Girard School of Business

Curriculum

The Master of Science in Management is a 32-credit program comprised of a set of foundational core and elective courses.

The Master of Science in Management (MSM) program provides a pathway for students who wish to acquire advanced management and leadership skills to either enter or advance their careers within the broad field of management.

The MSM program is designed for business and non-business majors as well as skilled professionals looking to enhance and expand their business insight and expertise.

The degree requires a minimum of 32 credits of coursework. The program is designed differently for business and non-business majors. The coursework will be composed of a combination of core and elective courses.

Coursework for Non-Business Majors

The Master of Science in Management for non-business undergraduate majors is composed of 20 credit hours of core and 12 credit hours of electives. Four of the core courses are available either on-campus or online, while the remaining core and elective credits are completed online.

Core Courses (20 credits)

  • FIN 5050 - Finance Concepts (2 credits)
  • GACC 5050 - Foundations of Accounting (4 credits)
  • GMGT 5130 - Technology for Management Productivity (2 credits) *
  • GMGT 5140 - Effective Managerial Communication (2 credits) *
  • GMGT 5230 - Applied Statistics for Business Insight (4 credits) *
  • GMGT 6290 - Competition, Innovation and Strategic Advantage (4 credits) *
  • MKT 5050 - Concepts of Marketing (2 credits)

* may be completed either on-campus or online

Elective Courses (12 credits)

Students can choose electives from the following:

  • Any FIN 5000 level or higher
  • Any MGT 5000 level or higher
  • Any MKT 5000 level or higher
  • DSA 5010 - Foundations of Data Management (4 credits)
  • DSA 5020 - Foundations of Statistical Analysis (4 credits)
  • DSA 5200 - Data Visualization (4 credits)
  • GMGT 5220 - Responsibility & Integrity (4 credits)
  • GMGT 5920 - Leading Effective Teams (2 credits)
  • GMGT 5930 - Leading Organizational Change (2 credits)
  • GMGT 5940 - Leading Creativity & Innovation (2 credits)
  • GMGT 5950 - Stakeholder Management (4 credits)

Coursework for Business Majors

The Master of Science in Management for business undergraduate majors is composed of 12 credit hours of core and 20 credit hours of electives. All core courses are available either on-campus or online, while all elective credits are completed online.

Core Courses (12 credits)

  • GMGT 5130 - Technology for Management Productivity (2 credits)
  • GMGT 5140 - Effective Managerial Communication (2 credits)
  • GMGT 5230 - Applied Statistics for Business Insight (4 credits)
  • GMGT 6290 - Competition, Innovation and Strategic Advantage (4 credits)

Elective Courses (20 credits)

Students can choose electives from the following:

  • Any FIN5000 level or higher (excluding FIN5050)
  • Any MGT5000 level or higher
  • Any MKT5000 level or higher (excluding MKT5050)
  • DSA 5010 - Foundations of Data Management (4 credits)
  • DSA 5020 - Foundations of Statistical Analysis (4 credits)
  • DSA 5200 - Data Visualization (4 credits)
  • GMGT 5220 - Responsibility & Integrity (4 credits)
  • GMGT 5920 - Leading Effective Teams (2 credits)
  • GMGT 5930 - Leading Organizational Change (2 credits)
  • GMGT 5940 - Leading Creativity & Innovation (2 credits)
  • GMGT 5950 - Stakeholder Management (4 credits)

Concentrations

Business and non-business undergraduate majors may also user their electives to pursue a concentration in one of the following areas:

Business Analytics

The Business Analytics concentration equips students with introductory knowledge and skills in extracting decision-guiding insights out of data and synthesizing the resultant insights with related theoretical and experiential knowledge. Students are introduced to core elements of data management, preparation, analysis, visualization, and result interpretation and communication, in a theory and application context. This Business Analytics concentration is intended to serve as an immersive first step for students interested in developing general business analytic capabilities.

Course Requirements:

  • DSA 5010 - Foundations of Data Management (4 credits)
  • DSA 5020 - Foundations of Statistical Analysis (4 credits)
  • DSA 5200 - Data Visualization (4 credits)

Marketing Management

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

Course Requirements

  • MKT 5310 - Innovation and Trends in Marketing (2 credits)
  • MKT 5320 - Digital Marketing Implementation & Optimization (2 credits)
  • MKT 4510 - Driving Business Success with Marketing Analytics (4 credits)
  • MKT 5560 - Marketing Management & Strategy (4 credits)

Organizational Leadership

The Organizational Leadership concentration offers a dual-focused management approach that combines theories and strategies around managing individuals while encompassing what is best for an organization as a whole. Through the concentration in organizational leadership, students are exposed to core elements of leadership such as ethics, motivation, creativity, vision, teamwork, managing teams, leading organizations through change, and understanding and managing stakeholders. Students develop a strong foundation in strategic business practices that keep organizations moving forward, and learn how to integrate best practices to increase employee engagement, retention, and productivity.

Course Requirements

  • GMGT 5220 - Responsibility & Integrity (4 credits)
  • GMGT 5950 - Stakeholder Management (4 credits)

Choose two of the following:

  • GMGT 5920 - Leading Effective Teams (2 credits)
  • GMGT 5930 - Leading Organizational Change (2 credits)
  • GMGT 5940 - Leading Creativity & Innovation (2 credits)

Quantitative and Digital Finance

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

Course Requirements

  • FIN5410 - Corporate Finance and Valuation Credits: 4
  • FIN5420 - Trends and Innovation in Finance Credits: 4
  • FIN5430 - Quant and Factor Investing Credits: 4

Strategic Human Resource Management

With a Strategic Human Resource Management concentration, students will examine the critical role of achieving an organization’s strategic objectives as they relate to human capital. Students 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.

Course Requirements

  • MGT5340 - Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (2 credits)
  • MGT5350 - Diversity and Inclusion (2 credits)
  • MGT5410 - Human Resource Analytics (4 credits)
  • MGT5420 - Aligning Strategy, People and Performance (4 credits)

Experiential Internship Experience

Students seeking to gain professional experience may participate in a 4-credit elective internship program, comprised of a 1 semester career development course followed by a semester-long internship placement with a leading local company.

 

More detailed course descriptions may be found in the Graduate Catalog.

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