The Masters of Arts in Management seeks to prepare students to become authentic, transformational leaders capable of managing organizational change. Through this online master’s program, you will examine the theories, concepts, and practices necessary to become an effective visionary capable of developing and leading strategic workplace initiatives. Successful completion of this degree prepares you for the demands and responsibilities of mid- to senior-level managerial positions in corporate, nonprofit, government, or military sectors.

This program’s curriculum is in alignment with Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) standards. This program has been designed in consultation with industry business leaders and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Degree Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning outcomes objectives, this degree also seeks the following specific learning outcomes of its graduates. Graduates in this degree program will be able to:

  • Conduct business problem focused management research, including collection and analysis of data, and communication of findings by using qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  • Develop a strategic business plan applying the theories and practices of management and planning for a particular organizational setting.
  • Develop an analytical framework using a variety of approaches to apply leadership and management theory and practice to address the challenges of global organizations in this century.
  • Examine complex organizations from a level of analysis perspective, including the individual, interpersonal, group, and organizational level perspectives.
  • Evaluate management issues in the context of ethical, technological, structural, cultural, human and environmental factors.

Degree at a Glance

Core Requirements21
Select one of the following concentrations:12
Elective Requirements0
Final Program Requirements3
Total Semester Hours36
 

Degree Program Requirements

Core Requirements (21 semester hours)

MGMT601Organizational Behavior 13
HRMT600Human Resource Management3
MGMT600Organizational Management3
MGMT610Cross-Cultural Management3
MGMT617Leading Teams3
MGMT618Ethics in Leadership3
MGMT615Strategic Planning3
Total Semester Hours21
1

Required as the first course in this program.

Students must choose a concentration for this degree program and may select from the General Concentration, Entrepreneurship, Human Resource Management, Organizational Leadership, Public Administration, or Strategic Consulting Concentrations. Students who choose the Master’s program - Practicum Version Option may also select from a Concentration in Strategic Consulting.

General Concentration (12 semester hours)

This general concentration allows you to select from other concentration courses offered in this program.

Objectives

Upon completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

  • Develop a strategic business plan applying the theories and practices of management and planning for a particular organizational setting.
  • Examine complex organizations from a level of analysis perspective, including the individual, interpersonal, group, and organizational level perspectives.
  • Evaluate management issues in the context of ethical, technological, structural, cultural, human and environmental factors.

Concentration Requirements (12 semester hours)

Select 4 courses from the following:12
Helping Relationships
Social and Cultural Diversity Counseling (Prerequisite: EDUC515 – Helping Relationships)
Technology Applications in Health Information Management
Healthcare Vocabulary and Clinical Terminologies
Clinical Workflow and Process Redesign
Corporate Compliance in the Healthcare Industry
Management Information Systems
Information Security Management
Information Technology Project Management
IT Project Management: Integration, Scope and Time
IT Project Management: Cost and Communications
IT Project Management: HR and Procurement
Organizational Development
Organizational Crisis Management
Leadership
Independent Study: Management Department
Marketing Management
Assets Protection & Loss Prevention Management
Security Program Administration
History, Culture, and Social Contexts of Sport
Coaching Leadership
Techniques in Coaching Strategy
The Sports Industry
Sports Marketing, Promotion, and Public Relations
Sports Event Management
Sports Entrepreneurship
Coaching Theory, Methods, and Issues
Sales and Promotions in Sport
Total Semester Hours12

Concentration in Entrepreneurship (12 semester hours)

Focuses on key concepts and principles of being a successful entrepreneur/intrapreneur or small business owner. You will examine leadership practices, feasibility of ideas, funding, and customer service specific to a small business.

Objectives

Upon completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

  • Develop an idea for a new business venture.

  • Use various methods to critically evaluate specific operational functions.

  • Determine your target market and market segmentation.

  • Create a marketing plan for your venture.

