Business Management

With a Project Management Concentration

The Business Management program offers students an integrated management core, which helps students develop knowledge, skills, and values related to becoming competent managers and successful candidates for entry into graduate school. With a Project Management concentration, students will develop the skills necessary to start a project management role upon graduation and be successful quickly.

Project Management students begin by learning core business fundamentals, then work to develop the tools to master hard skills such as software development practices and more process-oriented skills including agile methodologies and quality assurance. These vital and in-demand skills are critical for today’s labor market.

In the Business Management with a Project Management Concentration Program, you will:

  • Master the ability to apply qualitative, quantitative, and information technology tools for effective decision-making
  • Engage the methods of inquiry and analysis
  • Develop a general understanding and appreciation of the role of business
  • Reflect on and engage critically with ethical issues in management
  • Critically assess the application of waterfall and agile methodologies for different projects within a business context, and justify their decisions as well as any associated financial investment
  • Construct detailed project plans that take into account scope, resource constraints, dependencies and quality assurance
  • Ensure quality of execution for a given project and execute projects that adapt to changing circumstances
  • Demonstrate adaptable project management skills with an extensive simulated project, and articulate ethics and scalability considerations

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Gain Theoretical and Practical Experience

The Project Management program was created in collaboration with Fortune 500 employers, technology professionals and academics to prepare well-rounded, high-performing graduates.

This concentration features certifications:
Certified Associate in Project Management

Program Highlights

$116,000 Median Salary

97% of organizations strongly agree that project management is critical to the success of their company. That could be why Project Managers earn an average salary of $116,000 a year.

33% job growth from 2017-2027

There’s a widening gap of supply and demand as jobs increasingly require project-oriented skills, and more professionals are retiring from the workforce. Project professionals enjoy a very positive job outlook.

Varied Day-to-Day Responsibilities and Activities

Every day, a project manager’s responsibilities will touch on planning, organizing, scheduling, directing, controlling, and finishing projects.

Program Overview

Career Options

& Average Salaries

Career Options with this major include but are not limited to:

  • Project Manager – $104,000
  • Project Management Specialist – $74,250
  • Project Manager III – $95,000
  • Project Manager II – $82,000
  • Project Manager I – $87,360
  • Project Management Consultant – $92,000

In addition, students may pursue Business Management to prepare for graduate school.


Delivered in Partnership with Rize Education

We consulted with multiple Fortune 500 companies and successful startups to determine what digital marketing skills were currently the most effective and desirable in today’s job market. We identified the following as vital skills for entry-level marketing coordinators and managers:

  • Strong business communication skills
  • Project-based learning
  • Understanding the core Project Management philosophies – agile and waterfall
  • Project-planning skills
  • Personnel management skills
  • Team management skills
  • Use of project management tools
  • Risk assessment skills
  • Critical and systems-based thinking
  • Programming skills preferred – especially in Python

This Project Management concentration focuses on these key skills to develop students who can take on various project and program management tasks within an organization.


Dr. Bob Barnes, Duke University – Subject Matter Expert

Dr. Barnes’ career spans a period of over 30 years working in new product development across a broad range of industries and disciplines including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, information technology, energy, automotive, and construction. Dr. Barnes is a former Project Management instructor and Director of Business Development at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering.

Dr. Charles Severence, University of Michigan – Subject Matter Expert

Dr. Charles Severance holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Michigan State University. He is the former Executive Director of the Sakai Foundation, and one of the world’s leading online CS educators. His contributions and curriculum form the basis of our programming curriculum

Frequently Asked Questions

A degree isn’t a necessity, but it will probably help you get hired. Earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Management with a Project Management concentration may give you an advantage in both earning potential and salary. People with a bachelor’s degree also have a 50% lower unemployment rate and they make, on average, an additional $630,000 to $900,000 over their lifetime

At the end of the program, you’ll be ready to sit for the Certified Associate in Project Management. Earning this certification gives you an advantage over other candidates when applying for a job.

