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Systems Management (SM) is the professional major for career-focused students.  Modern organizations are growing more complex and need people who have a "Systems Perspective".  This is the ability to understand the big picture, adapt to change, and manage accordingly.  The SM major is designed to prepare graduates with the knowledge, skills, and values to effectively apply managerial principles and tools in diverse organizational settings.  The SM program emphasizes professional skills including: problem solving, critical thinking, communication, and computer fluency suitable for a 21st-century worker.

Professional Concentrations

Systems Management majors select a complimentary area of Professional Concentration (PC) to help them develop expertise in a field or industry they would like to work in. Students are free to select PC electives from the list below. Several of the PC areas offer their courses on-line. Students should check with the respective departments about the availability of elective courses in their areas and whether or not the course numbers have been updated.

Areas of Concentration

Administrative Systems

Agricultural Systems

Criminology Systems

Fire/Rescue Systems

Government Systems

Geographic Information Systems

Healthcare Systems

Law Enforcement Administration

Human Resource Development

Industrial/Manufacturing Systems

Information Systems


Military Systems

Occupational Safety and Health

Technical Sales

Technical Writing

Technical Training


Blended Learning

The Systems Management program utilizes a blended learning model. Blended classes are not all that different from regular classes. You'll have an instructor and classmates, and will interact with them during the semester. You'll have homework and participate in class activities. In some ways, the experience will seem very familiar to you. Still, blended classes are different from traditional classes in some important ways.  Communication with your instructor and other students will take place on-line, with occasional class meetings (ITV). You'll have more responsibility for your own learning and will manage your own schedule. You will need basic computing skills and convenient access to the Internet. The skills that will help you be a successful on-line learner are the same ones you use in any class: preparation, organization and self-discipline. The difference is in how you apply them.

 For more information on Blended Learning, follow this link.



-       Purchasing Management

-       Sales: Account Management

-       Information Systems Management

-       Consulting

-       Human Resources

For more career possibilities, follow this link to the Systems Management Careers page.


For a listing of the coursework for this program follow this link to the academic plan.
More information on course requirements can be found on the departmental webpage.

SM classes are offered on a rotating basis.  For a schedule of course offerings, click here.

WKU Owensboro Requirements

120 college-level undergraduate semester hours including the following:

- 39 semester hours of General Education, or General Education Certified/Associate or Arts/Science degree from KCTCS

- 42 semester hours of upper-division credit (300-400 level courses)

- 30 hours must be earned in residence (at WKU), at least 16 of which must be completed after the semester in which the student earned a cumulative total of at least 90 hours.



Internships and volunteering provide more for students than just networking, wages (if applicable) and work experience. These opportunities provide students a chance to take a career path for a "test drive." Internships and observations give students the opportunity to compare career expectations to work life reality and take control of making life decisions about their career. Please contact WKU Owensboro Career Services at (270) 684-9797 for more information or email for an appointment.

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 Last Modified 9/23/15