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Online Master of Science inMANAGEMENT

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Whether you’re working with a start-up, small, or large business, gain the management skills you need to succeed.

Overview

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Wherever your career takes you, from a start-up company, to large business, in the public or private sector, our Master of Science in Management online degree will provide you with the interdisciplinary management skills you need to succeed.

The work of a management professional will vary from project to project. Some projects require a team of management consultants, with each one specializing in a specific area, while other projects require one manager to oversee a wide array of activities.

Some job titles you might obtain with a Master of Science in Management degree include:

  • Administrative Analyst
  • Business Analyst
  • Management Analyst
  • Quality Control Analyst
  • Employment Programs Analyst
  • Budget Analyst
  • Administrative Services Manager

Earn Your Master's Degree In Management

Learn the dynamics of a business and how to analyze, communicate, and make effective decisions through this master’s in management degree program.

You’ll study ways to foster a company culture that encourages innovation, as well as a vast range of business topics, including:

  • Ethics
  • Finance
  • Economics
  • International Commerce
  • Strategic planning
  • Research analysis

In each course of the M.S. in management online program, you will complete a portfolio-quality project that proves your ability to apply the theories you’ve learned to real-world business situations.

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Description 

The M.S. in management online program is designed for individuals whose careers and management responsibilities transcend a single functional area requiring a broad range of knowledge, skills, and experience. The emphasis of the interdisciplinary, integrated, and practical management degree program applies to startup, small, and large businesses within both the private and public sectors. The goal is to prepare students for upper management and executive-level positions by developing key managerial competencies—including systems thinking, critical thinking, economic analysis, competitive advantage, decision making, international competencies, and ethical leadership that can be applied across a range of business venture.

Each core course in the program incorporates a portfolio-quality project with close supervision and collaboration by the instructor that requires students to apply skills to specific scenarios. The final course in the core is designed as a capstone course, in which students apply research and established theory to design an innovative and original approach to address a current problem within the field of organizational management. Students apply established research and theoretical frameworks to address a current organizational challenge. Utilizing knowledge, theories, and research-study understanding gained throughout the program, students analyze and evaluate the organization and then propose constructs for enhancing organizational effectiveness.

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has acknowledged that the M. S. in Management program, when combined with the Specialization in Human Resource Management or Human Resource Performance, fully aligns with SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Template which was developed to define the minimum HR content areas that should be studied by HR students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Visit the SHRM webiste for more information.

Learning Outcomes

  • Formulate strategic and effective management decisions that demonstrate a high level of knowledge of strategic planning, competitive intelligence, and ethical standards in a culturally diverse global marketplace.
  • Demonstrate written communication skills to express ideals, research findings, data analysis, and recommendations effectively and persuasively with all organizational stakeholders using a variety of communications skills and tools.
  • Develop comprehensive and cutting edge solutions to business problems by researching, analyzing, synthesizing and evaluating information using qualitative and quantitative analytical reasoning.
  • Direct the effective use of technology in an organization to achieve superior organizational and individual performance, competitive advantage, and operational effectiveness within the global marketplace.
  • Apply proven management theories and practices to resolve a wide range of organizational issues. 
  • Advance and foster a culture of innovation that uses new approaches, theoretical frameworks, and technologies to drive the economic performance of organizations.

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Faculty

All courses are taught by qualified instructors with current industry experience. Our instructors hold advanced degrees in their fields, and are specially trained to teach online, so you and your fellow students can think more critically about how the subject matter applies to real-world situations.

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Career Outlook

The employment of management analysts is projected to grow 19% within the next seven years, faster than the all-occupation average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

This tells you that the demand for management professionals will grow as organizations and businesses continue to expand and look for better ways to improve efficiency and control costs. 

In short, if you're interested in a career in management, the time is right to earn your degree and get into the field.

