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Management Degree - Master of Science


(Each Course is 3 credit hours)

Core Requirement

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  • MSM 500 Management of People in Society

    This course focuses on the management of self and others with an emphasis on administration and interpretation of diagnostic instruments which help clarify behaviors and skills which influence organizational and interpersonal outcomes. It covers the context of management in the organization, skills needed to effectively work with people in organizations, such as emotional intelligence and the roles people fill on the leader- manager-innovator continuum. All courses in the MSM Core require a Manager Reflection Journal to be kept by all students to focus on key learnings and applications throughout the program.
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  • MSM 510 Foundations of Management Processes

    This course focuses on developing skills with which to engage others in an organization, including mentoring, coaching and communicating. Emphasis is placed on practice and mastery of behaviors that enhance organizational relationships such as facilitation, mediation, visioning and storytelling, teaching, decision-making and strategic planning.
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  • MSM 520 Management of Resources

    This course focuses on the process of aligning resources within an organization to accomplish goals. Specific processes such as budgeting, resource allocation, incentives and benefits are covered along with practice in allocating resources in a collaborative manner.
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  • MSM 610 Management of Organizational Relationships

    This course focuses on skill-building the necessary leverage skills to be effective on the leader-manager-innovator continuum. Emphasis is placed on structuring organizational efforts, staffing with diverse resources, establishing partnerships and other collaborative efforts and maintaining a cohesive organization.

  • MSM 620 Learning Management & Mastery

    This course focuses on personal learning styles and methods to enhance learning. It examines the relationship between behavior, cognition and meta-cognition. It also focuses on organizational learning and the learning organization and how organizational effectiveness can be enhanced with learning.

  • MSM 630 Management of Metrics & Measurement

    This course focuses on quantitative and qualitative measurement and research practiced by those responsible for organizational leadership. There is specific emphasis on use of tools such as surveys and focus groups to gather data needed to make sound decisions about the organization and its resources.
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  • MSM 650 Portfolio Development – Capstone

    This course focuses on collection and presentation of a cohesive representation of a personal portfolio accumulated during completion of the program. Prerequisites: MSM 500, MSM 510, MSM 520, MSM 610, MSM 620, MSM 630


Entrepreneurship - This concentration is offered through the College of Business

The Entrepreneurship concentration is designed to prepare students to design, launch, and grow new business ventures, either stand alone or within an existing corporation, including franchising and outsourcing. High-growth ventures (e.g. technology) as well as socially-oriented ventures are emphasized. Consideration of the international dimensions and sustainability of new ventures are also highlighted. Students will be able to use their Capstone class to develop a business plan for their final project.

  • MSM 601 Entrepreneurship and Business Plan Development

    This course is designed to introduce students to the entrepreneurial mindset, including the concepts of innovation and newness. Students evaluate a variety of entrepreneurial activities, including outright ownership, franchising, outsourcing and partnerships. Traits and characteristics of successful entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial teams will be covered along with aligning organizational design with the business goals, strategy and business model, defining key roles, core competency requirements & job specifications, and recruiting and building the team. The final project in this course is the development of a Business Plan for an idea of the student’s choosing.

  • MSM 602 Entrepreneurial Finance

    This course will deal with the sources of capital for early stage companies and the implications of the decisions a company makes to fund its operations. It also explores issues in the valuation of ventures and how the achievement of milestones can impact that valuation. Venture capital and angel investors are also covered. Lastly, the course will explore accounting and finance techniques to monitor the success of the enterprise. It will provide the skills and techniques to manage the business by the numbers exploring methods successful entrepreneurs use to understand their costs and cost drivers, break- even point and integrating these into an activity based forecast for their business.
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  • MSM 603 Creativity, Sustainability and Innovation

    This course covers promoting and marketing an entrepreneurial idea from its inception to the marketplace. The course is designed for exploring the unique marketing strategies required to exploit entrepreneurial opportunities. It will also focus is on issues surrounding companies with high growth potential, an interest in sustainability and the creativity needed to develop innovative marketing for these environments.

  • MSM 604 Family Business & Self Employment

    This course is centered on the single-person or family business and the issues associated with business transition planning. The course covers development and implementation of strategy for small businesses, and succession planning for the entrepreneur. It also covers valuation issues and timetables for moving profitably out of a business.

  • MSM 605 Small Business Operations

    This course is designed for anyone who is charged with managing the day-to-day operation of a small to medium firm. It covers planning, budgeting, payroll issues, business taxation issues and use of tools and techniques to ensure that small business owners can comply with established laws keep accurate records and produce helpful reports for managerial decision-making.

