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Applied Management

Applied Management

Ohio University's Bachelor of Science in Applied Management (BSAM) prepares you to supervise people, motivate employees and effectively make important decisions that will lead to your organization’s success. Students will develop leadership and supervisory skills, learn to assess business risk and understand competitive challenges, improve written communication skills, learn basic accounting and strategic planning skills, and get hands-on experience in crafting business strategy.

This program is primarily intended for students who have completed a two-year degree program (60 or more semester hours or 90 or more quarter hours) from an accredited community college, regional campus or technical college, and who seek to further their education by completing the requirements for a baccalaureate degree.

Prior college credits often transfer, allowing you to finish your degree more quickly. Learn more about transferring credits.

Students that major in applied management will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Management (BSAM).

In Person and Online

The BSAM is available in person on Ohio University’s regional campuses, or you can complete the degree completely online.

In Person on OHIO’s Regional Campuses

Our regional campuses offer students the excellence of an OHIO education combined with outstanding faculty while learning occurs in their local community. The B.S. in Applied Management is available on all five OHIO regional campuses:

Flexible Online Format

Complete your degree on your own schedule through asynchronous coursework and flexible advising. Take a full load and finish the degree in four semesters, or you can pace your courses to fit your life and career. Many students who choose the online format earn their degree while continuing to work a full-time job.

Learn more about the online option


If you are not currently enrolled at Ohio University, you will need to complete an application for admission. Select the program format that you prefer—in person at a regional campus or online.

BSAM Major Courses

View the BSAM Major profile page in OHIO's Undergraduate Catalog to see additional requirements, such as Individual Core Requirements or Introductory Cluster Requirements. The following are required courses:

Area I: Professional Business Skills 

Complete the following three courses:

  • ATCH 2090 - Business Statistics 
  • BUSL 2000 - Law and Society 
  • SAM 3250J - Strategic Managerial Communication 

Complete one of the following:

  • BMT 2000 - Introduction to Business Computing 
  • QBA 1721 - Introduction to Information Analysis and Design (Nonmajor) 

Complete one of the following:

  • ETM 3820 - Technical Project Management 
  • COMS 2040 - Principles and Techniques of Interviewing 
  • COMS 3060 - Interpersonal Conflict Management 
  • COMS 3500 - Introduction to Organizational Communication 
  • PSY 3610 - Survey of Industrial and Organizational Psychology 

Area II: Applied Management Major 

Complete the following courses with a 2.0 or better overall GPA:

  • SAM 1000 - Entrepreneurial Accounting 
  • SAM 3000 - Managing Systems and Projects 
  • SAM 3010 - Managing Processes and Supply Chains 
  • SAM 3020 - Consumer Marketing 
  • SAM 3050 - Supervision Management 
  • SAM 3100 - Foundations of Financial Management 
  • SAM 4700 - Managing Strategically in the Future 

Complete three credit hours of internship:

  • SAM 3910 - Internship 

Upper Level Electives

Complete 30 semester hours of coursework at the 3000 level or above. Note: 3000-4000 level SAM courses apply toward this requirement. 

Potential Careers

The BSAM prepares you to work in management and leadership positions in a variety of organizations, from small businesses to large corporations. Our graduates are many industries, including the following:

  • Business
  • Manufacturing
  • Nonprofits
  • Retail
  • and more!

This program also will prepare you for entry into a Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. If you are considering continuing your education after earning a bachelor’s degree, OHIO has several business-related graduate degrees, including MBA programs and a Master of Science in Management.