Effective management analysts should have sharp mathematical and reasoning skills, and are able to gather and organize data to determine solutions to potential problems. Additionally, management professionals may recommend new systems, procedures, or organizational modifications to clients through presentations or written reports.

Experts in this field must also be able to work creatively in a time-sensitive environment with a constant, open line of communication with their clients.

Degree Optimization

We provide students with career-relevant resources to help them succeed outside of the classroom. That's why we created Awards of Completion and Skills Endorsements, specific to our programs of study, spotlighting the knowledge, skills, and abilities that hiring managers find essential to success in the field. Advanced Strategic Management and The Foundations of Modern Global Management are two of the awards you can receive as part of your graduate degree in management. 

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Courses - Practitioner Track

CSU-Global’s accredited online master’s degree in management is designed to provide you with a practical knowledge of the field. The program consists of 8 three-credit core courses as part of a full 36-credit master’s degree. (Some M.S. in Management students may be required to take RES500 as part of their program if they do not have previous experience in accounting, finance, or business statistics. In this case, the degree program is 39 credits.) 

  • RES500: Fundamentals of Quantitative Analysis

    This course is only required for students who are accepted into this program with an undergraduate GPA below 3.00.

    This course explores four major components of research for graduate programs: academic writing, business research and descriptive statistics, fundamentals of accounting analysis, and fundamentals of financial analysis. The course is not intended to provide an in-depth study of these components but provides basic knowledge to support intensive learning that will occur in the core courses of their programs.

  • MGT500: Organizational Behavior

    The course emphasizes human behavior theories and organization development theories, including concepts and processes related to management of self, teams, and the organization. Topics include personality, emotions, ethics, learning, motivation, conflict, negotiation, leadership, and followership. These topics are supported through expectations of scholarly writing requirements including library resources and APA Guidelines.

  • ECN500: Global Economics

    This course applies and examines classical economic knowledge of international trade and finance to inform decision making in the areas of business, management, and policy. Topics such as classical trade theory, barriers to trade, regulatory policies, gross domestic product, and international banking are explored.

  • ACT500: Managerial Accounting

    Understand and apply accounting information for effective financial decision making in the strategic planning process.

  • FIN500: Principles of Finance

    Understand the principles and theories of finance to analyze statements and fiscal information for effective decision-making in today’s competitive environment.

  • MGT545: Strategic Planning and Innovation

    This course is an exploration of the essentials of business, marketing, and innovation in relation to organizational strategic choice. The course focuses on setting strategy, developing market opportunity analysis, and goals for an organization with consideration of internal and external resources, market opportunities, and return on investment. Topics include strategy, market opportunity analysis, market research, the use of new technologies, and tactics for achieving competitive advantage.

  • MGT550: Organizational Behavior

    The course emphasizes human behavior theories and organization development theories, including concepts and processes related to management of self, teams, and the organization. Topics include personality, emotions, ethics, learning, motivation, conflict, negotiation, leadership, and followership. These topics are supported through expectations of scholarly writing requirements including library resources and APA Guidelines.

  • MGT576: Qualitative and Quantitative Analyses and Decision Making

    This course examines systematic critical thinking through related topics of qualitative analyses, quantitative analyses, and decision making. Students apply quantitative and qualitative research methods focused on strategic decision models with potential topics including ethics, innovation, change management, organization behavior, e-business and technology, collaboration, diversity, or operations management. Students may also select a specific topic based on their own area of interest related to the field of management.

  • MGT579: Capstone — Management

    This course provides students with the opportunity to integrate and synthesize their learning from core management courses. Students will analyze selected case studies to demonstrate skills needed to be an effective decision maker and make recommendations for sustainable success in today's global workplace. Through the course activities, students will also demonstrate their knowledge and skills in how to lead organizations through complex changes in a global society. Prerequisite: All core and specialization courses

  • MGT595: Management Internship

    This course is designed for students as an opportunity to demonstrate program outcomes learned in the Master of Science in Management under the supervision of both faculty and organizational personnel. Assignments are designed to combine theory and professional practice and include weekly journals, a mid-term conference with the instructor, faculty internship coordinator, and on-site supervisor, as well as a final report reviewing the internship experience.

