Management and Leadership

KU’s management and leadership major will provide you with an array of skills to help you effectively manage a team, department or even company. The mix of theoretical and practical lessons in planning, organizing, leading and controlling organizations will prepare you to be an effective leader, whether you end up working for a bank or for a nonprofit.  
Management and Leadership Department website

Sample of Related Skills

  • Understand and apply concepts, principles, and processes related to organizations in domestic and international settings  
  • Apply relevant ethical and legal guidelines and practices in public, private, and nonprofit organizations  
  • Understand and use appropriate statistics, research methodology, and program evaluation to conduct research related to public, private, and nonprofit organizations  
  • Apply concepts, principles, and processes related to budget, finance, resource development, and strategic planning to nonprofit organizations  
  • Apply strategies related to marketing, public relations, and communication  
  • Understand and apply theories, concepts, and practices related to leading and managing in public, private, and nonprofit organizations  

Popular Career Paths

Sales: Involves recommending products based on customers' needs, answering questions about the products they sell, demonstrating products and processing sales

Human Resources: Involves overseeing the recruitment, training, and compensation of a company's employees

Entrepreneurship: Entails starting a new business or transforming existing ones

Retail: Involves selling any type of retail merchandise from cars to clothing to electronics

General Management: Entails complete responsibility, including profit and loss accountability, for the performance of an entire business or a business unit

Rotational Leadership: Provides individuals with an opportunity to rotate among different functional areas of an organization while gaining direct exposure to key leaders 

Jobs to Consider

Places to Seek Employment

  • Banks
  • Manufacturing Companies
  • Construction Firms
  • Transportation Departments
  • Financial Institutions
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Utility Companies
  • Health Care Facilities
  • Wholesale and Retail Trade Companies
  • Hotels & Restaurants
  • Entertainment Companies
  • Small and Medium-sized Enterprises
  • Government Agencies 

Job and Internship Search Resources

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Employment Strategies

  1. Identify areas of interest related to your major so you can focus your academics and experiences towards these fields. 
  2. Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent studies, internshipspart-time jobsstudent organization involvement, or volunteering
  3. Register for Hire Jayhawks and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information. 
  4. Consider joining a professional organization related to your area of interest, and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field. 
  5. Practice interviewing on your own or by conducting a mock interview at the University Career Center. 
  6. Develop your resume and tailor it to your area(s) of interest.
  7. Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant to your career goals. 
  8. Complete an independent study to gain advanced research skills. 
  9. Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional school. 
  10. Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest.