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Bachelor of Science in Management Studies

Management Solutions for the Modern World

Effective management is the foundation of any organization, and Norwich University’s online Bachelor of Science in Management Studies program is aimed at bringing out the leadership qualities of managers from all walks of life. Designed for students who have at least 30 credit hours of prior college coursework, or equivalent professional or military training, the management studies program utilizes relevant courses that emphasize communication skills, technological proficiency, procedural insight and organizational leadership.

Norwich’s management studies program was developed to prepare working adults to face the challenges relative to high-level management positions in the public and private sectors, as well as the military.

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Cyber Security Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Leadership Studies

Why Norwich?

Transfer up to 90-semester credits and complete your degree in fewer than two years.

Coursework is rigorous, relevant, and immediately applicable to your career.

Several start dates per year offer you the ability to enroll when it fits your schedule.

Take advantage of a wide array of electives, including Organizational Management and Modern Ethics.

Our experienced faculty of working experts provides insight into professional communication, leadership, utilization of technology and organizational structure.

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30 Credits

Program Entry Requirement

18 Months

Typical time to program completion

6 May

Next Start Date

8 April

Application Deadline

Accreditation & Recognition

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Norwich University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.).

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Norwich University is recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.


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Management Studies Program Curriculum

The Bachelor of Science in Management Studies is a degree completion program intended to create a solid academic foundation in general management principles and practices. The program culminates in a capstone course, wherein students solidify their understanding of management principles and practices with a comprehensive research project—and with three concentrations to choose from, tailor your degree to meet your career and professional goals. For a Norwich bachelor's degree, you must earn at least 120 semester credits, including transfer credits.

The program consists of four curriculum areas:

  • Elective courses are taken by all students who enter the program with fewer than 60 credits.
  • Core curriculum courses provide a foundation to management studies.
  • A concentration in a specialized area or discipline must be completed by all students.
  • Capstone project to culminate program coursework.

General Education

Students who enter the program with between 30 and 59 credits of prior coursework or the equivalent must complete general elective courses to reach the 60-credit threshold before moving into the core curriculum. Elective options are listed below.

  • English Composition
    ENGL101 3 credit hours

    This course is devoted chiefly to the principles of written organization, exposition, argumentation, and research.

  • Liberal Arts Mathematics
    MATH102 3 credit hours

    An investigation of mathematical concepts and methods with emphasis given to their impact on current and ancient problems. Topics include mathematics of voting systems, basic graph theory including Euler circuits and the traveling salesman problem, the mathematics of population growth, statistics, and finding fair shares. Emphasis is on techniques of problem solving.

  • History of the U.S. Constitution
    HIST210 3 credit hours

    A study of the political, economic, and social contexts of the creation of the Constitution and the significant amendments to it. Emphasis is on the role of the judicial branch in constitutional matters; the effects of social change in the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries; and the impact of technology on contemporary constitutional issues.

  • Technology-Mediated Communication
    COMM315 3 credit hours

    A study of human communication and the effect of modern technology on it. Students review basic communication theory, including non-verbal and intercultural communication, and then evaluate the impact of technology on the effectiveness and efficiency of communication. Topics include: spoken vs. written communication; synchronous vs. asynchronous communication; the status of world languages on the internet; the impact of social media; modern workplace communication; and trends in the development of communication technology.

  • Elementary Statistics
    MATH232 3 credit hours

    This course covers the study of frequency distributions, averages and standard deviations, normal curve, probability, decision-making, sampling techniques, testing hypotheses, chi-square, students-t and F-distributions, correlation, and linear regression. Prerequisite: A college level mathematics course or equivalent as determined by departmental placement testing. This course is not open to students with credit in MA311.

  • Crime in Literature
    ENGL250 3 credit hours

    In this course, students read and discuss works of literature that explore the ethical, social, and philosophical implications of criminal behavior and society's response to it. Prerequisite: Either EN102 or approval of the program manager.

  • Comparative Religion
    RELG300 3 credit hours

    Based upon myth and built upon ritual, religious thought affects politics, economics, international relations, and security. In this course, you will explore and analyze the similarities and differences among world religions to better understand the impact of belief systems and religious themes on culture, human history, and current affairs. Prerequisites: none.

