Welcome from the Director
Welcome to the website for the School of Management at Bucknell University. We hope that you will find everything you need here to learn about our distinctive approach to undergraduate management education.
From Tradition to Transformation
Bucknell University has offered management courses for well over a century. Courses on production and distribution, money and banking, public finance, transportation and commerce, and industrial history were introduced in 1889. Bucknell offered its first degree programs in commerce and finance in 1924. Since then, management education has played a vital role in Bucknell's mission to prepare liberally educated and professionally competent leaders. In 2008, the Board of Trustees created the School of Management at Bucknell University. This step honored the past and recognized future potential.
Three years on, the School of Management has implemented an innovative new curriculum. The School's marquee programs - MGMT 101, the Institute for Leadership in Technology and Management (ILTM), and the Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF) -- have grown in impact, and innovative initiatives have emerged to join them. Faculty governance is energized, and academic leaders working at every level have designed an effective organizational structure for the School. Finally, the School is making rapid progress toward AACSB accreditation, an international mark of excellence in business education.
The Bucknell Approach
Many universities and, especially, traditional business schools struggle to engage students intellectually. The School of Management at Bucknell engages students through a simple formula: ideas, people, and experiences.
Ideas. Bucknell students, majors and non-majors alike, have access to cutting-edge management thought. Our approach draws on close ties between the School and University, between professional and liberal learning. In every course, across our four major programs, students learn to how the insights they gain in the arts and sciences relate to the study of management and support their search for creative and responsible solutions to management challenges.
People. Inspiration comes from the relationships students form with their teachers and mentors. Students work closely with professors who care deeply about their development as people and as leaders. Moreover, each year, hundreds of alumni and other experienced executives generously contribute their time and experience to interacting with students on campus and through the Bucknell Professional Networks. This learning community -- students, faculty, and alumni -- works together to help students explore their passions, broaden their outlooks, and enhance their career prospects.
Experiences. For three decades, starting with the creation of MGMT 101, our ground-breaking introductory course, opportunities to learn from real experiences have been a defining feature of management education at Bucknell. Throughout their time here, students work on real world projects in order to test their skills and insights. These projects are a proving ground for innovative ideas, and as students reflect on their experiences, they learn how to learn.
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 perspective. 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.
An Opportunity for Transformation
Our common project, to realize the promise of management education at Bucknell, may span lifetimes. But I invite you to join us in this effort. For prospective students, we hope that you will find here 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 tranforming management education..
Director, School of Management