Complete Your Degree with Courses Created by Business Leaders

Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Leadership & Management

Business leadership and management is a degree completion program perfect for working women. Offered on Saturdays and online, the core components of the program are three certificates that can be taken independently and combined with a final module to comprise the major. The curriculum for this program was developed by knowledgeable faculty and business leaders in our community. Through the program you will learn the concepts of leading self, leading others and leading organizations. Taken in consecutive semesters, and added to associate’s degree credit or at least 60 credit hours, you can complete your bachelor's degree in four semesters. 

Required Courses in Your Major

Practice of Leadership

This course will help you focus on gaining self-awareness as a foundation for developing leadership skills. 

Business Communication Strategies

This course will teach you communication theory and skills for developing professional documents and oral presentations for a diverse audience.

Dynamics of Organizational Behavior

This course is designed to provide you with an understanding of human behavior within an organizational environment. It will explore contemporary organizational issues such as individual and group dynamics, motivation, leadership, organizational structure, morale, power, organizational change and development.

Teambuilding and Group Process

You will practice various process skills in a simulated group setting. A major focus will be on assisting group members in working toward and achieving group goals in a variety of settings.

Human Resource Management

You will have the opportunity to study theories and practices in areas of the human resource management functions such as staffing, performance management, diversity, legal aspects of the employment relationship, training and development, compensation, labor relations, HRIS, work and job design, HR measurement and current and future issues affecting human resource administration.

Marketing Management

In this course, you will develop an understanding of economic concepts that have a bearing on managerial decision making with respect to both the marketplace and internal organizational structure.

Business Statistics

You will learn methods of collecting and tabulating data, averages and measures of dispersion, correlation and regression analysis, probability and sampling, hypothesis testing, and performing Chi Square, t, f and some non-parametric tests.

Negotiation and Conflict Management

Negotiation is a fundamental process that is used in making business deals, in managing working relationships with others and in resolving conflicts. You will develop the ability to manage and resolve conflicts effectively.

Legal Environment of Business

This course will examine the American legal system and its inter-relationship and impact on the regulation of businesses.

Leading Projects in Contemporary Organizations

In this course, you will learn to select and apply appropriate planning techniques and tools to meet the project goals within time, cost and quality constraints.

Action Research

You will develop the skill set to conduct action research in your own organization in this course.

Financial Management

This course will expose you to the study of the principles governing the financial operations of business, the tools of financial analysis, the methods of financing an organization, capital budgeting, mergers, reorganizations and bankruptcy.

Operations Management

This integrative course focuses on strategic, tactical and operational decision-making technicalities. Decision-making areas that will be covered include: service design, facility location, inventory, procurement, just in-time concept, project planning, materials requirement planning (MRP) and total quality management (TQM).

Critical and Systems Thinking

You will be introduced to the vocabulary and methodologies associated with the discipline of critical and systems thinking, and apply the tools, processes and principles that aid in understanding how leadership decisions affect organizational performance.

Capstone Entrepreneurship

In this capstone course, you will develop a business plan for an active or prospective business in the local area and apply the concepts learned in the entire business leadership and management program.

International Business

You will explore the factors involved in operating an international business, such as the international monetary system and the political, social, economic and legal considerations.

Managerial Economics

The purpose of the course is to develop an understanding of economic concepts that have a bearing on managerial decision making with respect to both the marketplace and internal organizational structure.

Management Information Systems

This course is designed to provide you with an understanding of the role of information technology in achieving business goals, and how information systems are changing the way a firm competes in a competitive business environment.

Organization Development and Change

This course will examine theories of organizational change and strategies used to implement change efforts. You will explore organization development and change management in organizations, attributes of organizational culture, interventions to facilitate change and ethical considerations in change management practice.

Strategic Management

This course concentrates on the competitive approach of a business, examining issues central to its long- and short-term competitive position. You will examine and practice a set of analytical frameworks that will enable you to explain performance difference among firms and make strategic decisions to enhance the competitive position of a business.

Requirements for Graduation from College of Saint Mary

You need 128 total credit hours to complete your bachelor’s in business leadership and management at College of Saint Mary. Of that, 62 credit hours must be from major courses.

The Assurance of Accreditation

The assurance of regional accreditation means that our degrees have been evaluated for their outcomes — including how well they prepare you to meet the needs of your employers, yourself and our global society.  College of Saint Mary is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The business administration, business leadership and business information systems programs are accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education, 913-631-3009.

Requirements for Admission to College of Saint Mary

  • High school transcript with GPA and class rank. Unofficial transcripts may be reviewed for admissions purposes, but official transcripts are required before you start classes.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0
  • ACT score of 18 or higher or SAT score of 860 – 890 (verbal + math) or higher
  • Personal interview (if applicable)
  • Transcripts from any post high school institutions for transfer students. Students who have earned 12 or more credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.0 from other institutions qualify as transfers.
  • $30 application fee

To be accepted into this program you must have earned your associate's degree, or at least 60 college credits. Please work with an enrollment counselor to review your transcript.

