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Management and Leadership

Undergraduate - Business Students
Full-time Program

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.

Recent Graduate Data
Median Starting Salary
$45,000
At Time of Graduation
79% Placement

In addition to the required foundation courses, students will have an opportunity to complete one of the following focused curriculum tracks through the selection of 3 unique upper division elective courses within the track.

NOTE: tracks and courses are subject to change in the future according to changes in resources and needs.

Refer to our advising handouts for the complete list of requirements.

Foundation Courses (Required)
  • MGMT 405: Ethical Decision Making in Business
  • MGMT 410: Human Resources Management
  • MGMT 440: Advanced Organizational Behavior
  • MGMT 470: Leadership in Business Organizations
  • +3 Advanced Business Electives
Elective Tracks
  • ***Organizational Leadership
  • MGMT 437: Developing Management Skills
  • MGMT 455: General MGMT Processes/Change
  • MGMT 472: Project Management
  • MGMT 485: Business Consulting
  • MGMT 525: Negotiations and Dispute Settlement
  • IBUS 480: International Management
  • ***Entrepreneurship
  • ENTR 410: Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • ENTR 430: Corporate Entrepreneurship
  • ENTR 450: Advanced Entrepreneurship
  • ENTR 460: Entrepreneurial Finance
  • ENTR 480: Management of Small Business
  • ENTR 490: Social Entrepreneurship
  • ***Human Resources
  • MGMT 412: HR Data Analytics
  • MGMT 413: Recruiting & Selecting Effective Employees
  • MGMT 416: Training, Development, & Managing Careers
  • MGMT 419: Managing Performance & Compensation
  • MGMT 431: Legal Environment for Managing Employees
  • MGMT 434: International Human Resource Management
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

Admissions

Freshman Direct Admission

Applicants accepted at KU with an interest in business are eligible for direct admission into the School of Business if they have an index score of greater than or equal to 5.55. The index score is calculated using a student’s high school GPA and ACT composite or SAT math and evidence-based reading and writing scores: (ACT/10) + HS GPA = index score.

Students should refer to the official ACT/SAT concordance table when comparing SAT scores to ACT scores.

Incoming freshmen, divide your ACT score by 10 and add your GPA to get your index score. Students with an index score greater than or equal to 5.55 will be admitted directly to the School of Business. The graph shows two areas, separated by a thick line. Students whose scores are plotted above the line are eligible for direct admission to the School of Business.

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.

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

  • Sophomore standing (30 credit hours)
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA overall and in business coursework
  • Completion of three pre-admission foundation courses (list of coursework)

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.

International Students

International students must be admitted to KU through International Recruitment and Undergraduate Admissions prior to completing the KU School of Business application.

Incoming international freshmen who meet the requirements for direct admission (see "Freshmen Direct Admission" above) will be admitted directly to the School of Business.

International students who do not meet the requirements for direct admission may also enter the School of Business through the competitive admissions process.

Students are eligible to apply to the School of Business during the semester they will complete the following minimum application requirements:

  • Sophomore standing (30 credit hours)
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA overall and in business coursework
  • Completion of three pre-admission foundation courses (list of coursework)

Learn more about applying to the School of Business as an international student.

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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