Applied Management (BDM)

Accredited by ACBSP

(Effective Fall 2019)

As an online degree program, 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.

Career Opportunities

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.

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.

Remediation Strategies

All students entering the baccalaureate degree major are expected to meet the College standards for mathematics, reading, and English proficiency. Students who test at a deficiency in these areas are encouraged to remediate the deficiency during the first semester in the major.

Transfer Procedures

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.

Program Goals

The goal of the Applied Management (BMA) major is to prepare graduates for the ever changing demands of the business world, in particular the demands for effective interpersonal skills, problem solving skills, and decision making skills.

At the successful conclusion of the program the student should be able to:

  • explain how managers perform the basic functions of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling within an organizational setting.
  • demonstrate effective written and oral communications skills.
  • apply ethical principles that encompass the needs of all stakeholders.
  • differentiate the various activities of a business and explain how its integrative nature enables the business to generate positive outcomes for stakeholders.
  • apply the skills and techniques needed for problem solving and decision making.
  • apply the strategic management process to analyze the current business environment and make recommendations on preferred courses of action to increase efficiency, effectiveness, and productivity. 


First Semester Credits
PTM Previous Program Courses 15  
Second Semester Credits
PTM Previous Program Courses 15  
Third Semester Credits
PTM Previous Program Courses 9  
ENL111 English Composition I 3  
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3  
Fourth Semester Credits
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3  
MHI Math Elective (MTH113 or Higher) 3  
SCI Science Elective 3  
OEE Exploration Electives 3  
OEA Open Elective 3  
Fifth Semester Credits
ACC113 Introduction to Financial Accounting 3  
ECO111 Principles of Macroeconomics 3  
ECO112 Principles of Microeconomics 3  
MGT115 Principles of Management 3  
MKT240 Principles of Marketing 3  
SPC102 Fundamentals of Small Group Communication 3  
Sixth Semester Credits
ACC123 Introduction to Managerial Accounting 3  
PHL210 Ethics 3  
MTH153 Topics in Mathematics 3  
MTH160 Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications 4  
HRM300 Human Resource Management 3  
MGT301 Business Law I 3  
Seventh Semester Credits
FIN350 Finance 3  
MGT355 Quantitative Methods for Business 3  
MGT410 Management of Organizational Behavior 3  Writing Enriched Requirement &
Cultural Diversity Requirement
HIP Core Historical Perspective 3  
SCL Science Elective with lab 4  
Eighth Semester Credits
MGT497 Business Policy and Strategy 3  
BMA Directed Applied Management Elective 3  
ARP Core Arts Perspective 3  
BMA Directed Applied Management Elective 3  
OEE Exploration Electives 3  

Directed Applied Management electives include any ACC, FIN, HRM, LAS, MGT, MKT, or MIS courses at the 300 level or higher.

Note: Semesters 1-4 outline the bachelor degree courses as they relate to the College requirements.

Additional Information

This major is designed as a Bachelor degree completion program. The curriculum allows students who enter with or are concurrently enrolled in an associate's degree in a technical/professional area to obtain a baccalaureate degree with the last two years having an emphasis in the development of business/management skills.


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