  • Environmental Science
    SCIE301 3 credit hours

    Most of the world’s crucial environmental issues and many regional conflicts are related to the degradation and/or overuse of the Earth’s basic resources, including air, water, soil, and energy. This course focuses on the physical and chemical processes associated with the degradation of these resources, as well as an examination of potential solutions. The course addresses and integrates into scientific studies two themes that underlie all environmental issues: sustainability and human population dynamics.

  • Comparative Politics
    POLS306 3 credit hours

    This course introduces the basic methods, concepts, and substance of comparative politics and focuses on institutions and behaviors as well as development and modernization theories. Issues covered include: the nature of political systems; the different varieties of democracies and authoritarian regimes; and the impact of geography on the political, economic, and social development of a region.

  • Socio-Economic Studies
    ECON310 3 credit hours

    In this course, you will explore tenets and characteristics of various economics systems, analyze economic indicators, conceptualize problems, and recommend possible solutions. Economic factors are explored in the context of the U.S. Army’s Political-Military-Economics-Social Infrastructure-Information Systems framework.

  • Historical Studies
    HIST310 3 credit hours

    In this course students will identify strategic considerations which have influenced the outcome of political and military conflict. Topics including the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta, the campaigns of Alexander the Great and Napoleon Bonaparte, the Anglo-Afghan wars of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the rise and fall of empires around the world.

  • Leadership
    MNGT315 3 credit hours

    In this course, you will learn key theoretical models of leadership and strategies for applying them in a range of situations, both military and non-military. You will identify key functions and skills of effective leaders, explore leadership styles through study of selected leaders, and evaluate the role of communication, negotiation, strategy, purpose, and ethics in leadership. You will evaluate your own leadership effectiveness and develop a leadership tool kit.

  • Military Sociology
    SOCI330 3 credit hours

    This course provides a sociological perspective of the military as both an institution and as an occupation. It examines the social structure and functions of the military and the social factors that influence behavior in and of the military. In terms of function, it examines the changing purposes of the military in view of changing national and international conditions. In terms of structure, it examines the norms, values, traditions, organizations, and culture of the military. The course will provide insight into the routine life within the military and contemporary issues confronting the military.

  • Introduction to Cultural Competence
    SOCI335 3 credit hours

    This course presents key concepts in the study of cultures and explores how culture and cultural contexts and language influence values, expectations, behavior, communication styles, and conflict resolution.

Core Curriculum and Capstone (39 credits)

Students are required to complete the following core curriculum coursework. After completion of a concentration, the program coursework culminates with the capstone.

  • Ethics in the Modern World
    PHLS210 3 credit hours

    This course is a study of ethics and its application to problems in everyday life, society, and the broader world. The course examines the principal moral theories and ethical systems that have shaped our personal values and behavior, including consequentialist and non-consequentialist theories, virtue ethics, and feminist ethics. Students explore the connections between ethics and religion and examine the challenges to morals posed by relativism, subjectivism and emotivism, egoism. Students also evaluate positions, theories, and arguments as they apply them to concrete matters of personal, socio-political, and global concern.

  • Business & Professional Writing
    COMM301 3 credit hours

    A writing-intensive course that focuses on critical business and management documents including organizational and personnel performance reports; business proposals; communications with stakeholders; and marketing instruments. Emphasis is on proper use of the business register; audience analysis; and technology-mediated professional communication. Prerequisite: ENGL101 or its equivalent.

  • Leadership
    MNGT315 3 credit hours

    In this course, you will learn key theoretical models of leadership and strategies for applying them in a range of situations, both military and non-military. You will identify key functions and skills of effective leaders, explore leadership styles through study of selected leaders, and evaluate the role of communication, negotiation, strategy, purpose, and ethics in leadership. You will evaluate your own leadership effectiveness and develop a leadership tool kit.

  • Management of Organizations
    MNGT309 3 credit hours

    A study of the functions of modern management: planning, organization, staffing, leading, and controlling. This study is applicable to the management of military, government, educational and non-profit, as well as business organizations. The ethical and social responsibilities of management and contemporary challenges such as the internationalization of organizations are integrated in all aspects of this course.

