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BS in Management Online Degree

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Become an Expert in Business Management, 100 Percent Online


2–4 Years

45 Credit Hours (Major)

$305 per Credit

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Customize Your Online BS in Management Experience

Trusted leaders with advanced skills are in high demand. Are you ready to answer the call with expert management experience?

With the online Bachelor of Science in Management degree from Southwest Minnesota State University, you’ll engage in a custom learning experience to gain leadership skills that support your professional success.

Choose from career-driven concentrations in entrepreneurship, general management, human resource management, supply chain management, and healthcare administration.

This BS in Management program is also offered on campus.

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Explore the BS in Management Concentrations

Our concentration options allow you to tailor your online degree program with career-ready skills for roles in business management and more.


General Management

Human Resource Management

Supply Chain Management

Healthcare Administration

Business Management Courses for Future Leaders

16 Courses

16-Week Terms

The BS in Management online degree combines business essentials with strategic management concepts through 16 courses. The curriculum delves into accounting, economics, marketing, statistics, and other functions that help you thrive in business management. Plus, customize your learning experience with a career-focused concentration that delivers expert leadership skills you can immediately apply in your current role.

Course Highlights

  • BLAW 305: Business Law I: Legal Environment and Contract Law
  • MGMT 422: Production & Operation Management
  • MGMT 440: International Management
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SMSU Admission Requirements

Start Date August 26, 2024 Fall Term 2024

Take the next step toward unlocking your business management potential by completing your application for the online management bachelor’s degree today. Support is available from the SMSU enrollment team.

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Application Fee$20 waivable fee*
Official TranscriptsSend official high school transcripts. Transfer students must send transcripts from each institution attended
Minimum GPA2.5 minimum, 3.0 recommended

International Students

Additional information and requirements may be necessary for international students. Please contact our enrollment team to learn more.

It’s always the right time to invest in your education with SMSU. Contact an enrollment counselor by calling 1-800-201-2944 to get started today.

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Tuition and Aid: Financing Your Management Bachelor’s Degree

Calculate your cost for attending SMSU Use our tuition calculator to help you estimate your total tuition costs.  

Whether you’re applying for a college degree for the first time or picking back up where you left off in your education, SMSU’s tuition and aid packages can assist you. With scholarships available and competitive tuition, we can help make your degree program affordable. Are you ready to invest in your future?

Cost per Credit Hour$305
Total Credit Hours120
Total Estimated Cost**$36,600
Other CostsThe estimated tuition cost does not include factors such as textbooks, supplies, or additional fees and expenses

Military Benefits

SMSU proudly welcomes active military and veteran students. We accept the GI Bill™ and VA education benefits. Learn more by contacting an enrollment counselor or by visiting our military benefits page.

Financial Aid Options & Support

Southwest Minnesota State University offers a variety of solutions to help you invest in your education. SMSU offers in-state tuition rates to all students, along with a variety of financial services, including military benefits, financial aid opportunities, and scholarships for qualifying applicants.

Take your next step in financing your education by completing your FAFSA today. Use SMSU’s school code: 002375

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Where Will Earning Your BS in Management Degree Online Take You?

Effective management professionals help propel businesses to success. According to projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employers will post more than 1 million management jobs every year from 2022 to 2032. Many of these in-demand jobs are rewarding and offer competitive pay, with a median annual salary of $107,360 in 2022.1 Respond to the growing need for managers by pursuing your BS in Management degree online with SMSU and take your next step toward an enriching career.

In-Demand Business Management Jobs

Compensation and Benefits Manager $131,280 per year1

Medical and Health Services Manager $104,830 per year1

Program Outcomes

Earning your bachelor’s degree in management online with SMSU allows you to join a supportive community of diverse students and expert industry leaders. By graduation, you’ll be fully prepared to thrive as an effective leader in business management and more.

What You’ll Learn

Meet Our Faculty

SMSU employs a faculty of experts who are top-skilled in their fields. Our educators are fully committed to providing each student with personalized and thoughtful instruction to help you succeed academically and professionally.

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Heather Rickgarn

Dr. Heather Rickgarn is a proud alumnus of Southwest Minnesota State University and has been an adjunct faculty member in the management program from August 2010 to May 2013, and January 2016 to present. As of August 2019, Dr. Rickgarn has had the privilege of joining the management program as an assistant professor.

Dr. Rickgarn completed her Ph.D. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Healthcare Administration from ACBSP-accredited Northcentral University (NCU) in Prescott Valley, AZ. As part of her Ph.D. work, she quantitatively researched the influences of change theory in the healthcare business. Her future research interests include change theory, leadership and organizational change, leadership and team management, human resource management, organizational development and theory, healthcare revenue cycle performance, and corporate policy and compliance.

Additionally, Dr. Rickgarn obtained an MBA with an emphasis in Leadership in May of 2010, a BS majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources in May of 2008, and a BA in Political Science and Public Administration in December of 2007, all from Southwest Minnesota State University. From November 2012 to August 2014, she obtained her Certified Revenue Cycle Specialist – Institutional and Professional, and Certified Revenue Cycle Professional – Institutional and Professional certifications from the American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management (AAHAM).

On-campus, she serves as the Advisor for the Human Resources (HR) Club and actively advises HR students regarding their personalized Mustang Academic Plan (MAP). She has experience teaching on campus and online with courses including Human Resource Management, Leadership and Team Management, Training and Development, Diversity Management, Organizational Behavior and Theory, Readings in Management, Management Principles, Introduction to Business, and University Experience. She has a passion for helping students and is excited to watch them learn and grow throughout their academic careers. She provides one-on-one guidance to help students through advising, internships, experiential programming, and the employment process.

She is quoted saying “I always like to tell students that today is point A, and at some point in the future is point B. Through collaboration, I will help you on your individualized journey to get to point B. That is my passion!”

Off-campus, she is a consultant specializing in helping healthcare providers and small business owners. Her consulting role bridges gaps for organizations in the healthcare industry and human resource specialized needs. She is an active member of the National Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), the national and regional AAHAM, the NCU chapter of Delta Mu Delta Honor Society, the NCU chapter of Golden Key International Honor Society, and the Young Professionals group from the Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce. She volunteers her time and expertise as an active board member for Camp Loves Embrace and Marshall Hope Harbor. In addition, she also volunteers her talents for the St. Paul Lutheran Yarnsters Group donating handmade crocheted items. When she is not working, researching, or volunteering, she enjoys spending time with her son Ronald, husband John, dog Mimi, and two turtles at home.

Learn Online with Southwest Minnesota State University

Whether you’re enrolling in a degree program for the first time or completing a degree you previously started, learning online with SMSU provides the flexibility you need to be successful. Our online programs offer the same rigorous curriculum delivered on campus, plus the convenience of studying on your schedule from the location of your choice.

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Source and Disclaimers

  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook. “Management Occupations.” Retrieved Oct. 4, 2023, from

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