Management master of science degree

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Overview

Gain the problem-solving skills needed for success in a variety of management positions. Designed both for students without business experience or those who have earned an undergraduate business degree, the program prepares professionals for management roles within a range of industries. The management masters features four tracks –global management and supply chain management, product and service development, leadership, and a flexible option – that enable you to customize your degree to meet your career goals. Through real-world experience, you’ll be prepared for a rewarding career in management.


The MS in management is designed for students who have a liberal arts, science, or technology background and who have little to no experience in business management. The 9- to 12-month program provides students with a solid foundation in business expertise while offering a specialization in one of the following tracks: global management and supply chain management, product and service development, leadership, or flexible.

Plan of study

The program consists of 30 credit hours, which includes a graduate project or comprehensive exam. Students selecting a graduate project should use one of their electives to enroll in Graduate Project (MGMT-791) in the spring or summer term.

Tracks

The global management and supply chain management track prepares students to be effective business leaders in today’s global economy. Course work provides a background in significant aspects of managing and operating a multi-national business, including international competitive strategy, cross-cultural human resource management, global marketing, and global logistics and operation management.

The product and service development track develops skills needed to manage the technology development process, coordinate R&D and marketing functions of an organization, and capture value from the commercialization process with business model innovation. Career opportunities range from critical analysis positions, technology and new product project manager positions, brand managers, and functional management occupations like CIO, CTO, and CEOs of technology start-ups.

The leadership track develops individual leadership styles and skills needed to manage and lead people and organizations. It positions students for advancement to an executive-level managerial position.

Students also have the opportunity to customize their program. By using elective courses, students may choose graduate courses in a number of exciting fields across all of RIT's colleges. The program prepares students for leadership positions and careers in management.

The flexible track is aimed at professionals with a specific industry and/or technology focus and provides the necessary business skills to become a leader in their desired field. The track gives students the flexibility to take science, technology, and art courses from other RIT colleges, allowing them to manage in specialized industries with a technology-oriented focus.

Industries


  • Health Care

  • Electronic and Computer Hardware

  • Government (Local, State, Federal)

  • Management Consulting

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Curriculum

Management (global management and supply chain management track), MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
MGMT-740
Organizational Behavior and Leadership
This course examines why people behave as they do in organizations and what managers can do to improve organizational performance by influencing people's behavior. Students will learn a number of frameworks for diagnosing and dealing with managerial challenges dynamics at the individual, group and organizational level. Topics include leadership, motivation, team building, conflict, organizational change, cultures, decision making, and ethical leadership.
3
MGMT-735
Managing of Innovation in Products and Services
This course addresses the management of innovation, sustainable technology, and the importance of technology-based innovation for the growth of the global products and services industries. The course integrates three major themes: (1) leading-edge concepts in innovation, (2) the role of technology in creating global competitive advance in both product-based and services-based industries, and (3) the responsibility of businesses related to sustainability. The importance of digital technology as an enabler of innovative services is covered throughout the course. (completion of four graduate business courses)
3
MGMT-755
Negotiations
This course is designed to teach the art and science of negotiation so that one can negotiate successfully in a variety of settings, within one's day-to-day experiences and, especially, within the broad spectrum of negotiation problems faced by managers and other professionals. Individual class sessions will explore the many ways that people think about and practice negotiation skills and strategies in a variety of contexts.
3
INTB-710
Global Business Analytics
This course is designed to help students, regardless their backgrounds, to identify global business opportunities, possess necessary analytical skills to evaluate these opportunities, and understand the strategies to explore these opportunities to serve transnational businesses’ goals. Students will be exposed to a variety of analytical skill sets such as collecting and analyzing institutional and primary international business data, reading the multinational firm-level data and understanding how global expansion impacts firms’ bottom lines, developing foreign exchange hedging strategies, and apprehending the basic practices of international trade and foreign investment.
3
DECS-743
Operations and Supply Chain Management
Study of the management of operations and supply chain management. Encompasses both manufacturing and services. Topics include operations and supply chain strategy, ethical behavior, forecasting; work systems, inventory management, capacity and materials planning, lean operation, supply chain design and closed-loop supply chains, global operations, quality management, quality control, and quality improvement, project management; and current issues.
3
INTB-780
Global Issues and Strategies
This course will focus on contemporary international and global business issues, such as governance, outsourcing and offshoring, role of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), etc. It will emphasize faculty-directed student research projects.
3
MGMT-791
Graduate Project or Business Elective†
This course is used to fulfill the graduate project requirement for the MS degree in management. The candidate must obtain approval from an appropriate faculty member to supervise the paper before registering for this course. A corporate-oriented research project designed by the candidate and his or her advisor to explore a salient management-related issue.
3
 
Seminar in Ethics/Corporate Responsibility*
0
 
Track Elective
3
  
Business Elective
3
 
Free Elective
3
Total Semester Credit Hours
30

† Students must complete a graduate project or a comprehensive exam plus an additional business elective.

