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Management Studies Bachelor's Degree Program

  • Credits:
  • Degree:
    Bachelor of Science

Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Management Studies provides a comprehensive management curriculum that covers both management theory and effective, practical management techniques. Management courses cover topics such as strategic planning, finance, diversity issues in the workplace, and ethics in business. As a management studies major, you’ll also develop skills in marketing and sales, human resource planning, and managing information system technologies in corporate and not-for-profit environments. The program includes hands-on learning opportunities and culminates with a research project in a management area of your choosing. Management studies classes are offered online and in classroom settings.

Cambridge College Management Studies Bachelor's Degree Program Highlights

Master the skills and strategies needed to effectively manage people and navigate complex business challenges, and serve as a leader in a variety of management situations. The Management Studies program at Cambridge College offers a flexible, affordable option for earning your bachelor’s degree and taking the next step in your career.  

  • Flexible evening, weekend, and online classes. Balance work and family time with the help of convenient evening/weekend intensive and online classes. Our programs are specifically designed to meet the needs of adult learners – 83% of our students are age 25 and older.
  • Affordable tuition. Our tuition rate is among the country’s most affordable for a four-year private nonprofit college. We also offer a variety of scholarships and financial aid options to help you with the cost of education. Explore financial aid opportunities at Cambridge College.
  • Experienced faculty. Learn directly from practicing scholar-professionals, many of whom are distinguished business leaders in the Boston area. You’ll also benefit from small classes and personal interaction with professors and other adult learners.
  • No SAT or ACT tests required. Get started on your management degree quickly and efficiently. We offer an easy online application and do not require SAT or ACT tests for admission to our undergraduate programs.
  • Convenient locations. All of our classroom locations are close to public transportation and/or offer free parking for students. Join us for a casual information session or open house to learn about programs at:

Cambridge College welcomes over 300 students from more than 50 countries and was recently ranked as one of the most ethnically diverse colleges in America. See more Facts About Cambridge College

Management Studies Program Concentrations

Specializing your management degree can prepare you with specific career skills and help set you apart in a competitive job market. Cambridge College offers a variety of optional program concentrations for undergraduate students that you can choose based on your interests and professional goals. These are a few of the popular concentration opportunities for management majors:

Find more information about specializing your management degree

View all undergraduate programs at Cambridge College.

Management Studies Bachelor’s Degree Program Learning Outcomes

When you major in management studies at Cambridge College, you’ll graduate with the knowledge and the skills to:

  • Communicate effectively and professionally, negotiate, and work as part of a team.
  • Understand business processes and organizational systems and demonstrate practical skills in accounting, economics, ethics, and finance.
  • Manage diverse organizations and understand the importance of diversity in today’s global business environment.
  • Use information systems, databases, and Internet technology as effective management tools.
  • Create work environments that foster social responsibility, sustainability, and long-term growth.

Business Management Careers

The Bachelor of Science in Management Studies is a versatile degree that will prepare you for a wide variety of career pathways in business. It’s also an excellent investment – research has shown that earning your bachelor’s degree will (on average) almost double your lifetime earnings compared to those who do not complete a four-year degree.*

Graduates of the B.S. in Management Studies at Cambridge College have gone on to diverse leadership roles in both corporate and nonprofit organizations. Some have used their management training to start their own small businesses. A short list of career options for management bachelor’s degree graduates includes:

  • Sales Manager
  • Data Analyst
  • Fundraising Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Entrepreneur
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Events Manager
  • Volunteer Engagement Manager

Learn more about career options for management majors.

Find information about salaries in Boston for management bachelor's degree graduates.

Source: U.S. News and World Report


I enjoy the diversity and the differences of opinions at Cambridge College. Most importantly, I enjoy the fact that I have the opportunity to fulfill my dreams as an adult student."
Roubbins-Jamal LaMothe
Class of 2019
BS in Management Studies


Example Management Studies Courses

These are just a few of the courses you’ll take as a management studies major at Cambridge College:

  • Principles of Managing Organizations
  • Financial Management
  • Diversity in the Workplace
  • Economics for Managers

View the full Management Studies bachelor’s degree program curriculum.

Management Studies Scholarships and Financial Aid

Get help with tuition and other education expenses. Right now, more than 86 percent of eligible undergraduate students who apply receive financial aid.

