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What can I expect as a Gies management student?

The management major through Gies' Department of Business Administration prepares business students to be leaders and innovators. Here you’ll gain deep knowledge in leadership, planning, organization, and other skills that are central to success in the management profession. You’ll be prepared to analyze and solve managerial problems—whether they involve people, organizations, or markets.

Countless career opportunities

Gies students who earn a management degree will have a strong understanding of how to assume leadership roles. Their skills prepare them to enter a wide range of career paths including human resources, information technology, consulting, marketing, and operations. Recent Gies management graduates have been employed with companies such as Alight Solutions, ALDI, AbbVie, Accenture, Deloitte, Kohl’s, Nielsen, PepsiCo, Nike, and Amazon. In 2019, Gies management graduates earned an average starting salary of $55,688 and received signing bonuses that averaged $5,000.

Focused on managerial leadership

Effective managers must be ethical leaders and competent decision makers who formulate goals and long-term plans, build effective teams, and motivate employees. At Gies, you will take a class your first semester that focuses on the importance of those skills. Through Business 101, our course on professional responsibility, you will build your sense of personal, professional, and societal responsibility in order to become an accountable, ethical manager and business leader.

Typical Plan of Study

The typical plan of study includes business core courses, major core courses, and the required number of major electives. The major electives sample is not a comprehensive list. Students work directly with a Gies academic advisor to determine appropriate coursework, scheduling, and number of credit hours needed to fulfill degree requirements.

Business Core Courses
Sample Management Major Courses
Sample Major and General Electives


Students Studying Abroad

Broaden your experience

Students benefit from a wealth of opportunities to study abroad. At Gies, you can choose from programs that last a few weeks, a summer, or a semester. Open a window to the world, and open doors for your future.

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Gies News and Events

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Bertram helping build a bridge for the next generation

Jim Bertram joined Gies as an instructor of finance this fall after spending 32 years in investment banking, working for major firms like Salomon Brothers, Deutsche Bank, Banc of America Securities, and William Blair. He will be teaching Investment Banking (FIN 463) this fall and succeeding Rob Metzger as the director of the Investment Banking Academy in January.

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Torelli: From civil engineer to Gies department head

Carlos Torelli will apply his engineering mindset and marketing expertise to his new role as head of the Department of Business Administration at Gies. “We have a responsibility to give back in academia at a certain point in our careers. I returned to Gies because I knew they would value my skills and my background and give me the opportunity to make an impact."