MS in Management

Curriculum & Admission Requirements

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MS in Management

32 Credits

Business Undergraduate Majors: Core (12 credits) + Concentrations/Electives (20 credits)
Non-Business Undergraduate Majors: Core (20 credits) + Concentrations/Electives (12 credits)

Core Courses

This course will strengthen students’ skills and abilities to analyze data at a level required by top employers. The course will delve into assignments that build mastery of productivity tools commonly used by managers. Several workshops will develop skills for using computer-based technologies to locate, access, evaluate, manipulate, create, store, and retrieve information to express ideas, perform sophisticated analysis of data, and communicate information and results with others. Students learn how to build spreadsheet models to perform scenario analysis, analyze the impact of uncertainty, and formalize trade-offs in the context of business decisions. Students will integrate a variety of supporting materials to deliver a thorough business presentation. By the end of the course, students will have a more analytic view of business decision-making and be more adept at analyzing data and presenting results in a business context. (Credits: 2) (Online/On-Campus Alternating Terms)

Effective writing and speaking skills are necessary for a career in management. This course is designed to help students develop a process for thinking and writing strategically. Students will learn how to analyze message, purpose, and audience; develop strategies for structure and style; construct persuasive arguments; and review for tone, organizational flow, and quality of evidence. This course will enable students to develop and demonstrate their ability to deliver formal and informal presentations and written reports in the context of addressing business challenges. Students will also learn communication strategies, principles, and methods as well as interpersonal skills that are essential for success in business. Students will have the opportunity to receive instructor and peer feedback. (Credits: 2) (Online/On-Campus Alternating Terms)

Innovations in information technology have resulted in data-intensive business environments. This course provides a foundation in statistical analyses and discusses the importance of business intelligence and how it will be used to support better decision making. The course provides students with an in-depth understanding of statistical concepts for deriving insights from raw data. Students will focus on the conceptual understanding of and construction of models as applied to business problems. Use of various computer software programs will enable students to perform required calculations, make inferences from data, and present results and recommendations, ultimately using data to effectively aid in business decision making. Course topics include descriptive statistics, sampling distributions, statistical inferences, hypothesis testing, and regression analysis. (Credits: 4) (Online/On-Campus Alternating Terms)

This course examines how managers work to integrate operations, marketing, finance, information systems, and management processes to achieve competitive advantage. Students will examine how to analyze the external environment and assess the capabilities of an organization to craft competitive strategies. Different strategic perspectives will be reviewed to understand the competitive dynamics within a strategic group. Case examples will be reviewed to consider how managers combine analysis with creative problem solving to achieve innovative strategies, to create new markets, and to compete in novel ways. (Credits: 4) (Online/On-Campus Alternating Terms)

The purpose of this course is to introduce the fundamental techniques in the context of financial analysis.  The course will build on foundational knowledge of financial statement analysis to provide practical tools to support financial decisions. A managerial view of financial statements encompasses understanding how they show the economic consequences of doing business, facilitate the identification of future financing needs, and provide a structured approach to measuring the impact and sustainability of growth. The main topics covered include the time value of money and the net present value (NPV) rule, valuation of bonds and stocks, capital budgeting decisions, uncertainty and the trade-off between risk and return. The concepts developed in this course set the foundation that can be applied to Corporate Finance and Valuation and Quant and Factor Investing among other finance courses. (Credits: 2) (Online Only)

*Only required for students with non-business undergraduate degrees.

The objective of this course is to provide a strong foundation in the principles of both financial and managerial accounting and their impact on business decisions of managers and other users of financial information. The first portion of the course focuses on financial accounting concepts, the accounting cycle, and the preparation, analysis, and interpretation of the primary financial statements (balance sheet, income statement, and statement of cash flows). The second portion of the course will focus on fundamental managerial accounting concepts, including: cost allocation, cost-volume-profit analysis, operational budgeting, and financial planning. (Credits: 4) (Online Only)

*Only required for students with non-business undergraduate degrees.

