Management

Information on the management major at the Penn State Smeal College of Business.
Portrait of Kyle Pettigrove.“The skills that the Management major will offer you can literally translate into almost any area of the business world. This toolkit will aid you wherever you begin your career, if and when you have a career change, and if you start your own venture.”
~ Kyle Pettigrove '12 Management, Partner, Tanager Wealth; Founding Partner, Crowded Castle Brewing Company




The Management major prepares students to be effective leaders in the global economy. Successful organizations require leaders and managers that are effective in formulating strategic objectives that balance the interests of multiple stakeholders, and in leading the people and processes necessary to accomplish the objectives, including selecting the best talent, aligning and developing human capital, and implementing organizational change. The Management major core courses provide the foundational knowledge and skills essential for being effective and ethical managers and leaders of organizations. There are two concentrations in the Management major:

Human Capital Concentration:

The Human Capital concentration develops the knowledge and competencies needed to contribute to organizational strategy by recruiting, selecting, developing, incentivizing, and deploying talent within the organization. The Human Capital concentration of the management major is aligned with the national curriculum guidelines of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and provides students with the SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge which form the basis for SHRM certification.

Organizational Leadership Concentration:

The Organizational Leadership concentration develops the student’s ability to effectively motivate, influence, and inspire people in all types of profit and non-profit organizations, including business, government, religious, and other types of organizations. The concentration places an emphasis on leading organizational change – the context that most demands leadership—and provides the knowledge and skills needed to manage a diverse workforce within different national and organizational cultures.

Management Degree Requirements and Sample Schedules

Careers in Management

With a degree in Management, career opportunities are many and diverse. Management majors find positions in all industries including professional services and consulting, consumer products, insurance, manufacturing, banking, retail, sports, and more. Graduates pursue positions in consulting, leadership development, human capital management, business analysis, and customer service management, among many others. some graduates also start their own businesses, return to a family business, or pursue graduate school. Below are some of the company's that employ students from Penn State's Management Major:

Company Position
Accenture Contract Administration
Aerotek Recruiting
Amazon Operations Management & Human Capital Associate
Aramark Human Capital Management & Facilities Management
BNY Mellon Operations and Human Capital
Deloitte Human Capital Consulting
EY Human Capital Consulting
Ford Motor Credit Leadership Development Program
Heinz Human Capital Strategy
Johnson & Johnson Consumer Product Sales
Kohl's Store Management
Macy's Sales Management
Morgan Stanley Leadership Development & Human Capital
M&T Bank Retail Bank Management
Nestle Human Capital Management
PNC Operations and Human Capital Management
Textron HR Business Partner

Student Organizations in Management

Net Impact

In today’s business world companies increasingly are assessed, by all types of stakeholders, on environmental and social impact as well as economic results.  Net Impact seeks to bring that focus to students in a practical way with a focus on the intersection of business with sustainability and social responsibility. Net Impact is a national organization with chapters at most major universities and our Net Impact Undergraduate Chapter is an award winning chapter. The chapter has been selected as the top chapter in the nation once and selected second two times. Some initiatives include attending yearly national conferences and meeting with world leaders, hosting their own Smeal Citizenship Conference that brings over 1,000 students together with global leaders in sustainability, hosting talks with top companies (PepsiCo, Vanguard, Unilever, EY, KPMG), working on literacy programs, food security programs and many other initiatives. 

Faculty Advisor: TBA

Professional Management Association 

Professional Management Association (PMA) develops management principles and skills, offers project management experiences, and promotes professionalism through hands-on learning opportunities including meetings with managers, consulting assignments, and visits to company locations.

Faculty Advisor: Jennifer Eury

Smeal Human Capital Student Consultants

Smeal Human Capital Student Consultants (SHCSC) fosters professional development, mentoring, and consulting opportunities in a project-based format to facilitate various avenues of employer branding and recruiting.

Faculty Advisor: Lisa O’Hara

Nittany Consulting Group

Nittany Consulting Group (NCG) strives to bring consulting to Penn State  by providing students the opportunity to gain a valuable education and  unparalleled experiences while exploring what a career in consulting may mean to them. Through NCG, students have access to a competitive educational environment built on the foundations of problem solving and critical thinking. 

Faculty Advisor: Brian Davis

Students Consulting for Nonprofit Organizations

Students Consulting for Nonprofit Organizations (SCNO) is a growing network of top university students dedicated to enabling the global nonprofit community to do more. In the spring of 2011, 10 students created the Penn State chapter of SCNO. Since then, the Penn State chapter has completed over 50 successful client engagements. Our consultants and project managers bring SCNO's passion with them to every client they serve.

Faculty Advisor: Dave Lenze