Master of Science in Management and Administrative Sciences

Degree Requirements

The University’s general degree requirements are discussed here.

The M.S. degree is obtained by completing a 36-hour program, beyond prerequisite courses, consisting of (1) 10 hours of basic core courses, (2) courses in a selected area of concentration, and (3) electives. Areas of concentration are (1) Finance, (2) Electronic Commerce, and (3) Organizations and Strategy, (4) Organizational Development and Coaching (5) Supply Chain Management, and (6) Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Note: Beginning in Fall, 2008, separate Masters programs will be offered in Finance and Supply Chain Management.  Therefore we will not accept any new students into these MAS concentrations as of that date.  Students already enrolled in the MS-MAS Finance and Supply Chain Concentrations can choose to complete their degree, or file a change of major form to switch to the new programs. Students should discuss any new courses and course requirements for the new programs with their advisors before taking this action.

The student may elect to submit a Master’s thesis, which counts as three credit hours toward the total course requirements.

Students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average in both core courses and in aggregate courses to qualify for the M.S. degree.

Basic Core Courses (10 hours)

Each candidate must satisfactorily complete the following 10 hour basic core.
AIM 6201 Financial Accounting
MECO 6303 Business Economics
MIS 6204 Information Technology and MIS Fundamentals
OPRE 6301 Quantitative Introduction to Risk and Uncertainty in Business  

Concentration Area Courses

Each candidate must complete a minimum number of required credit hours specified for a concentration. The required courses in each concentration area are:

Finance: Note: we are not accepting new students into the concentration beginning Fall, 2008. In this concentration, students first complete fundamental courses in financial management and accounting.  Then students select from a variety of finance courses.  Students often will focus either on investment analysis and management or on corporate finance.  The former prepares students to pursue careers in investment analysis and portfolio management, which in some cases require completion of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA@) examination.  The latter prepares students to pursue careers in corporate financial analysis, including financial planning, management of financial institutions, and entrepreneurial finance.

Finance (17 hours)


All students are required to take

FIN 6301           Financial Management
FIN 6306           Quantitative Methods in Finance
AIM 6202          Managerial Accounting
AIM 6344          Financial Statement Analysis

Plus two of the following 13 courses: 

FIN 6308           Regulation of business and financial markets
FIN 6310           Investment Management
FIN 6314           Fixed Income Securities
FIN 6315           Entrepreneurial Finance
FIN 6316           Private Equity Finance
FIN 6320           Financial Markets and Institutions
FIN 6350           Advanced Financial Management
FIN 6355           Corporate Finance and Policy
FIN 6360           Options and Futures Markets
FIN 6366           International Financial Management
FIN 6380           Practicum in Finance
FIN 6382           Numerical Methods in Finance
FIN 6384           Introductory Mathematical Finance

Electronic Commerce – This concentration focuses on business models and processes in electronic commerce.  Every organization will increasingly use the Internet as an integral component of their overall strategy in coming years. This program gives students a solid understanding of issues pertaining to the use of Internet as a marketing tool – focusing on both strategic and technology aspects. This includes topics such as database management systems, web design and development, and Internet business models. The curriculum covers issues relevant to pure Internet based firms as well as traditional firms moving to Internet based delivery of products and services.

Electronic Commerce (15 hours)


MIS 6326 Database Management Systems
MKT 6301 Introduction to Marketing Management
MKT 6322 Internet Business Models
MIS 6352 Web Systems Design and Development
MKT 6323 Database Marketing

Organizations and Strategy – This concentration emphasizes organizational behavior and theory, human resources management, and strategic management.  Students will learn how to effectively integrate and leverage human resources as well as other forms of capital to create sustainable advantages in the competitive marketplace.  The courses draw upon and integrate a wide variety of disciplines, including economics, organization theory, finance, psychology, and sociology.

Organizations and Strategy (15 hours)


The following 3 courses:

BPS 6310 Strategic Management
BPS 6311 Strategy Implementation
BPS 6360 Management Consulting

Plus 6 Hours from the following:

BPS 6385 Entrepreneurial Business Strategies (also cross-listed as ENT 6385)
OB 6231 Power & Politics in Organizations
OB
6301 Introduction to Organizational Behavior
OB 6303 Managing Organizations
OB 6305 Managing People in Organizations


Organizational Development and Coaching – This concentration focuses on organizational development and coaching theory, methodology and techniques. Students will learn how to use themselves as instruments of individual and organizational change, lead and manage organizational transitions, work effectively when there is resistance to change, and develop skills as an internal and external practitioner. Students deepen their knowledge of individual and organizational behavior through the integration of theory and practice. They leave the program with a set of tools for personal, group, organization and community transformation.

Required courses:  (26 credit hours)

OB 6350 Introduction to Executive and Professional Coaching

OB 6351 Coaching in the Business or Organizational Setting

OB 6351 Advanced Coaching Models and Methods

OB 6353 Coaching Practicum

OB 6231 Power and Politics in Organizations

OB 6332 Negotiation and Dispute Resolution

OB 6334 Organizational Development:  Foundations (3 credit hours)

OB 6335 Organizational Development Process and Practice (3 credit hours)

MAS 6V02 (Special Topics) Organizational Behavior: Masters Project (3 credit hours)

 

Supply Chain Management – Note: we are not accepting new students into the concentration beginning Fall, 2008. The SCM concentration explores key issues related to the design and management of industrial supply chains.  Students will learn how to improve supply chain operations to obtain lower costs, faster delivery, higher quality and mass customization.  The ultimate objective is to mold traditional business operations into competitive weapons for today’s global economy. 

Supply Chain Management (12)


The following 3 courses
OPRE 6302 Operations Management
OPRE 6363 Inventory Control
OPRE 6366 Supply Chain Management

Plus at least one more from the following

OPRE 6335 Risk and Decision Analysis
OPRE 6340 Flexible Manufacturing Strategies
OPRE 6368 Industrial Applications in Supply Chains
OPRE 6370 Logistics and Distribution
OPRE 6385 Scheduling

Innovation and Entrepreneurship - Focused on the processes of technological innovation in both large and small organizations, this multidisciplinary sequence of courses seeks to prepare students for successful careers either as principals or key functional managers in emerging growth firms, or as leaders of technological innovation in established firms. These concentrations include three required and two elective courses in the field.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship (15 hours)


The required courses include:

ENTP 6370 Entrepreneurship
ENTP 6378 Managing the Emerging Enterprise
ENTP 6385 Entrepreneurial Business Strategies

In addition, students may select a minimum of two additional courses chosen from among the following:

ENTP 6315 Entrepreneurial Finance
ENTP 6375 Strategic and Organizational Issues in the Management of Technology
ENTP 6380 Entrepreneurial Marketing
ENTP 6390 Business Plan Development
ENTP 6395 Seminar – Topics in Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Elective Courses

Students are required to complete a sufficient number of  elective hours to earn a minimum of 36 hours toward the M.S. Specific course  requirements for these concentration areas are available in the School of Management Advising   Office. Students wishing to develop an individual program of studies which does not follow one of the concentrations must have the program approved in advance by the appropriate Program Director.