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Sandra Burge was enrolled in the Supervisory Management program at Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) when another student, who was about to graduate, told her about Wisconsin Lutheran College. She says it is pretty much history from there...

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Business Management and Leadership

The Business Management and Leadership major is tailored to prepare adult learners with the skills and competencies that employers list as highly valued characteristics for their top employees. The major is offered within the college's accelerated degree completion program.

  • At Wisconsin Lutheran College, students in the Business Management and Leadership major learn from experts who personally live the lessons they teach in their own business or corporate settings every day. An engaging curriculum provides students an opportunity to collaborate with classmates in similar stages of life, each bringing a unique perspective and professional experience to the classroom.

    I believe the Servant Leadership course gives WLC graduates leverage. Some colleges and universities instruct business majors to focus on the bottom line; but this course reminds us to focus on people and relationships. Wisconsin Lutheran College reminded me that being humble in leadership is not a sign of weakness, but in fact a sign of strength.
     - Juwana '13

    Graduates of the Business Management and Leadership major have experienced increased earnings, greater career flexibility, new job skills, opportunities for promotion, bolstered confidence, and an overwhelming sense of accomplishment.


    ADU 301 Foundations of Success for Professional Studies. 3 cr.

    Introduction to academic study at Wisconsin Lutheran College; exploration of personal strengths and aspirations; development of personal learning goals; introduction to student support resources, library resources, and learning support tools; initial planning for capstone project success.

    ADU 302 Introduction to Servant Leadership. 3 cr.

    Introduction to the study of servant leadership in society as it relates to successful management practices. Exploration of the Biblical and historical record of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ with applications for leadership in the workplace, community, and home.

    ADU 303 Communication in the Professional Setting. 3 cr.

    A public speaking and professional writing course designed to provide students with practical applications to develop a higher level of expertise in the area of business and professional communication.

    ADU 305 Academic Research and Writing. 3 cr.

    BML 311 Applied Economics. 3 cr.

    Overview of principles of microeconomics and macroeconomics with emphasis on economic analysis; application of economic principles to managerial decisions.

    BML 312 Strategic Marketing. 3 cr.

    Review of marketing theories and application of marketing strategies: branding, positioning, pricing, channel management, planning functions and procedures as they apply to bringing products to market.

    BML 313 Principles of Management. 3 cr.

    Theory of management, managerial functions, departmentalization, staffing, direction, planning, and control.

    BML 321 Financial Management. 3 cr.

    Exploration of financial tools and understanding of the utilization and application to business strategy.

    BML 322 Project Management. 3 cr.

    Introduces the ethical, theoretical, and practical challenges of the project management framework including the basic project management phases, (initiation, planning, execution, control, and closure), basic interactions, and the integration of project and strategic management.

    BML 323 Human Resources Management. 3 cr.

    Principles, policies, and practices applicable to personnel issues in dealing with staffing, training, wages and benefits, labor relations, and communications.

    BML 411 Business Law. 3 cr.

    Examination of contract law, tort law, intellectual property law, employment law, and administrative law in the business environment.

    BML 412 Business Ethics. 3 cr.

    A focus on the interaction of ethics and business with emphasis on developing Christian business leaders with discussion of moral and ethical problems confronting business in the context of political, social, and ecological environments. Topics include ethical issues in the free market economic system and the social responsibility of business.

    BML 421 Culture and Diversity in Organizations. 3 cr.

    The importance of employee diversity to organizations and best practices in managing diversity; topics such as identity, prejudice, discrimination, diversity training, and inclusion, as well as legal issues, will be discussed.

    BML 422 Organizational Behavior. 3 cr.

    Human relations in the world of work: Values, attitudes, norms, personality, leadership, motivation, group processes, conflict resolution, and power and politics.

    BML 423 Strategic Planning and Implementation. 3 cr.

    Planning as the prerequisite for effective management in organizations of all sizes. The development of a mission and vision coupled with organizational goals, priorities, and strategic planning tools.

    BML 424 Leading Organizational Change. 3 cr.

    Exploration of systems and tools for assessing organizational health and potential, adjusting vision in support of mission, creating shared ownership for change, reorganizing for success, implementing strategies to overcome resistance, evaluating progress, and realigning efforts toward continued success.

    BML 489 Independent Capstone Project Seminar. 1 cr.

    BML 491 Leadership Capstone Portfolio Seminar. 2 cr.

    A capstone course culminating in a personal leadership portfolio prepared by the student and presented to a capstone committee and a group of peers.


    Once you have been fully accepted to Wisconsin Lutheran College you receive a personal academic advisor to help counsel and guide you throughout your accelerated degree completion journey.

    Please do not hesitate to contact your academic advisor with any questions, or inquiries about:

    • Transcript evaluations
    • Course schedules
    • Dropping/Withdrawing from a course
    • Referrals for academic assistance (i.e. tutoring or academic coaching)
    • Determining a plan for elective courses or general education requirements
    • Encouragement along your journey!

    Please contact your personal academic advisor at 414.443.8536.


    Students seeking to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and Leadership must:

    • Fulfill all financial obligations to WLC.
    • Complete a total of 120 semester credits with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better.
    • Within the total credits for graduation, complete 39 semester credits in the degree completion program major with a grade point average of 2.5 or better.
    • Within the total credits for graduation, complete 33 semester credits of general education requirements including:
      • Core Competency (9 credits)
      • Humanities (6 credits)
      • Social Science (6 credits)
      • Natural Science/Mathematics (6 credits)
      • Theology (6 credits)
    • Within the total credits for graduation, complete 48 semester credits of elective offerings.


    Total Credits Required for Graduation 120 credits 
    Maximum transfer credits from 2-year college (parallel C or better) 70 credits 
    Major (Business Management and Leadership) 48 credits 
    Maximum Credits by Demonstrated Competency 30 credits 
         Maximum Portfolio/Life Experience      15 credits 
         Maximum CLEP/DSST     15 credits 
    Liberal Arts Core 33 credits 
         Core Competency     9 credits 
         Social Sciences     6 credits 
         Humanities     6 credits 
         Natural Sciences     6 credits 
         Theology     6 credits