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Management Honors (BSB)

The Management Honors Program is an accelerated and challenging course of study for students who intend to declare management as their major or minor, but have yet to take management courses beyond MGT 300. You must apply to the program.  This program is also suitable for students double-majoring in management and another business discipline.

The honors program is a cohort program composed of six core management courses. The courses that must be taken as part of the program are the honors sections of:  MGT 250, MGT 301, MGT 302, MGT 307, MGT 322, and MGT 360. Using a problem-based approach, the program requires students to complete live projects for organizations experiencing management-based issues. In rotating groups, students will work on real-time projects for Chicago-based organizations, and solicit feedback from leaders of those organizations.

In addition to developing expertise in core management principles, the program will help students develop their communication, presentation and teamwork skills. Students will also build personal relationships with professors in the management honors program; these professors will be readily available to provide feedback, assistance and support beyond the typical classroom setting.

The course schedule for the honors program is pre-set, and students must (a) complete all courses within the program and (b) start the program in Autumn quarter to qualify.  The schedule is:

Autumn Quarter

  • MGT 302 - Organizational Behavior - Tuesdays 1:30-4:45
  • MGT 307 - Human Resource Management - Thursdays 1:30-4:45

Winter Quarter

  • MGT 250 - Careers in Management* - Tuesdays 1:30-3
  • MGT 301 - Operations Management** - Thursdays 1:30-4:45

Spring Quarter

  • MGT 322 - The Measurement and Management of Quality - Tuesdays 1:30-4:45
  • MGT 360 - Leadership -  Thursdays 1:30-4:45

*If you are double-majoring had have taken a 2-credit hour 250 course in your second major, you can elect to not enroll in this class. 

**MAT 137 must be completed before to  enrolling in this course.


Admission to the honors program is competitive. The program is intended for students who have a high interest in majoring or minoring in management and pursuing management as a career. Only students who have completed MGT 300 are eligble to enroll in the program. Students must also complete MAT 137 before enrolling in the honors section of MGT 301. There is no GPA requirement for the program, although students enrolled in the program are required to maintain a 3.0 GPA.

You must commit to enrolling in all six core program courses to be admitted. Students who complete the program and major in management will have Management Department Honors Program appear on their transcript.

The program will have only one cohort of an estimated 30 students per year. It begins Autumn quarter every academic year, and students must start the program with the cohort during that quarter.  There are no exceptions. Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis, until the class is full. Early application is encouraged!

Application Process

To apply for the program students need to send the following application materials to Professor Grace Lemmon (

  • Resume, which includes professional association membership, work history, and current GPA
  • Letter of recommendation from a previous college instructor (any department)
  • Essay about interest in the program*

*The essay should be no more than one-page and should address the following questions:

  • Why are you interested in the program?
  • What type of classroom environment do you find most enriching?
  • Why do you think that you would be a good candidate for the honors program?
  • What are your career goals upon graduation from DePaul?
  • In the last paragraph of your essay, please confirm that:  (1) you have taken or plan to take MGT 300 prior to the program’s start in Autumn quarter; (2) that you have not taken any courses in the honors schedule outside of the program; and (3) that you can commit to taking MAT 137 prior to Winter quarter of the program.  If you do not meet these requirements, you are ineligible to join the program and should not submit application materials.

Students will also be interviewed to ascertain their interest in the program and future academic goals.

Please note that we will not automatically exclude from consideration a student for any single aspect of his or her admission packet. We encourage students interested to apply, and to highlight your strengths in admission materials.

What is a “cohort program”?
A cohort program is one in which students in the program take all the required coursework together, and only honors students attend the honors courses. Because of this structure, students can expect to develop deeper relationships with their fellow honors program members and professors, which is advantageous to receiving academic and social support, as well as career networking.

How does the honors program differ from my normal coursework?
This program will be more rigorous, but also more rewarding. Students will learn via a problem-based approach, meaning that classwork is centered on cases with no clear solutions, ambiguous information, and changing circumstances. This approach helps mimic real-word problems, and as such, will give students the opportunity to learn skills that differ from the typical classroom.

I can’t take one or more of the courses due to my conflicting schedule, or I have already taken one or more courses within the honors program. May I still be in the program?
No, only students who can commit to enrolling in all required courses will be admitted to the program. There are no exceptions.

Do I have to declare management as a major to enroll?
No, but we strongly suggest that you intend to declare management as a major or minor before deciding to apply to the program. Please note that the completion of the program coursework will fulfill requirements for a management minor; no additional coursework outside of the program need be taken to qualify for a minor.  Students who are double-majoring are welcome to apply.  On their transcript, their management major will indicate graduation from the honors program.

Are there pre-requisites for the program?
Yes, students must have completed MGT 300 prior to starting in the program. Students must also take MAT 137 before taking MGT 301-Honors, but it is not a pre-requisite for starting the program.

How many cohorts are there?
There is only one cohort per year, which begins in Autumn quarter. As such there is only one “honors” section of each course in the program.

How many students are in the program?
The size of the class is around 30 students.

Is there a GPA requirement for the program?
There is no GPA requirement for application to the program, although we will consider GPA as part of our overall evaluation in admitted students. We will require that students maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA in their honors coursework to remain in the program.

Will “management department honors program” appear on my transcript?
Yes, if you major in management. If you minor in management, the courses taken will be listed as honors sections, but your major degree will not include an honors program designation.

When are my application materials due?
Applications are accepted continuously until the class is full. The maximum capacity of the class is 30 students, so early application is strongly encouraged. If you have not yet taken MGT 300, but plan to do so prior to Autumn quarter, you can still apply.