Welcome to the School of Management! We hope that you will find everything you need on this website to learn about our distinctive approach to undergraduate management education.
The year 2014 marks the 125th year of management education at Bucknell University. Our first courses on production, money and banking, distribution and commerce started in 1889. Our first degree programs in commerce and finance emerged in 1924. Since then, management education has played a central role in Bucknell's mission to prepare broadly educated and professionally competent leaders for all sectors of society. In 2008, the Board of Trustees officially created the School of Management at Bucknell University. This measure honored the past and recognized our future potential.
Today, the School is thriving. The Class of 2016 was the first to graduate from our innovative new curriculum. Our marquee programs — MGMT 101, the Institute for Leadership in Technology and Management (ILTM), and the Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF) — continue to help students learn by doing. Outside the classroom, students are engaged in real world projects in a variety of fields — from marketing to finance to the non-profit sector. The WE DO campaign to increase the School's resources is in full swing. And in late 2013, we earned accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), a mark of excellence that places us among the top 5% of business schools worldwide.
What distinguishes management education at Bucknell is the way we engage students through ideas, relationships, and experiences.
Ideas. Bucknell students have access to cutting-edge management thought. Our curriculum draws on close ties between the School and the broader University. At every turn, students learn how the insights they gain in the arts and sciences relate to management and enhance their abilities to generate creative, rigorous, and responsible solutions to the challenges organizations face.
Relationships. Our students also form close ties with teachers and mentors. Our faculty care deeply about their development as people and as leaders. And each year, hundreds of alumni and experienced executives generously contribute time and experience to interact with students on campus and through the Bucknell Professional Network. This learning community — students, faculty, and alumni — works together to help students explore their passions, broaden their perspectives, and enhance their career prospects.
Experiences. Starting in 1978 with the creation of MGMT 101, our ground-breaking course on organizing and managing, opportunities to learn by doing have defined Bucknell's approach to management education. Throughout their time here, students test their skills and insights through real world projects. These experiences are a proving ground for innovative ideas, and as students reflect on their successes and especially their failures, they learn how to learn. In this way, we educate leaders one experience at a time.
The end result is a student who is more intellectually engaged than the average business school student and who graduates with a proven skillset and a broader outlook on the world. Our graduates are highly sought after by major employers and advance quickly in a range of industries, from accounting and financial services to brand management and fashion.
Our common project, to realize a compelling vision of management education at Bucknell, may span lifetimes. We invite you to join us in this effort. For prospective students, we hope you will find everything you need to decide if this is the right place for you. For current students, we urge you to consider your part in building this community and in preparing for a career in which you, like generations of Bucknellians before you, will make contributions of lasting value. Finally, for alumni, employers, and friends, we hope that you will find, in these pages, something that inspires you to reconnect and join us in transforming management education.
Director, School of Management