Courses - Research Track

  • RES500: Fundamentals of Quantitative Analysis

    This course is only required for students who are accepted into this program with an undergraduate GPA below 3.00.

    This course explores four major components of research for graduate programs: academic writing, business research and descriptive statistics, fundamentals of accounting analysis, and fundamentals of financial analysis. The course is not intended to provide an in-depth study of these components but provides basic knowledge to support intensive learning that will occur in the core courses of their programs.

  • MGT500: Organizational Behavior

    The course emphasizes human behavior theories and organization development theories, including concepts and processes related to management of self, teams, and the organization. Topics include personality, emotions, ethics, learning, motivation, conflict, negotiation, leadership, and followership. These topics are supported through expectations of scholarly writing requirements including library resources and APA Guidelines.

  • ECN500: Global Economics

    This course applies and examines classical economic knowledge of international trade and finance to inform decision making in the areas of business, management, and policy. Topics such as classical trade theory, barriers to trade, regulatory policies, gross domestic product, and international banking are explored.

  • ACT500: Managerial Accounting

    Understand and apply accounting information for effective financial decision making in the strategic planning process.

  • FIN500: Principles of Finance

    Understand the principles and theories of finance to analyze statements and fiscal information for effective decision-making in today’s competitive environment.

  • MGT545: Strategic Planning and Innovation

    This course is an exploration of the essentials of business, marketing, and innovation in relation to organizational strategic choice. The course focuses on setting strategy, developing market opportunity analysis, and goals for an organization with consideration of internal and external resources, market opportunities, and return on investment. Topics include strategy, market opportunity analysis, market research, the use of new technologies, and tactics for achieving competitive advantage.

  • MGT550: Organizational Behavior

    The course emphasizes human behavior theories and organization development theories, including concepts and processes related to management of self, teams, and the organization. Topics include personality, emotions, ethics, learning, motivation, conflict, negotiation, leadership, and followership. These topics are supported through expectations of scholarly writing requirements including library resources and APA Guidelines.

  • MGT575: Critical Evaluation of Research and Theory

    This course emphasizes the critical evaluation of research and theory in an applied business setting. This course focuses on the comprehension and evaluation of research related to leading and managing business organizations from both the consumer and creator perspectives. Topics include the research process, theoretical frameworks, qualitative and quantitative approaches, and applied research design within an organizational context.

  • MGT581: Management: Strategy and Execution

    This capstone course brings together the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in the global market place. The focus of the course is on defining and researching a practical business problem or entrepreneurial opportunity. The research project provides the opportunity to utilize strategy, research skills, analytical tools and models, as well as decision sciences culminating in a business project of strategic benefit to the student and/or a current organization. Prerequisite: All core and specialization courses

  • MGT595: Management Internship

    This course is designed for students as an opportunity to demonstrate program outcomes learned in the Master of Science in Management under the supervision of both faculty and organizational personnel. Assignments are designed to combine theory and professional practice and include weekly journals, a mid-term conference with the instructor, faculty internship coordinator, and on-site supervisor, as well as a final report reviewing the internship experience.

M.S. in Management and M.S. in Organizational Leadership Dual Degree

If you're enrolled in either the M.S. in Management or the M.S. in Organizational Leadership program you may be eligible to participate in the dual degree program. Upon completion of an additional 18 credit hours (54 credit hours total), you may be eligible to receive both the M.S. in Management and the M.S. in Organizational Leadership degree. In order to be eligible you must enroll in the Dual Degree Program prior to conferral of their first degree.

