Business Management Career Brief


This major is designed for students who expect to hold managerial positions in large or small organizations. Business management involves two broad domains: One is working with people—hiring, training, coordinating, and creating an effective environment for the attainment of organizational objectives. The other is laying a foundation for becoming a manager of a business or organizational unit where strategy and decision-making skills are important.

For more information, view Department of Management and Organizations website.


Degree Requirements

Includes foundation courses required for Professional Admission*, general education requirements, professional core courses, free electives, and a list of courses to complete the Business Management major

The flexible curriculum in the Business Management major allows students to tailor their degree to fit their interests and goals.

Business Management majors, along with all other Eller students, take a basic management and organizational behavior course as a foundation. Business management majors then select from a list of elective major courses.

Sample Business Management Courses:

  • Human Resources Management
  • Production and Operations Management
  • Bargaining and Negotiation
  • International Management
  • Supply Chain and Logistics
  • Issues in Management
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Management of Effective Non-Profit Organizations
  • Managerial Judgment and Decision Making
  • Managing Groups and Teams
  • Communication and Cognition
  • Labor and Public Policy
  • Labor Arbitration
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Industrial Organizational Psychology
  • Complex Organizations

*Students must achieve Professional Admission (a competitive and selective application process) to move from the pre-professional phase to the professional phase. 

**Check the Degree/Academic Progress Report (APRR's) for your specific academic program requirements per your catalog at


Other Preparation

Research and Internships

Opportunities exist for students to participate in faculty research projects. The Department of Management and Policy sponsors an internship program through which students get practical experience, read assigned materials, attend seminars, and prepare an internship report. (MGMT internships are coordinated through the Management and Organizations Department and are for fall and spring semesters only, no summer internships are available.)

Leadership Skills

To enhance leadership skills students are encouraged to attend leadership training workshops and conferences; including, but not limited to, public speaking, group dynamics, problem solving, and evaluating techniques.

Clubs and Organizations

The college has a wide variety of professional fraternities, honoraries and student clubs. Student organizations offer: career information; networking opportunities; social and professional activities; and provide leadership roles and skills building opportunities.

Student organizations for Business Management majors include (but are not limited to):

  • EMA- The Eller Management Association
  • Students Consulting for Non-Profit Organizations
  • The Management Honorary, Sigma Iota Epsilon

Visit the FESO - Federation of Eller Student Organizations - Website for more student organization information.


Career Opportunities

Types of Jobs and Employers - Business Management Careers Overview

Business-management jobs occur in a variety of organizations: manufacturers, hospitals, charities, hotels, government, and so forth. Among the many types of occupations are:

  • Management Development Trainee
  • Project Management
  • Small Business Management
  • Human Resource Administration
  • Management/Organizational Analysis
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Officer
  • Regional Operations Management
  • Production Management
  • Retail Store Management
  • Business Development
  • Sales Apprenticeship
  • Insurance/Annuities Sales
  • Athletic Sales
  • Territory Sales Management
  • Hospitality Management



Starting salaries vary by size and type of employer, location, course work, and experience. National average starting salary offers:

  • Eller Marketing graduate average offer: $48,692 (Eller Graduate Survey, 2016)
  • National Business Administration/Management graduate average salary offer: $51,452 (NACE Salary Survey, 2015)


Recruitment Opportunities

Business Management graduates obtain jobs through various avenues, leading to placements with a wide range of firms and organizations.

Recruitment opportunities include the annual "Career Days", sponsored each fall semester by UA Career Services, as well as the fall semester's "Eller Expo" and the spring semester "Career Showcase" coordinated by Eller College Student Council and Delta Sigma Pi.

sample of employers that hired Eller College Business Management majors in the 2015-2016 school year:

A23 Studios
ADPAlliance BernsteinAltria
Apollo Robotics Systems, Inc.
Banner University Medical Center
Clique Meet
CNA Financial
Dale Carnegie Training
Dew Wealth Management
Dick's Sporting Goods
Enterprise Holdings
Ethos Lending
Eurocraft Construction
Governor's Office of Workforce Transportation
Hamstra Heating & Cooling
Havas PR
Howard Air
Insight Global
Intelligent Office
Junior Golf Association of Arizona
Keller Williams Southern AZ
Liberty Mutual
Macy's Inc.
Marriott Hotels International

MGM Resorts International
Miami Dolphins
Mondelez International
National Hospitality Supply Inc
Peppermint Jim
Property Home Mortgage
Quicken Loans
Six Flags Great America
Suffolk Construction Co.
Swaine Asphalt
Texas Instruments
The Frank Recruitment Group
The Navigators
Vive Peru
Wilson Sporting Goods



For More Information

  • Undergraduate Programs Office
    Eller College of Management 
    McClelland Hall 204
    P. O. Box 210108 
    Tucson, AZ 85721-0108

Professional Associations

  • American Management Association
  • Association for Talent Development (formerly American Society for Training and Development)
  • International Association for Human Resource Management
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • National Association of Purchasing Management
  • Institute of Management and Administration (IOMA)

Online Publications


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