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Business Management

Why Earn a Business Management Degree?

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What is Business Management?

Business management is broadly defined as leading an organization’s people and overseeing its operations to achieve specific business goals. Every organization and every sector of the economy requires competent professionals to lead business management. To be successful, business management professionals should have a firm grasp of their businesses’ operations and past performance, but they are also expected to have a vision and plan for the future. An ability to inspire and lead others is a key attribute of people working in business management, as is having strong communication skills, the ability to think critically, and strong team-building skills.

Fields of Study in Business Management

Being that virtually every organization and every industry requires business management, the fields of study within business management can be extensive. Those fields include accounting, finance, marketing, human resources and others. For example, at DeVry we offer 11 specializations within our Bachelor of Management program, including  specializations in Health Services ManagementGlobal Supply Chain Management, and Sales and Marketing.

Benefits of a Business Management Degree

The benefits of a business management degree can be many. The concepts learned through a business management degree can have immediate application to business. At DeVry, many of our professors share a real-world perspective that comes from their experiences working in the field of business. In addition, the ability to connect with peers, such as through group discussions and activities, while earning a business management degree can help bring the concepts you learn to life while you establish professional relationships.

A business management degree can also expose you to a broad range of critical business concepts, including budgeting and forecasting, project management, strategic planning and more. For those looking to switch careers, a business management degree can potentially open doors to new fields and industries.

Prospective Future in the Business Management Field

Because the application of a business management degree can be so broad, there are many opportunities available to those who are interested in a career in business management. A business management degree can position you to explore new roles with different employers, but it can also help you move forward within an existing career. Business management is a growing field. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in business management occupations, on a national level, is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations between 2019 and 2029. That growth is expected to result in about 505,000 new jobs.1


The career outlook for those in business management looks promising. There are many fields and roles that someone with a degree in business management can explore. That flexibility represents just one of the benefits of a business management degree. Potential occupations include project management, health services management, accounting and hospitality management.

The best management courses are the ones that align with your career aspirations and interests. The good news is that there are many options to choose from. For example, at DeVry our business management courses include marketing fundamentals, budgeting and forecasting, international business, business systems analysis and many more.

The answer to the question, “How many years to get a business management degree?” is, “It depends.” The length of time required to complete a business management degree depends on the school, the degree level and prior credit earned. For example, at DeVry an Associate Degree in Business can be earned in as little as 1 year and 4 months2, or faster with qualifying credits. Our Bachelor’s Degree in Management can be completed in as few as 2 years and 8 months2, again even more quickly with qualifying transfer credits.

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Prepare for a career in business management with a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from DeVry University.

1According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in business management occupations, on a national level, is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations between 2019 and 2029. Local growth will vary by location.
2Not including breaks. Assumes year-round, full-time enrollment. Additional program information may be found on our Degree Programs page.