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To be a successful leader in today's fast-paced business world, it is important to be able to identify complex problems, implement solutions, and make sound decisions.* The Master of Science in Management’s curriculum is designed to help you develop these valuable skills. Our online program focuses on the most effective management and organizational strategies and concepts to help you make a difference in today’s business environment. If you already have a bachelor's degree and want to advance your existing career or begin an exciting, new profession, this online master's in management program could prepare you with the knowledge and skills to help you succeed.†
This comprehensive online master's degree program is designed to provide you with rigorous training—including assignments, reports, presentations, and group projects—to help you develop the savvy and proficiencies to find solutions in real-life business situations.
Highlights of the program include:
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Earning your Master of Science in Management degree online at Kaplan University may help you develop valuable skills that could be applied to a broad range of managerial and executive positions in virtually any field of endeavor. Pursue business management and corporate leadership opportunities in finance, marketing, operations, management of information systems, and human resources.†
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Competition is keen for upper-level management positions in most industries. Specialized knowledge and expertise may help you pursue a highly coveted leadership role.† In our Master of Science in Management program, areas of specialization are built into the core requirements to help you develop proficiencies you could apply in your future career.
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Business Communications focuses on effective
communication strategies for various stakeholders using oral and
written formats for different purposes, including one-on-one
communication and engagement with larger
Total Program Credits: 56
You will examine human resource management from a strategic perspective. You will analyze theories and practices in terms of organizational effectiveness when competing in a global business environment. You will investigate ongoing operational human resource issues such as compensation, organizational development, benefits, recruitment, training, and leading employees to high performance. Current issues that challenge human resource practitioners will be explored such as downsizing, implied contracts between employer and employee, managing knowledge workers, and the issues of the changing legal environment.
This course is the first in a series of two courses that provide a foundation for understanding key management principles in the Master of Science in Management program. This foundation is created in a wide range of learning activities that are grounded in real-world contexts. Students will analyze and evaluate key management principles and learn how managers use resources to attain organizational goals through the functions of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. In this course, students concentrate on the management functions of planning and organizing. Planning involves defining goals for future performance and devising ways to attain these goals, whereas organizing involves assigning and grouping tasks and allocating resources. It is worthy to note that the second course is this series, GM501: Management Theories and Practices II, will concentrate on the managerial functions of leading and controlling.
This course is the second of two that focus on key management principles. In this course, students concentrate on the management functions of leading and controlling. Leadership involves influencing and motivating employees to achieve organizational objectives, whereas controlling involves monitoring employee activities and performance that affect standards and performance. GM 501 offers specific learning activities to strengthen critical thinking and professional writing skills that students can apply to real-world problems in the workplace.
This course examines classic and contemporary leadership theories and practices and explores how each theoretical approach can be applied in real-world organizations and scenarios. The theories and practices studied will enhance the student’s understanding of motivational theories, developing teams, both traditional and virtual-based, and development of their hidden leadership potential.
course builds upon the foundation set in GM 502: Leadership Theory and Practice
I, by continuing to examine both classical and contemporary leadership theories
and practices. Special emphasis will be placed on understanding
transformational leadership, team leadership, leadership ethics, and leading in
culturally diverse environments.
This course applies a systems approach to
examining the design and execution of business strategies to
achieve a competitive advantage. The organization is viewed as a
total system that can be managed to achieve continuing high
performance in today's dynamic and global marketplace. Strategies
for managing enduring change are evaluated.
This course focuses on action research and the
development of critical skills required not only for consultants,
but also for any manager desiring to strengthen his or her
interpersonal effectiveness as a successful change agent. An
introduction to the consulting process, and the consulting skills
associated with entry, contracting, meeting management, defining
issues and gathering data, diagnosing problems, formulating
solutions, and creating and implementing action plans will also
This course serves as the capstone to the Master of Science in Management program, which allows you to integrate theories with practical application. This course utilizes the conceptual foundations and skills acquired in earlier core and specialization courses as the basis for an in-depth examination of a significant organizational problem of special interest to you. You will utilize a research methodology to identify a problem and design an applied research project to advance plausible solutions.
Capstone must be taken in final term or have approval of the Dean
Total Program Credits: 56
This course provides an interdisciplinary
perspective on operations and quality management in health care,
taking into account the disciplines of organizational behavior
and health management research. Special attention is given to
causal tools and approaches that are fundamental to total
quality management and continuous quality
Health Care Management Specialization
Total Program Credits: 56
Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan. Courses in this specialization are offered through the School of Health Sciences and require students to change to the 10-week calendar track upon completion of all courses in the Master of Science in Management program.
