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Master of Science in Management

Master of Science in Management

Program Description

The Southwestern College Professional Studies Master of Science in Management program (MSM) prepares leaders of today’s complex and diverse business environment to manage key business operations and lead their organizations to success. The learner will develop skills in areas that support the management functions of planning, organizing, leading, and measuring the performance of the organization. Topics include project management, human resource management, finance, organizational ethics and statistical analysis.

The program not only introduces the learner to strategic, tactical and operations areas, but also to a variety of leadership theories and styles necessary for leading successful organizations. The MSM graduate had demonstrated competence in interpersonal and written communication, ethical reasoning through complex practical application activities as well as the ability to utilize resources to continue learning about best practices in management in order to prepare the learner for advancement in their field. The strong foundational concepts taught by professionals support the learners in the completion of projects that make a positive difference in their workplaces, churches, communities, or personal lives, and also my inspire them to continue in additional graduate degree programs.

Admission Process

  1. Complete graduate application forms
  2. Provide current resume
  3. Submit two professional letters of recommendation (at least one from a current or former employer)
  4. Turn in one-page personal essay
  5. Submit an official transcript from a bachelor’s degree-granting institution. Official transcripts must be received within 8 weeks following the start of class.

Core Major Requirements

MBA 500: Organizational Behavior and HumanResource Management

This course covers models and theories of behavior, and human resources management concepts and processes as they apply to managing individual and work‐group behavior in organizations. Organizational behavior topics include leadership, motivation, and teamwork. Human Resource management topics include human resources strategy, selection, performance evaluation, reward systems, and employee development. Heavy emphasis will be on the strategic implications of these topics. Cross‐Listed with MGMT500.

MGMT505: Project Management Fundamentals

In this course, concepts, theories, principles and practical application of project management tools will be applied to real business situations. A critical analysis of tools and techniques that are available to aid project managers will be performed, with a view of the potential disconnect between these tools and real‐world projects. Specific tools, including the Balanced Scorecard, Monte Carlo simulations, and stop‐light charts, will be utilized.

LEAD500: Leadership Styles and Theories

The course will cover fundamentals of leadership, definitions of leadership, and an introduction to the tools available for research in leadership. Emphasis is on the application of theoretical concepts to actual organizational settings and situations, culminating in the determination of participant’s dominant leadership style and articulation of a personal leadership profile.

LEAD565: Knowledge Based Leadership

The course will cover the integration and alignment of strategic planning, mission, vision with goals and objectives to position organizations to transition to a knowledge-based environment. Participants will develop a plan for capturing "tribal knowledge" and using that knowledge to create and communicate a shared vision.

MGMT560: Ethics in the Global Marketplace

What are the challenges for an organization to be considered an ethical corporate citizen, locally and globally? How can an organization effectively address those challenges in a diverse global society, economy, and marketplace while also pursuing profitability? Learners explore ethical leadership and the organization, and the triple bottom line, evaluating the means and potential strategies for ethically balancing profit, corporate social responsibility, and environmental sustainability. Learners also examine the local and global impact of those strategies, inclusive of the impact on societies, cultures, economies, and stakeholder constituencies.


MGMT580: Quality Management and Statistical Analysis

This course explores foundations of quality management. Tools and methods for analytic study including basic probability and statistics are discussed. Models of quality management are utilized through practical case study application. Learners will have the opportunity to apply quality management and statistical analysis to a real‐world project of their choice.

MGMT565: Financial Analysis and Management 1

This course introduces and covers a broad range of financial topics of interest to managers. Differentiation between accounting and finance; time value of money; macroeconomics, including supply and demand; forecasting techniques, capital budgeting and investment decisions are included.

CAPS600: Graduate Project

All learners will prepare and submit a professional electronic capstone portfolio as a graduate requirement in this course. The portfolio serves as an opportunity for the learners to demonstrate their achievement of their respective degree program outcomes through their degree program coursework, and their commitment to lifelong learning through the identification of specific future learning goals. All learners will be required to prepare, conduct, and report on an applied learning project relevant to their degree program as a second graduate requirement in this course. This project will cover theory, concepts, practices, knowledge, and skills covered across the respective degree program courses, and their application to a real‐life or simulated situation. Learners' projects from this course are also included in the final professional portfolio submitted at the end of the course.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of all major courses.