Concentration Requirements (12 semester hours)

Select 4 courses from the following:12
Ideation
Legal Practices for Small Business
Legal Practices for Entrepreneurs
Small Business Operations
International Entrepreneurship
Venture Capital
Small Business Funding
Entrepreneurial Marketing
Total Semester Hours12

Concentration in Human Resource Management (12 semester hours)

Compares various managerial approaches to employment law. Discusses rewards systems, measurement of employee performance, and other compensation packages. Probes policies and procedures involving legislative, regulatory, and organizational issues affecting human resource management in a global workforce. Topics include workplace safety and the recruitment, development, and training of human capital.

Objectives

Upon completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast various managerial approaches to employment law.
  • Evaluate the strategic factors influencing the various levels of rewards systems in the marketplace.
  • Assess methods used to measure performance and determine pay level and associated compensation packages.
  • Analyze the role and function of the Senior Human Resource Professional in the development and implementation of policies and procedures encompassing legislative, regulatory, and organizational issues affecting the management of human resources in today’s global workforce.

Concentration Requirements (12 semester hours)

HRMT602Employment Law and Labor Relations3
HRMT603Human Resource Policy3
HRMT605Strategic Human Resource Management Practices3
MGMT603Organizational Development3
Total Semester Hours12

Concentration in Organizational Leadership (12 semester hours)

Examines various leadership theories and models used by contemporary leaders in management. Looks at the effective leader’s role in the workplace as it relates to decision making, conflict resolution, motivation, and risk taking. Addresses contemporary leadership theories and models to develop and nurture followership, workplace diversity, ethics, motivation, and knowledge management.

Objectives

Upon completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

  • Evaluate various leadership theories and models used by contemporary leaders in the field of management to develop and nurture followership.
  • Assess leadership approaches to diversity in the workplace, ethics, motivation, and knowledge management.
  • Examine the roles and functions of an effective leader in today’s workplace as it relates to the areas of decision making, conflict resolution, motivation, and risk taking.

Concentration Requirements (12 semester hours) 

MGMT603Organizational Development3
MGMT605Leadership3
MGMT604Organizational Crisis Management3
HRMT605Strategic Human Resource Management Practices3
Total Semester Hours12

Concentration in Public Administration (12 semester hours)

Addresses the management of public organizations and interpersonal relationships at the federal, state, and local levels. Various positions and issues involving politics, policy, economics, administration, and management in the public sector are covered. Topics include human resource strategy and the role of federal, state, and local public health agencies.

Objectives

Upon completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

  • Apply theories and approaches to managing public organizations and administering federal, state, and local levels and evaluate the interpersonal relationships among these levels of government.
  • Evaluate positions and issues that intersect the dynamics of politics, policy, economics, administration and management in the public sector.
  • Analyze public policy initiatives from political and administrative aspects as to their intentions, achievable aims and outcomes.

Concentration Requirements (12 semester hours)

PADM510Administrative Theory3
PADM520Public Administration in Society3
PADM530Public Policy3
Select 1 course from the following:3
Environmental Policy, Regulation, and Law
Human Resource Policy
Leadership
Law and Public Policy
Public Health in America
Total Semester Hours12

Concentration in Strategic Consulting (12 semester hours)

This concentration focuses on developing a business plan for a strategic consulting practice, assessing organization and business consulting models, and presenting recommendations on improving an organization’s practices and processes. Topics include interpersonal relations, group behavior, and managing individuals and groups in a virtual environment.

Objectives

Upon completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

  • Implement a change management program in an organization.
  • Assess the systems and processes in an organization when addressing strategic, organizational and managerial challenges.
  • Present senior management with recommendations on how to improve an organization’s practices and processes.
  • Lead a project on innovation.

Concentration Requirements (12 semester hours)

MGMT603Organizational Development3
BUSN630Virtual Organizations3
HRMT605Strategic Human Resource Management Practices3
ITMG624Information Technology Project Management3
Total Semester Hours12

Elective Requirements (0 semester hours)

There are no elective requirements for this program.

Final Program Requirements (3 semester hours)

MGMT696Capstone: Portfolio 13
Total Semester Hours3
1

Taken once all other requirements have been met.