  • Management Information Systems
    MNGT330 3 credit hours

    In this course students examine the information technology solutions and systems available for use in the management of organizations. Topics covered include: hardware and software components; database technologies; enterprise systems; telecommunications and networking; and decision support systems. Throughout the course emphasis is placed on the importance of system integration for maximum efficiency and on the challenges of a rapidly changing IT sector. Students conclude with an examination of the ethical and human resource challenges of the use of management information systems.

  • Seminar in Economics
    ECON350 3-6 credit hours

    An intensive introduction and overview of the principles of macro and micro economics. The course begins with a high level analysis of the U.S. economy and then moves to a more in-depth look at topics such as production and output, pricing, economic growth, and the challenges of international trade, including issues related to international banking and non-U.S. stock markets.

  • Financial Accounting
    ACCT350 3 credit hours

    The course will provide successful students with a basic understanding of financial accounting concepts, the double-entry bookkeeping system, the accounting cycle, and general-purpose financial statements. Basic knowledge of accounting for merchandising operations, short-term liquid assets; inventories; property, plant, and equipment; short- and long-term liabilities; and revenues and expenses will also be developed.

  • Managerial Accounting
    ACCT351 3 credit hours
  • Fundamentals of Finance I
    FNCE350 3 credit hours

    This course introduces students to various techniques of investing and the theories, methods and procedures used to understand current complex investment/finance environments. Students will explore the major financial markets, the concept of risk in financial markets, government agency regulations (including those from the Federal Reserve Bank and Securities Exchange Commission), and portfolio management theories.

  • Fundamentals of Finance II
    FNCE351 3 credit hours
  • Capstone
    MNGT400 3 credit hours

    All students will complete the capstone course as their culminating activity of the program which consists of proposing, developing and delivering a business or strategic plan that combines knowledge acquired in the core courses with specific knowledge of the concentration area.

Leadership Studies (18 credits)

The Leadership Studies concentration takes you on an in-depth study of the conceptual and theoretical facets of leadership. Through a series of seminars, you will learn how to evaluate emotional intelligence, encourage critical thinking, promote self-reflection, and manage the behavioral aspects of collaboration. To complete this concentration students take the following courses:

  • Seminar in Leadership I: Fundamentals
    MNGT401 6 credit hours

    This course focuses on differentiating the conceptual and theoretical aspects and models of leadership and leadership studies. The fundamentals of leadership are taught within the context of present and past leaders, with an emphasis on how to practice these fundamentals in an ethical manner.

  • Seminar in Leadership II: Leadership Styles & EQ
    MNGT402 6 credit hours

    This course provides information about evaluating emotional intelligence, or EQ. Students are given the tools and the opportunity to evaluate their capacities to think about work through the lens of reflection and introspection as a guide to understanding the behavioral aspects of working together and providing customer service.

  • Leadership of Change
    MNGT403 3 credit hours

    A study of change management principles and best practices from a leadership vantage point. Emphasis is on the process of planning for change and the critical role of communication before, during, and after change. Students develop instruments for measuring the impact of change on human and financial resources within organizations.

  • Leadership in a Technology-Driven World
    MNGT404 3 credit hours

    This course focuses on the application of leadership principles toward efforts to manage the impact of modern information and communication technologies on organizations. Topics include: creating and leading a remote workforce; human behavior in technology-mediated work relationships; and ethical issues arising from the use of technology.

Human Resource Management (18 credits)

The Human Resource Management concentration provides you with a comprehensive examination of the core functions of human resource management, including recruitment, employee relations, strategic planning, inclusion and diversity, transformational leadership, and risk management. To complete this concentration students take the following courses:

  • Seminar in Human Resource Management I
    MNGT421 6 credit hours

    The first of two seminars focused on the comprehensive examination of the major functional areas of the human resource operation. Students will analyze the first 9 of 15 Human Resource Functional Areas of Knowledge including: recruitment; staffing; organizational effectivness and development, employee relations, workforce management and technology.

