2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Business Management - Bachelor of Science (44 credits)

(44 credits plus 11 credits of experiential learning)

Mission of the Bachelor of Science in Business Management Program

The business management major prepares students for positions of leadership in private, public, and not-for-profit organizations.  The business management major cultivates each student’s capacity to think and act with creativity and innovation.  Students master the broad definition of business, while focusing on management.  Students learn not only the essential knowledge and skills to manage effectively and efficiently, but also to develop a sense of moral responsibility in professional practice inside and outside of organizations, whatever their size or purpose.

The Curriculum

The Business Management major at Lesley, fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP), prepares students to meet the challenges of a dynamic and multicultural workplace. Students explore entrepreneurship and small business management with a particular focus on innovative and creative managerial decision making. Ethical leadership is a core value of the major whether in organizations, communities, or the global marketplace. Finally, students examine why and how organizations change over time and how individuals manage change.

The Business Management major seeks to foster the development of students’ skills in the areas of communication, innovative problem-solving, and technology. The curriculum encourages integration of the Liberal Arts with the field of Business Management to enhance students’ conceptual skills and ability to connect various disciplines to sound, transformative practice. Using these competencies, students learn to recognize, diagnose, and solve problems critical to organizational performance as well as seek out opportunities for new ventures and shifts in strategy. Students learn how technology is used by organizations to create competitive advantage, as well as how social and psychological factors influence professional development and organizational success. The flexibility of the program design allows students to pursue more in-depth study in areas of special interest.

Experiential Learning

The Business Management major emphasizes the value of experience as an integral part of learning and utilizes field experiences and internships to link theory and practice. First year students are introduced to a variety of organizations in the Boston-Cambridge area through tours of facilities and presentations by organizational leaders.

Junior and senior year Business Management majors spend over 200 hours in the field where students undertake a variety of projects and activities as part of the day-to-day operations of participating organizations. Students work under the supervision of experienced professionals in private, public, and not-for-profit organizations approved by the internship coordinator and overseen by the internship faculty advisor. A critical component of the internship experience is the participation in weekly seminars where students discuss and reflect on their experiences to gain a broader view of the workplace, contemporary issues, and organizational trends. At the same time, students are exploring and assessing their own developing skills, abilities and career interests. Internship experiences often lead to job opportunities after graduation.

Program Specific Requirements

All business management majors must achieve a grade of “C” or higher in all courses with prefixes CMGMT or CECON.  Courses with grades below C must be repeated.  Any exceptions must be approved by the Division Director in order to continue to the next course sequence.

Any junior or senior having less than a 2.3 cumulative grade point average in major requirements and/or an overall cumulative grade point average of less than 2.0 will not be accepted for an internship.

A grade of "C" or better is required to move to the next internship course.

A grade of "B-" or better in the capstone course is required to meet the requirements of the major.

A cumulative grade point average of 2.3 or better in the major is required to meet the requirements of the major.

Math Requirement: CMGMT 1590 Quantitative Modeling for Business or CMATH 1590 Patterns and Functions.  

Within the General Education Requirements, Business Management majors are required to be complete the following courses in the specified categories:

Quantitative Reasoning Requirement: CMGMT 1590 Quantitative Modeling for Business

Social Science Breadth Requirement: CECON 2101 Microeconomics and CECON 2102 Macroeconomics may contribute to the Social Sciences Breadth Requirement.

Business Management Majors are required to demonstrate a foreign language competency.
Students who have studied a foreign language prior to entering Lesley University are encouraged to take the foreign language proficiency exam. Students who receive a passing score will be exempted from the language competency requirement. Competency can be fulfilled by taking two semesters of the same foreign language at the university. 

Learning Goals of the Bachelor of Science in Business Management

  1. Students will be able to recognize business terms and apply business concepts
  2. Students will be able to understand and apply concepts in management
  3. Students will be able to evaluate the global business environment, identifying problems and effectively communicating their proposed strategies

Degree Requirements

Required Core (44 Credits):

CMGMT 1451Introduction to Business Management


CMGMT 2455Financial Accounting


CMGMT 2457Managerial Accounting


CMGMT 2550Business Analytics I


CMGMT 2551Business Analytics II


CMGMT 3202Business in a Legal Context


CMGMT 3460Corporate Finance I


CMGMT 3464Marketing Strategies


CMGMT 3468Management Information Systems


CMGMT 3469Organizational Behavior and Ethics


CMGMT 3560Operations Management


CMGMT 3470Human Resource Management


CMGMT 4300Managing in the Global Economy


CMGMT 4900Strategic Management Capstone


Required Internships (11 Credits):

CMGMT 1701Leader and Professional Development I


CMGMT 2701Leader and Professional Development II


CMGMT 3702Management Internship and Seminar I


CMGMT 4732Business Management Internship Seminar II