Executive Coaching - This concentration is offered through the College of Arts & Sciences

The Executive Coaching Concentration will teach the fundamental skills required to coach business leaders and managers. These coaching principles can be applied in a variety of contexts and settings such as business leadership and management. The concentration provides an overview of the foundational concepts needed to prepare students to actively facilitate the identification, selection and accomplishment of business goals. The courses are offered online including a weekly one hour telephone conference call. The successful completion of the three courses (MCL 650, MCL 651, and MCL 652) including a one credit hour internship (MCL 653) taken simultaneously with each course will result in a graduate certificate in executive coaching.

  • MCL 650 Ethical and Professional Principles of Executive Coaching

    This course covers the ethical guidelines for professional coaches and professional practice standards. Topics covered include record keeping, dual relationships, and the current professional context and dynamics of the coaching field. Requirement - Must be taken concurrently with 1 credit hour of either MCL 654, 655, or 656.

  • MCL 651 Executive Coaching Communication Skills and Assessment

    This course addresses the academic theories upon which executive coaching is founded. These include the coaching relationship process and associated communication skills. It will also cover various assessment tools utilized in executive coaching. Requirement - Must be taken concurrently with 1 credit hour of either MCL 654, 655, or 656.

  • MCL 652 The Role and Relationship Dynamics of Executive Coaching

    This course will cover the role of executive coaches, as well as coaching relationship dynamics. A general model of executive coaching will be introduced and utilized throughout the course. Requirement - Must be taken concurrently with 1 credit hour of either MCL 654, 655, or 656.

  • MCL 653 Executive Coaching Internship

    This course provides an opportunity for students to expand their learning by gaining experience in the actual workplace. The learning objectives and specific program of study must be developed in consultation with and approved by the course instructor and the site supervisor of the intern prior to the start of the internship. Requirement - One credit hour must be taken concurrently with each of MCL 650, 651 and 652.
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  • MMC 610 Conflict and Negotiation

    This course is a study of the causes and resolution of conflict. Emphasis is placed on the theory and practice of negotiation as a primary means of resolving conflict. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing
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Human Resource Management - This concentration is offered through the College of Business

The Human Resource Management concentration examines theory and applications in all levels of organizational strategy, culture, and practice. Topic areas include human resource management roles and contributions in business planning and strategy, job value analyses, alternative work systems, recruitment and selection, fair employment practices, performance appraisal and management, compensation design and management, job evaluation systems, career development, health and safety, and employee rights. The topics include the study of specific quantitative and qualitative theories and methods used to collect reliable and valid human resource management data for decision purposes. Students may take the human resource management electives without pursuing the entire concentration.

  • BA 636 Compensation and Performance Management

    This course examines current theory, research, and practice necessary to make effective strategic decisions in managing compensation and performance issues. Included in this course is a detailed look at contemporary compensation systems and strategies, job analysis, and performance evaluations. Also includes how to design wage and salary structures and benefit packages in order to be competitive in today’s organizations. Prerequisites: MBA 600 and MBA 610
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  • BA 638 Human Resource Law

    This course describes, analyzes, and evaluates legal foundations, cases, and applications of human resource law. Areas of law covered will include, but are not limited to, equal employment opportunity law, labor relations law, fair employment practices law, and compensation-benefits law. Human resource management practices will be considered within analysis and evaluation of laws, cases, and settlements. Prerequisites: MBA 600 and MBA 610

  • BA 646 Strategies for Recruitment and Selection of Human Resources

    This course is designed for students who desire to understand and master the intricacies associated with the recruitment and selection of human resources and practices, validity and reliability in testing, legal and regulatory factors affecting selection practices, making employment offers, and practices to ensure equal employment opportunity and affirmative action. Prerequisites: MBA 600 and MBA 610

  • MBA 633 Advanced Organizational Behavior

    This course encourages the application of advanced conceptual and theoretical perspectives to the analysis and control of behavior in organizations. Students will practice diagnosing and resolving behavioral and organizational problems related to management functions, individual differences, group and interpersonal conflict, and work/life interface. Includes emphasis on perception, motivation, leadership, influence, work/family conflict, stress, decision-making, diversity, organizational learning, ethics, global issues and change. Prerequisites: For MAQC students - MBA 600 and MBA 610Prereq: MBA 605, 606, and 608
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  • MBA 634 Advanced Organizational Management and Theory

    This class encourages the application of advanced conceptual and theoretical perspectives to the design of organizations and the linkage mechanisms that organizations must develop to manage their environments. Students will practice diagnosing and resolving organizational problems related to the growth, survival, and decline of organizations. Research emphasis will be placed on how size, structure, technology, and organizational culture impacts operations, strategic contingencies, and competitive advantage. Prerequisites: MBA 600 and MBA 610
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Marketing - This concentration is offered through the College of Business