This course provides students with an in-depth
analysis of health care policy development in the United States
of America. Students focus on health care policy formation and
evaluation by investigating public policy and politics. Students
consider a variety of elements that factor into health policy
development such as economics, political science, management,
communications, and public health.
This course provides an analysis and
evaluation of the principles and concepts of marketing as they
apply to health care organizations. The course covers essential
elements of marketing as well as direct applications of marketing
tools and strategies in the dynamic health care
This course introduces students to recent
trends in global health and current problems of health from an
international perspective, and examines the influence of
economic, population, and sociopolitical trends on health and
living conditions in different countries. Students apply the
basics of descriptive and analytical epidemiology to global
health and key health indicators used in international
epidemiology, and analyze the main transnational factors that
influence the transfer of risks to health across the
We depend upon the law as well as ethics and common sense to help us make good decisions about issues surrounding employment that are routinely decided in workplaces every day. These issues can have devastating financial and productivity consequences if mishandled by the employer. Yet it seems as if few employers or their managers are equipped to handle them well. Employment law helps to regulate the workplace environment by protecting employees from discrimination and harassment, and providing a safer, fairer workplace where the rules provide for certain rights and responsibilities for both employees and employers alike. Those who choose to work in the business arena must understand basic legal concepts, plus have working knowledge of regulatory and compliance issues in order to effectively manage a business. In this course, students will analyze and evaluate legal concepts and learn to identify potentially troublesome employment-related legal and ethical issues in order to avoid liability as well as to develop an understanding of how to manage employees to maximize productivity.
Completion of all core courses
Human Resources Specialization
Total Program Credits: 56
Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan. This program is fully aligned with the HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates of the Society for Human Resource Management.
Students will examine how organizations can incorporate employee training and development concepts and theories into their human resources strategy and will analyze the relationship between human resource development (HRD) and human resource management (HRM). Students will also explore the internal and external factors that affect employee behavior. Other topics covered include: maximizing employee learning, conducting a training needs assessment, writing training objectives, designing and delivering effective training programs, evaluating training effectiveness, employee orientation, workplace competencies, coaching, performance management systems, and online and computer-based learning technologies. In addition to covering HRD concepts and theories, the course considers organizational development (OD) concepts and the role of the HRD professional in creating intervention strategies to improve organizational effectiveness. HRD and OD challenges stemming from changing demographics and a more diverse, global workforce are identified and the strategic challenges presented to organizations of a changing workforce are explored.
Completion of all core
This course examines how an organization can
leverage their reward systems to sustain, motivate, and retain
its desired workforce to help achieve business objectives. The
course focuses on the complex variety of pay structures within an
organization and the relationship of those pay structures to
organizational performance. Students will be exposed to major
reward issues in the context of current theory, research, and
This course provides a solid foundation in the
fundamentals of attracting, hiring, and assessing talent. It
takes a closer look at the "war for talent" in the competitive
marketplace today, and provides the impetus for more proactive
and timely recruitment practices, effective and legally conscious
selection methods, and valid assessment techniques. This course
highlights the importance of refining talent-acquisition
strategies as organizations and HR practitioners seek to improve
the pipeline of new hire and job promotion candidates. By the end
of the course, students will be familiar with multiple
recruitment, selection, and assessment models and will synthesize
these approaches from a talent management
This course provides students with a
foundation in the concepts and paradigms that shape information
technology today. Students will distinguish between current
competing ideologies to expand their technological knowledge and
make informed business decisions. A focus will be placed on
Internet technologies, hardware and software components, and
networked environments, as well as ethical and social issues in
information technology. Students will also be introduced to the
Master of Science in Information Technology learning team model,
which will be built upon throughout the
Information Technology Specialization
Total Program Credits: 56
Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.
is an introductory course for students entering the Master of Science in
Information Technology program who do not have an undergraduate degree in
information technology. Students will learn the foundational principles of
information technology as the field relates to business and will examine the changing
roles of various information technology specialties. The course also provides an
introduction to the relationship of information technology courses to other
parts of the Master of Science in Information Technology curriculum. Students
will analyze case studies, engage in focused discussions on subjects relevant
to information technology, and complete research and written assignments that address
information technology support of various business scenarios.
