Fast-Track Bachelor of Science in Management

Campus Locations Boston, Online
Also available 100% Online Yes
Other Format(s) Bachelor of Science in Management
Credits Required for Graduation 80
Entry Terms Fall Quarter, Winter Quarter, Spring Quarter
Meets International Visa Requirements Yes


Please Note: Undergraduate classes are moving to semesters beginning Fall 2016. Learn more here.

Strengthen Your Management Skills AACSB-accredited

A degree in management is universal and skills learned can be applied to a multitude of organizations regardless of size, industry, function, or global status. Our online Fast-Track Bachelor of Science in Management instructs you how to plan, organize, and lead a business, company or organization.

Additionally, you will learn how to integrate all these functions to develop effective solutions to solve complex business challenges faced by leaders. This AACSB-accredited program provides students the opportunity to gain functional knowledge in the areas necessary to become an effective manager.

This program is designed for students who have completed an associate degree or equivalent credits, who would like to complete their bachelor's degree in an accelerated pace. While students can transfer previous credits from any discipline, admission to the program requires successful completion of a course in Financial Accounting I and II, College Algebra or college level math, Principles of Marketing or college level marketing, and Dynamics of Business or Introduction to Management.

This program is designed for students who have completed an associate degree or equivalent credits who would like to complete their bachelor's degree at an accelerated pace.

Formats: The Fast-Track Bachelor of Science in Management is also available for students who would like to complete this degree at their own pace, visit our  Bachelor of Science in Management web page.

Career Outlook

Careers to Consider:

  • Management Analyst
  • Budget Analysts
  • Cost Estimators
  • Economists
  • Market and Survey Researchers
  • Operations Research Analysts

Given organizations’ continuous need for qualified managers, those with bachelor’s degrees in management are well positioned to obtain a supervisory or mid-level management position. Specific job prospects, however, are highly contingent upon the industry that you choose to enter.

Interested in learning more?

View our recently filmed webinar to learn more about how our Bachelor of Science in Management degree can benefit your career.

Learn more about the many Fast-Track program benefits or watch our Undergraduate Fast-Track webinar.


Please Note: Undergraduate classes are moving to semesters beginning Fall 2016. Learn more here.

Required Courses

Quarter 1

ENG 3550 Writing for the Professions 6 q.h.
ENG 3551 Writing Lab for ENG 3550 1 q.h.
ACC 1403  Managerial Accounting 3 q.h.
MTH 1001  College Algebra 1 3 q.h.

Quarter 2

LDR 1203 Assessing and Building Leadership Capacity 6 q.h.
ECN 1001  Principles of Macroeconomics 4 q.h.
FIN 2801  Principles of Finance 3 q.h.

Quarter 3

CMN 1103  Organizational and Group Communication 6 q.h.
ECN 2050  Statistics Intensive  6 q.h.

Quarter 4

PHL 2560 Business Ethics and Decision Making 6 q.h.
MGT 4412  Project Management Practices and Application 6 q.h.
MGT 3446 International Business and Management 3 q.h.

Quarter 5

MIS 2701  Information Systems for Management 3 q.h.
CMN 2156 Persuasion, Argue, and Negotiate 6 q.h.
SOC 2440 Gender and Work Roles in Society 3 q.h.

Quarter 6

BLW 2051  Employment Law-Employee Rights 6 q.h.
MGT 4750  Business Strategy Intensive 6 q.h.
LDR 4995  Leadership Practicum 3 q.h.

Required minimum credit hours: 80 q.h.


Course Descriptions:

Quarter 1

Writing for the Professions (6 q.h.)

This course introduces the vocabulary and philosophy of business communications. Students practice planning, writing, and analyzing effective business letters and memoranda. Students learn the methods and principles of research and documentation of semi-technical analyses and business reports. The course allows practice in organizing and writing complex forms of business communications.

Writing Lab for ENG 3550 (1 q.h.)

Requires students to analyze and draft writing assignments from topics covered in ENG 3550.

Managerial Accounting (3 q.h.)

By understanding how to interpret the information contained in financial statements and other accounting records, managers can make better informed decisions around cost- and revenue-related issues. In this course, students learn how to perform a cost benefit analysis, how to analyze cost-volume relationships, and how to apply ratio analysis to financial statements such as the statement of cash flows.

College Algebra 1 (3 q.h.)

Includes solving and graphing equations and inequalities, exponents, roots, complex numbers, conic sections, linear functions, and quadratic functions. Requires students to purchase a graphing calculator, the make and model to be specified at the first class meeting.

Quarter 2

Assessing and Building Leadership Capacity (6 q.h.)

Organizations are only as effective as the individuals who work in them. This course focuses on enhancing students’ individual awareness, reflection, and effectiveness as leaders. Through a self-assessment, students will learn to appreciate the differences between themselves and others and deepen their understanding of what motivates people in the work environment. The nature of leadership is explored through various perspectives to deepen and enrich the appreciation of its complexity. The activity-rich experience of this course will provide students with ongoing feedback from peers and opportunities for growth and development.