In addition to the required courses listed above select one class from the group below:

LEAD560: Leading Change in Organizations

Participants will learn to navigate the world of needs assessment tools in order to build an organization’s ability to operate on the consistent generation of information. Systems used to analyze information and implement change resulting from data will be covered through case studies, individual and group exercises. Participants will develop practical tools for engaging people at all levels of an organization through inevitable change.

MBA 544: Organizational Dynamics and Change

This course provides a foundation in organizational change theory and practice. Learners gain a framework for understanding and changing organizations from a micro to macro level as they learn how to create an organization that is responsive to environmental forces. Change in large and small, and public and private entities will be examined through analysis of real world businesses.

Prerequisite: MBA 500. Cross‐Listed with MGMT520.

Elective Courses
(Choose 12 credit hours from the following list):

MGMT510: Financial Accounting

Learners concentrate on interpreting financial statement information, using accounting information for decision making and evaluation, and examining current trends in accounting of importance to the manager.

LEAD510: Leadership in Context

Participants will be able to demonstrate an understanding of how economic, social and/or political events and relationships‐‐whether local, national or worldwide‐‐affect organizations and impact culture and community. Participants will develop a plan of action for dealing with that impact.

LEAD515: Leadership Communication and Conflict Resolution

The course will teach leaders to hone and refine important communication and conflict resolution skills including interpersonal and small group communication, persuasion, media communication, and crisis communication.

MGMT515: Managerial Accounting

Learners examine the use of accounting information to assist management in planning, analyzing, and implementing business decisions and activities. The course focuses on strategic and operational performance analysis and evaluation.

LEAD520: Leadership Coaching

The course will help students coach, mentor and empower future leaders. The course will review coaching theories and models as well as the theoretical and applied aspects of teamwork. Participants will focus on building the skills of collaboration. Participants will articulate a personal leadership development plan.

MBA505: Business Law & Ethics

Businesses must meet the legal and ethical standards imposed by a changing society. Decisions must be made that reflect the legal obligations of our world and the ethical standards by which a company will be known. Any company can face challenges in the form of globalization of the business enterprise, potential of hostile takeovers, concerns with market strategies, and continuing developments in international law and administrative regulation. Learners will exam the legal, social, historical, and political/economic regulatory environments to understand that the legal and ethical perspectives are crucial in all business transactions markets. Cross‐Listed with MGMT525.

MBA530: Marketing Strategies

Learners explore various marketing concepts of importance to managers, including product development and brand management, price determination, distribution strategy, and advertising/promotion management. Emphasis will be on strategic implications of these topics, rather than the theories themselves. Learners will be required to exhibit mastery of the topics through the development of a complete, case‐based integrated marketing strategy. Cross‐Listed with MGMT 530.

MGMT575: Financial Analysis and Management 2

Learners study complex financial analysis tools and their role in managerial decision‐making. The learner will utilize the techniques learned in Financial Analysis I in practical case studies. Risk measurement, opportunity cost of capital, short and long‐term financial decisions, corporate financing alternatives, and financial analysis and planning are covered. Learners will be expected to perform hands‐on modeling projects in Excel. This course will assume prior familiarity with spreadsheet software such as Excel or Lotus.

Prerequisite: MGMT565.

LEAD570: Leadership for the Future

Participants will learn to identify trends, implement change initiatives, maximize resources, and develop a response to changing workforce dynamics. This course provides a thorough foundation in the methods used when leading project initiatives.

LEAD580: Practical Problem Solving for Today’s Organizations

Working from current and relevant case studies, students will develop the skills to make real‐world, real‐time decisions.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete the specific program requirements for the master's program
  2. Have an overall grade point average of 3.0, with no grade below a C (2.0)
  3. Complete a minium of 30 credit hours

All degree requirements are subject to change. Please see Southwestern College Professional Studies Catalog for the most current degree requirements.