Master of Science Degree in Management (MSM)
To be a successful leader in today's fast-paced business world, you need to be able to identify complex problems, implement solutions, and make sound decisions.* The curriculum for the Master of Science in Management program is designed to help you hone these valuable skills. 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 can help you develop the knowledge and skills to succeed.†
Master of Science in Management and Leadership Program Highlights
This online master's degree in management program offers rigorous training to develop business insights relevant to a career in the field.
Highlights of the program include:
- Analyzing the theories and trends in leadership, organizational behavior, social responsibility, and the ethics of making strategic business decisions
- Developing critical skills required to be a successful change agent—as an employee or consultant—to create an organizational culture that supports business strategy
- Examining organizational finance practices and human resource management in today's dynamic and global marketplace
- Designing a capstone research project that integrates the theories explored in your online coursework with practical real-world application
The Program Management Institute Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC) has granted accreditation to the Master of Science in Management project management concentration. The concentration in human resources is acknowledged by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
Master of Science in Management and Leadership Concentrations
Competition is keen for upper-level management positions in most industries. Specialized knowledge and expertise can help you land a highly coveted
- Health Care Management: Examine the role of management in improving the quality of health care services. Focus on the changing relationships among payers, providers, and suppliers, and the legal issues facing today's health care providers. Explore the marketing and strategy behind health care. Discover how to leverage information technology to gain a competitive advantage. Study to prepare for management positions in doctors' offices, medical and surgical hospitals, home health care, outpatient centers, and other health care services.
- Human Resources: Study human resources development (HRD) management processes from a strategic HR perspective. Analyze theories and practices as they relate to human and organizational development. Look at major internal and external factors that affect employee behavior. Define the evaluation methods used in HRD, while discussing organizational structure. Identify and describe basic workplace competencies.
- Information Technology: Prepare for management-level IT positions within service organizations, health care, military, government, or nonprofit settings. Study methods for finding innovative solutions to an ever-increasing array of IT challenges. Courses examine critical concepts and competencies for the IT professional, principles of information technology, systems
analysisand design, and the management of technology in a business environment.
- Leadership: Examine various leadership approaches and methodologies to help prepare you to manage in today’s business environment. Study how to effectively lead individuals and teams within diverse corporate environments. Discover coaching and mentoring techniques. Explore the four “i”s of transformational leadership—idealized influence, inspirational motivation, intellectual stimulation, and individualized consideration.
- Organizational Design and Development: While earning your MSM degree, explore the types of changes organizations experience as they grow, downsize, or relocate to accommodate dynamic market conditions. Discover how to align an organization's strategies, structures, and processes. Focus on total system change strategies,
problem solving, and organizational intervention. Study to prepare for careers in human resources and management analysis.
- Project Management: Focus on strategic project management with an emphasis on planning, executing, and managing a project. Use current software to better hit your project goals. Explore the principles, tools, and techniques for controlling project cost and
scheduling. Analyze project risk and quality, as well as legal and ethical considerations. Focus on ways to increase the bottom line for organizations in a variety of industries.
Kaplan University business programs are accredited by ACBSP.
The human resources concentrations align with the Society for Human Resource Management's HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates.
Higher Education at the Highest Standards
Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.
What are the Career Opportunities?
Earning your Master of Science in Management and Leadership 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.†
Curriculum: All Tracks
Total Core Credits: 40
Total Program Credits: 56
- GB 512: BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS Change
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 audiences.
- GB 520: STRATEGIC HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT Change
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.
- GM 500: MANAGEMENT THEORIES AND PRACTICES I Change
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. You 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, you will 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, GM 501: Management Theories and Practices II, will concentrate on the managerial functions of leading and controlling.
- GM 501: MANAGEMENT THEORIES AND PRACTICES II Change
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.
- GM 502: LEADERSHIP THEORY AND PRACTICE I Change
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.
- GM 503: LEADERSHIP THEORY AND PRACTICE II Change
This 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.
- GM 504: ORGANIZATIONAL EXCELLENCE AND CHANGE Change
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.
- GM 505: ACTION RESEARCH AND CONSULTING SKILLS Change
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 be examined.
- GM 506: STRATEGIC FINANCIAL ANALYSIS Change
The purpose of this course is to facilitate the non-financial manager's ability to develop a framework for understanding a company's true value and financial performance. The course will equip you with the skills necessary to communicate with peers in the accomplishment of shared objectives. You will learn how to interpret financial statements and use that information in the formulation and implementation of business strategies.
- GM 599: APPLIED RESEARCH PROJECT Change
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
- GB 512: BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS Change
- Concentration Courses
Total Concentration Courses Credits: 16
Total Program Credits: 56
- CONCENTRATION COURSES Change
- CONCENTRATION COURSES Change
- Select a Concentration
- Health Care Management Concentration
- Human Resources Concentration
- Information Technology Concentration
- Leadership Concentration
- Organizational Design and Development Concentration
- Project Management Concentration
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