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Professional managers are a distinct and essential group in modern society who are responsible for maintaining and improving organizational effectiveness.

The management degree in the College of Business and Public Administration is carefully designed to make its graduates extremely competitive in today’s dynamic market for entry-level managers, as well as to give them the background needed to advance in their chosen careers. Management students are introduced to the habits of professionalism and are given the opportunity to interact with private and public organizations and to participate in professional activities beyond the curriculum.

The management major prepares students for the challenging task of directing people and activities in today’s private, public, and not-for-profit organizations. Those who study this field at Drake are grounded in the theories, concepts, practices, and ethical concerns of contemporary management and emerging trends. Management students learn how organizations are designed and administrated, how people behave when they are part of an organization, and how employees are compensated, motivated, and protected. They learn how organizations measure and improve performance and how they make strategic advances in a competitive marketplace. In addition, they are exposed to the issues and challenges of international business activity.

Graduates of the management program may attain positions in human resource departments, in operations, in customer service, in purchasing, in sales; they work as franchise managers, as management consultants, as department managers; and they work in diverse industries from financial services to manufacturing to retail.