Management Degree

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Leadership ability, quantitative analysis skills, oral and written communication skills, a solid background in business—accounting, economics, finance and marketing—are all part of majoring in management at the University of St. Francis.

Management is a broad business degree that leads to many career opportunities in various industries. It provides a student the opportunity to explore a number of challenges and growth opportunities. However, it’s about more than just reading textbooks. You will apply theory to real world cases and applications and become prepared to design operational and leadership systems that will allow organizations to achieve a competitive advantage, advance the professionalism of management and leadership and demonstrate ethical decision making throughout your career.

You will learn:

  • Experience through internships or part-time positions is critical.
  • Many desirable skills can be developed through participation in and leadership of student organizations like the USF Student Business Association.
  • To develop and utilize a personal network of contacts. Once in a position, find a mentor. Become an active member in the USF Business Alumni Network.
  • Earning an MBA after gaining work experience is important to reaching the highest levels of business management.
  • To work well in a team and effectively with a wide variety of people.
  • Strong communication skills, including public speaking, which is important to achieving success in this field.


BBA/MBA Five-Year Option

In the final two semesters before graduation, senior business majors who intend to continue with an MBA at the University of St. Francis may take graduate level MBA courses for undergraduate credit to meet undergraduate requirements. Students who take two MBA courses in their senior year are eligible to complete their MBA in one year (attending full-time). See course catalog for additional details.


What can I do with my management degree?

Students earning a degree in management have wonderful opportunities in a variety of areas:



  • Manufacturing
  • Supply-Chain/Logistics
  • Consulting
  • Banks and financial institutions
  • Healthcare organizations
  • Local, state and federal government
  • Retail stores
  • Restaurants
  • Hotels
  • Service providers
  • Not-for-profit organizations
  • Entrepreneurial Ventures/Self-employed


Human Resource Management

  • Recruiting/Staffing
  • Compensation
  • Benefits
  • Training
  • Safety
  • Employee Relations
  • Industrial Relations
  • Equal Employment Opportunity


Operations Management

  • Operations Research Analysis: business strategy, facilities layout, inventory control, personnel scheduling
  • Production Management: line supervision, manufacturing management, production planning, quality assurance
  • Materials Management: purchasing/procurement, distribution management, import/export management, transportation management, inventory management



  • Industrial Sales
  • Consumer Product Sales
  • Financial Services Sales
  • Services Sales
  • Advertising Sales



  • Commercial Banking
  • Retail/Consumer Banking
  • Credit Analysis
  • Lending
  • Trust Services
  • Mortgage Loans
  • Branch Management
  • Operations



  • Claims
  • Underwriting
  • Risk Management
  • Sales
  • Loss Control


Real Estate

  • Residential Brokerage
  • Commercial Sales
  • Appraisals
  • Property Management

In the real world

Internships and employment opportunities for USF students and graduates include:

  • Caterpillar
  • U.S. Steel
  • EJ&E Railroad
  • DSC Logistics
  • YRC Logistics
  • Menlo Logistics
  • Alliance Shippers
  • Rush Presbyterian/St. Luke’s
  • State Farm Insurance
  • Exxon/Mobil
  • Exelon
  • BP
  • Lyondell
  • FedEx
  • UPS
  • Alliance Shippers
  • Maersk
  • Menlo Logistics
  • Enterprise Rent-a-Car
  • Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center
  • Silver Cross Hospital
  • Adventist Medical Center
  • Joliet Park District
  • Illinois State Police
  • U.S. Marshall’s Service
  • MB Financial Bank
  • First Community Bank of Joliet
  • Bank of America
  • Citibank
  • Accenture


Learn more about the profession.

Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM)
Human Resources, Training, and Labor Relations Managers
Academy of Management
American Management Association
Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals


Interested in a Business minor or a double major?

In some cases, there are only seven (7) to ten (10) additional courses to achieve a business minor or double major (varies by program; check catalog for details)

Business Minors:
Accounting, Computer Science, Economics, Finance, International Business, Management, Marketing, Transportation and Logistics Management, Interdisciplinary Business (for non-business majors).

Business Majors:
Accounting, Computer Science, Entrepreneurship, Finance, International Business, Health Care Management, Management, Marketing, Transportation and Logistics Management


For more information contact Jeanne Washburn, executive director, at or 815-740-3591.