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Graduate School

Master of Science in Management

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Mission of the College of Business
The MSU College of Business educates, challenges, inspires, and mentors students in their pursuit of a high-quality business education through interactive and engaged learning experiences for their professional and personal betterment.

Mission and Goals of the MS in Management Program The goal of the graduate management program is to prepare executives who are capable of leadership in todayís business world and who can function effectively in a challenging and changing economic technological environment. The program emphasizes the development of analytical skills, teamwork, leadership, and an ability to manage in an environment of change. MSM graduates are effective leaders who draw on the integration and application of management theory, knowledge, and skills.

MSM Program Criteria and Student Learning

Criterion One: Make managerial decisions that add value to an organization within an environment of risk and uncertainty.

  • Employ rational and ethical decision making theories and models to solve simulated management problems.
  • Interpret employment and business law concepts appropriately and indicate how they should be applied.
  • Formulate, monitor, and adhere to budgets and financial/cash management plans, and illustrate how these financial tools add value to an organization.
  • Analyze and interpret financial statements, and apply these skills to add value to an organization.
  • Develop a plan for the acquisition and administration of capital (human, financial, informational, and physical), and illustrate how capital optimizes benefits to stakeholders.

Criterion Two: Demonstrate strategic and operational leadership skills.

  • Demonstrate how strategic management principles can be used to increase organizational effectiveness.
  • Evaluate organizational needs and explain how to work with diverse people/teams to establish, revise, integrate, and articulate the strategic direction for an organization.
  • Develop an action plan to implement strategic and operational plans.
  • Integrate organizational resources to achieve strategic and operational goals.
  • Articulate leadership theories and demonstrate behaviors of a successful leader.

Criterion Three: Communicate in a manner that enhances the overall effectiveness of an organization.

  • Plan and articulate messages applying a communication strategy that is clear, concise, coherent, and complete.
  • Create messages that clarify an organizationís direction and elicit support from various stakeholders.
  • Communicate effectively and efficiently in a virtual environment.

Criterion Four: Strategically apply technology in a managerial context.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of how technology can enhance and accelerate management decisions and outcomes that can create and add value at different levels of management.

Criterion Five: Demonstrate professionalism in both behavior and attitude.

  • Articulate issues concerning integrity and their impact on stakeholder value.
  • Articulate oneís own view on integrity.
  • Demonstrate professional behavior in diverse settings.

Criterion Six: Strategically apply new venture creation options in a managerial context.

  • Articulate how to apply new venture creation theory, knowledge, tools, and techniques needed to start, build, and harvest a new venture and/or project successfully.

Criterion Seven: Strategically apply cohort-particular international/ global business concepts in a managerial context.

  • Integrate a culturally diverse focus.

Criterion Eight: Apply knowledge management tools and techniques in a management environment.

  • Synthesize and apply knowledge management principles to compete in a knowledge-based economy.

Department Admission Standards
Application Deadlines:

MSM Admission Requirements and Instructions:

  1. A completed MSU Graduate School application submitted online is required; paper applications are not accepted. Access the online application at and select Apply Now. Detailed admissions requirements and instructions are also available on the Graduate School website. The exception to this application is for readmission (available on the Graduate School website under Forms).
  2. Requirements and Instructions. Detailed admission requirements and instructions can be found at
  3. In order for a student to pursue a graduate degree at MSU, the student must complete the formal online application for admission to the Graduate School and receive an official letter granting admission. Students are required to have a minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) for admission consideration. A GPA of 3.00 or above for the last 60 hours of coursework will be considered if a student does not meet the 2.75 requirements. Students who do not meet either GPA requirement may appeal to the department chairperson for consideration.
  4. Required Test Scores. Applicants to the MSM program who have a last 60 hour GPA of at least 3.00 are not required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). The GRE/GMAT test will be required for those applicants who do not meet the above criteria.
    1. GMAT information is available at: Free test information can be found at the GMAC website.
    2. GRE information is available at: You may download free GRE test preparation materials at the following website:
    3. In addition, students from non-English speaking countries must give evidence of proficiency in English. Students who have earned a degree from an English speaking university, where the primary mode of instruction is English, within the past 10 years, are not required to prove their English language skills with a test score. Students whose degree has been earned from a primarily non-English speaking university are required to take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL - and earn a passing score of 79 on the internet-based exam or the International English Language Testing System exam (IELTS - with a minimum score of 6.0 overall. Students also have the option of sitting for the ITEP exam which must be administered by The Language Company. The test will only be administered once students have reached Level 9 of an ESL program.
  5. Applicants are required to submit a current resume or curriculum vita.
  6. Statement of Purpose. An applicant must submit a concise (500 words) essay describing his/her primary interest in the MSIS program, experiences related to the area of study, and objectives in pursuing the MSM degree at MSU. In particular, the essay should be as specific as possible in describing the student's interests, and relevant educational, research, commercial, government, or teaching experiences. If applying for more than one program, submit a separate Statement of Purpose for each program.
  7. International Applicants ONLY: Submit a declaration of finances. See Graduate School Admissions information (above) for more details.
  8. Students who have not completed previous courses in accounting, finance, and statistics, will be required to complete and submit Essential Prep certification of such for the Essential Prep Business Ready modules in Accounting and Finance prior to registering for FIN 545 and the Statistics module prior to registering for BADM 550. It is highly recommended that students who have had these courses but are not current in their knowledge in these topics also complete these modules as appropriate, although Essential Prep certification is not required. These modules can be purchased as a package at a greatly reduced rate. Purchase information can be found at (
Required Courses
BADM 535 Management Principles and Practices                               3 SH
BIT 510 Managerial Communication                                           3 SH
BADM 550 Statistical and Quantitative Applications: A Managerial Approach  3 SH
FIN 545 Financial Management and Accounting                                3 SH
BADM 525 Strategic Marketing                                               3 SH
BADM 565 Strategic Management                                              3 SH
BIT 562 Management Information Systems                                     3 SH
BADM 537 Human Resource Management                                         3 SH
BADM 555 International Management                                          3 SH

(Students in specialized cohorts will complete an elective or special
topics course in lieu of International Management.)
BADM 598 Capstone Experience                                               3 SH
BADM 599 Thesis                                                            3 SH

Minimum Total Graduate Program
Credits Required                                                          30 SH