For students who initially enrolled in the M.S. in Management program, the following additional 3-credit courses are required for a dual degree:

Practitioner Track:

  • ORG555: Leading Diverse Teams

    In this course, students gain a comprehensive understanding of diversity as it applies to strategic planning, cultural change, and team dynamics. Students learn to identify the realities of developing and implementing diversity initiatives for the organization and the workforce, as well as explore emerging issues in diversity management.

  • ORG525: Decision Theory in a Global Marketplace

    This course analyzes the roles of leaders and managers in organizational decision making, at both the individual and organizational levels. In the contact of organizational theories of behavior and leadership, students consider how decision and choice theory are applied in organizational settings. Practical problem solving and conflict management skills are practiced through the application of decision-making tools and leadership approaches for leading change in professional settings.

  • ORG536: Contemporary Business Writing and Communication

    This course is designed to provide practicing professionals with the skills to develop internal and external communication strategies. Students learn how to identify audiences and target messages and to select styles, technologies, and formats of written, visual, and oral communication best suited to accomplishing organizational objectives.

  • ORG561: Examination of Modern Leadership

    In this course, students learn the skills and insights to be effective leaders and contributors in the creation and evolution of successful organizations. Students examine relevant readings, case studies, and research to analyze today’s successful companies. Additionally, students determine key factors involved in sustaining organizations.

  • ORG576: Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods

    In this course, students learn to apply scholarly research, methods, and theory related to organizational leadership. Students gain a comprehensive knowledge of scholarly research through developing a research topic, problem and purpose statements, and an extensive review of current lit- erature. Students choosing this path may wish to continue towards a terminal degree or a post graduate program. Students electing this path should contact an advisor early in the program.

  • ORG579: Capstone — Organizational Leadership

    In this course, students will integrate and synthesize their learning from the core courses in the organizational leader- ship program. Students will analyze selected case studies to demonstrate skills needed to be an effective organizational leader in today's global workplace. Through the course activities, students will also demonstrate their knowledge and skills in how to lead organizations through complex changes in a global society. Prerequisite: All Core and Specialization courses

Research Track:

  • ORG555: Leading Diverse Teams

    In this course, students gain a comprehensive understanding of diversity as it applies to strategic planning, cultural change, and team dynamics. Students learn to identify the realities of developing and implementing diversity initiatives for the organization and the workforce, as well as explore emerging issues in diversity management.

  • ORG525: Decision Theory in a Global Marketplace

    This course analyzes the roles of leaders and managers in organizational decision making, at both the individual and organizational levels. In the contact of organizational theories of behavior and leadership, students consider how decision and choice theory are applied in organizational settings. Practical problem solving and conflict management skills are practiced through the application of decision-making tools and leadership approaches for leading change in professional settings.

  • ORG536: Contemporary Business Writing and Communication

    This course is designed to provide practicing professionals with the skills to develop internal and external communication strategies. Students learn how to identify audiences and target messages and to select styles, technologies, and formats of written, visual, and oral communication best suited to accomplishing organizational objectives.

  • ORG561: Examination of Modern Leadership

    In this course, students learn the skills and insights to be effective leaders and contributors in the creation and evolution of successful organizations. Students examine relevant readings, case studies, and research to analyze today’s successful companies. Additionally, students determine key factors involved in sustaining organizations.

  • ORG575: Critical Evaluation of Research and Theory

    In this course, students learn to evaluate research and theory in an applied business setting. Students gain a comprehensive knowledge of research related to the leading and managing of business organizations from both a consumer and a creator perspective. Topics include the research process, theoretical frameworks, qualitative and quantitative approaches, and applied research design within an organizational context.

  • ORG581: Organizational Leadership: Strategy and Execution

    In this course, students learn to define and research a practical business problem or entrepreneurial opportunity. The research project provides the opportunity for students to utilize strategy, research skills, and analytical tools and models. Through the use of decision making, students create a culminating business project. Credit will not be granted for both ORG580 and ORG581. Prerequisite: All core and specialization courses

Specializations

We will help you customize your online degree in management by adding a specialization. Similar to a degree concentration, each specialization consists of four courses in your chosen area of interest.

