B.S. Applied Management
124
Credit Hours
76%
Max Transfer Credit
Class Type
100% online, 6 & 12-week courses
Next Start Date
Sep 27, 2021
Cost Per Credit
Accreditation
IACBE

Build a foundation for success with an applied management degree

The hallmark of every great business is great leadership. And great leadership is demonstrated by people who can keep up with or set trends, identify and resolve pressing problems, develop smart, adaptive solutions, and make decisions that lead to improved performance and profitability. With Franklin's transfer-friendly, degree completion Applied Management program, you’ll gain the theoretical foundation and practical know-how to move into management or start your own business.

Program Availability

On Site

IACBE Accredited

Our program follows best-practice standards for business education.

Finish Faster

Get up to 32 hours of technical credit.

Hands-On Experience

Learn from true-to-life management simulations.

Real-World Practitioners

Learn from experienced business professionals.

100% Online Classes

Earn your degree around your schedule.

Accredited Online University

Nearly 80% of our students take online courses.

Program Overview

Fast-track your way into business management

With our transfer-friendly, degree completion Applied Management degree program, you’ll gain the theoretical foundation and practical know-how to move into management or start your own business. Cultivate your expertise in each of the following areas: management and supervision, operations management, project management, strategic planning, and finance.


Get up to 32 hours of prior-learning credit and finish faster

As an Applied Management major you can maximize your transfer credit by transferring in up to 94 hours of previously earned college credits from more than 130 different disciplines including up to 32 hours of prior-learning credit for certifications, licensures and on-the-job training. At Franklin, you’ll get credit for what you already know so you can earn your degree faster and lower your tuition costs.

Your existing education or experience, combined with Franklin University’s Bachelor of Science in Applied Management, can propel you to the next level of leadership and a higher earnings potential. In fact, studies show that earning a bachelor’s degree can nearly double your lifetime earnings.

Gain experience with hands-on projects and industry standard tools

Franklin’s hands-on Applied Management projects include participating in a true-to-life simulation that mirrors management decision processes in a competitive environment. As a member of a larger team, you’ll help turn an unprofitable $40-million company around, learning to build the business, make key management decisions from each functional area, analyze financial statements, allocate resources, and balance competing demands.

You’ll also gain practical experience with Microsoft® Project, the industry standard in project management software, and learn the critical skills required to build project plans and manage costs within a fixed budget.

Learn from faculty who practice what they teach

And because you’ll learn from credentialed professionals who teach what they practice in their real-world careers, you’ll benefit from their years of experience in the field.

Franklin’s Applied Management degree program is accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE), the leader in outcomes-based business education. That means with the Applied Management completion major at Franklin, you’ll receive a respected degree that is valued in the workplace.

Earn your degree from a university built for busy adults

Earn your degree on your terms by taking classes 100% online or pursue available coursework at our Main Campus. Regionally accredited and nonprofit, Franklin was built from the ground-up to satisfy the needs of adult learners. Our seamless transfer process and team of academic advisors will help ease your transition to becoming a student, while our flexible course schedules help to balance your education with work, family, and life. Get started on your future today.

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IACBE Accredited Program

The Ross College of Business at Franklin University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA. For a listing of accredited programs, click here.

Curriculum & Course Descriptions

124 Semester Hours
Fundamental General Education
English Composition
ENG 120 - College Writing (4)

In this course, students acquire the writing competence necessary for conducting and presenting research. A variety of assignments, beginning with personal reflections, build upon one another, as students develop ideas that respond to, critique, and synthesize the positions of others. Students systematize and organize knowledge in ways that will help them in all of their courses. The course also emphasizes the elements of good writing style, appropriate grammar and mechanics, clarity of language, and logical and cohesive development. It culminates in submission of a documented research paper.

Mathematics
MATH 215 - Statistical Concepts (4)

This course introduces the student to statistics with business applications. The course covers both descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics included are: measures of central tendency; measures of dispersion; graphical displays of data; linear regression; basic probability concepts; binomial and normal probability distributions; confidence intervals; and hypothesis testing. These topics will be covered using a basic knowledge of algebra and Microsoft Excel.

