The online Master in Management curriculum

The online Master in Management curriculum builds the mindset and strategies that define positive people management through intentional, focused practice. Upon completing this program, our students will possess a holistic set of skills oriented toward data-driven, ethical and context-based decision-making.

Curriculum requirements

The MiM degree requires all students to complete a minimum of 30 credit hours.

    Program Requirements

    • Core courses (21 credit hours)
    • Electives (9 credit hours)
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    The MiM program coursework is providing the necessary tools and skills needed to achieve my goals as a future leader in an organization and the community.
    Karina V., MiM, May ‘22

    The online master’s in management core curriculum will prepare students for career advancement with:

    • A broad understanding and practical application of leadership styles
    • Methods for effectively leading a diverse team of individuals
    • State-of-the-art practices in talent acquisition, organizational development, talent management, strategic workforce planning and employee engagement
    • A comprehensive understanding of ethical frameworks, corporate responsibility, decision-making and how to address unethical behavior in the workplace
    • Methods for becoming an effective negotiator and performing cost benefit analyses of negotiations
    • An advanced capacity for leadership through heightened self-awareness achieved by examination, reflection, coaching and feedback
    • Skills in communication and conflict-handling in order to identify current strengths and opportunities for future growth

    The master’s in management elective curriculum will give you the option to learn how to:

    • Understand and improve team dynamics and collaboration
    • Manage employees and organizations in crisis situations or times of change
    • Assess the roles of multinational corporations in the global economy and their ability to address social challenges
    • A holistic view of project management with tactics for planning, budgeting, setting timelines, risk management and more
    • Investigate foreign business policies and events and understand their effect on a global market
    • Study and understand economic factors, identify market opportunities and interpret consumer behavior to make marketing decisions
    • Apply management and development principles to sports organizations and examine the NCAA

    Required core courses (21 credit hours)

    HURE 6105 People Analytics (3 credit hours)

    Recognizes the need for managers and other leaders in organization to understand and demonstrate the impact of human capital and organizational development interventions on business outcomes. Focuses on developing the skill set and mindset needed to collect and transform data into insights that inform decisions about the people-related activities of the firm. Emphasis is placed on collecting human capital/organizational development metrics, conducting the analytics needed to inform decisions regarding HR/OD activities, and the effective reporting and presentation to organizational stakeholders. Topics include operational, financial and strategic human capital metrics as well as the data analytic concepts and tools used to classify, describe, evaluate and predict. Prerequisite: Admitted to graduate ACCO, BUAD, ECON, HCTM or MGMT; or consent of MBA program director.

    HURE 6210 Organizational Development (3 credit hours)

    Provides an in-depth study of evidence-based organizational development (OD) processes and interventions aimed at improving organizational performance. Emphasizes planning and implementation team, inter-team and organization-wide interventions. Values, ethics and the role of the OD professional/change agent are described. Prerequisite: Admitted to graduate MGMT program or consent of MGMT program director.

    HURE 6535 Diversity and Inclusion in Global Organizations (3 credit hours)

    Focuses on the complex dynamics of diversity in organizations as seen from the vantage point of social science and organizational studies. Examines demographic trends in the workforce, differentiates cultural practices and value among diverse groups and discusses strategies for dealing with discrimination and stereotyping. The focal themes include the nature or character of diversity, organizational practices and theoretical implications. Individual, interpersonal and organizational factors influencing diversity are examined using both a conceptual and an experiential approach. Prerequisite: Admitted to graduate ACCO, BUAD, ECON, HCTM or MGMT; or cons. of MBA program director.

    HURE 6590 Human Capital Strategy (3 credit hours)

    Investigates principles of human resource strategy and the link to business strategy. Concepts emphasized include resource-based theory of the firm, sustained competitive advantage, as well as fit and flexibility in the design of human resource systems. Studies approaches to evaluating and assessing the contribution and effectiveness of human resource systems. Prerequisite: Admitted to graduate MGMT program; or consent of MGMT program director.