Explore Your Specialization Options for Your Master's in Management online degree below:

  • Business Intelligence

    This program focused on utilizing data and interpreting trends in information to accomplish company objectives and goals.

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  • Criminal Justice Leadership

    The criminal justice field includes careers in security, courts, corrections, and forensics, as well as local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. The graduate level Criminal Justice Leadership program provides advanced management skills to further your professional development.

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  • Finance

    In this program, students are prepared for careers as financial managers and leaders in the corporate world. Advanced financial areas of study include economics, decision making, risk and return, global market analysis, strategic planning, reporting, and more.With a master’s degree from CSU-Global featuring a specialization in finance, students are prepared for careers as financial managers and leaders in the corporate world. Advanced financial areas of study include economics, decision making, risk and return, global market analysis, strategic planning, reporting, and more.

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  • Fraud Management

    The Fraud Management program is ideal for financial specialists focused on the prevention of deceitful practices and activity through the effective management and protection of sensitive information.

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  • Healthcare Administration

    Professionals interested in the management of healthcare facilities and departments should consider CSU-Global's online Healthcare Administration program in order to acquire knowledge and best practices for effective supervision and decision making in the healthcare field.

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  • Human Resource Management

    Students interested in furthering their careers in the field of human resources should consider this program, which provides organizational management skills with an emphasis on personnel, staff training and development, policy and procedures, and more. This program is designed as an HRCI certification prep course.

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  • Human Resource Performance

    Students who aim to improve an organization’s effectiveness through human resources should consider the Human Resource Performance program. Emphasis is on the successful management of organized labor employees in dynamic environments.

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  • Information Technology

    Managers, directors, and senior executives in information technology can gain vital knowledge to increase an organization’s efficiency and effectiveness in the marketplace through the advanced IT strategies and implementation training provided by this program.

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  • International Management

    In today’s global marketplace, effective leadership in any industry requires special skills. Students interested in pursuing a career with multi-national strategic vision benefit from the skills and application of knowledge obtained in the International Management program.

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  • Online Learning Innovation and Design

    Students of the Online Learning program gain the knowledge and skills necessary to create a powerful and engaging learning experience. Areas of study include the practical application of innovative and original instructional delivery, virtual learning environments, and evaluation of learning outcome achievement.

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  • Organizational Leadership and Change Management

    Managers, at any level or tenure, must be able to adapt to the ever-changing landscape of business. Students in this program gain the tools for career advancement by learning to thrive through market innovations and handle rapid organizational growth and change.

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  • Organizational Learning and Performance

    Organizational Learning and PerformanceLearn to apply essential learning strategies and instructional design techniques in order to increase performance and accomplish organizational goals. Key topics include performance and delivery systems, assessment and evaluation, the use of learning technologies, and strategic planning and leadership.

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  • Project Management

    This graduate level program in project management offers extensive leadership and skill development regarding improved organizational efficiency and performance. These courses include topic areas, practical skills, and knowledge aligned to professional certifications associated with the Project Management Institute (PMI) including the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® and the Project Management Professional (PMP)®.

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  • Strategic Innovation and Change Management

    This program focuses on enhancing one’s ability to efficiently manage though the strategic implementation of change and evolution within a business or organization. Managers who effectively adapt to meet the needs of their environment are more likely to succeed.

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Cost and Schedule

Cost

Earning your master’s degree shows you have excellent critical thinking and decision making skills; earning it at CSU-Global means you are already pretty good at it. Our promise to you is an affordable education with low tuition rates guaranteed not to increase for as long as you are enrolled, with no student fees or out-of-state tuition upcharges. 

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Schedule

Fitting in schoolwork around your family obligations, your career, and the rest of your life shouldn't be hard to manage. Our year-round, 100% online classes give you the flexibility to learn and study when it’s most convenient for you.

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