Applied Business Management

Restaurant Management

Restaurant Management students learn hands on by working the front of the house at 180 Blue, the restaurant managed by the Culinary Arts and Nutrition Program.

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Principles of Management, ABM 404

Principles of Management (ABM 404), a first-semester course, introduces students to the principles and applications of the full spectrum of management. Topics include: marketing and sales, finance, supervision, production/operations, law, social responsibility and ethics, and international business. Students may develop a long-term career plan and/or business plan as a beginning to their career path.

Giving back, while learning!

"This semester, we ran a golf tournament to fund a scholarship for returning Thompson School business students.  The experience prepared me well for next fall when I’ll start my bachelor’s degree in recreation management and policy at UNH.” – Kelly Sareault ‘13

ABM Magic!

ABM Student Dylan Tenney, magician, hypnotist and illusionist!

ABM - 3rd year option

Business know-how is essential to every applied discipline, which is why the Thompson School offers a third-year business option to students from its other programs. Students can add a business concentration on top of their Thompson School degree, completing all the necessary coursework in a year's time.


CALLING ALL ENTREPRENEURS! Do you envision working for yourself? Do you have a great idea for a business of your own, or are you ready to take over the family business? Small- to medium-sized businesses are one of the fastest growing segments of New England's economy. In the Applied Business Management program, you'll learn the skills essential to being a successful business owner or manager.

Do you want to own your own business?

Thanks for your interest in the Thompson School's Applied Business Management (ABM) Curriculum.  Our two concentrations, Business Management and Restaurant Management, provide training for individuals who aspire to own or manage a small-to-medium size business. 

In our program you will learn skills in:

  • Marketing
  • Managing people
  • Selling goods and services
  • Accounting
  • Financial Management
  • Business writing
  • Strategic management
  • Business law
  • Software Applications

Applied Business Management courses are:

  • Small in size
  • Interactive
  • Experiential
  • Based on action
  • Fun

ABM Faculty have:

  • Experience
  • Contact with industry
  • Strong academic and career advising skills
  • Experience in real world jobs
  • Compassion

ABM Admissions Requirements:

Students entering the Applied Business Management program must present college preparatory English and have a minimum of two years of college preparatory mathematics. Several ABM courses require a solid background in basic mathematics and algebra.