Published on: 01-27-2011
Tech College of Management is transitioning from offering undergraduate
students a Bachelor of Science in Management (BSM) to a Bachelor of Science in
Business Administration (BSBA) degree.
Current Management majors who are due to
graduate after Spring 2011 are eligible to change their majors so that BSBA
appears on their degree. For current Management majors interested in learning
more, meetings will be held throughout the semester. For details, visit the BSBA info page.
in summer 2011, all new freshmen and transfer students will be admitted to the
BSBA program. The BSM will no longer be offered to new students, but current
students who elect not to switch to BSBA can still finish their degrees.
The BSBA and BSM degrees have slightly
different degree requirements. Students joining the BSBA degree must complete
all BSBA degree requirements, including one of the newly approved business
concentrations and several other courses not currently required of all BSM
Benefits of the BSBA include greater
recognition of the degree's meaning among potential employers, says Nancy
Gimbel, director of the College of Management's Undergraduate Program.
"While our Management degree requirements are consistent with Business
Administration degree requirements at peer institutions, the Management degree
requires constant explanation to recruiters," she explains.
"Management is just one of the
disciplines under the umbrella of Business Administration," Gimbel adds.
"Although many decades ago our program focused on producing industrial
managers, we now have fully established academic areas and concentrations in
finance, accounting, marketing, organizational behavior, information technology
management, operations management, law and ethics, strategic management, and
Requiring BSBA graduates to complete a
major concentration shows employers that they are able to compete within an
area of business specialization, in addition to having gained an understanding
of all the areas of business through completion of core classes, Gimbel says.
Requiring BSBA students to complete a
major concentration shows employers that they are competitive for full-time
positions that require depth of knowledge in one area of business. Through core
courses, students will continue to gain breadth of knowledge across all areas
The change to BSBA aligns the College's
undergraduate program to the various Master of Business Administration degrees
offered at Georgia Tech.
Georgia Tech's Undergraduate Program is
currently 28th (16th among public universities) by U.S.
News & World Report and 50th (19th among public
universities) by Bloomberg BusinessWeek.
Spring 2010 graduates had a median
salary of $50,000 (versus the national business major average of $45,200). By
graduation, 67 percent of students had job offers (and the percentage was 87
percent for those with intern/coop experience). The national average for students
in all majors with jobs at graduation was 24.4 percent. Within Georgia Tech, the College of
Management is second only to the College of Computing in terms of the job
offers per student (and tied with Computing for the top signing bonus average).
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