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Learning to lead.
Effective managers are vital to the success of every organization — from small start-up companies to multinational corporations. Why? Because managers are the ones who skillfully coordinate and control the activities of the organization to achieve business goals. They are leaders.
Business organizations are complex and need people who can effectively align priorities, evaluate and make decisions, recruit and retrain employees, and manage resources. If you're good at strategy, can understand how processes work, have a passion for problem solving and can multitask effectively, then a degree in management can put you on the path to leadership.
Courses and Program Requirements
Our curriculum includes creative, innovative courses designed to teach business fundamentals and new technologies in ways that stick with students. We maintain strong ties with industry leaders who serve as advisors to ensure students have the skills and knowledge they need to be successful in the workforce. And we believe that students learn by doing, so much so that we made experiential learning a graduation requirement.
[00:00] My name is Ryan King. I'm a business management major, and I decided to go to UAB pretty much because I have a family history at UAB. My mom attended UAB, my grandmother attended UAB, and just recently two of my sisters graduated from UAB. So I'm a legacy student and it just came naturally.
[00:19] I decided to choose business management as my major because I'm interested in becoming a doctor as well. And UAB has this great dual degree program (MD/MBA) where you can come and can get a masters in business administration as well as a medical degree. And with those two, I would like to run my own practice. And so the business management allows me to have that foundation in business that I can always rely upon.
[00:41] Another one of the great opportunities that I appreciate as a UAB Blazer is that UAB values community service. One thing that they are big on, and we are big on is giving back to our community. And all of that just trickles down to its students and personally, I love to volunteer.
[01:00] One of the biggest things I've been involved with at UAB is being a VITA volunteer, which means that I help prepare taxes for international students, faculty, and staff which gave me the opportunity to see another diverse community and help them.
[01:14] As a business student leader, when I'm touring a group, I really like to point out things like the different donors that we have that contributed to the school. Why? Because they are here with you as a student. A lot of them come in, introduce themselves, tell you about the different opportunities they have within their companies and just their passions.
[01:32] The faculty and staff at UAB are so great. They truly want to get to know you as a person and your interests and how they can help you with that.
[01:42] My personal experience is with my adviser and she's with the business management majors. She always has been there for me. Every time I needed to come see her with an emergency, whether it was a conflict in scheduling, or just me trying to meet someone new she was the first person to say, hey, let me help you. Hey, let me introduce you to this person. She was always there, and she does it with such a passion that it's not like it's a job for her. It's like it's a calling.
[02:07] My ultimate career goal is to become a medical doctor and build my own practice from the ground. Utilizing all those resources here at UAB, like the School of Medicine, the School of Business, and learning the management part of that, as well as the health care part, is perfect for me. And UAB has just played a great role and become a great asset for that.
The UAB management major came naturally to Ryan King, a third-generation UAB legacy. He credits UAB with providing the resources he needs to one day run his own practice as an MD/MBA.
Why choose management at the Collat School of Business?
Flexible, Customized Curriculum
A concentration in Business Administration or Production and Operations allows students to customize their degree and differentiate themselves from their peers.
Year-Round Internship Opportunities
Collat's proximity to Birmingham's businesses allows students to intern anytime they want — not just in the summer — or to complete multiple internships. Gain valuable experience while exploring career options.
Intensive Career Development
The Collat Career Center, which caters specifically to business students, provides hands-on career coaching, connects students with employers, and schedules tour of various work environments.
A business management degree can lead to numerous career paths in a variety of fields, depending on focus or specialty. A few common job titles include account executive, business analyst, project coordinator, operation supervisor, facilities manager, and sales manager.
The median pay for a sales manager is $127,490 with an expected employment growth rate of 7% from 2020-30, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Undergraduate RecruiterJames Micheal Barlow205-934-2453CSB 155-AAdministrative AssociateIsabell Boyd205-934-8830CSB 357-EDepartment Chair; Associate ProfessorAllen Gorman PhD205-934-1513CSB 357-CInternship Coordinator: Management, HR Management, Information Systems; InstructorPeter Pfluger MBA205-934-8816CSB 375AdvisorKelly PlylerAll 100% Online Undergraduate programs except for Accounting205-996-1367CSB 212
Jeffery Buck MBAAdjunct Professor
John Collins MBAAdjunct Professor
Thomas Cooper MBAAdjunct Professor
Lisabeth Crute MBAAdjunct Professor
Joel Dobbs PharmD, MPHCo-Director, HLA; Senior Instructor
Annetta Dolowitz MPHAdjunct Professor
Mohammad Firouz PhDAssistant Professor
Eric Ford PhDProfessor
Taisha Holifield MSAdjunct Professor
Eric Jack PhDDean; Wells Fargo Endowed Chair in Business Administration
Michelle Bradley Landrum EdDAdjunct Professor
Sahra Mohamadian MBAAdjunct Professor
Nathan Oliver MBASenior Instructor
Peter Pfluger MBAInternship Coordinator: Management, HR Management, Information Systems; Instructor
Janice Ward MAAdjunct Professor
Elizabeth Wright MBAAdjunct Professor