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All businesses, as well as nonprofit and government entities, need graduates who can manage effectively and efficiently. The Management major prepares students to lead and coordinate people, resources, activities and systems to achieve organizational goals. The program focuses on the critical functions of managers: planning, organizing, controlling, and directing.

Management graduates pursue varied career paths. The knowledge and skills developed through the major provide students career flexibility. Finding an entry-level position immediately after college is best achieved when Management majors start career planning early and identify their own strengths and career criteria, and then research aligning career options. Internships are an excellent way to explore those career directions.

The School of Business Management Major offers three concentrations:

  • General Management
  • Human Resource Management 
  • International Business Management

Students in each concentration develop knowledge and skills needed for entry-level positions that serve as a foundation for career growth. Students who specialize in certain areas may obtain certifications after college. Those who are interested in becoming upper-level executives generally work for a few years and then pursue a graduate degree such as the MBA (Master's in Business Administration).

EIU's Bachelor of Science in Management Aligns with SHRM's Curriculum Guidelines

The Bachelor of Science in Management with a concentration in Human Resource Management degree program fully aligns with The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) curriculum guidelines. This recognition reflects the quality and thoroughness of EIU's HR degree program. The program prepares students to practice HR in a variety of sectors such as businesses, nonprofits, and government. Students can be confident that their degree will place them in a position to excel when they enter their careers in Human Resource Management.

SHRM established HRM guidelines for university programs in 2005. EIU was one of the first 100 programs to be recognized for meeting the professional education needs in a systematic program according to SHRM guidelines. This recognition provides our program, potential students, employers, and graduates with an external validation of the rigor of our curriculum in meeting professional and national standards and expectations for Human Resource Management.

Students who succeed as Management Majors are:

  • Adaptable and flexible
  • Analytical
  • Problem solvers
  • Planners
  • Decision makers
  • People-oriented
  • Goal-oriented
  • Leaders

The Management Major curriculum emphasizes:

  • Planning and organizing
  • Written communication
  • Presentation skills
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork
  • Ability to interpret data
  • Analytical skills
  • Research skills

The Management career placement rate for the class of 2018 is 98%.

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School of Business

Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, Illinois 61920
(217) 581-2627
Fax: (217) 581-6642

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