Management and Leadership

Organizations find success when they have strong leaders with a vision for the future who can inspire and motivate others. Although leaders do not directly define an organization or area, they are responsible for ensuring that employees work to their highest potential. No matter which industry speaks to you, the management and leadership program will provide you with the skills necessary to work in a variety of roles from department managers and project managers to CEOs.
“What I've learned in the classroom prepared me for my current internship.”
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About the Management and Leadership Major

Leading a company isn’t typically the first step on a career path. But, if you work hard to build a solid foundation and strong relationships when you begin your career, you can reach that goal with the skills you learn in Carroll University’s management and leadership program.

No two days are the same for leaders. There are many unique opportunities to make an impact by addressing challenges, maximizing opportunities and implementing processes that will better an organization or team. To be successful, you need to understand how companies operate and the complex issues that occur both within, and across areas such as finance, marketing, human resources, supply or policy. We offer courses that provide both the depth and breadth of knowledge today’s employers are looking for and the skills that prepare you for advancement in a variety of organizations.

Organizations also need individuals to manage the day-to-day needs associated with business operations. Managers fill that role by finding ways to do things more efficiently and effectively while achieving the goals a leader may have set forth. If you enjoy coaching and mentoring others and your organizational skills are top notch, a role in a managerial position may be in your future. And the skills you gain from our program will benefit your career over a lifetime—from entry level to more senior positions.

Our program exceeds expectations with multiple opportunities to apply what students learn in real-world settings right in our community. In many of your courses, you’ll work independently or in groups to organize projects that support local businesses or act as a consultant to analyze a company’s needs. You’ll also fine tune your public speaking and presentation techniques with each course as you present your findings to classmates or even leaders at the organizations you prepare projects for. This type of real world experience helps you build relationships in the community, complements your classroom work and adds to your professional skillset. That provides you with a competitive edge as you begin your job search.

Graduates of the program work in a variety of organizations, from small businesses to non-profit organizations and international companies. Whether you choose to enter the corporate world or run your own business, this program will prepare you for success at any level.

Yersin Business Scholarship

The Yersin Business Scholarship is a prestigious award providing $2,500–$5,000 in scholarship funds to qualified students.

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Carroll also offers a management and leadership minor that complements many areas of study.


We help you build real world experience, explore careers and network with professionals through internship opportunities. Recent placements include the following companies:

  • Waukesha County Land Conservancy
  • YMCA of Greater Waukesha County
  • BRX Performance
  • Penzoil
  • HR Business Partners, LLC
  • Generac Power Systems
  • Miller Electric Manufacturing
  • Association of Equipment Manufacturers
  • Hamacher Research Group
  • Milwaukee Office of U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin


College is a big investment in a bright future. Learn more about the industries and careers our majors pursue, and the workplaces and experiences of the alumni from our program. See where yours may take you.

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Meet the Faculty

Dr. Steven Bialek

Dr. Steven Bialek

Dean of the School of Business
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Dr. Dennis Debrecht

MBA Program Director and Associate Professor of Business and Economics
Sarah Esveldt

Sarah Esveldt

Senior Lecturer in Business Administration
Dr. Gregory Kuhlemeyer

Dr. Gregory Kuhlemeyer

Professor of Business
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Jeffrey Kunz

Assistant Professor of Accounting and Director of Accounting Internships
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Michael Levas

Associate Professor of Business Administration
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Dr. Chanchu Lin

Assistant Professor of Business Administration
Dr. Carol Tallarico

Dr. Carol Tallarico

Professor of Business Administration
Wayne Wendling

Wayne Wendling

Senior Lecturer in Analytics
Dr. Mary Ann Wisniewski

Dr. Mary Ann Wisniewski

Professor of Business Administration
Lisa Zajc

Lisa Zajc

Lecturer in Accounting
Dr. Shaoqiong Zhao

Dr. Shaoqiong Zhao

Assistant Professor of Business Administration
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