Business Management

Become a Business Leader

Today’s market is global and highly competitive. To keep up, tomorrow’s business leaders must be flexible, resilient, and ready to face challenges head on.

Union Institute & University’s Bachelor of Science with a major in Business Management will prepare you to lead through management positions in a competitive global economy. Our online degree program emphasizes contemporary business issues while giving you the business sense and critical skills you need to manage an organization.

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  • Compare and contrast various leadership and management theories.
  • Appraise organizational development and change, and their resultant impact on employee behavior.
  • Appraise financial management concepts.
  • Compare and contrast the alternative views of ethics and social responsibility strategies.
  • Evaluate strategic planning and its relationship to business policy and organizational development.
  • Examine organizational culture and its relationship to innovation.

Accelerated Degree Completion

  • Earn up to 8 credits in 8 weeks.
  • Transfer credits from other regionally accredited colleges and universities.
  • Request credit for knowledge gained outside the classroom through work or professional experience.
  • Successfully complete CLEP or DSST tests.
  • Participate in certified learning.


You may complete a generalized program or elect one of five concentrations within the major, with specific focuses as described below:

Human Resource Management (HRM)

  • Recruitment, retention, training and development, the legal aspects of human resource management, and performance management
  • Discuss and evaluate various Human Resource Management functions such as recruitment, selection, development, training, performance management, and compensation.

Required courses in the Human Resource Management Concentration

  • HRM 316  Employee Selection and Staffing
  • HRM 323  Human Resource Management
  • HRM 340  Diversity in the Workplace

Management Information Systems (MIS)

  • Analyze the tools and techniques used in information management systems, operations software, and information technology quality control systems.
  • Discuss and evaluate various MIS functions, such as software and hardware development and selection, effectively working information technology projects, and the management of technology resources.

Required courses in the Management Information Systems Concentration

  • MIS   325  Systems Analysis and Design
  • MIS   328  Information Security
  • MIS   422  Managing Information Resources

Marketing (MKT)

  • Knowledge, skills, and concepts necessary for effective performance in various functional areas of marketing (e.g., product development and marketing management).
  • Appraise the core functions of marketing, including marketing management, marketing strategy issues, and marketing research and analysis.
  • Evaluate the decision-making tools used to generate competitive marketing strategies and competitive advantage in a global business environment.

Required courses in the Marketing Concentration

  • MKT  321  Principles of Marketing
  • MKT  380  Marketing Analysis & Strategies
  • MKT  426  Global Marketing
  • MKT  430  Market Research

Hospitality Management (HPM)

  • Knowledge, skills, and concepts necessary for effective management in the hospitality industry including financial management and controls, legal issues, and contemporary management issues specific to the industry.
  • Discuss and evaluate various Hospitality Management functions, such as hospitality industry operations, legal issues, financial management and controls, and contemporary management issues in the hospitality industry.

Required courses in the Hospitality Management Concentration

  • HPM  310  Hospitality Financial Management
  • HPM  315  HPM Legal Environment
  • HPM  415  HPM Contemporary Issues

Sports Management (SPM)

  • Explain management and administration within the sport environment.
  • Evaluate fiscal responsibility in the sport environment.
  • Analyze legal and ethical issues related to sport management.

Required courses in the Sports Management Concentration

  • SPM  315  Sport Administration and Organizational Theory
  • SPM  320  Economic & Fiscal Responsibility in Sport Management
  • SPM  310  Law & Ethics in Sport Management


General Education Courses

View a complete list of curriculum requirements.

Major Core Courses

The Business Management program requires a minimum of 48 credits in the major.

Required for all concentrations:

  • MGT 350 Management of Financial Resources
  • MGT 420 Theory and Practice of Leadership
  • MGT 425 Organizational Behavior and Culture
  • MGT 440 Social and Ethical Issues in Management
  • MGT 450 Strategic Management and Business Policy (Capstone Course)

View core course descriptions.

*MGT Independent Studies 400 level may each be taken one time with approval from the program chair and dean. MGT Special Topics 490 may be taken one time with approval from the department chair and dean.

Note: To earn the MIS concentration, students must take a minimum of three MIS core courses, plus one MIS elective course. Students transferring a Principles of Marketing course at the 200 level or higher have met the MKT 321 requirement.

Additional elective learning may be accepted when appropriate to the major. Acceptable elective learning may include prior learning that meets program criteria for acceptance; general education courses (beyond those required by the program) and courses offered through other majors, following published syllabi. All additional electives must be endorsed by the program chair and documented in the approved degree completion plan prior to registration.

Culminating Graduation Requirement

  • MGT 450 Strategic Management and Business Policy

Capstone course and final culminating graduation requirement for the Business Management major. With the support and advice of faculty, students choose a specific topic to examine in depth. Students review relevant research and write a paper using the UI&U outcomes, major outcomes, and course specific outcomes that address the topic. The paper serves as the CGR for the major, challenging students to draw on theoretical and practical information gained to create a document that demonstrates their mastery of knowledge acquired through the entire distance education program.