Today’s organization makes it imperative that all functional areas of business have a basic understanding of the concepts and the foundations of marketing. Marketing is the business function that deals with the needs and wants of customers. The main objective in Concepts of Marketing is to acquire a clear understanding of the marketing function and the constant need to address changes in the business environment. Marketing is challenging, dynamic, and creative and continues to play a key role in a firm’s strategy and direction making it important to decision-based management. (Credits: 2) (Online Only)

*Only required for students with non-business undergraduate degrees.

*Required only for students with non-business undergraduate degrees

Optional Concentrations (Online)

This concentration offers a dual-focused management approach, combining theories and strategies around managing individuals while encompassing what is best for an entire organization. You will become adept in the core elements of leadership such as ethics, motivation, creativity, vision, managing teams, leading through change, and understanding and managing stakeholders. You will also learn how to integrate best practices to increase employee engagement, retention, and productivity.

Concentration Requirements:
Responsibility & Integrity (Credits: 4)
Stakeholder Management (Credits: 4)

Choose two of the following:
Leading Effective Teams (Credits: 2)
Leading Organizational Change (Credits: 2)
Leading Creativity & Innovation (Credits: 2)

The Marketing Management concentration will provide you with a comprehensive and analytical understanding of how marketing impacts business decisions. You will gain insight into the marketing function and will be exposed to core elements such as marketing strategy, digital and social media marketing, marketing analytics, and how aspects of marketing contribute to practices of management.

Concentration Requirements:
Innovation and Trends in Marketing (Credits: 2)
Digital Marketing Implementation & Optimization (Credits: 2)
Driving Business Success with Marketing Analytics (Credits: 4)
Marketing Management & Strategy (Credits: 4)

In the Strategic Human Resource Management concentration, you will examine the critical role of achieving an organization’s strategic objectives as they relate to human capital. You will gain deep knowledge of topics related to negotiations, conflict resolution, maximizing organizational performance, and using analytics to make informed decisions in a diverse workplace. This concentration is excellent preparation for a career in human resources.

Concentration Requirements:
Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (Credits: 2)
Diversity and Inclusion (Credits: 2)
Human Resource Analytics (Credits: 4)
Aligning Strategy, People and Performance (Credits: 4)

The Business Analytics concentration will endow you with knowledge and skills in extracting decision-guiding insights out of complex data. You will be introduced to core elements of data management, preparation, analysis, visualization, and result interpretation and communication, in a theory-plus-application context.

Concentration Requirements:
Foundations of Data Management (Credits: 4)
Foundations of Statistical Analysis (Credits: 4)
Data Visualization: (Credits 4)

Understanding and comprehending the language of finance and business performance is essential for professionals at any level within an organization. In the Quantitative & Digital Finance concentration, you will become familiar with topics such as corporate finance, quant and factor investing, and other innovative trends in the finance industry. The skills acquired will equip you to make sound financial decisions that affect individual organizations and society as a whole.

Concentration Requirements:
Corporate Finance and Valuation (Credits: 4)
Trends and Innovation in Finance (Credits: 4)
Quant and Factor Investing (Credits: 4)

Electives (Online)

Aligning Strategy, People and Performance (Credits: 4)
Corporate Finance and Valuation (Credits: 4)
Data Visualization: (Credits 4)
Digital Marketing Implementation & Optimization (Credits: 2)
Diversity and Inclusion (Credits: 2)
Driving Business Success with Marketing Analytics (Credits: 4)
Foundations of Data Management (Credits: 4)
Foundations of Statistical Analysis (Credits: 4)
Human Resource Analytics (Credits: 4)
Innovation and Trends in Marketing (Credits: 2)
Leading Creativity & Innovation (Credits: 2)
Leading Effective Teams (Credits: 2)
Leading Organizational Change (Credits: 2)
Marketing Management & Strategy (Credits: 4)
Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (Credits: 2)
Quant and Factor Investing (Credits: 4)
Responsibility & Integrity (Credits: 4)
Stakeholder Management (Credits: 4)
Trends and Innovation in Finance (Credits: 4)

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree with an overall GPA of a 3.00 or better, or commensurate work experience. Candidates can apply with any undergraduate background and there are no prerequisites to the program. There is no fee to apply, and GMAT is not required. However, we encourage you to submit test scores if you feel they will support or enhance your academic background.

Admission Process

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