Only available as a first-term course for IT students; otherwise, permission from the Dean is required
This course provides an in-depth overview of
system analysis and design methodologies. Students examine
techniques to develop systems more efficiently using the system
development life cycle (SDLC). Students use object-oriented
approaches to develop information systems using the Unified
Modeling Language (UML).
Businesses are faced with many challenges when managing their information technology. Since information technology is continually evolving, businesses that stick with their current IT systems may be left behind. In this course, students identify innovative solutions to business problems. Specific topics include the analysis of cost and efficiency benefits found in emerging technologies, the legal and regulatory implications of various IT infrastructure strategies, and the complex process enterprises face in integrating new technology with existing infrastructure.
This course introduces students to the nature
and purpose of leadership in organizations. Students evaluate
various leadership approaches and methodologies in terms of
organizational effectiveness and efficiency in dynamic corporate
environments. In addition, students investigate ethics and social
responsibility, diversity, and team management. Students will
apply emotional intelligence in self-awareness, personal
development, and communication
Total Program Credits: 56
This course introduces organization design as a leadership competency. Students will apply a five-step process that enables business leaders to make intelligent organization design decisions with the support of human resources or organization development professionals. Students will generate and evaluate design options and learn to select an option that offers the most benefits with the fewest risks. In addition, students will investigate operating governance and the role of power and leadership in the design. Students will also propose an organization design implementation plan and explore important considerations for the transition to the proposed design.
This course introduces you to the nature and purpose of coaching and mentoring in organizations. You will learn key principles, tools, and techniques to develop your skills as a coach and mentor. The course uses case analyses to provide you with opportunities to identify the effect of coaching and mentoring on organizational effectiveness. Through scenario analysis, you will apply coaching and mentoring techniques to effectively lead individuals and teams.
This course examines transformational
leadership theory and includes an exploration of the four
"I"s of transformational leadership-idealized influence,
inspirational motivation, intellectual stimulation, and
individualized consideration. Students will evaluate the use of
transformational leadership from the lens of follower
development, cross-functional teams, and strategies for change,
and apply that knowledge through recommendations to improve
organizational effectiveness. Through self-analysis and the use
of a Self-Directed Learning Plan, students will have the
opportunity to develop their transformational leadership
potential regardless of their career stage.
Organizational Design and Development Specialization
Total Program Credits: 56
This course provides an overview of the field of organization development, while providing an opportunity for students to apply organizational development principles and best practices, emphasizing intervention theory, to current business problems. The organizational development strategies used in the field to address rapid changes and ethical challenges will also be examined.
This course covers project management from a
strategic perspective. The course emphasizes the life cycle
project phases and processes advocated by the Project Management
Institute (PMI) and defined in the Project Management Body of
Knowledge (PMBOK). It stresses the planning, executing, and
controlling phases of a project life cycle. The course also
covers how these phases relate to the initiation and closing
phases, and further examines the impact of various project
management techniques on schedule, budget, and performance
Project Management Specialization
Total Program Credits: 56
This course provides an analysis and
evaluation of the theories and practices for managing projects in
effective organizations. The student will analyze and evaluate
strategies, tools, software, and management approaches to
effectively complete and evaluate the effectiveness of projects.
Topics in this course include: setting project goals and
objectives; preparing a project plan; conducting feasibility
studies; measurement tools, including the most current and best
software tools; strategies for effective human resource
allocation; and approaches to gauging the worth of the project
deliverables and the effectiveness of the project management
This course provides an analysis of the principles, tools, and techniques for controlling project cost and schedule. The student will use tools, software, and techniques to establish a project baseline and control cost and schedule. Topics in this course include preparing PERT/CPM networks, estimating time and resources, creating the project baseline, controlling the baseline, crashing the network, optimization and heuristics techniques for resource allocation, earned value management, and statistical control tools.
Completion of all core courses and GM 592
This course provides an integrated approach to
risk, quality, and procurement. This course demonstrates how to
incorporate quality throughout the project. The student explores
use of contract types in managing risk and quality. Topics in
this course cover all phases of contracting, including
procurement planning, solicitation planning, solicitation, source
selection, contract administration, and contract close-out. The
student will then explore methods of analyzing make-or-buy
decisions, as well as legal and ethical considerations in
contracting and procurement. Students will construct an element
of their Self-Directed Learning Plan from this course, as well as
add materials from the course to their Presentation
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* O*Net OnLine, Summary Report for General and Operations Managers, on the Internet at http://online.onetcenter.org/link/summary/11-1021.00.
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