About

Do you have a desire to find solutions to evolving challenges in the business world? Do you want to prepare for a management position?

ECU's BSBA in management prepares students with the skills necessary to meet the business demands of today and tomorrow. The curriculum provides a solid business core, helping you learn how to deal with the people-based challenges you will encounter in a management position. Graduates have employment opportunities in a wide variety of supervisory/management positions.

ECU Advantage

More students are enrolled in the ECU College of Business than in any other business school in the state. As a student in the College of Business, you’ll benefit from a professional college that has been continuously accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB), the premier accrediting agency of collegiate business schools worldwide, since 1967 (we are one of only two institutions in North Carolina—and 120 worldwide—that have been continuously accredited by the AACSB since 1967 or before.)

For the sixth straight year, the College of Business at East Carolina University has again earned top marks, ranking among the best U.S. business schools according to the Princeton Review.

We also offer a strong curriculum that prepares today’s students to become tomorrow’s leaders; solid preparation in valuable 21st-century skills, including leadership skills, communications skills, and professionalism; a personalized network of support in a close-knit, caring community; diverse and talented full-time faculty with real-world experience in their fields of expertise; and small class sizes coupled with flexible class schedules and a variety of online options.

The College of Business offers a unique living-learning community option for first-year and sophomore students as well as a Business Scholars Award—a renewable four-year merit scholarship awarded to outstanding incoming students who are pursuing a BSBA.

Our programs boast exceptional educational value and a variety of active student organizations—offering you the opportunity to network and get involved.

What You Will Study

Program Coordinators by Concentration:

The BSBA in management offers students the opportunity to acquire knowledge in the management of human and physical resources and to acquire skills useful in the management of domestic and international organizations.

Minimum degree requirement is 120 s.h. of credit as follows:

IV. Concentrations - 18-27 s.h.

(Choose one.)

    A. Entrepreneurship and small business management concentration - 18 s.h.
    • MGMT 4242 - Organizational Behavior or
    • PSYC 3241 - Personnel and Industrial Psychology

    • MGMT 4252 - Entrepreneurship
    • MGMT 4262 - Small Business Management
    • Choose 9 s.h. from:
      • FINA 3824 - Financial Analysis and Planning
      • MGMT 4272 - Managing the Family Business
      • MGMT 4352 - Management in a Global Economy
      • MGMT 4402 - Human Resource Management
      • MGMT 4482 - Managerial Negotiation
      • MKTG 4362 - Retail Management
      • MKTG 4662 - Marketing Research
      • MKTG 4732 - Consumer Behavior
      • MKTG 4752 - Integrated Marketing Communication
      • OMGT 4743 - Purchasing and Materials Management
    B. General business concentration - 18 s.h.

    The concentration in general business offers students the opportunity to acquire a general overview of the skills necessary to manage human and physical resources. Although primarily designed for distance education students, students on campus may choose this concentration. Enrollment in this concentration will be limited by the resources available. Distance education students will receive priority in enrollment in distance education courses.

    • ACCT 4921 - Accounting for Business Professionals
    • FINA 3144 - Financial Markets
    • space
    • MGMT 4242 - Organizational Behavior or
    • PSYC 3241 - Personnel and Industrial Psychology
    • space
    • MKTG 4732 - Consumer Behavior
    • OMGT 4733 - Project Management
    • Choose 3 s.h. from:
      • FINA 3904 - Investments
      • MGMT 4402 - Human Resource Management
      • Other courses approved by advisor
    C. International business concentration - 27 s.h.
      Choose 18 s.h. from:

      Note: The 3 s.h. business core international perspectives course requirement cannot be counted as part of this 18 s.h. requirement.

      • ACCT 4451 - International Accounting

      • ANTH 2010 - Societies Around the World or
      • POLS 2020 - Introduction to International Relations

      • FINA 4454 - International Finance
      • MGMT 3352 - International Business
      • MGMT 4352 - Management in a Global Economy
      • MKTG 3852 - Cultural Environment of International Business
      • MKTG 4992 - International Marketing
      Choose 9 s.h. from one of the following world regions:

      Note: These courses are chosen by the student. No more than two courses should be chosen from any one department.

