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The Management program offered at UW-La Crosse prepares students for a challenging career in for-profit and non-profit organizations.

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Undergraduate programs


Undergrad major

Management is about finding the best way to accomplish tasks and achieve goals. Effective managers are essential to the success of any organization. They skillfully coordinate the activities of the organization and lead and support the people within it, so that the organization can achieve its goals. Managers need a good understanding of planning, organizing, leading and controlling organizational processes.

Healthcare Analytics Management

Undergrad minor

Healthcare organizations collect extensive amounts of data for effective decision-making, making data analysis skills increasingly important in nearly all health-related careers.

In UWL’s Healthcare Analytics Management program you will learn the analytical tools (such as Excel, R-studio, SQL) and methods (such as data visualization, data cleaning, descriptive and inferential analysis, and machine learning) to solve healthcare management problems and guide professional decision-making.

Sustainable Business

Undergrad minor

Sustainable business means balancing the “triple bottom line” of economic, social and environmental aspects when making business decisions. Using this more holistic decision-making approach helps businesses create regenerative communities and ecosystems that are cleaner, healthier, safer and more vibrant.

Featured courses

  • Data Analysis for Business Applications
    ECO 230 | 3 credits
    Building on the foundation in statistics acquired in STAT 145, students will continue to develop and will apply skills in data analysis to aid in business decision making. These skills include data collection, data summarization, data visualization, statistical inference, and communication of data in business contexts. Students will learn and apply best practices for research design and analysis to address authentic business cases. Students will build these skills in collaboration with each other and through engagement with business and community leaders. The course also discusses effective survey design and current privacy and ethical issues in collecting and using data. Prerequisite: ENG 110 or ENG 112; STAT 145; CBA major, CASSH economics major, or healthcare analytics management minor. Offered Fall, Spring.
  • Data Management for Business Problem Solving and Decision Making
    IS 300 | 3 credits
    This course provides an understanding of data management used to help solve business problems and make sound business decisions. In addition to the conceptual and academic foundations of data management, the course also explores the application of software tools to manage, manipulate, analyze, and visualize data. Prerequisite: IS 220 or healthcare analytics management minor. Offered Fall, Spring.
  • Healthcare Management
    MGT 350 | 3 credits
    Through this course students develop the foundational knowledge and skills to manage healthcare organizations. Specifically, this course provides an overview of the healthcare system in the United States as well as an introduction to the management of people and processes within healthcare organizations. Prerequisite: admission to CBA or declared HAM minor with junior standing. Offered Fall.
  • Healthcare Analytics Management
    MGT 402 | 3 credits
    This course is primarily concerned with the study of how data and analytics can impact the overall performance of healthcare organizations. The course answers a fundamental question: How do some healthcare firms leverage data analytics and the accompanying technology to perform better than others? Students will explore multifunctional problems that confront top management and gain exposure to the current use of analytics in consumer driven healthcare, risk management, quality and safety, financial performance and reimbursement, health outcomes analysis, and healthcare value and costs. Prerequisite: grade of "C" or better in STAT 145 or STAT 245; ECO 230; cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above; declared major. Offered Spring.
  • Organizational Behavior
    MGT 308 | 3 credits
    This course provides an introduction to organizational behavior. Emphasis is on key individual and group level behavioral processes deemed essential for effective management. They include perception, motivation, communication, and group dynamics. In addition, the course covers some basic concepts of organizational theory such as organizational structure and design, organizational culture, and strategy and goals. Prerequisite: admission to business. Also open to majors with a business concentration, or business minors, with junior standing. Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.
  • International Management
    MGT 360 | 3 credits
    Through this course, students will be introduced to the opportunities and challenges corporations face when doing business internationally and identify strategies and practices to manage effectively in a global environment. In particular, students will be exposed to, and encouraged to critically think about, international management topics such as the global business environment, ethics and corporate social responsibility, culture, international strategy and entry, organizational behavior across cultures, and international human resource management issues. In the end, students develop an understanding of, and appreciation for, culture and its impact on management and strategies for managing in a complex, global environment. Prerequisite: admission to business or international business minor with a non business major; junior standing. Offered Fall, Spring.
  • Human Resource Management
    MGT 385 | 3 credits