OR MATH 160 - College Algebra (4)

This course is designed to prepare students for Applied Calculus and Discrete Mathematics and to provide the mathematical background needed for the analytic reasoning used in other courses. Topics include functions and their graphs, including exponential and logarithmic functions; complex numbers; systems of equations and inequalities; matrices; basic principles of counting and probability; and other selected topics.

Choose either MATH 140 Introduction to Quantitative Reasoning or MATH 150 Fundamental Algebra as the prerequisite to MATH 215. Choose MATH 150 Fundamental Algebra as the prerequisite for MATH 160. Course can count as a University Elective.

Science

6 credits from the following types of courses:
Two courses from the Science discipline. One course must have a lab component.

Social and Behavioral Sciences
ECON 220 - Introduction to Macroeconomics (4)

An introduction to economic theory involving the basic underlying causes and principles of the operation of an economic system. Emphasis is placed on studying the economy as a whole. Issues of inflation, unemployment, taxation, business cycles and growth are discussed in the context of the global economic system.

2 credits from the following types of courses:
Choose from the Anthropology, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology disciplines.

Arts & Humanities

6 credits from the following types of courses:
Choose from the Art, English Literature, Fine Arts, Humanities, Music, Philosophy, Religion or Theater disciplines.

Additional General Education
PF 121 - Basic Learning Strategies (2)

This course introduces students to the Franklin University community and provides strategies for successful transition to and participation in that community. Topics include University resources and procedures, strategies for advancing communication skills, the use of electronic tools to participate in virtual environments, and the development of an academic and career plan.

OR PF 321 - Learning Strategies (2)

This course prepares students to be successful lifelong learners both academically and in their chosen careers. Franklin courses require a high level of self-directed learning and focus on skills required in the workplace and the classroom that are easily transferable between the two environments. The course includes strategies for advancing communication skills, including the use of electronic tools to participate in virtual environments. The assignments and activities in the course are created to closely simulate teamwork found in the workplace.

COMM 150 - Interpersonal Communication (4)

By using applied critical and creative thinking, students in this course will develop a set of communication skills that will enhance their personal and professional relationships and endeavors. This course will focus on skill development in key areas such as self, perception, listening, verbal messages, conversations, relationships, conflict management, persuasion, and public speaking.

OR SPCH 100 - Speech Communication (4)

This public-speaking course emphasizes the fundamentals of extemporaneous speaking. Skill-building activities and assignments focus on research, organization, reasoning, style and delivery of presentations as well as listening and audience engagement.

ENG 205 - Business & Professional Writing (4)

This is an intermediate composition course focusing on writing for business and professional purposes. Students will review the writing conventions commonly expected within business and professional environments, as well as strategies for analyzing rhetorical situations within those environments. Coursework includes analysis, revision, and research exercises, as well as substantial practice in composing business correspondence. The final project is an extensive, researched business proposal developed in stages and presented to the class. Students will be encouraged to relate course materials to their major programs and workplace experiences.

Major Foundational
ACCT 202 - Financial/Managerial Acct for Non-Majors (4)

This course is an introduction to financial and managerial accounting. It is designed for non-accounting majors. Financial accounting emphasizes how general purpose financial statements communicate information about the business's performance and position for users external to management. It emphasizes how the accountant processes and presents the information. The course also examines the major elements of the financial statements. The managerial accounting portion of the course studies internal reporting and decision-making. The course assists those who wish to learn "what the numbers mean" in a clear, concise and conceptual manner without focusing on the mechanical aspects of the accounting process.

BSAD 220 - Business Law (4)

A study of the everyday legal problems encountered in business with emphasis on the areas of legal procedure, contracts, agency, employment law, business organizations and torts, with cases relating to these and other areas.

ECON 210 - Introduction to Microeconomics (4)

An introduction to economic theory involving the examination of how decision making by firms and individuals is shaped by economic forces. Emphasis is placed on demand, supply, market equilibrium analysis, and basic market structure models. The invisible hand as the driving force for economic decisions as well as market externalities are discussed. The class concentrates on providing a balanced approach to studying economic agents' behavior and the global implications and outcomes.

FINA 301 - Principles of Finance (4)

This course is designed to survey the field of finance and provide the foundation for more advanced finance coursework. Topics include sources of business and financial information, financial statement analysis, the time value of money, the nature and measurement of risk, financial institutions, investments and corporate finance.

