2017-2018 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Business Management Dual Degree Programs

BFA in Design/BS in Business Management

The combined BFA in Design and BS in Business Management Dual Degree Program between the College of Art & Design and the College of Liberal Arts & Science is designed for students who wish to pursue their visual and liberal arts interests to the fullest extent. The disciplines of Business Management and Design complement each other and students benefit from the opportunity to major in both disciplines. Business Management emphasizes the development of skills in the areas of communication, innovative problem-solving and technology in order to prepare students to meet the challenges of a dynamic and multicultural workplace. Design provides the skills to support communication through visual problem solving and process-oriented conceptual thinking; using visual systems, signs, symbols, words, sounds, and images to convey ideas, produce artifacts, affect behaviors, and stimulate the imagination. Together, Business Management and Design provide a significant toolset for both the development and implementation of innovative thinking.

This is a demanding program and not for everyone, but for the right student it presents a rewarding opportunity. By taking advantage of J-Term and the Summer Semester, students may complete the program, receiving two degrees, a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Science, in four years. Students interested in applying to this program should indicate that on their applications. Those admitted to one school but not the other may enroll in that school, but then may only pursue a single degree.

Already matriculated LUCAD or CLAS students who have been admitted to both schools and wish to enter the program should contact the relevant Chair in the other school. If they have not been admitted to both schools they may apply for admission to the other school. It is best if this happens the student’s first semester; otherwise it may not be possible to complete all requirements on time. Dual degree students who wish to leave the program and complete only a BFA or a BS must submit a Change of Degree Status Form. The original requirements for that degree will then apply.

BS in Business Management/MSM in Management

The joint program in Management gives qualified undergraduates in the Business Management program the opportunity to complete the master’s degree (M.S. in Management) in an accelerated fashion.  The undergraduate program in business management prepares our students for the rigor of the graduate program.  Students accepted into this dual degree program begin taking graduate courses in their senior year, fulfilling both the undergraduate and graduate requirements.  These students will be ready to take the graduate management courses required for specialization in the fifth year and they will complete both the B.S. and M.S.M in five years.

The dual degree program offers:

  • Both a bachelor and master degree at the end of 5 years
  • Greater in-depth preparation
  • Assurance to employers of outstanding applicants, since the criteria for admission to this program are rigorous
  • Opportunity to include a specialization in one or more management fields through a combination of undergraduate and graduate study
  • A more financially attractive program than a traditional two-phase model (B.S. then MSM or MBA)
  • Immersion in integrated undergraduate and graduate training allows the students to concentrate their efforts in a continuous program incorporating theory and practice throughout their five years
  • Strength and support afforded a student through development of long-term professional relationships with faculty members
  • The opportunity for the student to complete a third internship during the fifth year if the student desires

Admissions:

There are five paths that a student can take to be accepted into the dual degree program:

  1. Students can be accepted into the dual degree program upon admission to Lesley University.  Requirements for the program include:
    1. At least a 3.5 High School Grade Point Average or at least 88 on a 100-point scale
    2. Mathematics courses that include Pre-Calculus with a grade of at B+/88 or at least a math curriculum that includes Algebra I and II, Geometry, and Trigonometry with a grade of B+/88 in each class
    3. At least two years, preferably three, of one foreign language
    4. SAT Math, at least 510 or ACT Math, at least 22
    5. SAT Verbal, at least 500, or ACT Comp Score, at least 22
    6. SAT Writing, at least 500
  2. Students can be accepted into the dual degree program at the end of their freshmen year provided that they meet the following criteria:
    1. An overall GPA of at least 3.0 with no grade below C
    2. The student has taken the following courses:
      1. At least a grade of B in CMGMT 1451 – Foundations of Management
      2. At least a grade of B in CMGMT 1701 – Leader and Professional Development I
  3. Students can be accepted into the dual degree program at the end of their sophomore year provided that they meet the following criteria:
    1. An overall GPA of at least 3.0 with no grade below C
    2. Students have taken the following courses and received a grade of B or better in each course:
      1. CMGMT 1451, CMGMT 1701, CMGMT 2701, CECON 2101, CECON 2102, CMGMT 2550, CMGMT 2551, CMGMT 2455, CMGMT 2457, and CMATH 1590
    3. Students must have a portfolio of accomplishments that include an academic recommendation and writing samples.
  4. Students can be accepted into the dual degree program at the end of their junior year provided that they meet the following criteria:
    1. An overall GPA of at least 3.0 with no grade below C
    2. Students have completed all of the General Education Requirements
    3. Students must have a portfolio of accomplishments that include an academic recommendation and writing samples.
    4. Students have taken the following courses and received a grade of B or better in each course:
      1. CMGMT 1451, CMGMT 1701, CMGMT 2701, CECON 2101, CECON 2102, CMGMT 2550, CMGMT 2551, CMGMT 2455, CMGMT 2457, CMGMT 3201, CMGMT 3460, CMGMT 3464, CMGMT 3468, CMGMT 3469, CMGMT 3470, CMGMT 3560, CMGMT 3702, and CMATH 1590
  5. Students can be accepted into the dual degree program at the end of the first semester of their senior year provided that they meet the following criteria:
    1. An overall GPA of at least 3.0 with no grade below C
    2. Students have completed all of the General Education Requirements
    3. Students must have a portfolio of accomplishments that include an academic recommendation and writing samples.
    4. Students have taken the following courses and received a grade of B or better in each course by the end of the first semester of their senior year:
      1. CMGMT 1451, CMGMT 1701, CMGMT 2701, CECON 2101, CECON 2102, CMGMT 2550, CMGMT 2551, CMGMT 2455, CMGMT 2457, CMGMT 3201, CMGMT 3460, CMGMT 3464, CMGMT 3468, CMGMT 3469, CMGMT 3470, CMGMT 3560, CMGMT 3702, CMGMT 4702, CMGMT 4300, and CMATH 1590
    5. Students have requested and received permission to take CMGMT 6700 during first semester of their senior year.
  6. Transfer students are eligible for admission into the dual degree program.
    1. Students who enter Lesley with less than 30 credits must meet the admission criteria outlined in #2 above
    2. Students who enter Lesley with more than 30 credits must meet the admission criteria outlined in #3 above

Academic Standards

Candidates must meet the academic standards of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA.  Students must receive a grade of B or better in all courses the with prefixes CECON and CMGMT.  In order to be awarded the Master of Science in Management, students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 GPA in all the graduate courses attempted.

Advising

Students will be assigned a faculty mentor who will be the students’ advisor throughout the dual degree program.

Awarding of Degrees

Both the Bachelor of Science in Business Management and the Master of Science in Management will be awarded at the completion of the dual degree program.  At the end of the first 4 years, student will be able to participate in commencement.  If a student decides not to continue with the fifth year of the program, the student may request a program change.  The student may receive the Bachelor of Science in Business Management provided the student has completed 120 credits and all the requirements for the bachelor degree program.

Financial Aid

Student in this program are eligible for undergraduate financial aid until they have accumulated 120 credits.  Students are eligible for graduate financial aid thereafter.

Tuition

Tuition is assessed at the undergraduate rate for the first four years and at the graduate rate thereafter.

Registration

Students follow the registration procedures for the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.  Students must follow the program of study for the dual degree program.

Program Requirements

Complete the following undergraduate courses:

Business Management Core Requirements

  • Foundations of Management
  • Principles of Financial Accounting
  • Principles of Managerial Accounting
  • Principles of Macroeconomics (Social Science Requirement)
  • Principles of Microeconomics (Liberal Arts Elective Requirement)
  • Business Analytics I
  • Business Analytics II
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Corporate Finance I
  • Ethics &Organizational Behavior
  • Business in a Legal Context
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Operations Management
  • Managing in the Global Economy
  • Strategic Management Capstone

Experiential Learning Requirements

  • Leader and Professional Development I
  • Leader and Professional Development II
  • Management Internship & Seminar I
  • Management Internship & Seminar II

Business Specialization* (Select One)

  • Nonprofit Management
  • Brand Design and Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing
  • International Business

*While a business specialization is not required, it is highly recommended that students in the dual-degree program choose a business concentration.

Complete the following graduate courses:

Master of Science in Management Core Requirements

  • Leading & Managing in the 21st Century*
  • What Outstanding Organizations Do Differently*
  • Allocating & Managing Resources*
  • Systems Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Go to Market: Transforming Opportunities into Success

Students must select a specialization from among the following:

General Management Specialization

  • Business Models
  • Measuring Success
  • Customer Value
  • Global Emerging Markets
  • Simplicity/Innovation/Disruption

Nonprofit Management

  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Donors
  • Program Development & Evaluation
  • Strategic Communication & Social Media
  • Accounting & Financial Management for Nonprofits
* These courses are taken during the student’s senior year

This dual degree program is designed so that 9 credits toward the Bachelor of Science in Business Management are taken at the graduate level.