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Dr. Todd Palmer
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What Can I Do With This Major?



Effective managers are strong organizers, planners, problem-solvers and motivators who can help a business or organization compete and succeed.

Management is an ideal major for grooming the corporate generalist. It develops decision-makers who are well equipped with a broad knowledge of all areas of business including accounting, business information systems, finance, marketing and economics. Management majors pursue a curriculum that emphasizes courses in these core areas.

They may also choose an emphasis in behavioral management (motivation, conflict, group dynamics) or quantitative management (statistics, models, computer simulations).

Four concentrations are available to management majors:
  • Family Business
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Global Business Management
  • Human Resource Management
Each concentration requires a major to take 9 credits as management electives. (See Curriculum & Courses page.)

Students may also minor in management. (See Minors in Business.)

Careers in Management

Management majors are well-equipped for career opportunities in a variety of businesses and not-for-profit organizations, such as human resources management, organizational development, production and operations management, sales and retail management; and supervisory positions in many fields including manufacturing, education, government and non-profit entities.

Other job opportunities exist in the areas of international business, purchasing, urban planning, health care administration, and plant management.

Additionally, quantitative and computer-related courses provide a solid foundation for careers in system analysis, business information systems, marketing research, and materials management and planning.

News, Publications & Research

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St. Bonaventure faculty, MBA accounting students present papers at Business Research Consortium

Jul 23, 2019 |

From left to right: John Stevens, Ryan Conner, Mike Gallagher, Laurie Branch, Danielle Vis, Reed McElfresh, Todd Palmer, Eileen Proto and Joe Coate.Three students from St. Bonaventure University’s 150-hour Professional Accountancy MBA program presented papers at the 14th annual Business Research Consortium of Western New York Conference, held May 27 in Toronto.

The BRC, founded in 2006 by five AACSB-accredited schools in Western New York, including St. Bonaventure, fosters research opportunities and networks for pioneering research in business. St. Bonaventure last hosted the conference in 2015.

  • Ryan O’Connor, ’18 and ’19, presented “Baseball, Fraud and Data Analytics: A Classroom Exercise Illustrating Data Analytics,” co-authored by Dr. Joe Coate, professor of accounting.
  • Danielle Vis, ’18 and ’19, presented “Data Analytics and the Professional Accountant,” co-authored by Coate.
  • Eileen Proto, ’18 and December ’19, presented “The Top 10 Building Blocks for Understanding Blockchain: What Faculty Should Communicate to Business Students.”

St. Bonaventure faculty members John Stevens, Dr. Mike Gallagher, Dr. Todd Palmer and Dr. Laurie Branch, a university trustee and adjunct instructor, also presented at the conference.

  • Stevens presentation was “Test Taking in Teams: Why This Is a Good Idea.” Grace Garlick, ’18 and ’19, worked with Stevens on his research, but was unable to attend the conference.
  • Gallagher presented on “Integrating Video Learning in a Traditional Classroom.”
  • Palmer, Branch and alumnus Reed McElfresh, ’13 and ’14, gave a presentation on “Using Information Visualization as a Means to Generate Student Interest in Business Analytics: A Case Study.”


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Management at SBU

Management majors learn a lot and are prepared for the real world.

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