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B.S. in Management and Leadership: Curriculum

Curriculum Details

120 Total Credits Required

To receive a bachelor’s degree from Concordia University, St. Paul, all undergraduate students must complete the general education requirements. The online bachelor’s degree in management and leadership also requires 45 credit hours of coursework covering operations and quality management, leading change, social intelligence and leadership, people and organizational analytics, strategic communications, and more.

Throughout the online bachelor’s degree in business management, expert faculty will lead you through dynamic learning experiences that build your real-life decision making, critical thinking, and project management skills.

Business Core Courses


This course aims to help students unpack the importance of diversity in the modern workplace, and how to leverage the diverse experiences, cultures, and perspectives of their employees as leaders. The course will encourage students to continuously incorporate diversity into their leadership roles and use it to enhance organizational effectiveness.

This course is designed to learn the highly sought-after skill of project management. The course will focus on key skills such as managing time and human resources, as well as working within budget constraints. Students will learn how to initiate, execute, plan, and close a project. By the end of this class, students will have a strong foundation in the principles of project management and be well-equipped to handle projects in their professional careers.

This course will provide key leadership development skills, including how to effectively resolve conflicts among employees, providing a needed competitive edge. The tools and knowledge needed to excel in leadership roles will be integrated to mimic current situations within various settings. Having a strong foundation in the principles of leadership will prepare students to lead in a variety of settings.

Student’s will also earn a Conflict Management Certification upon completion of BUS240.

This course enhances students’ business communication skills through the creation of a podcast. A key focus will be on how to effectively use words and images to create impactful and meaningful communications. The course will also cover the core pillars of social media marketing, including strategy, planning, and publishing, listening and engagement, analytics and reporting, and advertising.

This course will develop students’ abilities in modern marketing techniques and technologies. The Google Digital Marketing & E-Commerce Certification is a required aspect that is integrated within the course. The certificate of completion will be a testament to the knowledge and skills of current marketing practices.

Student’s earn a Google Digital Marketing & E-Commerce Certificate upon completion of BUS270.

This course focuses on the fundamental behaviors of individuals to better manage organizations. The course will cover topics such as individual behavior, communication, group dynamics, and inter-group behavior, and how these factors impact diversity, ethics, and technology in organizational behavior. Students will have the chance to apply what they learn to real-world scenarios.

This course is designed to develop skills in basic financial accounting practices and the ability to create accounting reports. Students will learn how to use financial information to make data-informed decisions for the future strategy of an organization. The course will cover topics such as the accounting cycle, interpreting financial statements, analyzing accounting principles, and using historical data from prior year accounting reports to create projections for growth strategy and budgeting.

This course utilizes the use of financial statements and how to use data to manage risk in areas such as investing, borrowing, lending, budgeting, forecasting, and cash management. The course will cover topics such as the frameworks of financial reporting, analyzing financial performance using real-life examples, examining income statements and cash reporting to project risk, and using digital tools to support successful business decision-making, communication, operations, and customer relations. Students will also learn how to critique financial strategy and generate innovative and organizational change strategies using multiple approaches.

Deriving insights from data and communicating findings has become an increasingly important part of virtually every profession. This Specialization prepares you for this data-driven transformation by teaching you the core principles of data analysis and visualization and by giving you the tools and hands-on practice to communicate the results of your data discoveries effectively. You will be introduced to the modern data ecosystem. You will learn the skills required to successfully start data analysis tasks by becoming familiar with spreadsheets like Excel. You will examine different data sets, load them into the spreadsheet, and employ techniques like summarization, sorting, filtering, & creating pivot tables. Creating stunning visualizations is a critical part of communicating your data analysis results. You will use Excel spreadsheets to create the many different types of data visualizations such as line plots, bar charts, pie charts. You will also create advanced visualizations such as tree maps, scatter charts & map charts. You will then build interactive dashboards.

Student’s will also earn a Data Analysis and Visualization Foundations Specialization Certificate upon completion of BUS370.

This course provides students with the ability to make informed decisions that balance ethical business practices and social responsibility with the legal implication of decisions. Students will be able to apply principles of law to contractual agreements, comparing principles of law with social responsibility and ethical values, examine administrative and common law regulations of business, and analyze ethical issues that confront business practitioners from divergent viewpoints.

Management and Leadership Core Courses


This course explores the theory and practice of change management and the role of leaders in facilitating and managing change. Students will develop a deep knowledge base of various models of change management, leadership skills for leading change, communication and engagement strategies, resistance to change, ethical and social implications of change initiatives, and monitoring and evaluating change efforts. Students will be required to apply practical skills and knowledge to effectively manage change initiatives in diverse organizational contexts.

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop and execute communication strategies that align with organizational goals and objectives. Topics covered in the course include audience analysis, message development, communication planning, channel selection, KPIs, and ethical and legal considerations. Students will develop practical skills in analyzing and evaluating strategic communication in real-world scenarios.

This course explores concepts and skills needed to effectively navigate and influence social situations. Key topics include emotional intelligence, effective communication, conflict resolution, team management, and self-regulation. The course unpacks the psychology and sociology of leadership, looking at different leadership styles and the interconnected role they play in diverse personal, cultural, political, and business contexts. Students will engage in self-reflection and evaluate the development of their social intelligence and leadership abilities.

This course will provide students with comprehensive knowledge on topics such as decision-making processes, planning, control of operations, global supply chain, operations, and quality management. It also introduces the fundamental Lean Six Sigma concepts within a business organization. Students will have the opportunity to develop a strategic foundation in which to review the intentional use of techniques, ensuring a positive result upon implementation.

HRM450 People and Organizational Analytics (3 credits): This course provides students the ability to assess and apply people analytics for optimizing recruitment, management, and retention of employees. Students will evaluate the potential applications and limitations of people analytics, assess the collaboration with interdisciplinary teams, explain strengths and limitations of different data sources, and analyze HR data to make informed decisions. The course also covers team IQ factors, enhancing team performance, and promoting collaboration.

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