 Principles of Macroeconomics (4 q.h.)

Macro-economics, the study of the economy as a whole, applies the basic principles of economics to whole economic systems and the relationships among sectors of the economy. Students explore unemployment, inflation, national income and employment theory, government expenditures and taxation, the role of the banking system, the Federal Reserve System, and supply-side policies.

Principles of Finance (3 q.h.)

Introduces basic financial frameworks, concepts, principles, tools, and techniques. Topics include financial analysis, financial planning, working capital management, the time value of money, an introduction to domestic and international financial markets, and traditional sources of debt and equity financing. Uses spreadsheets and financial calculators.

Quarter 3

Organizational and Group Communication (6 q.h.)

Why is communication important for organizations and how do individuals within organizations become effective communicators? This course provides the foundation in the study of organizational communication and introduces students to other relevant topics, such as meeting dynamics, crisis communication, and measurement and assessment of the quality of organizational communications.

Statistics Intensive (6 q.h.)

The first half of this course introduces the collection and organization of data, including the measurement, presentation, and uses of elementary set theory; measures of central tendency and variability; basic probability; and probability distributions. The course continues with sampling and basic estimation techniques, “t” distribution, testing of statistical hypotheses, and analysis of variances.

Quarter 4

Business Ethics and Decision Making (6 q.h.)

The fact that there is not one universal set of behaviors one considers ethical, and no guidelines to follow to determine ethical behavior, poses unique challenges to managers today. As managers we are faced daily with situations where individual values may conflict with those of our teams or organizations. This course focuses on basic ethical viewpoints as a foundation and begins to examine specific characteristics of business life through cases and examples. Participants will apply a decision-making model using real-world ethical dilemmas; participants will analyze behaviors and consequences and make recommendations for actions ethical managers can make.

Project Management Practices and Applicaton (6 q.h.)

This highly interactive, skill oriented course offers a balance of the critical and technical skills needed to be a successful project leader. The entire process of implementing a project is examined. Students will utilize various tools and techniques to achieve the following: identify project stakeholders, develop the project scope definition, scheduling, financial, and budgetary factors. Quality criteria and successful project closeout is examined in detail. Contemporary management techniques, based on Project Management Institute (PMI) current practices, are used in case analyses to deepen student understanding. Current software options are discussed.

International Business and Management (3 q.h.)

Focuses on the principles and practices of international business, comparing domestic and international business activities, responsibilities, and influences. Highlights economic, social, political, and legal contexts of conducting business in a multinational environment. Examines this “foreign factor” and its impact on decision making for U.S. companies.

Quarter 5

Information Systems for Management (3 q.h.)

Students learn how information technology (IT) supports corporate goals. Emphasis is on the management of IT rather than on computer technology or programming. Readings and case studies will illustrate how IT may be employed to support general management functions. Issues such as the types of information systems, the impact of information systems on individuals and organization, outsourcing, and the use of IT as a weapon of competitive strategy will be discussed along with technological issues such as database management systems, electronic data interchange, decision support systems, and expert systems.

Persuasion, Argue, and Negotiate (6 q.h.)

This course introduces students to the techniques of persuasion, dispute resolution, and negotiation. The curriculum pays particular attention to the processes of mediation, facilitation, and negotiation. Through readings, lectures, and activities, students will have the opportunity to explore methods of applying these skills to analyze situations in politics, advertising, social interaction, sales, and business.

Gender and Work Roles in Society (3 q.h.)

The roles of men and women are changing, especially in the workplace. This course considers the impact of this evolution in a relational institutional context, including a combined focus on gender role performance in the workplace and traditional gender demands imposed by family structure. Students examine how workplace organization contributes to social inequalities. Topics include women’s voice, the men’s movement, gender and historical analyses, education and professionalism, comparable worth, and leadership and management styles.

Quarter 6

Employment Law-Employee Rights (6 q.h.)

This course focuses on fundamental concepts of the employment relationship and legal rights/duties of employer and employee. Risk management of various prevalent statutory claims of sex, age, or racial discrimination as well as sexual harassment will be covered. Wrongful termination, EEO, ADA, Family Medical Leave Act, and other emerging case law doctrines will be analyzed. National Labor Relations Act, wage and benefit legislation, and the Occupational Safety Act will be discussed. Current court rulings, case studies, and analysis will focus students on critical issues and challenges facing individuals, businesses, and society entering the 21st century.

Business Strategy Intensive (6 q.h.)

This advanced course, combining the content of MGT 4450 and 4451 Business Strategy 1 and 2, is designed to be the capstone course in the BS/BA degree program. Building on a solid foundation of business and liberal arts courses, this course examines the total management process—from planning to implementation— for executing competitive business strategy. The course covers the development of corporate objectives, plans, and policies, emphasizing the interaction between the enterprise and its environment. Students are challenged to develop the capacity to think strategically about a company, examining issues including current business position and strategy, long-term directions, and opportunities for gaining sustainable competitive advantage. In the second half, students will gain knowledge of the organizational and administrative methods for converting plans into achievements. Using case studies from profit and nonprofit enterprises of various types, the course explores concepts of strategic planning and implementation from the perspective of the general manager, with attention to top management functions, responsibilities, styles, values, and organizational relationships.