    MBA 6120 Concepts for Ethical Business Practice (1.5 credit hours)

    Explores the application of theories of ethics to the moral dimensions of business endeavors and their effects on individuals, organizations, society and the environment. Topics may include: issues of responsibility, discrimination and affirmative action in the workplace, whistle blowing, economic justice, environmental impact and the effects of the global economy. Seeks to integrate basic theory of business ethics via applied projects or cases. The applied projects and cases also require integration and application of concepts in functional areas of business: accounting, economics, finance, information technology, marketing, and operations and supply chain. Prerequisite: Admitted to graduate MGMT program; or cons. of MGMT prog. dir.

    MBA 6140 Leading People and Change (1.5 credit hour)

    Introduces concepts for understanding and managing human behavior in organizations. Topics include: individual differences, motivation, group/teamwork, national and organizational culture, as well as organizational change. Emphasis is on applying these concepts to real-world organizational challenges through leadership and human resource management skills. Students leave with a set of tools for enhancing key performance indicators and success in their own organizations. Prerequisite: Admitted to graduate ACCO, BUAD, ECON, HCTM or MGMT; or consent of MBA program director.

    MBA 6160 Leadership Coaching and Development (1.5 credit hours)

    Helps identify and understand one’s leadership style and the styles of others throughout their career. Assess personal leadership characteristics such as personality traits, values, competencies, and communication and conflict handling styles in order to identify current strengths and opportunities for future growth. The objective is to advance leadership capacity through heightened self-awareness achieved by examination, reflection and feedback. Exposure to both values-based leadership theories and applied ethical frameworks provide a foundation for developing a personal leadership development plan. Prerequisite: Admitted to graduate ACCO, BUAD, CCOM, ECON, LEDR, MGMT or SPLE; or consent of MBA program director.

    MANA 6125 Negotiations (3 credit hours)

    Provides a comprehensive investigation of the process and dynamics surrounding a diverse variety of negotiations and conflict resolution efforts. Both academic models of negotiations and actual events, historical and contemporary, are examined in detail. Strategies and tactics for achieving objectives, limiting losses and maintaining positive relations are emphasized in light of radically changing social and business climates. Methods for becoming an effective negotiator are presented through both analytical frameworks and experiential opportunities. Cost benefit assessment of negotiations are developed in the actual costing of an agreement and the impact of failing to achieve an agreement and having to resort to alternative options. Prerequisite: Admitted to the graduate ACCO, BUAD, CCOM, ECON, HCTM, LEDR, MGMT, NURS or SPLE program; or consent of MBA program director.

    MANA 6997 Management Capstone (1.5 credit hours)

    Brings together all of the major concepts covered in the MGMT program to create a culminating experience that provides students the opportunity to put their learning into action. Students work with an organization to help diagnose and address a real-life problem. The problems are focused in areas related to human capital management and organizational development practices. Prerequisite: Admitted to graduate MGMT program.

    Electives (9 credit hours)

    Online Master in Management students will have the opportunity to take 9 credit hours of elective courses. These courses cover deep dives into techniques for and approaches to effective people management and industry-specific areas of leadership skill specialization.

    Elective courses may not be offered every term. Check back soon for a list of available electives.

    BUAD 6000 Accounting and Finance for the Non-Financial Manager (3 credit hours)

    Covers the understanding, analysis and use of relevant financial information for management decision-making. Specific topics include: understanding of financial concepts, statements and information, cost drivers, pricing, profitability, creating value, time value of money, capital budgeting, developing awareness of ethical issues in accounting and financial reporting, evaluating relevant financial information optimizing decision-making, and effectively communicating financial information and decisions. Prerequisite: Admitted to graduate CCOM, MGMT or SPLE program; or consent of MBA program director.

