UIC Business Department of Managerial Studies
Department of Managerial Studies
601 S. Morgan St. (M/C 243)
University Hall 2203
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone:  (312) 996-2680
Fax: (312) 996-3559

Listen to Dr. Cheryl Nakata, Department Head, discuss the Department of Managerial Studies!

Welcome to the Department of Managerial Studies.

The Department of Managerial Studies offers expertise in the areas of management, marketing, and entrepreneurship. Faculty members teach and conduct research across a broad spectrum of topics related to entrepreneurship, human resource management, innovation, international marketing, leadership, organizational behavior, product development, transportation and logistics, and strategic management. Students gain a strong foundation in all areas of business and enjoy numerous opportunities on and off campus to engage with the Chicago business community.

About Us

We offer to UIC students a full array of courses and degrees that prepare them for fulfilling careers in marketing, management, or entrepreneurship.  We provide to businesses highly motivated and qualified graduates with a Bachelor of Science or a Master of Business Administration degree in Marketing, Management, or Entrepreneurship. Additionally, we train the next generation of leaders through our specialized courses in international business, innovation management, and social value creation. Through these specializations, we equip leaders with the skills needed to tackle the challenges of managing businesses in today’s complex and changing landscape.

Degree Programs

The Department of Managerial Studies offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the following areas:

Each undergraduate major builds on a business core in finance, accounting, business communications, and information sciences. Additionally, we emphasize knowledge in new product development, organizational behavior and human resource management, and business and social entrepreneurship. Classroom projects focus on real-world problems and provide students with valuable experience working as members of a team, a vital skill in today’s collaborative business environments.

Where Theory Meets Practice

The Department of Managerial Studies takes the phrase “where theory meets practice” to heart in its focus on the study of management, marketing, and entrepreneurship. Its innovative curriculum and emphasis on experiential learning create a distinctive academic environment that prepares its students for successful careers in their chosen fields.

Rated Best Undergraduate Business Program in Chicago

US News and World Report recently ranked the undergraduate business program at UIC No. 1 among Chicago-area schools. The ranking places UIC among the top 15 percent of the 467 programs accredited nationwide by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the primary accreditation organization for business schools. 

Chicago Business Community and UIC Alumni

The Department of Managerial Studies is actively engaged with the Chicago business community, and our distinguished alumni represent some of the city’s top employers. This close relationship offers students an enormous advantage as they form connections during their academic years that can be utilized later to launch their careers. Our alumni serve as mentors and guest speakers, and participate in the CBA internship program. Our popular Executives in the Classroom series brings C-level executives on campus every semester to share their experience with students.


UIC Faculty Marketing Cheryl NakataWelcome to the Department of Managerial Studies
Welcome to the Department of Managerial Studies. Our award-winning faculty teach across a broad spectrum of topics, and their cutting-edge research is regularly published in leading academic and practitioner journals.  Students benefit from their expertise and guidance throughout their academic careers as they explore their interests and narrow their focus. Recent graduates of our Ph.D. programs have secured teaching  positions in universities that include Notre Dame, The London School of Economics, The University of Texas, and the University of New South Wales.
Cheryl Nakata
Department Head

Emphasis on Experiential Learning

Our teaching emphasizes hands-on experience, including working with real businesses on live projects. Examples include courses in entrepreneurship, where students provide consulting to small businesses on problems ranging from designing their social media to hiring the right people, and where students assemble their own business plans and pitch them to venture capitalists for thousands of dollars in startup money.  We are proud of our courses and programs. The leading accrediting organization for business schools honored our interdisciplinary product development program with an innovation award, and the Princeton Review puts our entrepreneurship program among the top in the country. 

Leading Research-Based Faculty
We not only teach and train, but also produce the new knowledge needed by tomorrow’s managers. Our faculty members are among the best researchers in the world. They regularly publish their findings in the leading journals of management, marketing, and entrepreneurship; present at the largest national and international business conferences; hold officer positions in business, academic, and industry associations; perform editorial responsibilities for the foremost academic research outlets, reviewing and editing books and articles; and consult for companies, nonprofit organizations, and governments. Our faculty members routinely garner research awards from the Academy of Management, American Marketing Association, Product Development Management Association, and other bodies in recognition of the high quality and impact of their scholarship.

Two Ph.D. Programs
Consistent with our interest in creating and transferring new knowledge, we have doctoral programs in organizational behavior and human resource management and in marketing where students earn a Ph.D. in Business Administration. Students in these programs learn how to identify and analyze some of the significant problems facing businesses today as well as how to teach others the tools and principles needed to solve those difficulties. Graduates have taken business professorships at Notre Dame University and the London School of Economics, among others.

Service to the Community
We aim to serve the UIC community with our expanding programs and activities, so that Chicago and beyond may have more vibrant organizations, more skillful managers, and more globally- and socially-minded business leaders. Please visit us in person or through this website to learn more about what we can offer you. 


The Department of Managerial Studies offers majors in the following areas:

, which involves planning, organizing, staffing, leading, or directing an organization with the purpose of achieving certain goals. To this end, it requires managing human, financial, technological, and natural resources efficiently and effectively to produce the desired outcomes.

Marketing, which can be defined as a series of activities or processes that create, communicate, and deliver products or services of value to consumers and society. These activities include product management, pricing, promotion, and distribution.

Entrepreneurship, an interdisciplinary bachelor's degree program that combines management, marketing, accounting, finance and information and decision sciences with specific courses in entrepreneurship to provide students with the tools they need to lead to become entrepreneurial leaders.      

Each major leads to a Bachelor of Science and provides a solid academic preparation by itself. Coursework in Managerial Communications emphasizing effective business writing is required for all students. Students may also broaden their backgrounds by taking additional electives outside their major. When students graduate, they are equipped to take on major challenges and responsibilities in public, private, and not-for-profit organizations and businesses.

Research Centers

The Department of Managerial Studies works closely with specialized centers for learning that foster groundbreaking research, educational programming, and support-networks for both our students and the local business community.

Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies
The Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies (IES) expands awareness and knowledge of new venture opportunities, offers methods for creating and growing enterprises, and celebrates the important role entrepreneurship plays in the growth of the global economy. As a valuable part of IES, the Family Business Council helps owners and leaders of family-owned businesses and other closely held companies, to achieve their professional and personal goals. Another component of IES, the Illinois Small Business Development Center (ILSBDC) at UIC, provides clients with the support and resources that are essential to the successful formation and sustained growth of their enterprises. The Center's services include training, consulting, mentoring, and connecting businesses with entities that can help them generate contracts and secure financing.

Institute for Leadership Excellence and Development
The Institute for Leadership Excellence and Development (iLEAD) is dedicated to discovering practical methods for improving leadership effectiveness through applied research.  We leverage our leadership knowledge to develop business students' and managers' leadership competencies.

Center for Supply Chain Management and Logistics
The Center for Supply Chain Management and Logistics (CSCML) develops cutting-edge solutions to manufacturing, transportation, and logistics management issues in an effort to reduce cost and improve efficiency. This interdisciplinary organization helps public agencies and private business partners effectively compete in today's global market.

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