Management, MS degree, (leadership track), typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
MGMT-740
Organizational Behavior and Leadership
This course examines why people behave as they do in organizations and what managers can do to improve organizational performance by influencing people's behavior. Students will learn a number of frameworks for diagnosing and dealing with managerial challenges dynamics at the individual, group and organizational level. Topics include leadership, motivation, team building, conflict, organizational change, cultures, decision making, and ethical leadership.
3
MGMT-735
Managing of Innovation in Products and Services
This course addresses the management of innovation, sustainable technology, and the importance of technology-based innovation for the growth of the global products and services industries. The course integrates three major themes: (1) leading-edge concepts in innovation, (2) the role of technology in creating global competitive advance in both product-based and services-based industries, and (3) the responsibility of businesses related to sustainability. The importance of digital technology as an enabler of innovative services is covered throughout the course. (completion of four graduate business courses)
3
MGMT-755
Negotiations
This course is designed to teach the art and science of negotiation so that one can negotiate successfully in a variety of settings, within one's day-to-day experiences and, especially, within the broad spectrum of negotiation problems faced by managers and other professionals. Individual class sessions will explore the many ways that people think about and practice negotiation skills and strategies in a variety of contexts.
3
MGMT-741
Managing Organizational Change
This course addresses the importance of organizational change in maintaining a flexible, dynamic, and responsive organization, by examining various theories and approaches currently used to assist organizations in achieving planned change. The role of the leader in achieving organizational change is emphasized. The features of successful change in organizations will be discussed, including the structural, motivational, interpersonal, and social aspects of organizational change.
3
MGMT-763
Behavioral Skills for Managers and Professionals
This course provides the opportunity to develop individual and interpersonal skills that enhance managerial performance in today's high-performance organization. Each student will perform in each of the major skill dimensions, and will be given evaluative feedback and the opportunity to incorporate the implications of that feedback into additional performance opportunities. Course participants are also provided with the opportunity to assess their career work preferences and to compare them with the performance expectations of managerial positions. The management styles of each participant are assessed, and the impact is clarified of the behaviors that flow from each style on the perceptions and performance of others in the organization. (No prerequisite for MS-Manufacturing Leadership students.)
3
MGMT-791
Graduate Project or Business Elective†
This course is used to fulfill the graduate project requirement for the MS degree in management. The candidate must obtain approval from an appropriate faculty member to supervise the paper before registering for this course. A corporate-oriented research project designed by the candidate and his or her advisor to explore a salient management-related issue.
3
 
Seminar in Ethics/Corporate Responsibility*
0
 
Track Elective
3
 
Business Electives
6
 
Free Elective
3
Total Semester Credit Hours
30

* May be waived if student has already completed an ethics/corporate social responsibility course.

† Students must complete a graduate project or a comprehensive exam plus an additional business elective.

Management, MS degree, (product and service development track), typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
MGMT-740
Organizational Behavior and Leadership
This course examines why people behave as they do in organizations and what managers can do to improve organizational performance by influencing people's behavior. Students will learn a number of frameworks for diagnosing and dealing with managerial challenges dynamics at the individual, group and organizational level. Topics include leadership, motivation, team building, conflict, organizational change, cultures, decision making, and ethical leadership.
3
MGMT-735
Managing of Innovation in Products and Services
This course addresses the management of innovation, sustainable technology, and the importance of technology-based innovation for the growth of the global products and services industries. The course integrates three major themes: (1) leading-edge concepts in innovation, (2) the role of technology in creating global competitive advance in both product-based and services-based industries, and (3) the responsibility of businesses related to sustainability. The importance of digital technology as an enabler of innovative services is covered throughout the course. (completion of four graduate business courses)
3
MGMT-755
Negotiations
This course is designed to teach the art and science of negotiation so that one can negotiate successfully in a variety of settings, within one's day-to-day experiences and, especially, within the broad spectrum of negotiation problems faced by managers and other professionals. Individual class sessions will explore the many ways that people think about and practice negotiation skills and strategies in a variety of contexts.
3
MGMT-720
Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation
This course studies the process of creating new ventures with an emphasis on understanding the role of the entrepreneur in identifying opportunities, seeking capital and other resources, and managing the formation and growth of a new venture.
3
MGMT-743
Advanced Topics in Technology Management
This course is the advanced treatment of topics introduced in the core course offering, MGMT 735. It reviews topics introduced in the core such as disruptive technology and adds significant new content on such topics as user innovation and organizational ambidexterity. Successful completion will prepare students for leadership and significant contributions as group members for any new technology development project.
3
MGMT-791
Graduate Project or Business Elective†
This course is used to fulfill the graduate project requirement for the MS degree in management. The candidate must obtain approval from an appropriate faculty member to supervise the paper before registering for this course. A corporate-oriented research project designed by the candidate and his or her advisor to explore a salient management-related issue.
3
 
Seminar in Ethics/Corporate Responsibility*
0
 
Business Electives
6
 
Free Electives
3
 
Track Elective
3
Total Semester Credit Hours
30

* May be waived if student has already completed an ethics/corporate social responsibility course.