    BUAD 6005 Economic Foundations for Marketing Decisions (3 credit hours)

    Designed for non-MBA students to explore the micro and macroeconomic theories and models that give managers insights and tools to make better marketing decisions. Addresses the cross section of the rational, efficient, upward and downward sloping world of economics and the gritty and often less-than-rational marketing reality of markets and consumers. Provides firm grounding in basic marketing concepts and practices and a quantitative economic framework from which to better understand them. Examines how market imperfections can lead to unethical and long-term, non-profit maximizing marketing decisions. Prerequisite: Admitted to graduate CCOM or MGMT program; or consent of MBA program director.

    HURE 5931 Topics in Human Resources (1-3 credit hours)

    Topics vary. Prerequisites vary depending on topic. Prerequisite: Admitted to BUAD, ECON, or NURS program; or consent of MGMT program director.

    HURE 6170 Managing Human Capital (3 credit hours)

    Focuses on leading the design and implementation of business-aligned human capital solutions that ethically and responsibly leverage talent to achieve organizational success. Students are introduced to the latest practices aimed at acquiring, developing and managing talent for high-impact individual and organizational performance and have the opportunity to apply these practices to current industry and organizational challenges. Prerequisite: Admitted to the graduate ACCO, ACAN, BUAD, ECON, MGMT or NURS program; and consent of MBA or MGMT program director.

    HURE 6931 Topics in Human Resource Management (1-3 credit hours)

    Elective course. Topics will vary. Prerequisites may vary from course to course. Prerequisite: Admitted to graduate MGMT program; or consent of MGMT program director.

    INBU 5951/6951 International Study (3 credit hours)

    This course has a short international faculty led trip along with coursework prior to departure and post trip. The trip portion is typically 10-12 days in country with learning visits to corporations, government agencies and culturally significant locations in the region visited. There is an additional travel fee for this course. Admitted to and in good standing in graduate ACCO, BUAD, ECON, HCTM, MGMT program; or consent of M.B.A. program director.

    INBU 6931 Topics in International Business-International (3 credit hours)

    Topics in International Business taught in an international setting by Marquette professors. Students earn Marquette credit. Study Abroad fees apply. Prerequisite: Consent of the Office of International Education.

    INSY 6153 Project Management (3 credit hours)

    Provides a holistic view of project management. Focuses on impact of effective project management on myriad aspects of the organization and includes the following topics: alignment of projects with organizational strategy; project elements, organization and structure; estimating project times and costs; developing a project plan; risk management; resource and project scheduling and management; being an effective project manager; managing project teams; managing inter-organizational relationships; progress and performance measurement and evaluation; managing international projects and project teams; vendor management; management of cross-functional project teams. Supplemental activities include hands-on project management, as well as speakers from the Project Management Institute, industry and project management software (e.g., MS Project, SIM software). Prereq: Prerequisite: Admitted to graduate ACCO, ACAN, ECON, HCTM or MGMT program; or BUAD and MBA 6070; or consent of MBA program director.

    LEDR 6115 Character-Driven Leadership (3 credit hours)

    Emphasizes developing competencies for ethical, values-driven leadership. Presents models of leadership that build ethical cultures and character-driven organizations. Focuses on values-based decision-making and delivering related organizational performance. Also addresses diversity of thought and the global/international context of leadership. Learning outcomes include: 1) Ability to apply ethically based tools and models to leadership challenges, decision-making and culture-building; 2) A deepened self-awareness of how one’s personal values fit within a character-based leadership approach; and 3) Ability to identify and apply key concepts related to thought diversity and global business practice as part of an ethically based leadership model. Prerequisite: Admitted to graduate ACCO, BUAD, CCOM, HURE, LEDR, MGMT, PUBS; or consent of MBA program director.

    LEDR 6931 Topics in Leadership Studies (1-3 credit hours)

    Examination of topics related to contemporary issues in leadership studies. Prerequisite: Admitted to the graduate BUAD, CCOM or MGMT program; or consent of MBA program director.