Undergraduate students may be eligible to receive federal grants, state grants, Federal Stafford Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loans, and Federal Work Study Program. Learn more about applying for financial aid at Cambridge College.

Many companies also offer tuition assistance programs that can help to pay for your management degree. Learn more about getting your company to help.


Related Programs at Cambridge College

If you’re thinking about a bachelor’s degree in management studies, you might also be interested in learning more about these undergraduate programs at Cambridge College:


General Education

WRT101-102 and MAT101-102 may by waived if equivalent courses have been accepted in transfer. Credits will be replaced with open electives. WRT201 required if both WRT101-102 are waived; not required for students completing WRT101-102 at Cambridge. WRT090 and MAT100 required if assessment indicates need.

Principles and Processes of Adult Learning
LRN 175 3 credit(s)
Students explore theories of adult learning. They clarify the fit between their academic program and their learning and career needs, and see how their prior learning fits in. They assess their academic skills of critical thinking, mathematics, writing, and computer literacy. Students become independent learners who can effectively manage the structures, processes and expectations of undergraduate education.
College Writing I
WRT 101 3 credit(s)
Through challenging readings, class discussion, small group col­laboration, and different forms of writing, students learn the skills and process of “thinking on paper.” They learn to construct an argument or discussion that supports a clear thesis and present it effectively in a well-organized essay that observes the conventions of written English. They write academic papers that analyze and synthesize the issues suggested in two or more readings. Critical reading, critical thinking, research skills, and forms of documentation are also introduced.
Foundations of Critical Thinking
CTH 225 3 credit(s)
We learn to engage in reasoned thinking. We learn to formulate hypotheses; conceive and state definitions, and understand logical consistency and inconsistency. We explore the differences between claims of fact, value, and policy; what constitutes credible evidence; the nature of assumptions. We learn what constitutes a persuasive argument as opposed to an emotive and propagandistic one, and critically examine them. Students learn to present clear, well thought out critical arguments in writing and oral presentations. We look at the relationships among thinking, writing, speaking and listening, laying a strong foundation for improving our capacity to write, speak, and listen well.
College Mathematics I
MAT 101 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: MAT100 If assessment indicates need. This course introduces students to the value of mathematics for students’ career and educational goals. Students will acquire mathematical study skills, gain strategies for problem solving, and develop a sound foundation for future mathematics coursework. The course is structured towards engaging students in active, applied, and real-life learning in order to facilitate mathematical problem solving and conceptual understanding.
Introduction to Computer Applications
CMP 130 3 credit(s)
Assessment available. This course provides a hands-on introduction to the personal computer, Windows, word processing, spreadsheet, presentation software, the Internet, and an overview of Word, Excel and Power-Point uses. Students begin with the basics of each application and progress through intermediate level.
College Writing II
WRT 102 3 credit(s)
WRT102 acquaints students with the academic research paper as both process and product. The course begins with an intensive review of the strategies and techniques for writing an academic essay that are covered in WRT101 and then moves to selecting and narrowing a topic, preliminary research, and establishing a focus for a 12-15 page argument research paper. The final paper includes an abstract, an introduction, discussion, conclusion, and references. Students learn how to write an annotated bibliography and use APA documentation for in-text citations and references.
College Mathematics II
MAT 102 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: MAT101 If assessment indicates need. Challenge exam available. This course develops students’ mathematical thinking and problem solving around issues of both mathematical content and process. Students will acquire a conceptual and practical understanding of and familiarity with numbers and operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, and basic data analysis and probability. The course focuses on supporting students’ understanding of problem solving, reasoning and proof, communication, connections, and representations. A key feature of the course is active student involvement to support communicating mathematics in everyday and academic contexts.
Digital Literacy
CMP 230 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: CMP 130 (course or portfolio) and familiarity with Windows and/or Mac operating system, or permission of instructor. Digital literacy is the ability to find, use, and share information using technology in order to excel in a digital world. Students will practice using a range of digital tools, including tools for searching and evaluating information and for creating and communicating digitally. Students will learn to select and use appropriate digital tools for a variety of settings including the classroom and workplace. Ethical and effective use of information will contribute to students’ identities as effective digital citizens.
Distribution Requirements

Arts & Humanities - 6 credits

Natural & Physical Sciences - 6 credits

Social Sciences - 6 credits

Open Electives

Choose electives and/or concentrations to support your academic interests and professional goals. (Course prerequisites must also be met.)

