• Office Management
    Wayne Rollins teaches
    business students
    about communication
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    Students at MTSU meet potential employers before graduation
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    Office Management major
    Jacklyn Hagler received an NBEA Award of Merit
  • Office Management
    Professor Robert Blair was named National Business Educators Association Collegiate Teacher of the Year

Office Management

ENROLLMENT CLOSED

Today's office manager must have a good head on his or her shoulders because there will be many hats to wear. At times, this person will don several hats at the same time and be expected to look good and act professionally in each of them. If we browse the office manager's hat closet, we will likely see one suited for human resources—and another for facilities planning—and still another for a psychologist! Individuals who manage the office environment find themselves immersed in a world of change where job titles vary and responsibilities span from administrative duties to coaching to mentoring. This field is not for the fainthearted because the office manager must remain calm and cool and make good decisions during the perfect storms of office politics, power plays, and bruised egos. Even future business owners will eventually hire personnel and, therefore, will benefit from the office management program.

The student, the hat, and the wardrobe

Due to lack of funds, some students do not own the appropriate business attire to make the best impression when appearing at a public event. The Department of Marketing sponsors Raiders' Closet, which gives faculty, staff, and students the opportunity to donate professional business attire, dry cleaned and on hangers, for disadvantaged students to participate in job interviews, internships, job fairs, and formal presentations.

She exemplifies the “worker” attitude

Teresa Thomas is a successful graduate of the Office Management program. She first earned her Two-Year Certification in business administration and later earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree with an office-management concentration. Her business career included banking, academic advising, and serving as associate director of records at MTSU (interim director for one year). Today, after completing her Master of Business Administration, Teresa is director of Enrollment Technical Systems at MTSU where she guides and supports students, faculty, and administration.

Individuals pursuing a major in Office Management are positioning themselves to enter a variety of areas, including support positions in many business areas. Examples include

  • Administrative assistants
  • Banking support personnel
  • Executive assistants
  • Insurance support personnel
  • Medical/nursing care specialist
  • Office manager in most fields
  • Real estate support personnel
  • Senior living/resident relations professional
  • Word processing managers

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Federal Reserve in Nashville
  • Florida Farm Bureau Insurance
  • Health IT Services Group
  • Hillsboro High School
  • Larry Maxwell Inc.
  • Midsouth Bank
  • Montgomery County Schools
  • MTSU Alumni Relations
  • MTSU Enrollment Technical Systems
  • Nashville State Technical Institute
  • Smyrna High School
  • Southeast Financial Credit Union
  • Stonecrest Medical Center
  • Store Opening Solutions
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Wright Travel

The Office Management major leads to a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.)  degree.

The Department of Marketing also offers majors in Business Education, teaching and non-teaching options, leading to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree and in Entrepreneurship, leading to the Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree.

Undergraduate students can pursue minors in Office Management and Business Communication. An interdisciplinary minor is available in Entrepreneurship. 

A Master of Business Education (M.B.E.) degree is available and is also offered online.

The sample schedule below is based on the current undergraduate catalog. It is not a substitute for academic advisement. Contact your advisor if you have any questions about scheduling or about your degree requirements or consult the undergraduate catalog (catalog.mtsu.edu) for a complete list of requirements and electives.

You may choose to attend a summer term to reduce your load during fall or spring terms but still stay on track to graduate in four years. (Refer to the scholarships website for information regarding use of the Lottery Scholarship for the summer term.)

NOTE: Learning Support courses will alter the sequences on this map. Missing milestones could delay your program.

Office Management Academic Map

Department of Business Communication and Entrepreneurship
Middle Tennessee State University | Murfreesboro

 

Suggested Fall/Spring and Summer/Fall/Spring Four-Year Schedule with Business Administration Minor

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FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
MATH 1630 or 1810 (Math)3  Soc/Beh Sci3 
Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4  Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
BCEN 23203  BCEN 23303Prereq: BCEN 2320 recommended
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL16 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or
HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3  COMM 2200 (Comm)3 
ECON 2410* (Soc/Beh Sci)3  ECON 2420*3 
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
ACTG 2110*3Prereq: College-level math; ENGL 1010 ACTG 21203Prereq: ACTG 2110
BCEN 23403Prereq: BCEN 2330 QM 2610*3Prereq: MATH 1630 or 1810
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
*2.25 GPA in these courses for admission to Jones College of Business 2.25 GPA overall required for admission to Jones College of Business
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
BCEN 35103  BCEN 4510§3Prereq: BCEN 3510 rec.
QM 36203Prereq: QM 2610 MKT 38203 
MGMT 36103  MGMT 36203Prereq: QM 2610
BLAW 34003  INFS 31003 
BCEN 3010§3  FIN 30103Prereq: ACTG 2120 and QM 2610
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
BCEN 4660§3Prereq: BCEN 3510 rec.; offered fall only BCEN (approved elective)§3 
BCEN 4350§3Offered fall only BCEN 4640§3Prereq: BCEN 3010 rec.; off. spring only
Nonbusiness elective3  BCEN (approved elective)§3 
Nonbusiness elective3  Nonbusiness elective1 
BCEN 4810§3POD required BUAD 4980§3Taken last semester
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL13 
§Admission required §Admission required

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

FRESHMAN SUMMER
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
ENGL 1020 (Comm)3  Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
MATH 1630 or 1810 (Math)3  ECON 2410* (Soc/Beh Sci)3 
Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4  Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or
HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3 
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL13 
SOPHOMORE SUMMER
BCEN 23203  ECON 2420*3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
ACTG 2110*3Prereq: College-level math; ENGL 1010 ACTG 21203Prereq: ACTG 2110
BCEN 23303Prereq: BCEN 2320 recommended BCEN 23403Prereq: BCEN 2330
Soc/Beh Sci3  QM 2610*3Prereq: MATH 1630 or 1810
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
*2.25 GPA in these courses for admission to Jones College of Business 2.25 GPA overall required for admission to Jones College of Business
JUNIOR SUMMER
BCEN 35103  MGMT 36103 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
QM 36203Prereq: QM 2610 MKT 38203 
Nonbusiness elective3  MGMT 36203Prereq: QM 2610
BCEN 3010§3  FIN 30103Prereq: ACTG 2120 and QM 2610
BLAW 34003  INFS 31003 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
SENIOR SUMMER
BCEN 4810§3POD required    
SUBTOTAL3     
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
BCEN 4660§3Prereq: BCEN 3510 rec.; offered fall only BCEN (approved elective)§3 
BCEN 4350§3Offered fall only BCEN (approved elective)§3 
Nonbusiness elective1  BCEN 4640§3Prereq: BCEN 3010 rec.; off. spring only
Nonbusiness elective3  BUAD 4980§3Taken last semester
BCEN 4510§3Prereq: BCEN 3510 recommended    
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL12 
§Admission required §Admission required

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

Graduation information may be accessed here.

Dr. Martha Balachandran
Professor
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Dr. Robert B. Blair
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Patrick Geho
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Dr. Virginia Hemby-Grubb
Professor
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Dr. Ronda G. Henderson
Associate Professor
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Dr. Stephen D. Lewis
Professor
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Brock A. Patterson
Instructor
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Dr. Sherry J. Roberts
Associate Professor
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Dr. M. Wayne Rollins
Associate Professor
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Dr. Vincent W. Smith
Professor | Business Core Coordinator
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Dorothy S. Warren
Instructor
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Dr. Raholanda White
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