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Master of Science in Management

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Online MS in Management

Advance Your Career with a Master’s in Management Program.

The interdisciplinary curriculum of the online Master of Science in Management program equips you with useful knowledge and skills in managerial practice that you can use in your current job as you move through the program. Courses cover subjects that managers must master to successfully guide direct reports and develop employees, build effective teams, oversee projects, create budgets, handle financial accounting, manage organizational change, solve business problems, and communicate clearly with people at all levels of an organization.

Graduates of this program are prepared to assume responsibilities associated with middle managerial and executive jobs as independent consultants or salaried employees at international corporations, nonprofit organizations, and the Department of Defense and other government agencies.

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

Making your graduate program experience excellent—meet this faculty program director.


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)

Median salary for management analysts is $81,320 (Source: BLS)

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

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.

Business Ethics for Managers

Explore ethical issues in contemporary workplaces by conducting case analyses of scenarios related to corporate social responsibility, business governance, and government relations. Topics of study include the rights and obligations of employers and employees; unprofessional conduct; responsibilities to consumers; environmental protection; hiring and firing practices and discrimination; workplace justice; and navigation of foreign cultures.

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.

Human Resource Management

Understand the role and functions of human resource management in organizations, including staff planning; recruitment and selection; job analysis and design; performance measurement and metrics; labor relations and government regulations; employee training and development; salary and benefits compensation and rewards; human resource policies, practices, and leadership; and management of diverse and international workforces and organizational change. Assignments include case studies that require you to develop and justify ethical and legal solutions to real-world human resource management problems.

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 three business 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
  • Training and Career 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

Formulate sustainable solutions to practical management problems encountered in a complex global environment.

Evaluate different methods and strategies used to develop individuals and manage teams in multiple settings.

Analyze how different functional areas within a business organization affect its strategic direction.

Apply project management tools and techniques in a business environment.

Create sustained and coherent arguments to summarize work for both internal (e.g. management, peers, subordinates) and external audiences.

Develop an ethical argument that challenges existing assumptions or prevailing practices in a business environment.

Generate solutions to business problems through the use of information technologies.

Integrate theory and practice for the purpose of strategic analysis.

Evaluate individual strengths and weaknesses with the desire to update skills and continuously improve.

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Common Careers with an
Online MS in Management


C-Suite Careers (i.e., CEO, CFO, CISO, etc.)

Director of Digital Marketing

Financial Manager

Human Resources VP

Industrial/ Organizational Psychologist

Brian White
Master of Science in Management, 2016

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

Recognitions & Accreditations

Society For Human Resource Management (SHRM) Student Chapter

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

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Institutional Accreditation

Excelsior College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000) The MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Phase: Accredited
Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
Accreditation Granted: 1977
Last Reaffirmation: 2017
Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2021-2022

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

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