Business & Management

Prepare for a range of early career opportunities by developing the top work skills that hiring managers look for: capabilities in teamwork, creative thinking, project management, negotiation, and communication.

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If you want to be prepared to contribute effectively from Day 1 on the job, this major is for you

The Business & Management major will lead you through classes that teach the core ideas of how business, nonprofit and government organizations are managed: how to run the organization’s operations, market to customers, keep track of and build financial resources, and work in teams. You will also learn the essential skills of working – managing projects, negotiation, and building an entrepreneurial mindset to be flexible and creative.

Together with the fundamental business courses of the BSBA degree, this major will ready you for success in whatever field you choose from healthcare, to high tech, to social action advocacy. All organizations need general managers and this major gives you the fundamentals to meet job requirements across the economy plus Simmons’ special sauce with diversity, equity, and inclusion content and an intense focus on building individual level skills and confidence to reach your personal best.

With any other major (like Nursing, Chemistry, or Arts Administration), the Business & Management major will deliver “how to” knowledge that will help you be a successful employee contributing to the organization’s mission on the business side right from the start, or as your career develops over time.

The Business & Management major also offers the most flexibility of any business major in allowing you to select additional courses that can lead you to career tracks like People Management (HR), Operations Management, and social welfare advocacy. At the heart of it, general management capabilities that will build through this major apply to most jobs and will serve you over a career lifetime.

You'll work with your advisor to tailor a program to your interests and career goals. Simmons offers many options for customizing your studies, including dual majors, accelerated programs and a wide variety of complementary minors.

Business and management complements study in many disciplines, including marketing, finance, government and economics.

A minor in business is also available.

Our students take advantage of internships and careers at a variety of companies in Boston and beyond, including Liberty Mutual, EMC, Shire Pharmaceuticals, and Enzyme, a biotech start-up in Kendall Sq., Cambridge. You'll sharpen your skills and refine your interests while building your resume and developing important mentoring relationships.

Online BSBA in Business & Management

The Business & Management major is also available to students in our online program. Join future business leaders on our digital campus for a collaborative and inspiring Simmons experience—from anywhere.

Beta Gamma Sigma and Alpha Delta Sigma

Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) is the premier honor society for students enrolled in business and management programs accredited by AACSB (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). An undergraduate student becomes eligible for membership in the second semester of junior year. The top 10% of each undergraduate class, ranked by GPA, are invited to join. The Society's mission defines this lifelong commitment to its members' academic and professional success: to encourage and honor academic achievement in the study of business, to foster personal and professional excellence, to advance the values of the Society, and to serve its lifelong members.

Alpha Delta Sigma (ADS) is a national honor society sponsored by the American Advertising Federation. It recognizes and encourages scholastic achievement in advertising and marketing studies. The requirements are that the student must be current in dues membership, be a senior or rising senior, have taken at least two advertising or marketing courses, and have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.25.

Alpha Mu Alpha

Since its inception in 1937, the American Marketing Association has remained committed to the advancement of excellence in the field of marketing. It was this commitment, which fostered the establishment of the national marketing honor society, Alpha Mu Alpha during the spring of 1981.

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