† Students must complete a graduate project or a comprehensive exam plus an additional business elective.

Management, MS degree, (flexible option track), typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
MGMT-740
Organizational Behavior and Leadership
This course examines why people behave as they do in organizations and what managers can do to improve organizational performance by influencing people's behavior. Students will learn a number of frameworks for diagnosing and dealing with managerial challenges dynamics at the individual, group and organizational level. Topics include leadership, motivation, team building, conflict, organizational change, cultures, decision making, and ethical leadership.
3
MGMT-735
Managing of Innovation in Products and Services
This course addresses the management of innovation, sustainable technology, and the importance of technology-based innovation for the growth of the global products and services industries. The course integrates three major themes: (1) leading-edge concepts in innovation, (2) the role of technology in creating global competitive advance in both product-based and services-based industries, and (3) the responsibility of businesses related to sustainability. The importance of digital technology as an enabler of innovative services is covered throughout the course. (completion of four graduate business courses)
3
MGMT-755
Negotiations
This course is designed to teach the art and science of negotiation so that one can negotiate successfully in a variety of settings, within one's day-to-day experiences and, especially, within the broad spectrum of negotiation problems faced by managers and other professionals. Individual class sessions will explore the many ways that people think about and practice negotiation skills and strategies in a variety of contexts.
3
 
Seminar in Ethics/Corporate Social Responsibility*
0
DECS-744
Project Management
A study in the principles of project management and the application of various tools and techniques for project planning and control. This course focuses on the leadership role of the project manager, and the roles and responsibilities of the team members. Considerable emphasis is placed on statements of work and work breakdown structures. The course uses a combination of lecture/discussion, group exercises, and case studies.
3
Choose one of the following:
3
  MGIS-650
   Introduction to Data Analytics and Business Intelligence
This course serves as an introduction to data analysis including both descriptive and inferential statistical techniques. Contemporary data analytics and business intelligence tools will be explored through realistic problem assignments.
 
  MGIS-735
   Design and Information Systems
Students who complete this course will understand the principles and practices employed to analyze information needs and design appropriate IT-based solutions to address business challenges and opportunities. They will learn how to conduct requirements analysis, approach the design or redesign of business processes, communicate designs decisions to various levels of management, and work in a project-based environment.
 
Choose one of the following:
3
  ACCT-603
   Accounting for Decision Makers
A graduate-level introduction to the use of accounting information by decision makers. The focus of the course is on two subject areas: (1) financial reporting concepts/issues and the use of general-purpose financial statements by internal and external decision makers and (2) the development and use of special-purpose financial information intended to assist managers in planning and controlling an organization's activities. Generally accepted accounting principles and issues related to International Financial Reporting Standards are considered while studying the first subject area and ethical issues impacting accounting are considered throughout.
 
  FINC-758
   Seminar in Finance
Special topics seminars offer an in-depth examination of current events, issues and problems unique to finance. Specific topics will vary depending upon student and faculty interests and on recent events in the business world. Seminar topics for a specific semester will be announced prior to the course offering. These seminars may be repeated for credit since topics will normally vary from semester to semester. (instructor-determined)
 
Choose one of the following:
3
  MGMT-791
   Graduate Project
This course is used to fulfill the graduate project requirement for the MS degree in management. The candidate must obtain approval from an appropriate faculty member to supervise the paper before registering for this course. A corporate-oriented research project designed by the candidate and his or her advisor to explore a salient management-related issue.
 
 
   Comprehensive Exam, Business Elective
 
 
Free Electives
9
Total Semester Credit Hours
30

* May be waived if student has already completed an ethics/corporate social responsibility course.

† Students must complete a graduate project or a comprehensive exam plus an additional business elective.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS program in management, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete a graduate application.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college.
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 for GMAT waiver*.
  • Submit scores from GMAT or GRE (GMAT preferred). Scores cannot be more than five years old.
  • Submit an essay based on one of the following topics: (1) describe an ethical dilemma you have faced and how you resolved it; (2) explain what you have learned from a managerial, leadership, or team experience that was not completely successfully; or (3) describe your greatest professional achievement and how you added value to your organization. The essay should be typed, double-spaced, and two pages in length.
  • Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. A minimum TOEFL score of 92 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 7.0 is required. The English language test score requirement is waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions.

* The GMAT may be waived if an applicant has a GPA of 3.25 or higher, or they can present evidence of professional work experience of six or more years. Students who cannot submit a GMAT, GRE, or one of the two waiver requirements may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

For further information about program specific GMAT/GRE waiver opportunities, tips on personal statements, and additional guidance on how to submit a successful application, please visit Saunders College of Business Admissions Requirements.

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