Bachelor of Management & Leadership at Waynesburg University

The Bachelor of Management and Leadership program (BML), an adult degree completion program, positions students for enhanced professional and personal success in communication and service to a wider community. The management and leadership curriculum addresses ethics, diversity, and Christian principles; financial, business and accounting theory, team building, negotiation, and decision-making. As a graduate, you will be prepared to manage and lead in a global, dynamic and competitive workplace.

The BML is designed as a 60 credit degree completion program to help working adults balance their career and family obligations, while at the same time, pursuing the completion of their undergraduate degree. Students in this program work in a cohort format, completing 2 classes (1 online, 1 face to face) in each of our eight week accelerated sessions and 4 total per semester. This program runs for 5 continuous semesters and takes approximately 18 months to complete.

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Admission Requirements

To be considered for admissions into the Accelerated Bachelor of Management and Leadership program, the student must submit the following:

  • An official Graduate and Professional Studies application
  • Official transcripts of ALL colleges and universities previously attended
  • Official high school transcript or GED
  • A current resume

Students seeking admission into the Accelerated Bachelor of Management and Leadership program must meet the following criteria:

  • 23 years of age or special approval of the Waynesburg Admissions Committee
  • Should have 3 years of significant post-baccalaureate business experience

For admission, the student must have at least 63 transferable credits. In addition the student must have successfully completed the following courses:

  • Communication Skills I *
  • Communications Skills II *
  • General Math *
  • Introduction to Computers *
  • Biological or physical science #
  • History #
  • Social Science #
  • Literature #
  • Fine Arts #

* Must be completed before admission to the program

# May be completed while in the program

Students may be admitted on a regular or conditional basis. The Accelerated Bachelor of Management and Leadership admissions committee will review the student's educational background and work experience to determine the student's admission status.

Students whose native language is not English must also submit an official report of TOEFL scores or other proof of competency in English.

Academic Curriculum

BUS 226.  Experiential Learning and Assessment in Business 3 credits

This course is designed to help student assess their learning background, evaluate it with college level learning, and create a Prior Learning Portfolio.  This Portfolio is submitted to the University in petition of academic credit for this learning gained through work and life experience.  Theories of adult learning and learning styles are explored.  Approval of the Dean for Graduate and Professional Studies required.

BUS 338.  Ethics in Business 3 credits

This course provides a study of the changing environments of business.  Topics such as social values, corporate powers, pluralism, social responsibility, and business ethics are addressed.  Contemporary social issues such as pollution, consumerism, and urban decay are viewed from the perspective of the business manager.  Governmental regulations and policies are shown to have a significant influence on the firm.  The future of business, government, and society is debated.

BUS 339.  Professional Communication 3 credits

Students will strengthen the effectiveness of their critical thinking and analysis skills, business writing and research skills, and presentation skills through individual and team exercises.  Numerous writing assignments as well as four combined individual and group presentations will be required.  Various methods of evaluation will be utilized, including feedback from peers.  Special topics of discussion will include principles of business etiquette, accepted business practices, writing e-mails, letters, and resumes.

BUS 345.  Leadership in Human Resource Management 3 credits

This course addresses the leadership problems/issues typically found in organizations.  Emphasis is on the fit between organizational strategy and human resource management as well as the role of human resources in the overall organizational planning process.  Topical areas of examination will include a basic understanding of legal requirements utilized in the recruitment, selection, and placement process; training and development; succession planning; performance management process; compensation and benefits systems; legal requirements of employment and diversity issues; and health, safety and security.  Interwoven throughout the course will be importance of creating linkages between human resources and corporate strategies and accountabilities.

BUS 346.  Software Tools for Business Decision Making 3 credits

The 21st century leaders and individual contributors are expected to be technologically competent in their respective work environments.  This course provides students with an understanding of how to utilize the personal computer and its capabilities as a tool in business decision-making.  The student will encounter extensive use of the computer and the most current software available.

BUS 347.  Entrepreneurship 3 credits

The course will present the following perspectives related to entrepreneurship; individuals interested in starting a new firm, those that may work for a smaller business, or using entrepreneurial ideas within a larger company.  This course will challenge you  to think like a leader and consider how the entrepreneurial spirit can make a difference regardless of the career path you choose.  Specific topics will include small business creation, business plan development, marketing, operations, personnel, finance, business law, and community responsibility.  The primary course objective is to provide students with a realistic formula for successfully operating a small business.

