract Administrator
  • Fundraiser/Development Officer
  • Human Resource Administrator
  • Management Analyst
  • Meeting and Convention Planner
  • Public Administrator
  • Property, Real Estate Manager
  • Personnel Recruiter


Freshman Direct Admission

Incoming freshmen are eligible for direct admission to the School of Business if they meet all of the following requirements:

  • Earn an ACT score of 25 or above or a SAT combined score of 1200 or above (math and critical reading)
  • Earn at least a 3.25 high school GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Indicate a business major on application to KU

Learn more about direct admission.

Competitive Admission

Current KU students that wish to enter the School of Business must go through the Competitive Admissions process. There are two application cycles each year – a February 15 deadline for fall admission, and a September 15 deadline for spring admission.

Students apply during the semester they will complete the following minimum application requirements:

  • Junior standing (60 credit hours)
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA overall AND in business and economics coursework (both KU and non-KU credits)
  • Completion of foundation coursework (list of coursework)

Applicants satisfying these requirements are ranked by academic merit and considered for admission based on rank and available space.

Learn more about competitive admission.

Transfer Students

Only students admitted to KU through Office of Admissions (domestic students) or International Undergraduate Admissions (international students) are permitted to complete the KU School of Business application. Admission to the School of Business is done through the Competitive Admission process.

Learn more about transferring to the School of Business.

Edwards Campus BBA

For adult non-traditional students in Johnson County and the metropolitan Kansas City area, the KU School of Business offers the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) at the KU Edwards Campus.

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