MGMT 312 - Principles of Management (4)

This course explores the basic concepts and processes of management. Students will explore the functional roles and processes of planning, leading, organizing, and controlling comprising the manager role. Students develop skills related to the manager function that are required in today's competitive environment.

MKTG 300 - Marketing (4)

Theory, strategies and methods are foundational to the informed practice of marketing. Students investigate the importance of marketing to an organization or cause, the interrelationship of the difference phases of marketing, the marketing of goods versus services, analysis and identification of markets, pricing strategies and digital marketing tactics.

Completion of ACCT 215 - Financial Accounting & ACCT 225 - Managerial Accounting can fulfill the ACCT 202 requirement.

Major Area Required
AMGT 440 - Project and Team Management (4)

The focus of this course is on the effective management of projects and the teams responsible for project implementation. This course covers the fundamental theory and practice of project management in an organizational setting. Students learn to apply knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques necessary for effective functioning in a project environment. The course will also provide insights into the management processes related to project team development as well as the project team lifecycle and its dynamics. Accordingly, activities and assignments in this course are designed to help students understand the nature of successful project planning and execution, as well as project team formation and management.

AMGT 450 - Organizational Supervision (4)

This course is designed to provide the framework and foundation of what it takes to be a first line manager or supervisor. Students will be introduced to the many skills required of a supervisor such as planning and controlling activities to accomplish organizational goals. Areas such as communication, ethical decision-making, conflict management, interpersonal relations and employee development will be explored.

ENTR 395 - Foundations of Entrepreneurship (4)

Foundations of Entrepreneurship is an introductory course that examines the theory, practice, and tools of entrepreneurship. Various entrepreneurship structures and how such structures result in different unique pathways to success are explored. Students will focus on the importance of developing an entrepreneurial mindset as they assess their individual values and determine their affinity for entrepreneurial thinking, while also reviewing the risks and rewards of entrepreneurial businesses in the context of their chosen entrepreneurial philosophy. Finally, students will identify and evaluate opportunities for new ventures, and consider a strategic approach for successful business plan development.

OSCM 390 - Operations Management (4)

This course instructs students on how manufacturing and service operations contribute to organizational strategy. Concepts such as productivity, economies of scale, vertical and horizontal integration, and push vs. pull will be explained. Implications of applying "Green" policies to materials and processes will be explained.

BSAD 495 - Business Administration Capstone (4)

This course serves as the Capstone for the Business Administration major. The purpose of the course is to integrate all prior learning in business administration, related coursework, and workplace experiences to individually assess an organization. Three major components comprise the course: the strategic analysis of an organization; the development of a forward looking strategy with competitive, ethical, and global considerations; and the development of an implementation plan.

Major Electives

At least 12 credits from the following courses:

ENTR 400 - Commercialization of Entrepreneurial Products & Services (4)

This course examines the techniques for the commercialization of the products or services offered by the entrepreneur. Students will be taught how to measure the realistic demand for their product or service. Primary and secondary marketing, including research, will be emphasized and addressed. Students will learn how creativity transitions to innovation. Value propositioning, branding, and pricing will be significant topics of discussion. In bringing products to market, students will be taught how to make use of cost-effective, cutting edge tools such as social media.

ENTR 420 - Managing Micro Business & Generating Funding (4)

This course covers the critical role of effective leadership in the successful growth of a new business entity. Students will learn the logical approach to recruiting and leading an effective team. Focus will also be on all aspects of entrepreneurial finance and funding. Students will learn how to make use of a standard accounting software package. Also covered are the fundamentals of raising capital, both debt and equity. Building on prior financial training, students will learn the unique characteristics of analyzing small business financial statements with an eye toward potential valuation. Finally, asset acquisition and wealth strategies will be a topic pertinent to all who desire to pursue an entrepreneurial venture.

