Students hold an internship while at the College of Business

Based on 2019-2020 First Destination Reports

Job or educational placement rate within 180 days of graduation


Average starting salary for Management and Innovation graduates

Learn to lead, build and amplify a team’s skills and dynamically manage people and projects

No matter the industry, no matter the business, managers play a key role in bringing diverse stakeholders and team members together to achieve common goals. From negotiating deadlines and budgets to overseeing projects and workgroups, management skills are integral to a variety of career paths.

The management and innovation concentration in the CSU College of Business refines your natural leadership skills. Through coursework taught by knowledgeable and engaging faculty, you’ll learn the skills you need to innovate, lead others and make informed and ethical decisions that advance both short- and long-term efforts.

Careers in Management and Innovation  

By the time you graduate, you’ll be well-versed in a variety of leadership styles and know when to utilize them. You'll have begun to develop an innovative mindset, and you’ll have an understanding of the best practices of business strategy — all of which prepare you for an entry-level management position. Skills like leadership, team building, conflict resolution, innovation, and financial decision-making are invaluable to any organization.

What can you do with a concentration in Management and Innovation?

“Having all those resources, all the career fairs, everything, has prepared me so now that I’m going to graduate I feel like I’m more than ready to take on my career.”

Jasmine Gaxiola, 2020 Outstanding Graduate, Read her story

To ensure that you have every opportunity to succeed on your career path, you can rely on the Career Management Center. They offer services that are exclusive to students enrolled in the College of Business. In addition to your coursework, the Career Management Center can connect you with professional resources, networking events, internships and much more. The business world needs your managerial talents and perspective and the Career Management Center can help you get your resume in front of the right people to start your fulfilling career.

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Management and Innovation for a Better World 

At every step of your undergraduate career, you’ll be challenged by College of Business faculty and partners to apply your knowledge. The organization and innovation management concentration offers a variety of courses that connect students with local businesses. Through these business partnerships, students can gain hands-on experience by addressing the challenges organizations face. In addition to classroom discussions, you’ll engage with guest speakers and international leaders from government and business groups.

“Having that sustainability perspective … is something that’s really valuable.”

— Charlotte Epting-Schillinger, 2020 Outstanding Graduate, Read her story


Coursework with Impact

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Your business courses are designed to teach you skills you’ll be able to put to use immediately after graduation, and even before you leave CSU, with many of our students holding internships that complement what they learn in the classroom.

Making informed decisions means you need to have a firm grasp of many business concepts. As part of your undergraduate concentration in management, you’ll take courses in related fields and work with students and faculty from other concentrations.

The College of Business helps you prioritize both your academic success and your career interests. As part of the management concentration, you’ll take 21 credits of management-specific courses alongside your general education and All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC) classes, some of which are even offered by the College.

Full Curriculum Details

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Engage With Faculty Setting the Standard 

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Faculty and Staff

Effective management is vital in every field, so it only makes sense that our faculty would teach courses that apply to a wide variety of industries and businesses. As part of your concentration, you will work with management faculty and benefit from their experience teaching and working in fields like:

  • Human resource management - align employees with business strategy and culture
  • Organizational behavior - explore how individuals interact within groups
  • Strategic management – identify and execute goals and initiatives

For years, management professor Tom Dean has been at the forefront of researching not only how businesses can be responsible stewards for the environment, but why they should.

Read about business and biodiversity

Professor Tom Dean


Join the College of Business

By becoming a business major, you can refine your natural leadership skills and interests with the management and innovation concentration.

Ready to join the College of Business? Start by attending one of our upcoming info sessions or using the contact form below. With more details and insights into the management and innovation concentration, you’ll be ready to begin your application.

If you’re already a business major, you can speak with an academic advisor, and ask to declare your concentration.

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