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Associate of Arts in Management




Program Description

The Associates of Arts in Management lays the foundation by introducing students to the theoretical concepts and practical applications in the field of management. Students will explore the skill sets necessary to effectively lead and manage a global workforce. Topics of study include ethics, management communications, human resources management, supervision, human resource development, organizational behavior, and human relations. Successful completion of the program prepares graduates for entry-level supervisory positions and responsibilities.

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Program Objectives

Students who successfully complete the Associate of Arts in Management will have completed the following objectives:

  • Demonstrate critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills necessary to be a successful supervisor in a business environment.
  • Explain key concepts, methods and practices for managing human capital in an organization.
  • Compare and contrast ethical theories as they relate to organizational and individual behavior.
  • Prepare a development program for a potential direct report.

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The management degree program seeks to expand students’ academic and professional development by providing practical skills and theoretical knowledge needed to become effective managers in the global environment. The program is designed to focus on the interpersonal, managerial, human resource, leadership, communication, and critical thinking skills necessary to assess and evaluate management practices from a wide variety of organizational perspectives. The program encompasses a wide range of programs from human resources to real estate studies, all of which prepare students to pursue career opportunities in management and management-related fields such as government or business, and serves as a background for further graduate study.

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Useful Skills within the Management Field

Decision Making - Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.

- Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.

Problem Solving
- Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.

- Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

- Actively looking for ways to help people.

- Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.

Managing Time
- Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.

Reading Comprehension
- The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.

Social Perceptiveness
- Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.

- Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.

- Teaching others how to do something.

Writing and Authoring
- Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.

- Persuading, encouraging and motivating others to accept your ideas.

Social Perceptiveness
- Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.


Career Options

To identify what education or training is typical for careers within the management field, use the O*Net hyperlinks below and click on “Job Zone.” In addition, seek out the advice of fellow students and alumni working in the industry, using our mentoring program on The Quad (for current students and alumni only) or by speaking with a career coach.

As with all majors, the education you receive serves as a foundation of knowledge that prepares you for what you may face in the professional world. The career field you chose may require additional education or experience.

Administrative Services Managers
Business Teachers, Postsecondary
Chief Executives
Compliance Managers
Construction Managers
Cost Estimators
Financial Managers, Branch or Department
General and Operations Managers
Human Resources Managers
Industrial Production Managers
Investment Fund Managers
Loss Prevention Managers
Management Analysts

Managers, All Other
Marketing Managers
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers
Purchasing Managers
Regulatory Affairs Managers
Risk Management Specialists
Sales Managers
Security Managers
Social and Community Service Managers
Storage and Distribution Managers
Supply Chain Managers
Transportation Managers
Wind Energy Operations Managers
Wind Energy Project Managers

Getting Started: Internships

Gaining real life experience is an ideal way to start a new career. Below are a few examples of organizations that offer internships for both graduate and undergraduate management students:

Arts & Business Council of New York
Comptroller of the Currency—Administrator of National Banks
Congressional Management Foundation
Denali Commission
Department of the Interior—Office of Secretary Management Intern Program
Friendship Ambassadors Foundation
Office of Management and Budget

In addition to the organizations mentioned above, there are government-organized internship programs that provide students the opportunity to gain experience while attending school. Many require students to maintain either half-time or full-time status. The best way to identify potential opportunities such as these is to contact branch offices directly, to search, or to look at the agencies’ career portal. Keep in mind that these positions are not always posted online, so direct contact with the agency is key.

The Pathways Program is a federal initiative that offers internship programs for current students and training and career development opportunities for recent graduates. Recent graduates must apply within two years of degree or certificate completion (except veterans due to their military service obligation, will have up to six years to apply). The internship program for current students replaces the replaces the former Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) and Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP).

The Presidential Management Fellows Program (PMF)
PMF is designed to attract outstanding federal service members from a wide variety of academic disciplines who have a clear interest in, and commitment to, a career in the analysis and management of public policies and programs. To be eligible, an individual must be a graduate student completing or expected to complete, during the current academic year, an advanced degree. Graduate students who have had their degree conferred in the preceding two years from the opening of the vacancy announcement are also eligible for PMF. 

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP)
WRP is coordinated by the Office of Disability Employment Policy and the U.S. Department of Defense, and aims to provide summer work experience and, in some cases, full-time employment to college students with disabilities. The program develops partnerships with other federal agencies, each of which makes a commitment to provide summer jobs and a staff recruiter. Each year, recruiters interview about 1,500 students with disabilities at college and university campuses across the nation and develop a database listing the qualifications of each student.

Getting Hired: Government Agencies, Organizations, and Search Engines

There are several government agencies and organizations that seek candidates with degrees in Management. The below list provides a few example places one might find employment using their degree.