Leadership Practicum (3 q.h.)

This capstone practicum is an opportunity for students to integrate theory and practice in a real world setting. Through experience, students will demonstrate competence in the areas of leadership knowledge and skills. With the guidance of faculty, students will define an appropriate project and undertake their own action research.

Admissions Requirements

Below are the official Admissions Requirements for this program.

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose (500-1000 words): identifying your educational goals and expectations from the program; please be aware that the University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to applicant's statement of purpose
  • Professional resume: Current resume that displays job responsibilities, relevant experience, and education history
  • Academic transcript(s): must submit one of the following
    • Official associate degree stating conferral and date
    • Official high school transcript or GED and
    • Official transcripts from each institution attended- must be equal to 80quarter hours (60 semester hours) for transfer credit evaluation
  • Prerequisite coursework: applicants must have completed the following:
    • Financial Accounting I
    • Financial Accounting II
    • Principles of Microeconomics
    • Principles of Marketing or college level marketing
    • Dynamics of Business or Introduction to Business
  • Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language: English language proficiency guidelines

For general admissions information and recommended admissions deadlines, Undergraduate Admissions.

All requirements must be received prior to review.


Estimated total tuition for this program is $30,240.00.

Tuition for individual courses is based on the number of quarter hours. Most courses are 3-6 quarter hours. See Undergraduate Tuition Rates for details.

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Please note: The estimated total tuition is based on tuition rates for Academic Year 2016-17 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time.

*A maximum of 9 quarter hours of graduate- or doctoral-level credit obtained at another institution may be awarded as Advanced Graduate Credit to the Doctor of Education program.

Student Profile

Who Will Your Classmates Be? 

Simply put, this undergraduate degree program is for students who wish to assume or move into a management position. A degree in management is universally applicable, and the skills you acquire can be applied in any number of organizations.

Given the expansiveness of the field, job titles can vary greatly. However, graduates are equipped to consider careers as:

  • Managers
  • Supervisors
  • Team leaders
  • Project managers

Program Format

This accelerated program is designed for students who have earned an associate degree or the equivalent number of credits (80 quarter hours or 60 semester hours) and are looking to earn their bachelor's degree at an accelerated pace. The Office of Admissions will work with applicants to evaluate and accept as many previously completed credits as possible.

Formats & Schedule

The Fast-Track 18-month Bachelor of Science in Management is offered as on-campus or online program.

On-campus classes meet at a designated time at the Boston main campus or the Downtown Boston campus on Broad Street. This format allows for face-to-face interaction with instructors and fellow students. Classes are also augmented with online learning through instructor-facilitated lessons and assignments using Northeastern University’s state-of-the-art learning management system.

On-campus classes meet one week night per week and every other Saturday, and participants complete all coursework with the same group of students. 

The online format offers flexibility and convenience for working professionals with demanding schedules across the world. Using Northeastern University’s state-of-the-art learning management system and you will be guided through online coursework by your instructors.

Online classes are asynchronous, so there is no designated meeting time. Also, all online Fast-Track courses are completed with the same group of students allowing you to interact with familiar classmates over the six term schedule.

Additional Benefits:

  • Complete your degree in 18 months
  • Know your six-term course plan when you begin your program
  • Fast-Track program managers register you for all courses and advise you throughout your entire academic program
  • Develop a valuable network of professional contacts
  • Learn from classmates and the various industries and professions they represent 


Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes


  1. Specialized Knowledge
    Define, differentiate, and properly use management functions, modalities, methods, processes and skills to demonstrate fluency and the ability to apply them to a variety of organizations and their resources in local and global management contexts.

  2. Broad Integrative Knowledge
    Examine, frame and propose “the best approaches” to understand, analyze, and resolve management related issues or challenges by integrating the most appropriate interdisciplinary perspective(s) acquired through the study of communication, information literacy, mathematics, and ethical, political, science and historical perspectives with acquired management functions, modalities, and methods.

  3. Intellectual Skills
    Differentiate and incorporate multiple information resources to construct sustainable and coherent arguments or presentations based on the “best management practice approaches” to developing, and designing solutions and communicating them effectively to a diverse workforce and in a highly competitive global market.

  4. Applied Learning
    Analyze, differentiate, illustrate and effectively use management functions, modalities and methods to provide realistic, actionable and appropriate “best approaches” to respect, focus and direct the energy and talent of an individual contributor, a team or an organization towards recognizing and satisfying the needs or interests of its customers whether in a local or global market.

  5. Civic Learning
    Engage, experience and develop the capacity to communicate with, appreciate and achieve results by discussions, case based studies, and team based learning activities in innovative and multi-cultural learning environments where the realities, challenges, hopes, and dreams of members of the global community are real and realized.Given organizations’ continuous need for qualified managers, those with bachelor’s degrees in management are well positioned to obtain a supervisory or mid-level management position. Specific job prospects, however, are highly contingent upon the industry that you choose to enter.


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