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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Department of Management

The Department of Management at Minnesota State University, Mankato offers a program of study with the aim of developing the technical, analytical, and conceptual skills for the future leaders of the private and public sectors. Students can select one or more of the following areas: General Management and/or Human Resource Management. The program provides students with fundamental principles and practices of effective management.

In general, emphasis is placed on organizational functioning within changing socio-cultural, economic, legal, political, and technological environments. Highly-trained faculty lead a program that maintains a placement rate of over 95 percent. Many of the faculty have been recognized nationally for their excellence in teaching and research. An active internship program provides students beneficial interaction with the real world and experienced practitioners. Management majors also enjoy several active student organizations including the General Management Club, the Entrepreneurship Club, and Mavericks for SHRM.

General Management (GM)

The General Management major emphasizes both behavioral and technical approaches to managing in today's fast-paced organizations. Students are exposed to information that assists them in managing resources at the individual, group, and organizational levels of analysis. Additionally, students are provided an overview of technology and its application in the development of management information systems for both small and large businesses. Issues regarding leadership, motivation, organizational communication, organizational design transformations and change as well as an overview of human resource concerns are all covered within this program. The General Management program has been designed to allow the student to emphasize practical training through internships, entrepreneurships, operations, or a combination of these areas through electives.

Human Resource Management (HRM)

HRM involves all of the decisions and practices that relate to managing people in organizations. Important HRM activities include recruiting and hiring employees, analyzing jobs and writing job descriptions, motivating and evaluating the job performance of employees, determining pay and benefits, providing training, ensuring safety and health, and complying with employment-related laws and regulations. The effective management of the human resources of an organization is critical to the organization's success.


The Department of Management offers internships for the General Management and Human Resource Management emphasis in the Management major. While none of these concentrations requires an internship, the General Management concentration allows a three-credit internship to count as an elective.

Click here to learn more about Management Internships and apply for credit or contact the College of Business Internship Coordinator at for more information.

Student Clubs

Students are strongly encouraged to join a student business organization to further their college experience. The General Management and Human Resource Management Club is an accredited member of the Society for Human Resource Management. HRMC is in direct contact with human resource executives through conferences, meetings, and social events. The Entrepreneurship Club brings together students with common interests in entrepreneurship. This club is active professionally, academically, and socially. All students are welcome.