The Management major is one of eight academic majors offered within the College of Business. As a JMU management major, you will be prepared to lead effectively in a dynamic global business environment, using a variety of resources to achieve your organizational goal. 


Human Resource Management (HRM)
Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ENT)
Management Consulting (MC)

Admission and Progression Standards

Visit the Management Major site to learn more about the admission and progression standards of this major.

Students who have completed the College of Business (COB) lower-level business course requirements must formally apply for admission to the COB. Any student in good standing and who has been admitted to the COB can declare a Management major.

Description of Major

The Management program offers a curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in Management. Management majors are exposed to an engaged learning and experientailly-based curriculum that is designed to enhance leadership skills, critical thinking, and analytical decision-making abilities. Students gain an understanding of how to apply key managerial concepts and theories in the contemporary work environment, how to integrate the functional areas of an organization and understand and appreciate human resource policies and procedures used by organizations and managers. Additionally, our curriculum focuses on technical skills, the ability to work well with people, and the ability to analyze and solve complex problems. Because of its broad applicability, the major prepares graduates for impactful positions in large, medium and small profit and non‑profit organizations, as well as in government. Students who seek to go on to graduate school or help with a family business are also extremely well served by this major.



There are three ways to tailor your management studies to your specific interests via our offered concentrations: Human Resource Management (HRM), Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ENT), and Management Consulting (MC). The concentration in Human Resource Management is designed for management majors who want to focus on excellence in human captail management including of work force recruitment, selection, training, development, and evaluation of employees. The concentration in Innovation and Entrepreneurship is designed to provide students with an introduction to the role of innovation in business development, a solid foundation in the principle elements of entrepreneurship and small business management and the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working with a team to create a new business venture. The concentration in Management Consulting is designed to develop and enhance students’ critical thinking, problem solving and decision-making skills. In this concentration, students engage in research and analysis to build a strong foundation for learning and implementing the business analysis and consulting process. 

Complementary Majors and Minors 

There are numerous combinations that could be beneficial to graduates. Especially useful combinations include, Business Analytics, Computer Information Systems, Communication, a Foreign Language, or Global Supply Chain Management.  


Because of its broad applicability, Management student pursue a diverse set of career paths after graduation. The listing below offers examples of possible career paths but is not meant to be comprehensive.

  • Budget analyst 
  • Business analyst 
  • Business consultant 
  • Compensation specialist 
  • Corporate recruiter 
  • Corporate trainer 
  • Entrepreneur 
  • Events manager 
  • Facilities manager 
  • Fundraiser/Development manager 
  • HR generalist 
  • Inventory management specialist 
  • Job analyst 
  • Logistics coordinator 
  • Management trainee 
  • Merchandise manager 
  • Operations manager 
  • Payroll specialist 
  • Product line manager 
  • Project manager 
  • Public administrator 
  • Purchasing agent 
  • Recruitment specialist 
  • Restaurant/hospitality manager 
  • Retail manager 
  • Sales force manager 
  • Supply chain analyst 
  • Supply chain manager 

Who Employs Graduates?

Over the years our majors have proven adept at securing positions with a wide range of employers. In the last few years we have had graduates join the following:

  • Accenture
  • Aerotek
  • Amazon
  • American Woodmark
  • Anchor Health
  • Apex Systems
  • Apple
  • Aramark
  • BB&T
  • Bearing Point 
  • Booz Allen Hamilton 
  • CGI 
  • Chevron 
  • Compusearch Software Systems 
  • Deloitte Consulting 
  • Duke Energy 
  • Enterprise 
  • Ernst & Young 
  • Excelacom 
  • Fannie Mae 
  • FedBid 
  • Freddie Mac 
  • FritoLay PepsiCo 
  • GEICO 
  • Grant Thornton LLP 
  • IBM 
  • IHC Group 
  • InsightGlobal 
  • Johnson & Johnson 
  • Kohls 
  • Lockheed Martin 
  • Marriott 
  • MITRE 
  • Morgan Stanley 
  • Nestle 
  • Nordstrom 
  • Northrop Grumman 
  • NVR/Ryan Homes 
  • Oracle 
  • State Farm Insurance 
  • Target (management training) 
  • TEKsystems 

Internships Opportunities 

To help identify and articulate their specific interests students are strongly encouraged to pursue internship opportunities.

Additional Resources to Research Careers
  • Handshake: view new internships and jobs that employers are looking to hire JMU students from your major 
  • Career Outcomes: see where alumni worked or studied right after graduating.
  • GoinGlobal: learn more about employment opportunities overseas as well as H1B visa information for international Dukes pursuing jobs in the U.S.
  • O*NET: browse occupational profiles to learn about thousands of different careers, pulling data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics 
  • CareerOneStop: explore thousands of different careers by looking at career profiles 
  • Utilize the LinkedIn Alumni tool to see what others have done with their majors and what their career paths look like. Reach out to alumni via LinkedIn and conduct an informational interview.

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