Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree with a Major in Managerial Studies

Program Learning Outcomes for the BA Degree with a Major in Managerial Studies

Upon completing the BA degree with a major in Managerial Studies, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of how private economic practices, responsibilities, rights, and rewards are related to public policy, regulating institutions, and politics (including local, state, and federal regulation, international policy, and the like) and will be able to evaluate critically the impact of policy, institutions, and politics on business practices.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of economic practices internal to conducting business, including financial reporting and accounting, while also demonstrating an understanding of economic practices external to business, including private investing in company stocks, bonds, and options.
  3. Define and critically apply interdisciplinary methodologies and theories (including those from psychology and economics) to problems in Managerial Studies, as well as demonstrate the ability to evaluate different forms of evidence.
  4. Demonstrate sufficient proficiency in algebra, statistics and other pertinent mathematics to develop and verify economic hypotheses as well as to evaluate computationally business problems or proposals.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the underlying principles that govern the way the profession accounts for and communicates business transactions.

Requirements for the BA Degree with a Major in Managerial Studies

For general university requirements, see Graduation Requirements. Students pursuing the BA degree with a major in Managerial Studies must complete:

  • A minimum of 10 courses (30-32 credit hours) to satisfy major requirements.  
  • A minimum of 120 credit hours to satisfy degree requirements. 
  • A minimum of 60 credit hours outside of major requirements. 
  • A minimum of 5 courses (15 credit hours) taken at the 300-level or above. 
  • The requirements for a second departmental or interdepartmental major.  

The courses listed below satisfy the requirements for this major. In certain instances, courses not on this official list may be substituted upon approval of the major’s academic advisor (or official certifier). Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in Managerial Studies 30-32
Total Credit Hours Required for the BA Degree with a Major in Managerial Studies 120

Degree Requirements

Core Requirements
BUSI 305FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING3
ECON 100PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS3
Select 1 from the following:3
FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
ENGINEERING ECONOMICS
CORPORATE FINANCE
FINANCIAL ECONOMICS
MANA 404MANAGEMENT COMMUNICATIONS IN A CONSULTING SIMULATION3
PSYC 101INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 231INDUSTRIAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY3
Elective Requirements
Core Statistics Elective
Select 1 from the following:3-4
STATISTICAL METHODS-PSYCHOLOGY
SOCIAL STATISTICS
ELEMENTARY APPLIED STATISTICS
INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS FOR BIOSCIENCES
PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS
Advanced Methods Elective
Select 1 from the following:3-4
INTRODUCTION TO OPERATIONS RESEARCH AND OPTIMIZATION
ECONOMETRICS
METHODS OF DATA ANALYSIS AND SYSTEM OPTIMIZATION
LINEAR REGRESSION
APPLIED TIME SERIES AND FORECASTING
MARKET MODELS
External Course Electives
Select 2 from the following:6
MICROECONOMICS
LAW AND ECONOMICS
FINANCIAL MARKETS
INTERNATIONAL FINANCE
INDUSTRIAL ORGANIZATION
ENERGY ECONOMICS
CURRENT TOPICS
POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS
POLICY ANALYSIS
ADVANCED STATISTICAL METHODS
Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in Managerial Studies 30-32
Additional Credit Hours to Complete BA Degree Requirements28-30
University Graduation Requirements *60
Total Credit Hours120

Footnotes and Additional Information

Policies for the BA Degree with a Major in Managerial Studies

Program Restrictions and Exclusions

Students pursuing the major in Managerial Studies should be aware of the following program restriction:

  • Students pursuing the major in Managerial Studies must complete the requirements of a second departmental or interdepartmental major.

Transfer Credit 

For Rice University’s policy regarding transfer credit, see Transfer Credit. Some departments and programs have additional restrictions on transfer credit. The Office of Academic Advising maintains the university’s official list of transfer credit advisors on their website: http://oaa.rice.edu. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic program’s transfer credit advisor when considering transfer credit possibilities. 

Program Transfer Credit Guidelines

Students pursuing the major in Managerial Studies should be aware of the following program-specific transfer credit guidelines:

  • Requests for transfer credit will be considered by the program director (and/or the program’s official transfer credit advisor) on an individual case-by-case basis. 
  • For transfer credit requests for subjects outside of the program's subject code (i.e. ECON courses required for the major in Managerial Studies), students seeking transfer credit should contact the appropriate department for approval, and not the Director of Managerial Studies. 

For additional information, please see the Managerial Studies website: http://mana.rice.edu/

Opportunities for the BA Degree with a Major in Managerial Studies  

Academic Honors

The university recognizes academic excellence achieved over an undergraduate’s academic history at Rice. For information on university honors, please see Latin Honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude) and Distinction in Research and Creative Work. Some departments have department-specific Honors awards or designations.

Departmental Honors Program

To apply for admission to the honors program, students must have completed 8 courses from the Managerial Studies curriculum and have a B+ (3.33) average in those courses. All applications must be approved by the director of Managerial Studies. The Honors Program consists of taking two additional courses from the following:     

ECON 445MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS3
ECON 449PRINCIPLES OF FINANCIAL ENGINEERING3
MANA 498INDEPENDENT STUDY3
STAT 486MARKET MODELS3
STAT 421APPLIED TIME SERIES AND FORECASTING3

MANA 498 is offered in collaboration with faculty in the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business. Admission to these courses must be approved by a participating faculty member. A list of participating faculty and their research interests is available from the director of Managerial Studies. For more information, students should consult the program director in 120 Herzstein Hall.

For additional information, please see the Managerial Studies website: http://mana.rice.edu/