    MANA 5931/6931 Topics in Management (1-3 credit hours)

    Topics vary. Prereq: Admitted to graduate BUAD, ECON, HCTM, HURE, LEDR or NURS program or consent of program director. Prerequisites vary depending on topic.

    MANA 6110 Managing Behavior in Organizations (3 credit hours)

    Designed to: 1) examine and evaluate existing leadership theories, 2) survey topical issues and new developments in the leadership area, and 3) develop students' leadership skills and abilities. Motivation and leadership concepts are used to analyze, diagnose, and make decisions about various organizational situations. Primary focus on case analysis. Lectures and discussions are also used to provide perspective on assigned reading. Prerequisite: Admitted to the graduate ACCO, BUAD, ECON, MGMT or NURS program; or consent of MBA program director.

    MANA 6114 Teambuilding Skills (1.5 credit hours)

    Provides the opportunity to practice and improve team-related skills. Focuses on learning and developing skills and behaviors involving understanding team dynamics, problem solving in teams, group communication, developing high-performing teams and understanding the challenges/opportunities of working in virtual teams. Exercises and group activities emphasize the differences between individual and group goals and provide students with the opportunity to practice team-based skills. Written work is intended to reinforce concepts and assist students in the transfer of learning into both academic and workplace environments. Prerequisite: Admitted to graduate BUAD and MGMT program; or consent of MBA program director.

    MBA 6070 Business Essentials - Information Systems (1.5 credit hours)

    Provides a broad overview of information systems and applications used in organizations. Topics include data analytics, data visualization and an exposure to database systems. Lectures are supplemented with online team activities, utilizing software labs with an introduction to Python, SQL, Excel and Tableau.

    MBA 6150 Leading Innovation and Creativity (1.5 credit hours)

    Introduces practices and experiences necessary for delivering on two aspects of innovation and leadership. 1) Delivers on frameworks, such as design thinking and tools, that are useful for stimulating innovation and creative problem solving through critical analysis of the problem domain, imagination, and inventive thought and action. Provides the means to become more aware of how creativity and innovation affect their own organizational work and role. Addresses the innovation processes that transform ideas into practical and sustaining goods and services. 2) Develops practical experiences in innovation leadership that are necessary to create an organizational environment that develops a culture of innovation across all functional areas. Among other skills, students learn how to inspire innovative thinking among peers/employees, how to manage innovation-driven organizational change, and how to perpetuate processes that lead to continuous improvement and innovation across all departments. Looks at the differences between creativity, innovation and invention and how to move from one to the next. Prerequisite: Admitted to graduate ACCO, BUAD, CCOM, ECON, or MGMT; or consent of MBA program director.

    SPLE 6400 Sport Management (3 credit hours)

    An overview range of topics related to the business of sport are explored such as: organizational structure, operational finances, facility management, security, use of data analytics, entrepreneurship and others. Incorporates case studies, current sport management literature and an experiential component. Prerequisite: Admitted to the graduate ACCO, BUAD, CCOM, ECON, MGMT or SPLE program; or consent of MBA program director.

    SPLE 6700 NCAA: Exploring Current Issues (3 credit hours)

    Team-learning approach dependent upon each student contributing to the overall examination of the NCAA and the issues it faces. Students conduct individualized study and research based on directed assignments and present their work. Examines the NCAA’s history, structure, criticisms, accomplishments and challenges within the context of current issues. Prerequisite: Admitted to graduate ACCO, BUAD, CCOM, ECON, MGMT or SPLE program; or consent of MBA program director.

    Become a thoughtful, innovative leader with the online master’s in management

    This versatile degree can help you achieve your career goals no matter your industry or the size of the organization you work at. Learn modern leadership and operational skills from an institution that believes in the pursuit of excellence for human well-being and holistic growth. Develop a principled suite of business tools and knowledge that will prove critical in the new era of work and make you indispensable to your team.

    Priority application deadline
    July 15
    Fall 2024 term
    Application deadline
    August 12
    Fall 2024 term
    Next start
    August 26
    Fall 2024 term
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