  • Seminar in Human Resource Management II
    MNGT422 6 credit hours

    The second of two seminars focused on a comphrehensive examination of the key functional areas of human resources. Students will analyze the final 6 of the 15 Human Resource Functional Areas of Knowledge and apply to the design and implementation of operational and strategic HR practices. Topics include diversity and inclusion, risk management, and employment law.

  • Human Capital Planning
    MNGT423 3 credit hours

    This course examines human capital planning from a leadership perspective. Students begin by gaining an understanding of the human capital planning process, the benefits to the organization, and linkages to organizational strategic planning and performance. They then learn ways to foster leadership engagement in the human capital process and to use quantitative and qualitative methods to gather and analyze the data necessary to create and implement a successful human capital plan.

  • Strategic Role of HRM in Organizations
    MNGT424 3 credit hours

    Strategic HRM builds on the traditional foundations of Human Resource Management to create the multifaceted, transformational organizational culture and environment that will enable the organization to survive and thrive in ever-changing operational environments, and to be ever more effective in fulfilling its public purpose and mission.

Cyber Security Management (18 Credits)

The Cyber Security Management concentration is designed to help you to work collaboratively with cyber security professionals in an organization in order to achieve both effectiveness and efficiency in related projects and decision-making. To complete this concentration students take the following courses:

  • Project Management Fundamentals
    MNGT475 3 credit hours

    Focus is on the fundamentals of project management and practices. Students explore the key elements of project management from the project management framework, the project life cycle, project process and key project management knowledge areas. Additionally, project integration, scope, time, cost, quality, resource and schedule management are studied. Other key areas of focus are project management procurement and overall project communications requirements.

  • Project Management Advanced Techniques
    MNGT476 3 credit hours

    Builds on and finalizes the foundational material on project management principles, practices, and processes covered in Project Management Fundamentals (MNGT 475). Students focus on the critical PM components of project management leadership, effective communications and the management of project teams.

  • Cyber Law and Cybercrime
    CJ341 3 credit hours

    This course includes extensive discussion of the legal constraints, both civil and criminal, that underlie acceptable behavior using computers and networks today. Special emphasis is placed upon the legal issues that affect information security, private and public use of digital forensics, and how information operations are performed.

  • Management of Information Assurance
    IA342 3 credit hours

    This course focuses on management of the information assurance process. Topics include human factors in reducing security breaches, security incident detection and response, remediation, management’s role in information assurance, and other considerations in framing and implementing information assurance policies. The final section reviews current topics of particular interest and activity in the field of information assurance.

  • Introduction to Information Assurance
    IA340 3 credit hours

    This course provides an overview of design considerations involved with the security of site design. The course will also provide an understanding of the Levels of Trust and system accreditation/certification processes. Life cycle management of software, hardware, and physical plant, from planning through destruction will be examined and reinforced using case studies. Additionally understanding of the variety of security systems involving computers and networks and an ability to evaluate vulnerabilities will be discussed.

  • Systems Assurance
    CYBR410 3 credit hours

    This course focuses on the design considerations involved with the security of site design. The course will also provide and understanding of the Levels of Trust and system accreditation/certificate processes. Life cycle management of software, hardware, and physical plant, from planning through destruction will be examined and reinforced using case studies. Additionally, understanding of the variety of security systems involving computers and networks and an ability to evaluate vulnerabilities will be discussed.


At a Glance

  • An associate degree or minimum of 30 credits
  • Transfer up to 90 credits
  • Multiple start dates per year

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Next Start Date

Monday, May 6, 2019

Application Deadline

Monday, April 8, 2019

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Tuition & Fees


The Bachelor of Science in Management Studies program is an investment in your future that we can help you manage from a financial perspective. Whatever your individual situation, we can guide you through the financial planning process. Contact our admissions team to learn more.

