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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 incoming students must meet placement requirements in math. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in the College Catalog (see https://www.pct.edu/catalog/admissions-policy).

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.

A graduate of this major 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 SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
PTMPrevious Program Courses 15 SPTM
Second SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
PTMPrevious Program Courses 15 SPTM
Third SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
PTMPrevious Program Courses 9 SPTM
ENL111English Composition I 33 SREQ
CSC124Information, Technology & Society 33 SREQ
Fourth SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
ENL201Technical & Professional Communication 33 SREQ
MHIMath Elective (MTH113 or Higher) 3 SMHI
SCIScience Elective 3 SSCI
OEEExploration Elective 3 SOEE
OEAOpen Elective 3 SOEA
Fifth SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
ACC113Introduction to Financial Accounting 33 MREQ
ECO111Principles of Macroeconomics 33 MREQ
ECO112Principles of Microeconomics 33 MREQ
MGT115Principles of Management 33 MREQ
MKT240Principles of Marketing 33 MREQ
SPCSpeech Elective 3 SSPC
Sixth SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
ACC123Introduction to Managerial Accounting 33 MREQ
PHL210Ethics 33 SREQ
MTH157Business Statistics 33 SREQ
HRM300Human Resource Management 33 MREQ
MGT301Business Law I 33 MREQ
Seventh SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
FIN350Finance 33 MREQ
MGT355Quantitative Methods for Business 33 MREQ
MGT410Management of Organizational Behavior 3Writing Enriched Requirement3 MREQ
HIPCore Historical Perspective 3 SHIP
SCLScience Elective with lab 4 SSCL
Eighth SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
MGT497Business Policy & Strategy 33 MREQ
BMADirected Applied Management Elective 3 MBMA
ARPCore Arts Perspective 3 SARP
BMADirected Applied Management Elective 3 MBMA
OEEExploration Elective 3 SOEE

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.