    This course serves as an introduction to human resource management (HRM), emphasizing the processes of employment and the related HRM functions. Functional areas in HRM related to HR strategy and workforce planning, recruitment, staffing and hiring, employee training and development, performance management, and employee wellness are covered. Across these functional areas, principles related to legality, diversity and inclusion, and business analytics are emphasized and applied. Students may take this course as a foundational experience toward a career in HR, or as exposure to pertinent HRM knowledge and skills needed by any effective manager. Prerequisite: admission to business or sports management major; junior standing. Offered Fall, Spring.
  • Production and Operations Management
    MGT 393 | 3 credits
    This introductory course explains the theories and analytical techniques about how manufacturing and service operations create value through operations management function. High-performing, world-class organizations have demonstrated that they execute not only efficient but also socially responsible operations management practices. This operations management course covers some of these practices: process management, operations strategy, project management, quality management, lean operations, global supply chains, sustainability, forecasting and inventory management. Prerequisite: STAT 145; MTH 160, MTH 175 or MTH 207; admission to business. Offered Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer.
  • Management Science
    MGT 395 | 3 credits
    Introduction to the quantitative models used in the private and public sectors. Topics include linear programming, transportation and assignment models, project planning, basic inventory models, decision theory, queuing models, and game theory. Prerequisite: MGT 393; admission to business or information systems major. Offered Occasionally.
  • Project Management: Planning, Scheduling, Executing, and Controlling
    MGT 399 | 3 credits
    This course emphasizes the use of special tools and techniques in management to accomplish the organizational mission through better control and use of existing resources. It explores ways to harness cross-functional synergy in an organization to successfully plan, schedule, execute and control projects. Prerequisite: STAT 145; admission to business; junior standing. Offered Occasionally.
  • Leadership and Team Development
    MGT 412 | 3 credits
    This course focuses on key differences between management and leadership and the importance of leadership in the context of effective team building. The emphasis is on organizational change and the role that leadership plays in providing direction for this change. Collaborative and non-hierarchical strategies that facilitate team building will be discussed as an alternative to top-down behavior. The course will provide opportunities to think deeply and systematically about the development of leadership skills and the creativity, initiative and motivation critical to that development. Prerequisite: admission to business or leadership development minor; junior standing. Offered Occasionally.
  • Social Entrepreneurship
    MGT 422 | 3 credits
    This course introduces students to the utilization of business entrepreneurial skills as a means of creatively responding to societal problems. Course discussion will include the drivers of social entrepreneurship, opportunity identification, social venture financing, hybrid legal forms, and social impact measurement. Prerequisite: admission to business; junior standing. Offered Occasionally.
  • Principles of Sustainable Business
    MGT 310 | 3 credits
    This course lays a business foundation on the relationships between social, environmental, and economic systems and their impact on business. Challenges to existing business theory will embrace a sustainability perspective of business that includes an introduction to sustainability frameworks, system thinking, and current trends in and among sustainability issues and business stakeholders. Prerequisite: admission to business. (Cross-listed with MGT/MKT; may only earn credit in one department.) Offered Fall.
  • The Global Responsibility of Business
    MGT 408 | 3 credits
    This course considers the turbulent environment in which organizations function and examines specific dimensions of this environment including the evolution of a framework of global human rights, the impacts of economic and social globalization, the convergence of global approaches to sustainability and the changing ideological and political frameworks affecting business. It will also examine matters of global corporate social responsibility and social entrepreneurship. Prerequisite: admission to business or chemistry major with business concentration, or physics major with business concentration; senior standing. Offered Fall, Spring.
  • Business Sustainability Capstone
    MGT 480 | 3 credits
    The purpose of the capstone course is to integrate the knowledge and concepts students have gained through the sustainable business minor. The course is designed to apply the tools and insights gained in this and other courses to a defined project, creating deliverables that will be useful to partner organizations. This is done by developing a substantial project in any of the following formats: a client-based project with a client of your choosing, a business plan, research study, white paper, training manual, survey/interview, case study, strategic/long-range planning document, grant proposal, feasibility study, or sustainability campaign design (for marketing). Prerequisite: MGT/MKT 310; MGT 408; three credits of CBA sustainable business minor electives. Open only to minors in sustainable business. (Cross-listed with MGT/MKT; may only earn credit in one department.) Offered Spring.