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.

Core courses

HURE 6105 Human Resources/Organizational Development 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.

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.

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.

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. Prereq: Completion of both MBA 6140 and MBA 6160.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Elective courses

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. Prereq: Admitted to graduate CCOM, HURE, LEDR or MGMT program or consent of 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. Prereq: Admitted to graduate CCOM, HURE, LEDR or MGMT program or consent of 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 cons. of M.B.A. prog. Dir.

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: Admitted to graduate ACCO, ACAN, BUAD, COSC, ECON, HCTM, HURE, MSSC or NURS program and completion of MBA 6030; or consent of 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. Prereq: Admitted to graduate BUAD, CCOM, HURE, LEDR, MGMT or PUBS program and completion of MBA 6140 or MBA 6160; or consent of program director.

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

Examination of topics related to contemporary issues in leadership studies. Prereq: Admitted to graduate BUAD, CCOM, HURE, LEDR, MGMT or PUBS program or consent of program director. Prerequisites vary depending on topic.

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. Prereq: Admitted to graduate ACCO, BUAD, ECON, HCTM, HURE, MGMT or NURS program and completion of MBA 6140 or MBA 6160, or consent of 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. Prereq: Admitted to graduate BUAD or MGMT program or consent of program director.

MANA 6120 Managing in Turbulent Times (3 credit hours)

Discusses significant issues that all managers and leaders face in regards to the people they lead and report to in challenging times. Some specific topics include issues for new managers (motivation, conflict, difficult conversations and transitioning from peer to leader), issues for all leaders (How do/will you lead?, leading change) and career issues (developing upward influence, the need for different skills as you advance). Also incorporates topics that students request. Prereq: Admitted to graduate ACCO, BUAD, ECON, HCTM, MGMT program; or cons. of M.B.A. prog. Dir.

MBA 6130 Corporate Social Responsibility (1.5 credit hours)

An overarching goal is to understand how business, government and society interact in addressing social issues within the U.S. and globally. Students are expected to think deeply about a wide range of social issues confronting businesses today and learn how to anticipate new issues as they emerge, consider when and how corporations address social issues effectively, define and understand the role of social entrepreneurship in addressing social challenges, think about the role that consumers play in demanding corporations be more socially responsive, assess the roles of multinational corporations in the global economy and their ability to address social challenges. Prereq: Admitted to graduate ACCO, BUAD, HCTM, HURE, LEDR, MGMT or NURS program or consent of program director.

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. Prereq: Admitted to graduate ACCO, BUAD, CCOM, ECON, HCTM, HURE, LEDR or MGMT program or consent of 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. Prereq: Admitted to graduate BUAD, ECON, HURE, LEDR, MGMT or SPLE program or consent of 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. Prereq: Admitted to graduate BUAD, ECON, HURE, LEDR, MGMT or SPLE program or consent of program director.
Priority application deadline
November 16
Spring 2022 term
Application deadline
January 4
Spring 2022 term
Next start
January 18
Spring 2022 term
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