Personalize your management graduate degree with an in-demand concentration
As a student in Merrimack’s Master of Science in Management graduate program, you’ll graduate with the core business acumen organizations in all industries are looking for in their employees. Additionally, the degree can be tailored to your personal and professional interests by selecting one of the following 12-credit concentrations, adding focus and highly marketable skills to your program of study.
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.
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.
This concentration combines theories and strategies around managing individuals with encompassing what is best for an organization as a whole. 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.
Quantitative and Digital Finance
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.
Strategic Human Resource Management
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.
“Having a liberal arts degree is a great background. But I knew mixing that background with a master’s degree in business would broaden my options and further my career.”
― Rachel MacKelcan, MS Management ’18
Career options and outlook for M.S. in Management graduates
Management is a field with high income potential that is also seeing strong job growth. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage of $105,660 for management occupations in 2019 was the highest among all major occupations. Management positions are forecast to add 505,000 new jobs from 2019-2029, growing faster than the average for all occupations.
Like the concentrations available within our Master of Science in Management, there are a wide range of management roles and career paths. You can use the below tool, powered by Burning Glass Technologies’ real-time job market analytics, to explore market demand, required skills, and relative salary levels for positions related to your area of interest. When you become an Merrimack College graduate student, your advisor in the O’Brien Center for Career Development will help you dive into your personal Burning Glass report and create a plan to make you a desirable candidate for the job or career that you want to pursue.
What you’ll learn in the Master of Science in Management
In Merrimack’s 32-credit master’s in management program, you will gain a strong business base as you build your custom pathway with electives and concentrations added to the core curriculum. Business undergraduate majors complete 12 credit hours of core courses and 20 credit hours of electives, while non-business undergraduate majors complete 20 credit hours of core and 12 credit hours of electives.
Regardless of your background, you can be sure you are acquiring the skills and knowledge that go beyond today’s job requirements to future proof your career. The competencies in our MSM instill skills and business insight to help you succeed in management and leadership roles:
Analysis – The ability to interpret and synthesize information and to draw reasoned conclusions.
Communication – The ability to articulate and deliver a business proposal, recommendation, or analysis for a particular purpose in both a written document and in a presentation format.
Cross-Functional Management – The ability to understand and apply how decisions in one functional area of a business may impact the performance in other functional areas.
Decision-Making – The ability to make choices among one or more alternatives with the intention of moving toward some desired state of affairs.
Global Interconnectivity – The ability to understand the interconnectivity between business decisions and the global economy.
Leadership – The ability to engage in the process of influencing others and facilitating their individual and collective efforts to accomplish shared objectives.
Teamwork – The ability to collaborate effectively with other team members to enhance the quality of the interaction, interdependencies, cooperation, and coordination of teams.
Integrated throughout the Master of Science and Management is a focus on the role, value, and techniques of career development. You will receive a thorough grounding in career competencies and develop tangible career deliverables while also building a network of professional support.
Admission requirements for the online or hybrid master’s in management
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.
There is no fee to apply. Graduate admission is test optional. However, we encourage you to submit your scores if you feel they will support or enhance your academic background.
If you have questions about admission requirements or how to apply, please contact the Merrimack College Office of Graduate Admission at firstname.lastname@example.org.