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Business Management Major

Earn a degree in business management

As a business management major, you will sharpen your leadership, problem solving, and entrepreneurial skills through a variety of business management courses. You will learn about organizational leadership, human resource management, organizational behavior and more, which will prepare you to be an effective leader in multiple business settings. At SBU, you will receive a high-caliber academic business education to prepare you for a successful career as a professional manager in corporations, not-for-profit organizations, and small businesses.

Studying business management at SBU will provide you with a versatile degree to help you pursue your goals in a variety of career opportunities.

The Management degree is offered through SBU's Robert W. Plaster College of Business


Degree plan


(SBU business management majors graduating in 2021-2022 finding employment in their field)

SBU College of Business Job Placement and Salary Data (PDF)

SBU students

The SBU Advantage

  • More than 75% of students in the business administration division complete at least one internship before graduation.
  • Small class sizes and dedicated faculty create a close-knit community to help you thrive as you benefit from personalized instruction and build lifelong friendships.
  • By earning a degree in business management, you have the opportunity for class projects in which you work with businesses in the local community, gaining valuable real-world, hands-on experiences. Participating in organizations such as SBU Enactus provide further opportunities for real-world business experience during your time as an SBU student.

Faith Integration

In your management courses you will learn about the Biblical foundations for management and examine management principles illuminated by Biblical truth. You will learn about management examples in the Bible, examine the manner in which Jesus managed, and discover what the Bible has to say about being an ethical manager and an effective leader.

Psalm 15 — SBU's College of Professional Programs and the Robert W. Plaster College of Business have a Psalm 15 initiative, which provides intentional integration of faith and academic discipline. Using Psalm 15 as a basis, the Colleges have identified eight character traits that should be the hallmark of the students and graduates. These character traits are emphasized in coursework and in a special lecture series. The highlighted character traits are: Integrity, Service, Respect, Charity, Faithfulness, Truthfulness, Humility and Perseverance.

Ethics and Professional Development — As part of an intentionally Christian education, students in the Robert W. Plaster College of Business take a senior-level course in Ethics and Professional Development. The course teaches Christian personal and professional ethics and equips students with life skills such as career development, etiquette, and servant leadership, with the goal of producing ethical business leaders who will be servant leaders in the workplace.


Examples of organizations that have employed our graduates:

  • Accenture
  • Burlington Northern
  • Cerner Corporation
  • Edward Jones
  • Jack Henry & Associates
  • Sam's Club


Examples of organizations that have provided internships for our students:

  • Citizens Memorial Hospital - HR department
  • Sam's Club
  • Scripps

Graduate schools

Examples of graduate schools attended by our graduates:

Nicole Breedlove
"My classes helped me understand how to reach my consumers. I have utilized marketing, time management and networking skills learned during my time at SBU."
Nicole Breedlove '21, '22
Professional Recruiter for Citizens Memorial Hospital

Clubs and Organizations


Want to start a business as a student? At SBU, you have the opportunity to receive guidance and funding as you build a business while pursuing your degree. One of our students, Lillian, started a hair accessory business on Etsy and earned over $12,000 in profits her first year! You even have the chance to earn funds for your business through the Jumpstart entrepreneurship competition.


Sentrepact is an opportunity for you to mentor high school students as they partner with local businesses in their community. You will be putting your learned skills from the classroom into practice through partnering with high school students and providing advice on how to improve their business partnerships.

Delta Mu Delta

Delta Mu Delta is an international honor society established to recognize superior scholastic achievement of business administration students. The purpose of Delta Mu Delta is to promote higher scholarship in education for business, and to recognize and reward scholastic attainment in business subjects. Delta Mu Delta is an invitation-only society for juniors and seniors in the top 20% of their class with a minimum GPA of 3.25.

Financial Management Association (FMA)

Financial Management Association (FMA) offers amazing opportunities for business students. In the SBU FMA chapter, students have the opportunity to meet and network with local finance professionals, engage in investment competitions, participate in community service, and network with SBU peers. As a member of FMA, a national organization, students gain access to FMA's extensive online library, online forecasting competition, job posting board, and international networking and award opportunities.

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is the largest career student business organization in the world. FBLA has more than 10,000 members and more than 500 chapters. 

SBU's FBLA chapter consistently excels at the yearly state and national competitions, earning 58 top-ten national finishes so far!



The College of Professional Programs and the Robert W. Plaster College of Business offer many privately funded scholarship opportunities for their students. During a recent academic year, more than $89,000 was awarded in private scholarships to students from these college-level scholarships. Some scholarships available include:

  • Aric Beckham Memorial Scholarship
  • Bill & Geneva Williams Memorial Scholarship
  • Business College Scholarship
  • Clifford & Marie Gouge Memorial Scholarship
  • Credille Family Scholarship
  • Dexter Yager Business Scholarship
  • Don & Joan Woods Endowed Scholarship
  • Dr. B.E. Clark Distinguished Accounting Student Scholarship
  • Gary & Jane Black Excellence Scholarship
  • Gladys Henderson Memorial Scholarship
  • Melvin & Minnie Hall Memorial Scholarship
  • Nebraska Book Company Scholarship
  • Ralph Stufflebam Memorial Scholarship
  • Ruby Letsch-Roderique Business Scholarship

Taylor Center

The Robert W. Plaster College of Business is housed in the Gene Taylor National Free Enterprise Center. The Taylor Center was expanded and renovated to provide the following benefits for our students:

  • Increased number of dedicated study areas and presentation rooms that can be reserved in advance
  • Keycard access for certain majors increases building security while allowing you to access space and equipment after hours to effectively study and work on group projects
  • Student lounge and open spaces to study, relax and hang out