        Africa/Middle East:
        • ANTH 3003 - Cultures of Africa
        • COMM 3180 - Intercultural Communication
        • COMM 3390 - International News
        • ECON 3353 - Development Economics
        • FORL 2624 - Francophone Literature of Africa in Translation
        • GEOG 2110 - World Geography: Less Developed Regions
        • GEOG 3050 - Africa
        • HIST 3670 - History of the Middle East Since 1500
        • HIST 3810 - History of Africa
        • POLS 3260 - Middle Eastern Political Systems
        • POLS 3265 - African Political Systems
        • POLS 3293 - International Organizations
        • POLS 3295 - International Law
        • PSYC 3314 - Psychology of Religion
        • RELI 1690 - World Religions
        Asia:
        • ANTH 3002 - Cultures of East Asia
        • ARTH 3920 - Asian Art
        • COMM 3180 - Intercultural Communication
        • COMM 3390 - International News
        • ECON 3353 - Development Economics
        • GEOG 2110 - World Geography: Less Developed Regions
        • GEOG 3051 - Asia
        • HIST 3611 - History of East Asia Since 1600
        • HIST 3620 - History of Modern Japan
        • HIST 3630 - History of Modern China
        • HIST 4610 - History of Southeast Asia
        • POLS 3280 - South Asian Political Systems
        • POLS 3293 - International Organizations
        • POLS 3295 - International Law
        • PSYC 3314 - Psychology of Religion
        • RELI 1690 - World Religions
        Europe:
        • IDSN 2103 - Historic Interiors I
        • COMM 3180 - Intercultural Communication
        • COMM 3390 - International News
        • ECON 3353 - Development Economics
        • ECON 4373 - International Trade
        • FORL 2620 - French Literature in Translation
        • FORL 2660 - Spanish Literature in Translation
        • FORL 2680 - German Literature in Translation
        • GEOG 2100 - World Geography: Developed Regions
        • GEOG 3047 - Western Europe
        • HIST 3435 - History of Europe Since 1914
        • POLS 3234 - West European Political Systems
        • POLS 3235 - East European Political Systems
        • POLS 3236 - Russian Politics
        • POLS 3293 - International Organizations
        • POLS 3295 - International Law
        • PSYC 3314 - Psychology of Religion
        • RELI 1690 - World Religions
        South America:
        • ANTH 3016 - Cultures of the Caribbean
        • ANTH 3017 - Cultures of Mexico and Guatemala
        • ANTH 3018 - Cultures of South and Central America
        • COMM 3180 - Intercultural Communication
        • COMM 3390 - International News
        • ECON 3353 - Development Economics
        • FORL 2661 - Latin American Literature in Translation
        • FORL 2760 - Special Topics in Hispanic Studies
        • FORL 3660 - Hispanic Women Writers
        • GEOG 2110 - World Geography: Less Developed Regions
        • GEOG 3049 - Latin America
        • HIST 3711 - Introduction to Latin-American History: Since 1808
        • HIST 3780 - Mexico and Central America
        • POLS 3293 - International Organizations
        • POLS 3295 - International Law
        • PSYC 3314 - Psychology of Religion
        • RELI 1690 - World Religions
        For non-North American students:

        North America:

        • IDSN 2103 - Historic Interiors I
        • ANTH 3017 - Cultures of Mexico and Guatemala
        • COMM 3180 - Intercultural Communication
        • COMM 3390 - International News
        • ECON 3420 - Money and Banking
        • GEOG 2110 - World Geography: Less Developed Regions
        • GEOG 3046 - United States and Canada
        • HIST 1051 - American History Since 1877
        • HIST 2012 - American Business History
        • HIST 3031 - Economic History of the United States Since 1865
        • HIST 3245 - The United States Since 1945
        • HIST 3780 - Mexico and Central America
        • POLS 3293 - International Organizations
        • POLS 3295 - International Law
        • PSYC 3314 - Psychology of Religion
        • RELI 1690 - World Religions
      Additional requirements:
      D. Management concentration - 18 s.h.
      • MGMT 4242 - Organizational Behavior or
      • PSYC 3241 - Personnel and Industrial Psychology

      • MGMT 4482 - Managerial Negotiation
      • Choose 12 s.h. from:
        • MGMT 4252 - Entrepreneurship
        • MGMT 4272 - Managing the Family Business
        • MGMT 4342 - Organizational Change and Development
        • MGMT 4343 - Organizational Leaders and Leadership
        • MGMT 4352 - Management in a Global Economy
        • MGMT 4402 - Human Resource Management
        • MGMT 4422 - Labor Relations
        • MGMT 4952 - Topics in Management
    For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

    Careers With This Degree

    Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

    • Business Administration/Management
    • Social and Community Service Managers
    • Cost Estimators
    • Management Analysts
    • Postsecondary Teachers
    • Business and Administrative Services
    • Retail and Wholesale Trade, Real Estate and Personal Service
    • Manufacturing, Installation and Repair
    • Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics
    • Government and Public Administration
    • Education and Training
    • Business Administration/Management
    • Business Administration/Management

    Career Opportunities

    ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

    NC Tower

    This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

    • Self-employed;
    • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
    • Work outside of North Carolina.

    US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

    This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

    Degree-specific internships

    For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.