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Master of Science in Management and Administrative Sciences

Degree Requirements

The University’s general degree requirements are discussed here.

The M.S. in Management and Administrative Sciences degree is a flexible degree that allows students to design a program of study that fits their specific needs. Students complete a 36-hour program, beyond prerequisite courses, consisting of 10 hours of basic core courses, and 26 credit hours of graduate level electives. Students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average in both core courses and in aggregate courses to qualify for the M.S. degree.  

Students should be aware that separate Master of Science programs, with varying core and elective requirements exist in the following areas:


  1. Accounting and Information Management
  2. Finance
  3. Healthcare Management (for Professionals)
  4. Information Technology and Management
  5. Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  6. Supply Chain Management
  7. International Management Studies (Master of Arts)  

For the MS-MAS degree program, students choose their own course of study, pulling courses from the School of Management graduate catalog.  

Note: The Executive Education area of the School of Management offers three additional and separate MS-MAS programs, which retain the same set of core courses but have their own set of specific topical electives. These include: the MS-MAS with an emphasis in project management, the Executive Healthcare MS-MAS, and the MS-MAS with an emphasis in Organizational Behavior and Coaching.  These are described in the Executive Education section of the School of Management chapter. All three programs are supported entirely by participant fees and special admissions requirements apply.  

MS-MAS Program Description  

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

Elective Courses: (26 credit hours)

A student’s course of study beyond the core can be determined in consultation with faculty members, area coordinators, or the Advising Office. A student can continue to generalize in management courses or choose to concentrate in a given subject.  

Concentrations - Students may choose to concentrate in one of the areas listed below that have historically been offered as defined specialties in the masters programs. Concentrations are informal collections of electives that address a student’s educational goals. A concentration may be aligned with functional area specialties, or may cut across functional areas. Typical concentrations have a minimum of 15 credit hours in a given area, and include:


         Accounting and Information Management: In today’s global and technology-driven environment, managers need skills to effectively analyze accounting information and make value-enhancing decisions. Students may select accounting and information management (AIM) courses to concentrate in financial analysis, consulting, corporate governance and tax management.

         Electronic Commerce: Every organization will increasingly use the Internet as an integral component of their overall strategy in coming years. Students can select courses to provide a solid understanding of issues pertaining to the use of the internet as a marketing tool – focusing on both strategic and technological aspects. This includes topics such as database management systems, web design and development, and Internet business models. The Advising Office can provide a plan of study that covers topics in this area.

         Finance:   Students can prepare for careers in corporate finance, investment management, or the management of financial institutions.  Courses in this area emphasize creative solutions to business financing problems, the development of value maximizing investment and financing strategies, and the analysis and management of fixed income and equity investments.  Students may choose to concentrate in either corporate financial planning or the analysis of financial securities and investment portfolios.

         Healthcare Administration:  The primary goal of this concentration is to prepare students for leadership positions in healthcare organizations.  The healthcare concentration is cross-functional and industry focused.  Courses will contain cases, projects, and assignments that are centered around applying management skills to healthcare issues and organizations.  Classes are taught by School of Management faculty and healthcare executives who bring special expertise and experience to the program.

         Information Systems: Information Technology permeates all aspects of modern business and our courses will enable you to make the most of information technology to solve business problems and gain strategic advantage. We also provide advanced courses for students who wish to be on the "supply" side of information technology in the areas of IT consulting, software management, and e-business.

         Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Focused on the processes of technological innovation in both large and small organizations, a set of multidisciplinary courses prepares students for successful careers either as principals or key functional managers in emerging growth firms, or as leaders of technological innovation in established firms.

         International Management: In this concentration, students can take a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of international management, with courses in finance, marketing, strategic management, and the legal and cross-cultural differences that effect business. This course of study will prepare students for careers in international industries.

         Leadership in Organizations: The leadership concentration prepares students for upper management positions through the study of the psychological, sociological, and organizational behavior disciplines. The program provides a foundation of leadership theory, building and problem solving in interpersonal work relationships, group dynamics, organizational decision making and change, and ethics.

         Marketing: Students learn to understand customers’ needs and purchase behaviors, how to satisfy those needs, and how to make a profit in competitive industries and markets. Topics include: developing an effective marketing strategy, developing new products, and managing different brands and product categories. Students can also acquire expertise in pricing, advertising and promotions, market research, and retailing strategies. Courses are also available on the Internet’s effect on marketing and business.

         Operations:  Firms can use effective and innovative operations to create and sustain competitive advantages.  Students in these courses gain a deep, analytical understanding of how challenges posed by fast developing business environments can become profit-making opportunities. Integration of various parties (suppliers, factories, stores) and various functional areas (marketing, finance, procurement) is an important theme.  In particular, incentives, contracts and information technologies fostering collaboration among financially independent parties are emphasized.

         Organizations: This concentration emphasizes organizational behavior and theory, and human resources management.  Students learn how to effectively integrate and leverage human resources to create sustainable advantages in a competitive marketplace.  Courses chosen in this area integrate a wide variety of disciplines, including economics, organization theory, finance, psychology, and sociology.

         Strategy: This concentration focuses on corporate level strategic management, including: implementation of strategic designs; top management team leadership; the strategic implications of the social, governmental, technological, and international environments; organization structuring; and strategic alliances. Students will learn how to integrate accounting, finance, economics, and organization theory to create sustainable competitive advantage.



Last Updated: February 28, 2011