Managers are responsible for achieving organizational objectives by coordinating money, materials, machines, and most important of all, the efforts of people. Managers set objectives, establish policies, plan, organize, direct, communicate, and make decisions. Since their principal concern is solving problems, managers are continually defining problems and seeking solutions.

To be an effective manager, an individual needs a broad knowledge of the practice of management, the workings of business and the economy, and the behavior of people. The knowledge obtained in the B.S. degree at SDSU should be sufficient to qualify the student for a broad range of beginning managerial positions in business organizations. The management major offers the unique feature of focusing on the type of organization or industry, as opposed to specific tasks.

Program Overview

After completing the College of Business Administration core courses, students take coursework in advanced management topic areas including operations management, human resource management, social and ethical issues in business, organization theory and change, and interpersonal processes.

Special Features

  • The Electronic Boardroom is a state-of-the-art computer technology facility for group problem solving, systems development, total quality management and strategic planning.
  • The College of Business was ranked as one of the top business schools for entrepreneurs by U.S. News and World Report and Success magazines.
  • The L. Robert Payne Distinguished Entrepreneur Lectureship brings outstanding speakers to campus each year. Past speakers have included Norman Brinker, alumnus and founder of Chili's restaurant chain; Jim Sinegal, CEO of Costco, Inc.; and John Moores, owner of the San Diego Padres.
  • The Entrepreneurial Management Center was rated as a National Model Program at the MBA level by the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. In Addition, the center recently received a $3 million grant from QUALCOMM Incorporated and was named as a NASDAQ Center of Entrepreneurial Excellence.
  • The Entrepreneurial Society at SDSU provides a forum for students, faculty, industry, and government to exchange ideas and form relationships that will foster entrepreneurship in the local community.
  • The prestigious SDSU Venture Challenge student business plan competition draws the top schools that teach entrepreneurship. Student teams compete for a $15,000 first prize to seed their venture.
  • Business Honors Program - The program challenges students to integrate their Business education with material across the university and within the broader community. Students in the program build strong critical thinking skills and are challenged to apply those skills in a broad context.
  • Business Advising Center - The mission of the Business Advising Center is to enhance the quality of the College's undergraduate program by providing information, counseling, and advising to current and prospective undergraduate students.
  • A Board of Directors - composed of stellar local and national business leaders provides direction to the College of Business Administration on a regular basis.

Career Opportunities

Recent government and private manpower studies indicate that the demand for professional managers should continue to increase. While the types of employment secured by management graduates are varied, a recent study conducted by the management department showed that many graduates have gone into the following types of positions:

  • Operations managers, who supervise manufacturing and service operations, and are responsible for scheduling production and operations activities and controlling operational costs
  • Sales managers, who hire, train, and supervise sales personnel, evaluate the work of sales people, and develop incentive programs
  • Financial managers, who supervise operations in banks, security exchanges, credit unions, and savings and loan associations
  • Merchandising managers, who supervise operations in retail stores
  • Organization and management analysts, who design and evaluate organizational structures and jobs
  • International managers, who supervise foreign-based manufacturing and/or marketing operations for American companies
  • Corporate planners, who develop strategic plans for corporations
  • Human Resource Managers, who work as employment specialists, recruiters, job evaluators, compensation specialists, benefits analysts, and training officers
  • Labor relations specialists and human resource managers are concerned with human problems in business and government organizations, and identify and work on problems concerning employee selection, union relations, pay and benefit scales, leadership, motivation, affirmative action, and equal opportunity

To further explore career options in this field, visit the Career Services Web site for more information.

General Catalog

You can view more complete information regarding the Management program in the General Catalog. All students are responsible for reading and knowing the information pertinent to their areas of study available in the General Catalog. It contains requirements for all academic majors, course descriptions, policies, and regulations governing progress at the university. Catalogs are distributed at all New Student Orientation programs. To order a General Catalog, call (619) 594-7535.