Government Agencies and Organizations

Search Engines

AXA Advisors
Reynolds & Reynolds
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
U.S. Department of the Interior
U.S. Department of the Treasury (DOT)

The American Finance Association (AFA)
Association of Management Consulting Firms
Society for Human Resource Management


Keeping Current: Professional Organizations and Associations
Conferences and Expositions
Get Connected: Social Media

American Academy of Project Management (AAPM) - LinkedIn
American Management Association (AMA) - LinkedIn
American Society for the Advancement of Project Management (ASAPM) – LinkedIn
Financial Management Association International (FMA) – LinkedIn
Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education (POD) - LinkedIn
Project Manager Networking Group - LinkedIn
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) – LinkedIn

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Human Resources Total Credits - 61 Hours
Core Requirements
12 Hours
3 hours

Microeconomics is an overview course that covers how households (consumers), firms (producers), and governments interact in competitive and other markets to set prices, and determine what and how much is produced. Key concepts introduced include the role of scarcity and choice, incentives and competition, and the law of supply and demand.

Human Relations
3 hours

This course is designed to provide basic principles from the behavioral sciences that apply to establishing positive relationships among individuals in the work setting. Through readings, critical thinking, problem solving, writing, role-playing, and case studies, students will develop basic human relations skills essential to effectively functioning in the modern workplace. These skills are applicable to relations with co-workers, supervisors, subordinate workers and customers. The student will be presented with basic concepts for interpersonal relations, including individual differences, communications, group/team activities, cultural relations, leadership, mentoring, customer satisfaction and ethics. This knowledge will then be applied in their analysis of case studies, scenarios, and problem solving exercises in order to develop interpersonal skills that can be used in actual work situations. (Prerequisite: ENGL101)

Pre Reqs: Proficiency in Writing(ENGL101)

Principles of Supervision
3 hours

This course provides a basic overview of supervision in the workplace including the supervisor's role in management. The course explores goal setting, problem solving, staffing and the training and development of employees. Other topics covered include the Human Resource Professional's role in leading the workforce, effective communications and stimulating improved quality management within the organization. The course is designed as a practical guide for the supervisor or manager and provides key leadership concepts and skills to improve quality standards and achieve established goals within the organization, ultimately improving working relationships, and spurring the organization on to greater productivity and success. (Prerequisite: ENGL101)

Pre Reqs: Proficiency in Writing(ENGL101)

Ethics Fundamentals
3 hours

Recent scandals have shown us that in business, there’s a lot more at stake than the bottom line. Ethical behavior in organizations is a topic that warrants exploration. The purpose of this course is to investigate some of the ethical issues facing businesses including acceptable risk, intellectual property, workers’ rights, whistle-blowing, ethical leadership, outsourcing, and ethical issues in marketing. Students will be asked to reflect and examine how one comes to terms with being a good citizen and business person that attempts to prevent the dark side of business ethics.

Concentration Requirements
9 Hours
Human Resource Fundamentals
3 hours

This is an introductory course that focuses on the concepts and methods of managing human capital in an organization. The purpose of this course is to discuss practices in the selection, training, job analysis, evaluation, wage setting, incentive principles, merit rating, job efficiency, and labor/employee relations of human resources as applied to both private- and public-sector organizations. This course is designed to provide students with a foundation to explore human resource fundamentals effectively across a number of disciplines.

Choose 6 Credit Hours from the following:
Employee Training and Development
3 hours

In the emerging global economy, only those organizations dedicated to continuous learning are expected to grow and thrive. This course is an examination of individual and organizational strategies designed to stimulate creative approaches to learning in organizations, and will facilitate an understanding of individual development from both an organizational and personal perspective. Theoretical foundations and practical issues involved in employee training and development in business organizations are explored.

Interviewing Fundamentals
3 hours

A comprehensive study of the basic communication skills necessary for business and industry, including techniques in reading, writing, listening and speaking. Emphasis will be placed on clear concise written and spoken communication in terms of business correspondence and oral presentations. Topics include communication skills such as listening, writing, verbal and non-verbal communication, conflict resolution and interviewing skills with emphasis on the importance of effective oral communications.

Organizational Fundamentals
3 hours

Students taking this course should not take RTMG150. This is an introductory course that focuses on the concepts and methods of managing an organization. The purpose of this course is to discuss how people and organizations function based on the latest research on work, workers, managers, and organizations. Successful management requires knowledge of the behavior of people in organizational settings and of the processes that occur in those settings. This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the challenges that arise for managers in organizational settings and to provide an introduction to the concepts and theories that can be useful in facilitating effectiveness.

Institutional Requirements
3 Hours
Foundations of Online Learning
3 hours

This course is designed to provide a solid foundation for undergraduate study in the online environment. Students will be introduced to the tools and resources available in the online classroom and campus. Students will be introduced to online research, formatting, and citation styles. APUS policy and procedure is addressed. There is an emphasis on communication to assist students in the transition to the online environment.

General Education
34 Hours

Final Program Requirement
3 Hours
Seminar course must be taken as last course in the program.
Management Seminar
3 hours

This course is a culminating course for the Associate of Arts in Management degrees. It is designed to allow the student to review, analyze and integrate the work the student has completed toward a degree in Management. The student will complete an approved academic project or paper that demonstrates your grasp of management study. This is a culminating course to be taken after all other Associate of Arts in Management courses have been satisfactorily completed. Student must have SOPHOMORE standing to register. This course is to be taken as the LAST course in the AA in Management program

Lower Level Electives
0 Hours
Electives are typically courses available at your degree level that are not currently required as a part of your degree program/academic plan. Please visit the catalog to view a complete listing of courses.

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