Management: Leadership and Organizational
The MSM is a 30 credit hour program offered in two formats: cohort and self-paced. The cohort program is designed around the needs of working managers. Classes meet Tuesday and Thursday evenings for twenty-one months. All cohort program students begin in August. The curriculum proceeds from basic tools of analysis and skills development through understanding of interpersonal and organizational dynamics, to planned change and implementation. Sections are limited to thirty students. Course offerings and section availability are guaranteed to cohort members.
Occasionally, some students desire to proceed either faster or slower than the cohort program. Under exceptional circumstances they may pursue the self-paced format. This is done by enrolling in sections of MSM-required classes that are offered in the MBA program. The vast majority of these are offered at night. Scheduling and space availability cannot be guaranteed.
In either format, interactive teaching methods are emphasized. A master's thesis is optional; a comprehensive exam is incorporated into the concluding capstone course. Graduates from all majors are eligible and welcome.
The curriculum is designed to impart knowledge that leads to effective action. Leadership, teamwork, communication skills, visioning the future, and organizational change are emphasized. Through case studies, class discussion, exercises, group projects, video-taped role playing and simulations, students receive mentoring from a faculty highly experienced in the real world of organizations. There is little emphasis on the passive absorption of knowledge; there is great emphasis on student participation and team work. It is expected that students will interact closely with the faculty, get to know each other well, and become involved in a variety of leadership experiences. The MSM classroom methodologies are dedicated to improving students' writing, presenting, and critical thinking skills. Students will enhance th
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