Management Studies Major
Economics for Managers
BSM 300 3 credit(s)
This course provides an overview of economics and establishes a foundation and vocabulary for future courses. It gives an applied, practical introduction to macroeconomics and microeconomics. At the macro-economic level the course helps the learner understand how the American economy functions, and what impact changes in the economy may have on the individual and the organization, as well as the impact of the global economy. At the microeconomic level the course examines how individuals and firms make economic decisions. This knowledge becomes the basis of understanding key concepts of supply, demand and pricing, as well as average and marginal costs and breakeven analysis.
Introduction to Business
BSM 200 3 credit(s)
Students learn how American business operates. The course begins with a study of business in its broader perspective, looking at the context within which American business fits, and the investment markets which provide the capital needed to grow. The external factors influencing business development and the role business plays in the world economy are examined. The course then focuses on the internal organization and the operations of American business, highlighting major issues associated with managing functional areas of a business, such as marketing, production, technology, and supply chain management. In the later part of the course, financial management, both personal and business, and financial institutions are studied.
Organizational Communication
BSM 203 3 credit(s)

This course focuses on developing the communication skills necessary to be an effective member of an organization. Students will apply basic communication principles to the creation of effective business documents and oral presentations. The role of communication in team building and the use of technology to enhance messages will also be emphasized.

Organizational Theory & Behavior
BSM 445 3 credit(s)
This course examines the factors which influence individual, group and firm behavior in the work place. Topics include communication, motivation, group dynamics, leadership, power, and organizational design and development. Theories and frameworks, case discussions and skill-building exercises are used to understand and apply each topic. Class sessions and assignments help participants acquire the skills that managers need to improve organizational relationships and performance.
Diversity in the Workplace
BSM 315 3 credit(s)
This course looks at the significance of diversity in management and the implications of diversity for how organizations are organized and how they function. The changing demographics of the workplace are examined and the significance of diversity for domestic and international business are discussed. Organizational approaches to diversity are examined and analyzed. The course attempts to engage differences within the class and help students develop leadership skills for managing diversity, including consensus building, conflict resolution and talking through differences.
Operations Management
BSM 320 3 credit(s)
This course covers the essentials of the operating systems of manufacturing and service organizations that convert materials and other resources into finished goods and services. Topics covered include key performance metrics, process mapping and analysis, product and process design, new product introduction, supply chain management, plant location and capacity planning, total quality and effective resource management. The goal is to understand the concept of total product life cycle management, and the effect of strategy in the operations role, as well as tactical issues such as inventory control, quality assurance and operations scheduling. The course also discusses recent developments such as computer-integrated manufacturing, flexible-manufacturing systems, and just in time inventory. It considers the interrelationship of operations decisions with marketing, finance and the overall strategy of the organization.
BSM 205 3 credit(s)
In this course, students master the basic principles and practices of modern marketing. The course offers a broad overview of the nature and fundamentals of marketing activity. It provides an introduction to managing the marketing activities of an organization including marketing information systems and research, the marketing organizational system, and the marketing planning and control system. Topics include analysis of the global marketing environment of the firm, market research, customer and client analysis, target marketing and segmentation, product and service planning, pricing, communications, advertising, and sales promotion, distribution management, and the development of marketing and sales strategies and plans. The use of marketing concepts and tools by nonprofit organizations is discussed.
Financial Accounting
BSM 204 3 credit(s)
This course introduces the principles that govern financial accounting systems and the income statement and balance sheet that are the principal end products. Students learn how accounting information is used to evaluate the performance and financial status of private, non-profit and public organizations. The course emphasizes the use of accounting information by managers within the organization and by shareholders, lenders, and other outside parties. Basic accounting terms and concepts, and the language of financial management are presented as well as the essentials of the accounting process. The course also builds an awareness of the ethical, information and regulatory environment of accounting.
Financial Management
BSM 442 3 credit(s)
This course provides tools for managing business funds and making decisions that will affect the financial position of an organization. Students gain an understanding of financial analysis and its use in planning and control functions. Capital budgeting, discounted cash flow, and present/future value techniques are presented as well as the capital formation process, the advantages and disadvantages of various capital structures, and the long and short term uses of capital. Students gain an understanding of the workings of financial markets and institutions, financial instruments, and the domestic and international financial environment.
Human Resource Management
BSM 335 3 credit(s)
This introductory course surveys what current and aspiring general managers need to know about personnel and human resource management in business and nonprofit organizations. It is for students who are exploring career opportunities in personnel management rather than experienced personnel specialists. The course covers staff recruitment and selection, performance evaluation, compensation, and management training. It considers the impact of human resource policies on productivity, employee morale and turnover. It also covers the promotion of equal employment opportunity, with discussion of recent court decisions, government regulations, and technical advances that affect the personnel management function.
Managing Information Systems and Databases
BSM 340 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: CMP 130 Introduction to Computer Applications. This course presents the fundamentals of management information systems and provides an overview of the issues managers face in the selection, use, and management of information technologies/information systems (IT/IS). The use of IT/IS and e-commerce as key enablers of competitive global business and social change will be emphasized. Topics covered will include the basic concepts of computer hardware, software, telecommunications, networks, and database systems. The course also examines IT/IS ethical standards, security, enterprise systems, DSS, knowledge management systems, expert systems, and AI.
Business Ethics
BSM 441 3 credit(s)
Business Ethics provides an in-depth understanding of the ethical, social and political context of organizations today. It approaches social problems with an ethical framework for choosing among alternative courses of action. The course emphasizes the application of ethical reasoning to real business and management situations, problems and decision-making.
Strategic Management
BSM 414 3 credit(s)

