Business Management

Students present their work for EMERGE Business Incubator

Program Format

Fully Online OR
Evening/Blended at the
West Des Moines Campus
8-week courses

Program Information

128 credit hours
Faculty Profiles

18-19 Tuition Rate

$375/ credit hour

When Can I Start?

6 start times/year
Fall, Spring or Summer Semester


What part will you play in leadership and the decision-making processes of your organization?


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Why join us?

  • As Zach points out, the faculty will help you figure out your success story and get you on the path to achieve it.
  • Our faculty have extensive professional experience and are excited to share their expertise and networks with students in that endeavor.
  • We have 3 focused concentration areas students can choose from as they work to tailor their degree to their idea of success.
  • Practical experience is gained through CEO and Emerge as well as the senior capstone and internships.  Students graduate ready to start their careers!
  • Career success is in your future at Simpson College!  100% of Spring 2012 management students have acquired full-time employment (93% response rate)
  • Studying management at Simpson College will give you the tools needed to be a change-maker in your professional career.

I really think that a successful college is one that promotes and develops opportunities outside of the classroom and Simpson does a phenomenal job giving students every opportunity to be successful, however they define success.  Everyone has a different picture of what a successful life will be, and Simpson really helped me find which pieces of the puzzle I needed to put together to work on my picture.
-Zach Feser ’13

Required Major Courses (44 credits)

ACCT 201: Introduction to Accounting 4cr.

Introduction to accounting that focuses on both external and internal accounting information. Topics include using and analyzing financial statements and related information for making economic decisions in today's business world by external decision makers, using management accounting information for various internal decisions including CVP analysis, and business decisions that impact the business value chain. Offered every semester. (QUANT)

MIS 145: Management Information Systems and Business Intelligence 4cr.

This course covers the fundamentals of information systems with an emphasis on business intelligence systems. The latest advances in these systems are covered along with topical references to ethical and societal issues. This course is designed to help students function more effectively and efficiently as managers, decision makers, and leaders in the business world. Students learn to use data analysis software for summarization and visualization of critical business data. Prerequisite: Experience using Microsoft Excel and Access. Offered every semester.

ECON 100: Principles of Economics 4cr.

This course utilizes the analytical approaches and tools of economics to examine current issues and problems that occur in economic systems. Particular focus is paid to the examination of macroeconomic and microeconomic markets, how they determine what is produced, and the role government plays in the allocation of resources. Offered every semester.

ECON 135: Applied Statistics 4cr.

Fundamentals of descriptive and inferential statistics studied through business applications. Topics include central tendency and variability, frequency distributions, elementary probability theory, binomial, normal, and t-distributions, sampling theory, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, regression analysis.Prerequisite: One of: MATH-105/105T, MATH-130/130T, Math ACT of 22 or higher, or Math SAT of 530 or higher. Students majoring in a Social Science should take SOC/PSYC-210 rather than this course. Credit will not be given for both SOC-210 or PSYC-215 and ECON-135. Offered every semester. (QUANT)

ECON 339: Corporation Finance 4cr.

Survey of the principles underlying the financial management of the modern corporation. Major topics include: corporate securities, ratio analysis, working capital, management of cash, receivables, inventories, plant assets, short term debt, long term debt, and owner's equity. Prerequisites: ECON-100 or 1o1 or 102, ECON-135, and ACCT-201. Offered every fall.

MKTG 234: Marketing 4cr.

An analysis of the forces that influence existing and potential demand for goods and services and the role of marketing theory and technique in creating product and service offerings to satisfy this demand. Students interested in a Marketing major or minor should take this course in their sophomore year. Prerequisite: MAGT-131. Offered every semester.

MAGT 131: Management Concepts 4cr.

An introduction to the principles of management including planning, organizing, staffing, leading, controlling and strategies. Offered every semester.

MAGT 231: Business Law and Business Ethics I 4cr.

Law and legal theories, a review of the judicial system, and legal principles applied in business. Major topics include torts, contracts, antitrust, intellectual property, Uniform Commercial Code Article 2 Sales. Ethical issues of each topic will be considered. Prerequisite: MAGT-131 and sophomore standing. Offered every fall.

