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2016-2017 University Catalog 
2016-2017 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Strategy and Organizational Management, BS

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About the Program

If managing people and leading organizations is your goal, the Strategy and Organizational Management major is your answer. Strategy and Organizational Management graduates lead change. Using strategic thinking and people skills, they manage effectively across a wide variety of organizations.

You’ll study the foundations of business - accounting, economics, statistics, etc., then develop business strategy from different angles using innovative technology, organizational change and competitive strategy. You’ll explore things like how to position your organization to outperform the competition, and how to recruit, develop and motivate staff to build a high performance team.

Strategy and Organizational Management graduates become business leaders. They are entrepreneurs, change leaders, internal organizational consultants, human resource managers and management consultants.

Two concentrations were specifically designed to complement the Strategy and Organizational Management major:

Global Leadership and Human Capital

Human resource management practices in organizations rely on soft skills that are critical for successful managers. Adding the Global Leadership and Human Capital concentration to your major will enhance your skills in change leadership, negotiating, and managing a global department. If you are interested in a career as a Human Resource Manager, Organizational Development/Effectiveness Director, Change Agent, or Management Consultant this concentration is a great fit.

Technology, Innovation & Entrepreneurship

A great addition if you are looking to start a new company or work on new product development and innovation teams. You’ll develop a deeper knowledge of how to drive innovation in organizations, and an understanding of the relationships between strategy, technology, and innovation. Emphasis is placed on entrepreneurial activity in both new startup and established firms.

Degree Requirements and Supplemental Information

The full Program Requirements for Strategy and Organizational Management  include all Supplemental Information and selective lists of those categories which a student must fulfill in order to earn their degree. These are intended to be print-friendly, but include less descriptive course detail.

Please see below for program requirements and the necessary degree fulfillments.

Program: MGMT-BS
Code: SOMT
Credit Hours: 120
Graduation Index: 2.00 minimum
Major Index: 2.00 minimum

Management Admissions Index Core (MAI)

  • To be admitted into Upper Division, students who have completed all courses in the MAI must have at least a 3.00 MAI GPA and a 2.50 cumulative GPA, have a C- or higher in all MAI and required School of Management courses, and may not be on academic probation.
  • Complete MGMT 29500 with a C- or higher; Grade calculated in GPA but not for MAI. Change of Degree Objective (CODO) students who have completed a similar career development course are exempt from this requirement.
  • Requirements for Upper Division can be found online:
  • University Policy states students may only attempt a course 3 times and grades of W or WF are included in this limit. Per the School of Management, no more than three different MAI courses, or their equivalents, may be taken two times for a grade.
  • Students are responsible for consulting their advisor about re-take options available to them.
  • Previous enrollments in MA 16100 , MA 16200 , MA 16500 , MA 16600  do not count against the retake policy for the MAI.

Required Strategy & Organizational Management Track- select 1 (15 credits)

Track 1: Complete 15 credit hours from courses in Strategy and OBHR. Requirements listed below

Students can choose to focus in an area by choosing 12 credits in the following way with an additional course from either track adding to 15 credits:

Track 2: TIE-Technology, Innovation, & Entrepreneurship

Track 3: Global Leadership & Human Capital Management

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (56 credits)

Management Admissions Index (MAI) Core*

Electives (25 credits)

The number of general electives will vary for each student and can include AP credit, transfer credit, and/or Credit by Exam.

University Core Requirements

  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology & Society Selective
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning

General Information

  • MGMT, OBHR and ECON courses numbered 30000 or higher can only be taken after being admitted to Upper Division.
  • Transfer credit for upper level MGMT, OBHR and ECON ( courses will only be considered if taken at a 4 year AACSB accredited school, (
  • Courses taken on approved Krannert study abroad programs may be used to satisfy degree requirements. Students participating in a Purdue approved study abroad program are registered as full-time Purdue students during their semester abroad. Schedule an appointment with your advisor to discuss study abroad opportunities.
  • Minors outside of the School of Management are also available.
  • Information on summer courses is available at
  • Refer to myPurduePlan at for degree requirements

International Electives

Any foreign language course - 20100, 20200, 30100, 30200, 40100, and 40200 not in your native language. Foreign language course cannot be taught in English.

Global or international courses (3-6 credits) taken at an approved Purdue study abroad program may be used toward the International Elective with advisor approval.

± Also counts for UC Humanities

≈ Also counts for UC Science Technology & Society

≥ Check myPurdue for course pre-requisites

Program Requirements

Fall 1st Year

15 Credits

Spring 1st Year

16 Credits

Fall 2nd Year

15 Credits

Spring 2nd Year

15 Credits

15 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

15 Credits

Fall 4th Year

  • SOM Track Course - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • SOM Track Course - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • General Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • General Elective - Credit Hours: 2.00

14 Credits

Spring 4th Year

  • SOM Track Course - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • General Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • General Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • General Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • General Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits

120 Total Credits


◊ Completion prior to admittance to Upper Division strongly encouraged

*UC* Fulfills University Core requirement

CC Critical Course to satisfy MAI requirements

Degree Requirement

The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements.

The myPurduePlan powered by DegreeWorks is the knowledge source for specific requirements and completion.

Foreign Language Courses

Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program.  For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor:

American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical. A Critical Course is one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.

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