Girard School of Business


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

Core Courses (30 Credits)

GMGT 5150 Financial Measurement, Analysis and Reporting - 4 Credits

This course introduces students to the practice of financial management. Through assigned readings, class discussions, and case analyses, students learn standard financial analysis and reporting techniques in a practical and intuitive way. The course initially explores basic concepts in accounting and financial management with an emphasis on the measurement of corporate financial performance. Building on these analytical techniques, we then examine financial planning with a particular emphasis on managing growth. The next part of the course focuses on developing tools for evaluating investments opportunities and measuring risk. We analyze the common criteria used in evaluating investment opportunities and recommend the one that best provides a consistent rule to value creation. We conclude by exploring how the recently acquired practical and analytical tools can be integrated and applied to the art of measuring the value of businesses.

GMGT 5100 Management Planning and Control - 4 credits

Management has a number of tools at its disposal to utilize in analyzing various managerial decisions. This course introduces the student to a range of these tools. The course has four primary elements: cost behavior, relevant costs for decision making, product costing, and financial statement analysis for strategic decision making. The course will provide the student with an understanding of the use of a number of tools related to making decisions to manage and control costs in a business environment as well as an understanding of financial statement analysis from a risk perspective.

GMGT 5160 Marketing Management - 4 credits

The purpose of this course is to establish a balance between marketing theory and practice, in an effort to prepare students to make managerial decisions in marketing. Essential topics will include buyer behavior, digital and social media marketing, marketing research and market segmentation and positioning. The assigned readings, class discussions, case analyses and a final applied project in which groups bring a product to market, students apply marketing concepts to propose solutions to marketing situations.

GMGT 5110 Business Intelligence and Statistical Analysis - 2 credits

Innovations in information technology have resulted in a data-intensive business environment. This course explores procedures for data collection, effective analysis, and correct interpretation. It provides an in-depth introduction to statistics as applied to business problems. Students will learn both the limitations and potential of statistics and how to interpret results. This course relies upon computer software for most of the needed calculations, and the resulting style focuses on construction of models, interpretation of results, and critical evaluation of assumptions. Topics include descriptive statistics, sampling distributions, confidence interval estimation, hypothesis testing, and regression analysis.

GMGT 5120 World Class Operations and Supply Chain Management - 2 credits

With ever increasing global competition, only world-class firms will be able to compete and prosper. Operations management is a primary business function that is directly responsible for transforming resources into desired goods and services. Supply chain management refers to how to manage the entire flow of information, materials, and services that are being moved to and from the transformation processes of the firm. This course emphasizes the importance of effectiveness and efficiency of creating value along the supply chain by covering some of the most important concepts, techniques, and practices that are often used in managing world-class operations and supply chain.

GMGT 5140 Effective Managerial Communication - 2 credits

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.

GMGT 5130 Professional Skills - 2 credits

This course is designed to cross the bridge from theory to application by introducing the students to assignments that build mastery of productivity tools used by managers. Students will 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 should have a more analytic view of business decision-making and be more adept at analyzing data and presenting results in a business context. The course will use excel to visualize spreadsheets as an effective management tool both for financial analysis and for coordinating its results and actions with marketing, sales, production and service operations, quality control, and other business functions.

GMGT 5920 Leading Effective Teams - 2 credits

Designing, building, and sustaining high performing teams is essential to the success of an organization. Based on micro and macro management theories and concepts, students gain advanced insight and develop skills to design effective work teams and both motivate and facilitate teams to achieve high performance. Topics that will be covered include: team composition, diversity management, task design, team development, team competence, team leadership, and inter-team relationship.

GMGT 5220 Responsibility and Integrity - 4 credits

This is an innovative course which will introduce students to the challenges of conducting business in a global environment. Companies continually search for ways to have a competitive advantage which will differentiate their firm and build a meaningful, valued brand that connects to and delivers value to consumers. We will examine global corporate strategies within the context of socially responsible business behavior. The course will explore potential conflicts concerning business stakeholders and social stakeholders. During the course, students will gain a deeper understanding of the emergence of global business activities, business ethics, stakeholder interests, strategic philanthropy, sustainable business practices, and corporate responsibility. We discuss companies’ social strategies and evaluate their efficiency and effectiveness at generating business, building a strong brand, enhancing consumer value, and improving society.

GMGT 6290 Competition, Innovation and Strategic Advantage - 4 credits

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.

Electives (2 Credits)*

GMGT 5910 Personal Leadership - 2 credits

The course introduces students to understanding their leadership strengths and to understanding how to identify and choose opportunities for improvement as leaders. Students learn how to see and evaluate themselves as leaders and learn how others see themselves as leaders. Throughout the semester, students build a comprehensive assessment of their leadership skills and competencies, based on evaluations and other input. By the conclusion of the course, students develop a Leadership Development Plan, a specific and measurable plan for strengthening their own leadership skills.

GMGT 5930 Leading Organizational Change - 2 credits

Leaders must address continuing challenges of change and organizational adaptation. This course provides students with practical skills and tools for planning, managing, evaluating, and surviving large-scale organizational change with applications to emerging business issues, including knowledge management, “learning organizations,” and network management.

GMGT 5940 Leading Creativity and Innovation in Organizations - 2 credits

This course focuses on how to generate novel and useful ideas and how to implement them, as well as how leaders facilitate these processes. Based on both psychological and sociological perspectives on management, the course will explore the determinants of creativity and innovation at the individual, group, organizational, and inter-organizational levels of analysis. Students will become familiar with current thinking in the field, and apply their knowledge and understanding to practical business situations and case studies.

GMGT 5212 Global Economy - 2 credits

This course will provide students with an understanding of problems and opportunities associated with doing business across country, including cultural boundaries. It will encourage global business thinking and strategy formulation. Topics studied will include a general understanding of globalization and its effects on business and the global economy; the forms of international business involvement; economic, social-cultural and legal-political environments; the strategy of global business; international transactions and investments; and participation in a global virtual project called X-Culture.

*not all electives are offered each semester

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