The Applied Management major prepares students with the skills necessary to meet the business demands of today and the future. The major focuses on integrating theory and practice so that graduates possess an understanding of the internal and external business environment, including economic, legal, behavioral, ethical and strategic aspects. The ability to communicate, integrate, and synthesize information from the various business disciplines using knowledge and skills in information systems, decision making, quantitative analysis, and financial modeling complete the major. In addition, students can select from among a list of directed elective courses that will complement their area of interest, which could include accounting, finance, management, marketing, information systems, or small business management/entrepreneurship.
This major is also available online.
About the curriculum
The major is appealing to those students who have completed an associate degree in an area of specialization other than business and/or management and who aspire to assume management-level positions in such fields.
All students entering the program, having completed the first two years in a respective associate program, will be considered for junior-level status. Students will be expected to carry a minimum of 60 associate degree-level credits into the Applied Management major.
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Accreditation & Industry Connections
The Accounting and Business programs have been accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
Graduates have a wide variety of employment opportunities, including advanced positions in their respective technical/professional areas, administrative services, first-line supervisors, industrial production and manufacturing, medical and health services, construction management, hospitality management, and purchasing managers, buyers, and agents. The management skills gained through the major ensure an opportunity to advance in the field. Most of our graduates are employed locally, including family businesses. Our distance graduates are employed in numerous other states as well.
Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a list of industry-specific managerial positions. Choose your related field for a Earnings Report.
Special Admissions Requirements
Students seeking entrance must have completed or be concurrently working towards a technical or professional associate’s degree, certification, or similar credential in a technical or professional area. Technical/professional credentials would include an academic focus involving scientific or technological studies. This excludes majors with a heavy business management emphasis such as marketing management, business management, or any other major with a non-technical focus. Typically, students entering this major possess 60 credits or more focused in a technical or professional area of study. Final decisions on eligibility for admission to this major resides with the academic school dean or designee.
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All students entering the Applied Management bachelor-degree major will be considered for junior-level status, as they will have earned the first two years in their respective associate-degree majors. This applies to Pennsylvania College of Technology associate-degree graduates as well. It is expected that students will carry a minimum of 60 credits from the associate's degree into the bachelor's degree curriculum. Where students have not met the bachelor-degree requirements for the first four semesters, they will be required to take the necessary courses in order to complete the degree. At least 36 credits of the final four semesters of the student's profile must be satisfied by Penn College courses.
Clubs & Activities
Alpha Chi (ΑΧ)
Delta Mu Delta (ΔΜΔ)
Student Government Association (SGA)
Student-managed Investment Fund
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
Business Administration Advisory Committee
- Eric J Bergstrom, Ph.D., Senior Consultant, CCI Consulting
- Mr. Robbie Cross, CEO, Equinox Ltd.
- Mr. Chris W Frantz, Executive Director of Marketing & Sales, Savoy Contract Furniture
- Mr. Mickey C Locey, President/Co-founder, mXtr Automation
- Ms. Valerie Reynolds, Owner, My Way Media
- Ms. Betsy Rider, Proprietor, Otto Book Store
- Mr. Samuel R Ryder, Vice President - Business Banking, First National Bank
- Mr. Charles Santangelo, CPA, FHFMA, Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer, Susquehanna Health
- Mr. Nathan Snavely, Owner/President, Nathan Snavely Agency
- Mr. Ray Thompson, President, Supply Source Inc.
Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.