HRM 300 - Human Resources Management (4)

An introduction to the human resources function and related elements and activities. The course outlines the roles and functions of members of the human resources department, as well as educating others outside human resources, in how their roles include human resources-related activities. The student will learn about the evolution in human resources management as we know it today. Emphasis is placed on the modern day importance of HRM and the new "corporate view" of the function. Additionally, the student will be exposed to the view of HRM from the perception of both management and subordinate employees. The importance of maintaining fair and equitable compensation and benefit programs will be discussed. The student will be exposed to practical situations and problem solving regarding areas of employee counseling, discipline and termination. Equal Employment Opportunity will be discussed in order for the student to understand its need, importance and the legal issues surrounding it. Other critical areas of training and development, staffing and strategy will also be explored.

MKTG 320 - Advertising & Promotion (4)

A study of fundamental principles and practices of advertising that emphasizes the development of a creative strategy and the decision-making process for the recommendation, implementation, and evaluation of a promotional campaign in support of the organization's strategy.

MKTG 330 - Marketing Behavior (4)

An understanding of consumer decision processes is developed through application of behavioral sciences. Organizational decision-making processes are also considered. The implications of these processes are considered in relation to marketing, organizational strategies and decision making.

MKTG 340 - Digital Marketing (4)

Students investigate and evaluate various digital marketing and communication strategies and tactics. An emphasis is placed on critical evaluation skills, as well as social media, search marketing, content marketing, and evaluation of digital marketing initiatives. Students create a full digital marketing plan for a real-world company.

MKTG 450 - Global Marketing (4)

A course in marketing theory and methods as they apply to world markets. Among the topics discussed are: the importance of linking international marketing with the overall strategy of the business while examining the impact of cultural, political and legal issues and the economic differences in global strategies. Emphasis is placed on developing the marketing mix appropriate to various international global environments.

DATA 300 - Introduction to Analytics (4)

This course introduces the fundamentals of Business and Data Analytics. Students will learn the fundamentals of business problem framing, data wrangling, descriptive and inferential statistics, data visualization, and data storytelling in analytics. Not open to students with credit for INFA 300.

BUSA 200 - Database Fundamentals (2)

This introductory course focuses on applying information technology to business strategies using databases. The student will gain a working knowledge of current database technology, including relational database concepts, database design, data extraction, and data warehousing while working with database applications.

PF 106 - Introduction to Spreadsheets (1)

This course focuses on using spreadsheets to solve business applications.

ACCT 215 - Financial Accounting (4)

An introduction to accounting emphasizing how general purpose financial statements communicate information about the business corporation's performance and position for users external to management. Approximately one third of the course emphasizes how the accountant processes and presents the information and includes exposure to recording transactions, adjusting balances and preparing financial statements for service and merchandise firms according to established rules and procedures. The balance of the course examines major elements of the statements such as cash, receivables, inventory, long-lived assets, depreciation, payroll, bonds, and other liabilities and stocks. Concepts of this course are applied to Managerial Accounting (ACCT 225). Students are advised to avoid any time lapse between these courses.

ACCT 225 - Managerial Accounting (4)

The study of management accounting for internal reporting and decision-making. The course introduces a business-management approach to the development and use of accounting information. Major topics include cost behavior, cost analysis, profit planning and control measures. Accounting for decentralized operations, capital budgeting decisions, and ethical challenges in managerial accounting are also covered.

University Electives

32 credits from the following types of courses:
Any undergraduate courses offered by the University except developmental education courses.

Additional Requirements

All students are required to pass College Writing (ENG 120), and either Basic Learning Strategies (PF 121) or Learning Strategies (PF 321) prior to enrolling in any course at the 200 level or above. Students who enroll at Franklin with 30 or fewer hours of transfer credit are required to pass PF 121 Basic Learning Strategies in place of PF 321 Learning Strategies. Interpersonal Communication (COMM 150) or Speech Communication (SPCH 100) must be taken prior to enrolling in any course at the 300 level or above. Students must also meet the University algebra competency requirement.

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Employment Outlook

8%

From 2021-2031 jobs in Applied Management are expected to increase by 8%

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2021
9,020,774 jobs
2031
9,741,132 jobs
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510,881 jobs
2031
534,777 jobs

Personal Service Managers, All Other; Entertainment and Recreation Managers, Except Gambling; and Managers, All Other

2021
967,375 jobs
2031
1,041,748 jobs

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2021
187,092 jobs
2031
193,198 jobs

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2021
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2031
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2021
622,853 jobs
2031
638,398 jobs


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