Yes! We want to ensure our program teaches you the skills you need to get hired and work through real-world problems that matter. The best way to do that is to partner with the people and companies who are actually doing it. Our collaboration with Fortune 500 companies and subject matter experts means their multi-billion-dollar expertise is reflected in everything you’ll study here.

That’s really up to you! Project Management is a big field, so you’ll have lots of options. Typically, you’ll discover what you’re passionate about in your second or third year. For example, if you are drawn to new trends, you may focus on tech. If you’ve always been interested in public health, you may want to pursue a career in healthcare. There are endless possibilities.

If you have a passion for leadership, if you want to be one of the most well-paid employees in any company you work for, if you are looking for a degree that opens a ton of doors to different high-growth careers, if you have a knack for creative problem solving , and if you want the work you do to have a real impact, you should consider this major.

This concentration is part of an exclusive partnership between Calumet College of St. Joseph and Rize Education, which means you’ll be learning with students from your campus, as well as students from a selective consortium of schools across the country. The goal is to help you build a national network of people in your industry before graduating.


Catherine Lopez-Gonzalez, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Business; Program Director, Business Management Fast Track

John Lohrentz, M.S.

Program Director; Cyber Security

Roy Scheive, Ed.D.

Associate Professor; Program Director, Master of Science in Management


Objectives and requirements

Upon completion of this program, it is expected that students will:
  • Demonstrate mastery of the theories, principles and practices of management and the ability to apply qualitative, quantitative, and information technology tools for effective decision making;
  • Be able to engage the methods of inquiry and analysis of the liberal arts and sciences in relationship to the specific situations and problems of management in order to become reflective practitioners;
  • Have developed a general understanding and appreciation of the role of business and management in local, national, and world economies; and
  • Demonstrate the capability to reflect on and engage critically with ethical issues in management, particularly questions of social responsibility and professional decision making.

120 credit hours

The following courses are required for a baccalaureate degree:

38 hours: General Education

27 hours: Requisites for the Major
BSMT 120 Management Thought, Principles and Practice
BSMT 260 Organizational Behavior and Development
BSMT 261 Applied Management
ACCT 210 Principles of Accounting I
ACCT 211 Principles of Accounting II
CMIS 225 Microcomputer Applications
ECON 210 Principles of Economics I
ECON 211 Principles of Economics II
MATH 171 Principles of Statistics or PSY 230 Statistics for Behavioral Science

27 hours: Upper Level Courses in Major
ECON 480 International Business
BSMT 320 Human Resources in Management
BSMT 350 Business Communication
BSMT 375 Business and Professional Ethics
BSMT 379 Small Business Management/Entrepreneurship
BSMT 400 Marketing Management
BSMT 440 Financial Management
BSMT 489 Strategic Management and Decision Making
BSMT ___ (upper level course only)

28 hours: Electives

Although the baccalaureate degree in Business Management does not require a concentration per se, four concentrations are available to students. All of the courses included in these concentrations are housed in other academic programs. All are offered in an accelerated format.

Human Resources Concentration (15 hours)
The following six courses are required:

ORMN 467 Employment Law in the Workplace
ORMN 470 Compensation and Benefits
ORMN 473 Labor Relations
ORMN 476 Training and Development
ORMN 480 Strategic Management of Human Resources

59 credit hours

The following courses are required for an associate’s degree:

35 hours: General Education

24 hours: Requisites for the Major
CMIS 225 Business Microcomputer Applications
ECON 210 Principles of Economics I
ECON 211 Principles of Economics II
BSMT 120 Management Thought, Principles and Practice
BSMT 260 Organizational Behavior and Development
BSMT 261 Applied Management
ACCT 210 Principles of Accounting I
ACCT 211 Principles of Accounting II

12 credit hours

The following courses are required for a concentration:
BSMT 125 Intro to Project Management
BSMT 266 Project Planning
BSMT 315 Project Execution
BSMT 410 Advanced Project Management

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