Prerequisite: WRT 101 and WRT 102, or WRT 201. The principles and tools of the strategic management process are the focus of this integrative course. Students will apply the knowledge and skills developed in the functional areas of management to formulate competitive, sustainable organizational strategies. Extensive use of case studies and simulations will require the ability to think critically and communicate clearly. The ethics of strategy implementation will also be emphasized.

Introduction to Statistics
MAT 201 3 credit(s)
Statistics is the branch of mathematics that focuses on the collection of data, data analysis, probability, and statistical inference. In this course students will learn the principles of using data to identify patterns, ascertain distributions, conduct accurate group comparisons, and make data-based inferences and predictions. Concepts of spread, normal distribution, multi-modal distribution, standard deviation, statistical skewing, graphing, statistical significance, variance, validity, and probability will be covered.

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  • Admission Test:

    No SAT or ACT tests required.

  • Admissions Office:
  • Application Form:
  • Application Fee:
    $50 ($100 for international students)

Health Requirements for Massachusetts Students 

The Massachusetts Health Department and Cambridge College require the following of students in Massachusetts:

Immunizations – All students in Massachusetts are required to get certain immunizations before you can register for your first term. See form

Health Insurance – In Massachusetts, undergraduate students taking nine or more credits/term and graduate students taking six or more credits/term must enroll in the College’s health insurance plan. Students who have insurance with comparable coverage may request a waiver. See information and enroll or waive.

School Requirements

See Admissions Requirements for Undergraduate Programs


International Students 

International students need to provide supplemental documentation:

  • Official demonstration of English language proficiency
  • Supplemental documentation for issuance of I-20
  • International transcripts, evaluated by an accepted evaluation service

Transfer Credit

Undergraduate program applicants, once you are accepted, your official transcripts are evaluated for transfer credit.


  • Credits:
  • Cost per credit hour:
  • Application Fee:
    $50 ($100 for international students)
  • Health Insurance Fee:
    $2,290 (Required for Massachusetts students only. See waiver details on Tuition & Fees page.)

Note: Rates are as of June 2023, and are subject to change without notice. Rates apply to all students unless otherwise noted.

Financial Aid

Cambridge College offers financial aid to students in our degree programs who are enrolled at least half-time. Undergraduate students must be enrolled in at least 6 credits each term. Graduate and doctoral students must be enrolled in at least 4 credits each term. Learn more

Grants, Scholarships, and Loans

Cambridge College welcomes the opportunity to support your efforts to pay for college.  Federal, state, and local resources in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study, including Cambridge College Scholarships, are available to help defray the cost of tuition. Learn more

Getting Your Company to Help

Many companies have tuition assistance programs, designed to help their employees with their professional development. Learn more

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