2017-2018 Graduate Catalog
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2017-2018 Graduate Catalog > Programs and Course Descriptions > Management and Leadership > Management and Leadership M.S.
Purpose of Degree
The intent of the Master of Science degree program in Management and Leadership is to provide graduate level instruction to enhance the management, leadership and decision-making abilities of graduates of the program, in preparation for the dynamic, technology-driven work force in the private, public, and non-profit sectors.
The Master of Science in Management and Leadership offers graduate level instruction based on theory while providing opportunities to apply competencies in practical settings. The program is committed to developing competent managers and leaders capable of excelling in the constantly changing business environment that surrounds today’s private marketplace and public sector.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students graduating from the M.S. in Management and Leadership program will be able to:
Based on the student learning outcomes established above, the following coursework was established for fulfillment of the common area requirements. All students must complete the common area requirements.
Due to the unique structure of the program, in addition to completion of the common area, students can choose to complete the curriculum requirements established by each of the different departments involved in the proposal. The curriculum consists of 33 to 37 credit hours including a common area of study in management and leadership philosophy and techniques.
The program offers students concentrations in the following areas:
1 - 6 credits
Electives may be selected from graduate courses offered through the Departments of Political Science, Business Management, or Economics.
3 - 12 credits
Students with one or more years managerial experience or currently employed in a full-time managerial position, may substitute an elective for the internship. Prior permission is required, and must be approved on the plan of study.
Admissions Requirements and Deadlines
Undergraduate Prerequisite Coursework or Competencies
Applicants are expected to possess a common body of knowledge essential for advanced study in management and leadership. This body of knowledge typically includes undergraduate coursework or life experience contributing to a foundation of knowledge in the following areas: marketing, law, management fundamentals, finance/economics, and computer applications. Applicants with an undergraduate degree in business or management will likely have taken coursework-providing competencies in these areas. Applicants with non-business undergraduate degrees will usually lack at least some of these competencies, and therefore, will need to satisfy them through alternative means, including but not limited to:
The alternative means described above for satisfying the prerequisite requirements are typical for programs in the management area.
Applicants for admission are strongly encouraged to apply by March 15 before the academic year for which they are seeking admission.
Time for Degree Completion
Students enrolling in the program on a full-time basis will have an opportunity to complete the required common area and co-requisite area coursework within a full academic year and, depending on their internship and other program requirements, will typically complete all their degree requirements in three full semesters.
The M.S. in Management and Leadership program offers a variety of graduate assistantships. These are awarded based upon merit and achievement to full-time students in the graduate program. Graduate assistants do not teach classes, but complete projects and tasks assigned by professors.
The graduate assistantship is awarded for the first year of full-time study, with the possibility of extension through the first summer. Prospective students should apply for a graduate assistantship at the time of application to the program, using the application form online. Graduate Assistants have positions across the campus, including, but not limited to, the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, Office of Admission, Student Enrollment Center, and the office of Graduate Studies.
For more information, contact the office of Graduate Studies.
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