| ACADEMICS | Graduate School | Graduate Programs | Master of Science in Management
The Master of Science in Management program at Worcester State University provides you with the theoretical and applied knowledge you need to excel in a highly competitive, rapidly changing business environment. It offers a high-quality education at a competitive cost. Geared toward working adults, our flexible program can be completed part-time. We also offer a 4-Plus option for our current undergraduate business administration majors that enable the undergraduate and graduate degree requirements to be completed in 5 years. You have the option to concentrate in either accounting, leadership, or marketing—and we offer you in-depth study in your area of specialization that reflects current thinking for the real marketplace. In small classes, our expert faculty use case studies, research projects, and analysis of management theories and concepts to ensure that you develop the competencies you need to advance your career. You’ll not only master your chosen content area, but you’ll also further develop your critical analysis abilities, creative problem-solving skills, ethical reasoning, technical proficiency, and global perspective. With specialized knowledge in their field and applied learning experience, our graduates have a competitive edge in today’s job market. They go on to find success in such roles as accountants, senior managers, marketing managers, research analysts, and brand managers.
In addition to the Graduate School’s general admission requirements, you must also:
If you have a bachelor’s degree in
business administration with a cumulative 3.25 GPA from an accredited
U.S. college or university, we will waive your GMAT requirement.
Admission to this program is a rolling
process, and applicants can take up to 6 credits prior to being accepted
into the program.
Prerequisite RequirementsThe following undergraduate prerequisites apply to all students entering the program:
In addition to the above prerequisites,
accounting concentration applicants must also complete additional
Marketing concentration applicants must also complete an additional undergraduate prerequisite:
The M.S. in Management degree requires the completion of 36 credit hours of graduate courses.
Students with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a
cumulative 3.25 GPA from an accredited U.S. college or university may
waive 6 credit hours. A maximum of 2 of the following courses can be
A minimum grade of a B in prior courses
is required for all waived and transferred courses. All waivers require
the approval of the program coordinator.The curriculum is comprised of 8 core courses, 4 required courses in each concentration, and electives. Core CoursesBA910 - Information Technology1BA911 - Accounting for Managerial Decisions2BA912 - Marketing Management1 4BA913 - Managerial EconomicsBA914 - Organizational Behavior1BA915 - Corporate Finance1BA916 - Quantitative Analysis and Research MethodsBA990 - Integrative Business StrategyAC923 - Advanced Government and Nonprofit Accounting31May
be waived for students admitted with undergraduate GPA greater than
3.25 from an accredited U.S. college/university for students with
Business Administration undergraduate majors. In consultation with the
graduate coordinator, these students may choose to waive 2 of these 4
core classes.2May be waived for students in the accounting concentration.3May
substitute for BA911 for students in the accounting concentration.
However, AC923 is only offered if there is sufficient student demand for
this course.4Students in the marketing concentration cannot waive this course.
our courses in leadership theory, organizational development and
change, and ethics and social responsibility, you’ll gain insights
critical to developing processes and plans to position your organization
for future growth. Our elective courses give you flexibility to explore
leadership in small businesses or international organizations,
motivation of teams, negotiating skills, and human resources issues.An
important element of this concentration is our emphasis on applied
learning. With guidance from the program coordinator, you will create a
customized Action Learning Professional Leadership Project that
complements your coursework and career aspirations.Leadership Required Courses (12 credits)BA960 - Leadership Theory and SkillsBA961 - Organizational Development and ChangeBA962 - Ethics and Social Responsibility of LeadershipBA963 - Action Learning Professional Leadership ProjectLeadership Elective CoursesBA970 - Seminar in LeadershipBA971 - Entrepreneurship and Small Business ManagementBA972 - Motivation and Leadership of TeamsBA973 - Leading in the International Business EnvironmentBA974 - NegotiationsBA975 - Leadership Perspectives of Human Resources and the Legal EnvironmentBA976 - Selected Topics in Leadership
Companies now have
access to a wide variety of data and want to use predictive analysis for
marketing planning. An essential element in this concentration is the
emphasis on developing a proficiency in quantitative skills needed to
use databases as well as conduct market research and consumer behavior
analysis.Our classes in research methods, global marketing,
consumer behavior, and more will arm you with the knowledge you need to
develop, execute, and analyze marketing campaigns. You will distinguish
yourself from the competition with a breadth of skills in market
research, strategic planning, creative implementation, and campaign
analysis. Marketing Required CoursesBA920 - Global Marketing ManagementBA921 - Consumer BehaviorBA922 - Research Methods for Marketing DecisionsBA923 - Integrated Marketing CommunicationsMarketing Elective CourseBA924 - Sales Management
Our department is hosting an information session for current WSU business majors interested in earning a B.S. in Business Administration and a M.S. in Management in 5 years. Mon., Oct. 264 - 5 p.m.Sullivan Academic Center, Room 205 It’s a great way to learn more about WSU’s 4-Plus option and the graduate program’s 3 tracks in accounting, leadership, and marketing. Contact Dr. Elizabeth Wark to register.