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Whether you’re just starting your career in management, or you've already been leading a team for years, this specialization will give you the practical tools you need to take your management style to a higher level.

An effective manager needs to understand many different aspects of business, and bring that knowledge together with practical skills to lead the organization or a team and produce results. This program will give you a broad understanding of the many factors that effect your organization, and help you bring it all together with real-world tools you can use on the job.

Gain a competitive advantage with a specialization or certificate in applied business management. You’ll learn accounting, finance, change management, and strategic planning skills, along with the latest theories and techniques for bringing these skills together into an effective management style.



This program consists of four graduate online applied business management courses for a total of 12 credit hours.

  • HRM515 Legal and Human Resource Dimensions of Business Management
    This course emphasizes the legal, human resource, and regulatory controls that define, promote and limit business practices. The legal ramifications are presented as a mechanism managers can use to resolve conflict, infer guidelines for conduct, and create bases for expectations. Fundamental interactions of law, ethics, and corporate social responsibility are emphasized. Topic areas include the business legal system, ethics, employer-employee relationship, contracts, small business ownership, and the legal environment of international business.
  • 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.
  • MGT510 Strategy Planning
    This course examines and applies the concepts and theories of strategic planning in present-day organizations. Topics include strategy development and implementation based on internal and external analysis of the organization. The course includes the perspective of both the domestic and global economy. Special attention is given to innovation, technology, and entrepreneurial perspectives. Students cannot receive credit for MGT510 and MGT545.
  • MGT535 Managerial Communication in the Global Marketplace
    This course is designed for the practicing professional, and focuses on internal and external communications practices and strategies within and beyond organizational settings. Students consider communication styles, interpersonal communication skills, business and professional writing, presentation, and communication in various formats, including electronic communication. Students cannot receive credit for both MGT535 and ORG536.


A specialization in Applied Business Management pairs well with the following:

Why You Should Consider a Graduate Specialization

Customize your master’s degree with a specialization that fits your professional aspirations and personal ambitions. Just add four additional, upper-division courses to your degree program, and gain skills in a related subject that complements your degree. Much like a minor, or degree concentration, a graduate specialization allows you the opportunity to examine an additional area of interest. Add a specialization to your master’s degree to showcase career-specific skills that meet your professional goals.

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