Tuition at a Glance

  • Credit Hours: 30-90
  • Credits Per Trimester: 3-12
  • Rate Per Credit Hour: $375 or $250 (active military)

2018-19 Tuition and Fee Schedule - Bachelor's Programs

Rate Per Credit Trimester Tuition Additional Expenses Total
$375 or $250 (active military) $750-$4,500

Technology - $150/trimester
Library - $100/trimester
Graduation - $150/one-time

$8,400 - $35,900

Careers & Outcomes

Leaders Wanted

Keen management is an essential component of any organization, and the skills therein are applicable across most—if not all—industries. As such, skilled managers continue to be in high demand; the U.S. Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the number of management jobs will increase by eight percent by 2026. This projected growth presents a tremendous opportunity for working adults who wish to move into management positions, and Norwich University’s Bachelor of Science in Management Studies online program can help you develop the skills necessary to take your career to the next level.

Career Outcomes

Norwich’s online management degree is specifically targeted towards individuals who possess considerable professional experience but may need a bachelor’s degree in order to become eligible for mid- to high-level management positions. Our graduates have the opportunity to finish the program with a wealth of relevant skills and knowledge, and can confidently pursue a number of career options—from receiving an internal promotion, to ensuring a smooth military-to-civilian transition, to preparing to earn a master’s degree.

Examples of Career Paths

  • Chief Executive
  • Marketing Manager
  • Military Officer
  • Financial Manager
  • Architectural and Engineering Manager
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Network Administrator
  • Sales Manager
  • Strategic Planner
  • City Manager
  • Compensation and Benefits Specialist
  • Public Relations and Fundraising Manager
  • General Operations Manager

Types of Employers

  • Local, State and Federal Agencies
  • U.S. Military
  • Technology Firms
  • Private-Sector Organizations
  • Financial Institutions
  • Retail & Wholesaling
  • Entrepreneurial Business & Startups
  • Colleges & Universities

Faculty & Staff

Program Director

Dan Alcorn, MPA, MBA

Daniel P. Alcorn is the Program Manager of the Bachelor of Science in Management Studies program at Norwich University. He was named to the position in September 2017. Previously held the position of Assistant Director of Enrollment Advising for the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies at Norwich. Alcorn has been an adjunct faculty member in Norwich’s Business & Management Department since 2012, and teaches courses in management, business, and economics. He has developed courses in economics and business, and has taught courses for Rutland Public Schools, Killington Mountain School, the College of St. Joseph, the Community College of Vermont, and the International College of the Cayman Islands. He earned his undergraduate degrees from Kent State University, and his MBA and MPA from Norwich University. He is currently a DBA student at Northcentral University.

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Program Staff

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Seth Jackson, M.Ed.
Assistant Program Manager
Alexa  Ward, MA
Enrollment Advisor

Featured Faculty



Our first graduates of the Management Studies program graduated in 2017. Below are graduates from our bachelor's programs.

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I have always dreamed about graduating from Norwich University. Going to college was always on my bucket list and this was my motivation.

Kelley Lawrence
Class of 2016
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

My motivation was to be competitive in the workforce following my active duty retirement and to leverage Air Force tuition assistance to help pay for my Norwich degree.

William Seaman
Class of 2015
Bachelor of Science in Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis
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One of the key things to me for having a Norwich education is the name that comes with it; there’s pride and tradition that comes with having a Norwich University diploma. It’s finishing what I started here many years ago and I wanted something I can be proud to hang in my office.

Julie Scribner
Class of 2015
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Online Learning

How do you fit an online program into your busy life?

Norwich has developed online programs that provide a gateway, not a barrier, to maximize your career potential. Get to know a few graduates -- with busy schedules -- and how they made their education fit.

Kim Swasey

I am married and have a wonderful daughter. I love to go out with friends and take advantage of the outdoors.

My background
I am retired from the military and am now working as a contractor for the government.
How I succeeded at Norwich
As I work in the public administration sector as a contractor, I wasn't able to use any government resource to do school work (including my work computer), which meant I did all school work outside of normal working hours. I found the best time for me was very early in the morning when the house was quiet. Another critical piece was camaraderie with my classmates. You can persevere with your support system.

Residency at Norwich

While not required for completing your bachelor's degree, the Residency Conference is a unique educational and social experience that culminates your time at Norwich.

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Residency is positive, academic, and brings closure to an experience that is sometimes overwhelming and daunting, but ties it back to a singular purpose. Advice to future students: Attend! Have fun! Bring an umbrella!

Marcella White
Class of 2015
Master of Arts in History


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