  • MBA 652 Marketing Strategy

    This course examines the key concepts and issues in developing and selecting a marketing strategy. Developing and implementing dynamic marketing strategies that are adaptable to changing conditions are emphasized. It examines processes that enable the domestic and/or international organization to continually learn from competitors, customers and other stakeholders with the objectives of developing marketing strategies that are essential to both obtaining and sustaining a competitive advantage. Students can gain career experience in marketing by analyzing various corporate dilemmas and developing strategies throughout the course along with creating marketing plan. Prerequisite: MSBAN students - MBA 608 Prereq: MBA 605, 606, and 608
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  • BA 655 Internet Marketing

    This course examines the nature, characteristics, and culture of the online environment to understand, develop, and implement marketing strategies and tactics for conducting effective online commerce. Emphasis is on the hardware/software tools necessary for Internet-based commerce, market segmentation identification, product development, pricing, direct marketing, global marketing, and the methodology to execute marketing strategy in a computer mediated environment. Prerequisites: MBA 652
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  • BA 656 International Consumer Analysis

    This course provides a review of the classical areas of perceptions, cognition, attitudinal formation, and cultural influences that affect individual and group purchasing behaviors. Emphasis is placed on understanding marketplace dynamics, market segmentation, and understanding the importance of psychographics in market planning analysis. Prerequisites: MBA 600 and MBA 610 and MBA 652
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  • BA 663 Global Brand Marketing

    This course provides a framework for defining brand equity and identifying sources and outcomes of brand equity along with developing a tactical guideline for building, measuring, and managing brand equity. Emphasis is on building a common denominator to interpret the potential effects and trade-offs of various strategies and tactics for brands. Managing brand equity between what happened to the brand in the past and what should happen to it in the future is explored. Students gain experience by creating brand strategies and developing a strategic brand audit. Prerequisites: MBA 600 and MBA 610 and MBA 652
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  • MBA 664 Marketing Research

    This course is designed to provide students with a means to obtain information for more effective marketing decision making. The essential concepts of marketing research and methods used to conduct research to help solve marketing problems will be emphasized. Both quantitative and qualitative research methods will be covered in the course and how these two approaches are best utilized to address a variety of marketing problems. Students are expected to obtain marketing research data and apply it to a variety of actual marketing problems. Prerequisites: MBA 600, MBA 610, and MBA 652
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Project Management - This concentration is offered through the College of Science and Technology

  • CIS 633 Information Technology Project Management

    This course addresses the complex and unique issues related to effectively managing projects in an Information Technology context. Emphasis is placed on the nine knowledge areas specified by the Project Management Institute (PMI) in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). Team-based and discovery-based learning methods are stressed. Development projects reflect actual problems provided by industry. A formal software project management plan detailing the process groups of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing will be developed.
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  • CIS 644 Managing Project Risks

    This course is designed to teach the importance of risk management in projects and provide information about the tools needed to effectively assess and monitor risks throughout the project lifecycle. Emphasis is placed on managing risks associated with project changes and risks associated with information technology projects. Topics covered include recurring issues that lead to failure in IT projects, methods for addressing recurring issues, and assessing risk impact. Prerequisite: CIS 433 or CIS 633 or acceptance into the Master of Project Management (MPM) degree program.
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  • CIS 663 Project Communications Management and Leadership

    This course explores communication and leadership techniques in order to equip project managers with the skills they need to deal effectively with issues relating to resources, stakeholders, global teams, and changing technology. Topics covered will include learning how to manage conflict, creating a positive team environment, running effective meetings, and managing successful projects. Prerequisite: CIS 433 or CIS 633 or acceptance into the Master of Project Management (MPM) degree program.
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  • CIS 664 Project Management in Global and Virtual Workplaces

    This course provides a comprehensive overview of relevant topics in the area of global and virtual workplaces, challenges and issues in global project management, methods and tools for effective global project management and managing effective virtual teams. Students will engage in a virtual group project in order to experience key aspects of project management in a way that simulates real project management in a global organization. Prerequisite: CIS 633 or acceptance into the Master of Project Management (MPM) degree program.
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  • CIS 665 Defining and Managing Requirements and Project Success

    This course is designed to explain the process of gathering requirements with emphasis on the successful management of requirements and its relationship to project success. Topics covered include requirements gathering techniques, identifying success criteria, and common reasons for project failure. Prerequisite: CIS 433 or CIS 633 or acceptance into the Master of Project Management (MPM) degree program.
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