MAGT 232: Business Law and Business Ethics II OR MAGT 365: Organizational Ethics and Social Responsibility 4cr.

  • MAGT 232: Businesss Law and Business Ethics II - A continuation of MAGT-231, including property, agency, employment, forms of business organization, Uniform Commercial Code Articles 3 Commercial Paper and Article 9 Secured Transactions, debtor creditor law, administrative law and international law. Ethical issues of each topic will be considered. Prerequisite: MAGT-231. Offered every spring. (ETHICS) OR
  • MAGT 365: Organizational Ethics and Social Responsibility - This course identifies and analyzes the intersection of legal, ethical, and profitable decision making in organizations. Included is consideration of the effects of individual personalities, cultural norms, and business sector or industry standards. This is a seminar class, intended for junior and senior level students. Students will be responsible for significant individual and group research analysis and reports. Prerequisite: Any ethics course from the Departments of Philosophy or Religion. Offered alternate years.

MAGT 333: Organization and Behavior 4cr.

This course is a study of the behavioral aspects of life within organizations, examining the individual, group and structural dimensions. Students participate in a semester-long group project culminating in a formal group presentation. It is suggested, but not required, that students take introductory courses in Psychology and Sociology before taking this course. Prerequisites: MAGT-131 and junior standing. Offered every fall. (COLLABLDR,ORALCOM)

MAGT 385: Senior Seminar in Strategic Management 4cr.

This is an advanced course in management and should be taken as a capstone course during the student's senior year. Utilizing the case approach, the student will apply concepts of management, accounting, marketing, economics, and finance in case situations. The cases will cover a large number of companies engaged in widely diversified activities. Emphasis will be placed on policy formulation and top management decisions. Students will form small groups for the semester and perform a strategic case analysis of a company for their project, resulting in a collective written analysis and a formal group oral presentation. Prerequisites: MAGT-131, MAGT-333, ECON-100, ECON-135, ECON-339, MKTG-234, ACCT-201. Offered every semester. (INFOLIT, WRITCOM)

Optional Areas of Concentration



  • Magt 324 Small Business Management (Pre-req: MAGT 131, ACCT 201)
  • Mktg 338 Innovation and New Product Marketing (Pre-req: MAGT 131, MKTG 234, ECON 100 or 101 or 102)

Student will also complete an internship in a start-up or small business or have significant relevant work experience as determined by chair of Dept. of Business Administration & Economics (Two credits).

Finance & Insurance:


  • Econ 337 Investments and Securities (Pre-req: ECON 100 or 101 or 102)
  • Magt 345 Principles of Insurance (Pre-req: MAGT 131, 231, and Sophomore standing)
  • Econ 338 Eberhart Student Aid Fund (Two credits) (Pre-req: ECON 337)

Student will also complete and an internship at a financial institution, or insurance-related firm or have significant, relevant work experience as determined by the chair of Dept. of Business Administration & Economics. (Two credits).

Many Management majors also pursue the Human Resources MinorPlease note that the Human Resources Minor requires two elective courses that must be in a subject matter outside of Business Administration and Economics if you are a Management (or other BAE) major.

Management Minor (24 credits)


  • MAGT 131: Management Concepts 4cr.
  • MAGT 231: Business Law and Business Ethics I 4cr.
  • MAGT 333: Organization and Behavior 4cr.
  • ECON 100: Principles of Economics 4cr.
  • ACCT 201: Introduction to Accounting 4cr.
  • MKTG 234: Marketing 4cr.

I started my education in Simpson's adult and continuing education program before my children were born. After receiving my associate’s degree at a community college, I chose to come back to Simpson to complete my bachelor's degree because of this outstanding program.

The education I am receiving at Simpson has helped me grow as an individual and will make me more valuable in the workforce. I could say a lot more because I have really enjoyed my Simpson experience.  Each class I've taken has challenged me in a different way, and I've met some great people along the way - both students and instructors.

Bobbi Fuller, current Management major