Academic Description

Complete Your Degree with Courses Created by Business Leaders

Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Leadership & Management

Business leadership and management is a degree completion program perfect for working women. Offered on Saturdays and online, the core components of the program are three certificates that can be taken independently and combined with a final module to comprise the major. The curriculum for this program was developed by knowledgeable faculty and business leaders in our community. Through the program you will learn the concepts of leading self, leading others and leading organizations. Taken in consecutive semesters, and added to associate’s degree credit or at least 60 credit hours, you can complete your bachelor's degree in four semesters. 

Accreditation

The Assurance of Accreditation

The assurance of regional accreditation means that our degrees have been evaluated for their outcomes — including how well they prepare you to meet the needs of your employers, yourself and our global society.  College of Saint Mary is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The business administration, business leadership and business information systems programs are accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education, 913-631-3009.

Admissions Requirements

Requirements for Admission to College of Saint Mary

  • High school transcript with GPA and class rank. Unofficial transcripts may be reviewed for admissions purposes, but official transcripts are required before you start classes.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0
  • ACT score of 18 or higher or SAT score of 860 – 890 (verbal + math) or higher
  • Personal interview (if applicable)
  • Transcripts from any post high school institutions for transfer students. Students who have earned 12 or more credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.0 from other institutions qualify as transfers.
  • $30 application fee

To be accepted into this program you must have earned your associate's degree, or at least 60 college credits. Please work with an enrollment counselor to review your transcript.

Curriculum

Required Courses in Your Major

Practice of Leadership

This course will help you focus on gaining self-awareness as a foundation for developing leadership skills. 

Business Communication Strategies

This course will teach you communication theory and skills for developing professional documents and oral presentations for a diverse audience.

Dynamics of Organizational Behavior

This course is designed to provide you with an understanding of human behavior within an organizational environment. It will explore contemporary organizational issues such as individual and group dynamics, motivation, leadership, organizational structure, morale, power, organizational change and development.

Teambuilding and Group Process

You will practice various process skills in a simulated group setting. A major focus will be on assisting group members in working toward and achieving group goals in a variety of settings.

Human Resource Management

You will have the opportunity to study theories and practices in areas of the human resource management functions such as staffing, performance management, diversity, legal aspects of the employment relationship, training and development, compensation, labor relations, HRIS, work and job design, HR measurement and current and future issues affecting human resource administration.

Marketing Management

In this course, you will develop an understanding of economic concepts that have a bearing on managerial decision making with respect to both the marketplace and internal organizational structure.

Business Statistics

You will learn methods of collecting and tabulating data, averages and measures of dispersion, correlation and regression analysis, probability and sampling, hypothesis testing, and performing Chi Square, t, f and some non-parametric tests.

Negotiation and Conflict Management

Negotiation is a fundamental process that is used in making business deals, in managing working relationships with others and in resolving conflicts. You will develop the ability to manage and resolve conflicts effectively.

Legal Environment of Business

This course will examine the American legal system and its inter-relationship and impact on the regulation of businesses.

Leading Projects in Contemporary Organizations

In this course, you will learn to select and apply appropriate planning techniques and tools to meet the project goals within time, cost and quality constraints.

Action Research

You will develop the skill set to conduct action research in your own organization in this course.

Financial Management

This course will expose you to the study of the principles governing the financial operations of business, the tools of financial analysis, the methods of financing an organization, capital budgeting, mergers, reorganizations and bankruptcy.

Operations Management

This integrative course focuses on strategic, tactical and operational decision-making technicalities. Decision-making areas that will be covered include: service design, facility location, inventory, procurement, just in-time concept, project planning, materials requirement planning (MRP) and total quality management (TQM).

Critical and Systems Thinking

You will be introduced to the vocabulary and methodologies associated with the discipline of critical and systems thinking, and apply the tools, processes and principles that aid in understanding how leadership decisions affect organizational performance.

Capstone Entrepreneurship

In this capstone course, you will develop a business plan for an active or prospective business in the local area and apply the concepts learned in the entire business leadership and management program.

International Business

You will explore the factors involved in operating an international business, such as the international monetary system and the political, social, economic and legal considerations.

Managerial Economics

The purpose of the course is to develop an understanding of economic concepts that have a bearing on managerial decision making with respect to both the marketplace and internal organizational structure.

Management Information Systems

This course is designed to provide you with an understanding of the role of information technology in achieving business goals, and how information systems are changing the way a firm competes in a competitive business environment.

Organization Development and Change

This course will examine theories of organizational change and strategies used to implement change efforts. You will explore organization development and change management in organizations, attributes of organizational culture, interventions to facilitate change and ethical considerations in change management practice.

Strategic Management

This course concentrates on the competitive approach of a business, examining issues central to its long- and short-term competitive position. You will examine and practice a set of analytical frameworks that will enable you to explain performance difference among firms and make strategic decisions to enhance the competitive position of a business.

Degree Requirements

Requirements for Graduation from College of Saint Mary

You need 128 total credit hours to complete your bachelor’s in business leadership and management at College of Saint Mary. Of that, 62 credit hours must be from major courses.