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Bachelor of Science in Management (BSM) Program

Designed for working professionals seeking to complete their bachelor’s degree, the University of San Francisco offers a Bachelor of Science in Management (BSM). Students learn to balance theory and practice to become effective managers within all sectors of organizational life.


Learning Outcomes Curriculum Overview 
Management Core  Electives/Specialization


Learning Outcomes

Ethical Leadership

  • Leading and Managing—distinguish between leading and managing diverse individuals and groups in creating and sustaining organizational performance.
  • Ethical and legal behavior, and social responsibility—recognize and analyze ethical, legal and social implications of management decisions and devise appropriate responses.
  • Communication—effectively communicate orally and in writing using various mediums across unique situations.

Innovative and Creative Decision-making

  • Create, analyze and integrate relevant quantitative and qualitative information to develop and evaluate management decisions.

Domain Concepts

  • Accounting—attain financial literacy in the understanding and interpretation of financial statements of organizations.
  • Finance—use financial information to assess economic value of real and financial assets, and make decisions to create value.
  • Organizational Behavior and Theory—develop and leverage human and social capital in organizations.
  • Technology and Logistics—grasp the core information technology concepts that enable organizational operation and understand how technology trends enable innovation.
  • Marketing—produce specific marketing tools needed for product development, consumer communications, pricing and distribution channels.
  • Strategy and Competitive Advantage—develop specific and actionable strategic options at different levels to enhance the organization’s competitive position through rigorous analysis of the changes in its competitive environment, its industry/sector, and its internal resources.

Global Mindset

  • Appreciate diversity and integrate cultural, economic, political, historical, geographic, and environmental perspectives in decision-making.
  • Recognize the opportunities and challenges facing organizations operating in an increasingly global economy.

Curriculum Overview

Students take 44 credits of upper-division management coursework for the major. Students in the BSM program also have the opportunity to earn up to 21 tuition-free credits towards general elective and some University Core requirements through Interdisciplinary Studies Assessment (ISA). 

The McLaren School of Management continually updates its curriculum to satisfy the latest AACSB requirements and to assure that its students receive the full experience of studying at an excellent liberal arts university. Recognizing our students as individuals with unique interests and talents, the faculty have designed the business curriculum to support the focus and breadth each individual student requires. Course requirements are divided into the following areas:

  1. University Core Curriculum
  2. Interdisciplinary Studies (including the Interdisciplinary Studies Assessment)
  3. Management Core
  4. Electives/Specialization

Management Core (20 credits)

BSM 301 Public Policy and the Regulatory Environment (4 credits)

BSM 302 Marketing Fundamentals and Strategies (4 credits)

BSM 303 Systems and Technology (2 credits)

BSM 304 Foundations of Organizational Behavior (4 credits)

BSM 306 Business Analytics Fundamentals (4 credits)

BSM 326 Financial Accounting Fundamentals (2 credits)

Interdisciplinary Studies Assessment 

The Interdisciplinary Research and Writing (INTD 310) course helps students develop experiential research-based essays that may be applied toward university core curriculum and general elective credits. Submitted research essays are evaluated by leading faculty and researchers in the areas of study. Essays are evaluated on a credit/no credit basis with students earning three credits for essays meeting the academic learning outcomes.

Interdisciplinary Studies (8 credits)

INTD 310 Interdisciplinary Research and Writing (4 credits)

INTD 311 Ethics and Society (4 credits)

Electives/Specialization (16 credits)

Business Economics
Take the following four:

BSM 311 Applied Macroeconomics (4 credits)

BSM 312 Microeconomics (4 credits)

BSM 410 International Trade and Investments (4 credits)

BSM 411 Strategic Economic Analysis (4 credits) 

Organizational Behavior & Leadership

Take at least three of the following plus an additional 4-credit BSM elective course:

BSM 440 Organizational Communication (4 credits)

BSM 441 Organizational Leadership (4 credits)

BSM 442 Team Processes & Decision-Making (4 credits)

BSM 443 Leading Organizational Change (4 credits)

Public & Non Profit Administration

Take at least three of the following plus an additional 4-credit BSM elective course:

BSM 450 Human Resource Management (4 credits)

BSM 451 Governance & Financial Development (4 credits)

BSM 452 Strategy Practices (4 credits)

BSM 453 Program Evaluation (4 credits)

Information Systems

Take the following:

BSM 360 Information Technology for the 21st Century (2 credits)

BSM 361 Software Development Concepts (2 credits)

Take two of the following plus an additional 4-credit BSM elective course:

BSM 362 Information Systems Strategy, Architecture and Design (4 credits)

BSM 460 Database Concepts and Applications (4 credits)

BSM 461 Systems Analysis and Design (4 credits)

Law Enforcement Leadership

Take at least three of the following plus an additional 4-credit BSM elective course:

BSM 470 Proactive Law Enforcement Administration (4 credits)

BSM 471 Law Enforcement Policy Making and Evaluation (4 credits)

BSM 472 Experiential Learning in Law Enforcement (4 credits)

BSM 473 Collaboration of Community Policing with Evidence Based Policing (4 credits)

BSM 474 Evidence-Based Policing (4 credits)