Master of Science in Management

Master of Science in Management

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Advance Your Career with an Online Master's Degree in Management

The interdisciplinary curriculum of the online Master of Science in Management program equips you with the knowledge and skills in managerial practice that you can use on the job today.

Excelsior’s unique set of core courses starts you off with the high-level collaborative skills and integrated strategic mindset that top employers are looking for in an MSM graduate. You’ll learn with your peers from across our programs and disciplines to begin your graduate education building connections and expanding your worldview in a suite of courses focusing on ethical leadership and strategic talent management.

Courses cover subjects that managers must master to successfully guide direct reports and develop employees, build effective teams, oversee projects, create budgets, handle corporate finances, manage organizational change, solve business problems, and communicate clearly with people at all levels of an organization.

Graduates of this program are prepared to advance their careers as managers, executives and consultants at international corporations, nonprofit organizations and more.

If you’ve already earned graduate credits in business or management, you may be able to finish your degree sooner than you expect.

The program is accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE).


General Business Management, Human Resource Management, Organizational Leadership

Fast Facts:

Among top business career segments, professionals with a master's degree earned 48 percent more per year than those without one (source: BLS)

The median annual wage for management occupations is $105,660—the highest wage of all the major occupational groups (source: BLS 2019)

MSM holders can be found in careers as diverse as project management, human resources, and business development (source:


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Online MS in Management Program Details

Core Courses: 18 Credits

Ethical Leadership

This interdisciplinary course will develop highly effective transformational leaders in their respective professions who formulate sustainable, ethically sound solutions to practical management problems encountered in a complex global environment. You will learn how to set direction and work with multiple constituencies with divergent needs through an ethical lens that includes social responsibility and the intersections of diversity, culture, and environment, and how these differences affect best practices in management in your discipline.

Strategic Talent Management

This interdisciplinary course will enable you to acquire the skills necessary to strategically lead decisively across all functions in organizations, including recruitment and selection of employees, training and development, performance appraisals, health and safety, labor relations, and change management. You will be introduced to leadership and talent management within and across disciplines and apply strategies to the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. This course will integrate legal, management, and social science research with an action learning-based approach to executive-level leadership education. You will have the opportunity to apply these skills through your own disciplinary lens, and will gain an in-depth understanding of how these skills are applied in other disciplines.

Business Communication

Improve your ability to communicate effectively by learning how to write for different audiences, how to create different types of documents, and how to produce verbal and visual presentations. Instruction covers computer-mediated communication, annual reports, management and business reports, methods of inquiry, nonverbal communication, intercultural communication, listening techniques, conflict management, negotiation, meeting management, formal presentations, networking, and interviewing skills.

Global Business Environments

Learn how to assess the impact of an organization’s international strategy on future global business opportunities, predict how fluctuating exchange rates affect the productivity of international firms, and propose an international market entry strategy based on a host nation’s political, economic, and cultural environments. Course material explores cultural factors in international business, global trade, and investment; measurement and reporting of foreign direct investments; regional economic integration; the global monetary system; exchange rate risk analysis; foreign market entry strategy; imports, exports, and global chain supply management; mixed sourcing strategy; sustainable international development; global marketing research and development; and personnel management.

Organizational Behavior

Take a closer look at organizations from a behavioral science perspective. In this course, you examine the interactive dynamics of formal and informal groups, managerial and decision-making activities, and interpersonal and organizational communication strategies. Topics include: organizational change, stress in the workplace, team conflict and negotiation, employee burnout, motivational leadership, and organizational performance.

Project Management Principles and Application

Become familiar with methods and tools that enable you to successfully initiate, plan, execute, control, and close a project. This course shows you how to anticipate, mitigate, and avoid project risk, manage resources, use different budgeting methods, resolve conflicts, and choose appropriate communication, reporting, and documentation tools.

Strategic Management (Master’s in Management Capstone): 3 Credits

In the capstone, you complete a final project that demonstrates what you’ve learned through strategic analysis and assessment of an organization’s internal environment, external environment, and operating environment. You construct a detailed analysis and provide recommendations as to how a company can improve its performance and maximize shareholder value, and then submit a presentation of your ideas to the company’s fictional board of directors.

General Business Management

Choose nine credits in management electives that connect to your career goals.

Human Resource Management

Become a skilled human resource manager by learning how to analyze legal requirements in human resource decision making, and apply resource management principles to support organizational objectives in staffing, employee development, labor relations, conflict resolution, compensation, and benefits practices. Choose one course from each of the following three categories:
Staffing and Development

  • Employee Staffing and Development
  • Change Management

Total Rewards

  • Compensation and Benefits
  • International Human Resources
  • Employment Law
Maintaining High Performance
  • Labor Relations and Conflict Resolution
  • Principles and Practices of Performance Improvement
  • Conflict Management and Alternative Dispute Resolutions

Organizational Leadership

This concentration helps managers become senior-level leaders who directly impact organizational performance and workplace culture. Study key issues and challenges related to the management of organizational change and learn how to apply leadership strategies to manage conflicts in the workplace. Required subjects are:

  • Mediation or Theories of Conflict and Conflict Resolution
  • Leadership
  • Change Management
  • Design, implement, and evaluate the efficacy of solutions for complex business problems.
  • Engage in lifelong learning for professional, career, and personal development.
  • Lead and work effectively and efficiently in diverse team settings and maintain a high level of performance in a professional business environment.
  • Communicate effectively and efficiently to various audiences in a timely and professional manner.
  • Demonstrate leadership and initiative to ethically advance organizational goals and objectives.
  • Demonstrate adaptability, leadership, mentoring skills, and management in one’s chosen career.

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Common Careers with an
Online MS in Management

  • Controller
  • C-Suite Careers (i.e., CEO, CFO, CISO, etc.)
  • Director of Digital Marketing
  • Financial Manager
  • Human Resources VP
  • Industrial/ Organizational Psychologist

Explore Common Careers

I was missing one crucial, key component to my management style: Education.

Brian White
Master's Graduate

Recognitions & Accreditations

Society For Human Resource Management (SHRM) Student Chapter

SHRM has acknowledged that Excelsior University’s concentration in Human Resource Management fully aligns with its HR Curriculum Guidebook and Template. The concentration has achieved alignment renewal through 2025.

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IACBE Accreditation

The School of Business, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Excelsior University received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE), located at 11960 Quivira road in Overland Park, Kansas, USA. Review our IACBE accredited programs.

Review the IACBE Public Disclosure of Student Achievement.
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Institutional Accreditation

Excelsior University is an accredited institution and a member of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE or the Commission) Excelsior University’s accreditation status is accreditation reaffirmed. The Commission’s most recent action on the institution’s accreditation status on June 23, 2022 was to reaffirm accreditation. MSCHE is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education to conduct accreditation and pre-accreditation (candidate status) activities for institutions of higher education including distance, correspondence education, and direct assessment programs offered at those institutions. The Commission’s geographic area of accrediting activities is throughout the United States.

All of Excelsior University’s academic programs are registered (i.e., approved) by the New York State Education Department.