BUS 349.  Leading Sales Initiatives 3 credits

The students will study the sales manager’s responsibility for obtaining a specific volume of sales and a certain level of profitability by managing sales professional’s activities and behavior.  This course will provide a clear picture of the complex and often conflicting responsibilities of a sales manager in today’s economy.

BUS 355.  Accounting for Decision Makers 3 credits

The course presents the fundamental accounting concepts and information that is utilized within a company’s decision making process.  Topics include financial statements; measurement of assets, equities, and income; financial statement analysis, cost behavior and measurement; profitability analysis; relevant costs for special decisions; budgeting; and responsibility accounting.

BUS 356.  International Issues in Business 3 credits

Students will study the world market and an analysis of economic, political, cultural, and business trends as they influence the multinational corporation.  Risk taking, financing, and investment are considered as well as marketing variations among countries are discussed.

BUS 357.  Finance for Managers 3 credits

This course will cover the essentials of managerial finance from a managerial perspective.  Topics discussed include the role of the financial manager in the modern corporation, financial forecasting, capital budgeting, interest theory, valuation, leverage, the cost of capital, dividend policy, working capital management, issuance of stocks and bonds, mergers, consolidations and reorganizations.

BUS 427.  Legal Environment in Business 3 credits

The students will investigate the issues and principles of business law.  Topics covered are business law and its administration; property; torts; contracts; agency; employer; and employee; negotiable instruments; and insurance.

BUS 428.  Marketing in an International Environment 3 credits

This course is designed to give the students a thorough and practical understanding of the numerous elements and concepts related to marketing in a technologically advanced, diverse, multifaceted, and global business environment.  Students will be engaged and study real life case scenarios where they will have the opportunity to apply various marketing strategies, philosophies, and applications learned.  The thrust of this course will be the development of a thorough and complete marketing plan project which will include an extensive written document and formal presentation.

BUS 429.  Project Management 3 credits

This course is designed to provide students with a theoretical and practical approach to understanding the components and strategies behind effective project management.  Students will learn methodologies surrounding effective project management which will allow them to succeed on interdisciplinary and cross functional teams in a corporate environment.  This course will challenge students to think critically about project management principles and how to apply them within the context of the role world.  Real-world case studies and projects will be used to allow students to apply learned concepts and applications.

BUS 437.  Statistics for Decision Makers 3 credits

Students will analyze and explain business situations using descriptive statistics and probability, probability distribution, statistical inference, regression analysis, PERT/CPM, inventory control models, queuing theory, forecasting and simulation.  Computer application is used as a tool in the problem solving method.

BUS 438.  Management Policy 3 credits

This is an advanced course for students who are, or aspire to be, managers.  Emphasis is placed on the integration of problem solving techniques applied to the firm as a system and a variety of questions and issues will be evaluated through role playing and analysis.  Problem evaluation and resolution will also be realized through business simulation and case study method.

BUS 449.  Leadership, Conflict and Negotiation Strategies 3 credits

This course will cover the major leadership theories and core leadership competencies needed for success in the business environment.  Various assessment inventories will help students assess their effectiveness as followers, self leaders, and leaders of others.  This course will also investigate conflict as the precursor to effective negotiation.  The psychological and sociological factors inherent in the negotiation process will be stressed. 

BUS 455.  Business Management Practicum 3 credits

A capstone hands-on management practicum will take the student out of the classroom and into the corporate environment.  The class will incorporate a minimum of three on-site meetings with workshops centered on exploring current business problems that are discussed during the visits.  Corporations could come from the fields of telecommunications, energy, finance, marketing, healthcare and retail.  The meetings will be lead by appointed managers of each company and a faculty member.  The facilitator will direct the projects assigned to each student.  Travel to the on-site meetings is required. 

ECO 319.  Global Economics 3 credits

Global Economics is a combination of traditional microeconomics and macroeconomics.  The course includes analyses of the basic economic principles that effect rational decision making by individuals and firms across cultural settings and market structures.  Analyses of the gains from trade and the roles governments play in changing economic outcomes for their own citizens and trading partners is included.

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