Get an edge in your career.
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, this flexible program can be completed part time. Current undergraduate business administration majors may enroll in a 4-Plus option that enables 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 the program offers you in-depth study in your area of specialization that reflects current thinking for the real marketplace.
In small classes, 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 will not only master your chosen content area but 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, graduates of this program 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.
The accounting concentration not only helps you advance your career but also prepares you to sit for the certified public accountant exam.
Classes in taxation, accounting, auditing, financial theory, and international finance will expand your knowledge of the important role accountants play in the business world and how they serve their communities. Completion of this concentration qualifies graduates to sit for the CPA exam—a valuable addition to a master’s degree from Worcester State University.
Accounting Concentration Required Courses (12 credits)
- AC-910 Taxation of Individuals and Proprietors
- AC-911 Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders
- AC-912 Advanced Accounting Theory
- AC-913 Advanced Auditing Theory and Practice
Accounting Elective Courses
- AC-920 Advanced Problems in Accounting
- AC-930 Advanced Financial Theory
- AC-932 International Finance and Economics
- AC-950 Seminar Topics in Taxation
- AC-951 Seminar in Issues in Accounting Ethics
The leadership concentration gives you the skills essential to effectively manage organizations of all types and sizes in today’s highly competitive environments.
Through courses in leadership theory, organizational development and change, and ethics and social responsibility, you will gain insights critical to developing processes and plans to position your organization for future growth. Elective courses give you flexibility to explore leadership in small businesses or international organizations, motivation of teams, negotiation skills, and human resource issues.
An important element of this concentration is the 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)
- BA-960 Leadership Theory and Skills
- BA-961 Organizational Development and Change
- BA-962 Ethics and Social Responsibility of Leadership
- BA-963 Action Learning Professional Leadership Project
Leadership Elective Courses
- BA-970 Seminar in Leadership
- BA-971 Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
- BA-972 Motivation and Leadership of Teams
- BA-973 Leading in the International Business Environment
- BA-974 Negotiations
- BA-975 Leadership Perspectives of Human Resources and the Legal Environment
- BA-976 Selected Topics in Leadership
The marketing concentration provides you with the analytical, technical, conceptual knowledge, and applications demanded by organizations to improve their positioning in today’s highly competitive marketplace.
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 and 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 Courses
- BA-920 Global Marketing Management
- BA-921 Consumer Behavior
- BA-922 Research Methods for Marketing Decisions
- BA-923 Integrated Marketing Communications
Marketing Elective Course
- BA-924 Sales Management
The Master of Science in Management requires the completion of 36 credit hours of graduate courses. Students with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a cumulative 3.0 GPA from an accredited US college or university may waive 6 credit hours. A maximum of 2 of the following courses can be waived:
- BA-910 Information Technology
- BA-912 Marketing Management
- BA-914 Organizational Behavior
- BA-915 Corporate Finance
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 comprises 8 core courses, 4 required courses in each concentration, and electives.
- BA-910 Information Technology1
- BA-911 Accounting for Managerial Decisions2
- BA-912 Marketing Management1 4
- BA-913 Managerial Economics
- BA-914 Organizational Behavior1
- BA-915 Corporate Finance1
- BA-916 Quantitative Analysis and Research Methods
- BA-990 Integrative Business Strategy
- AC-923 Advanced Government and Nonprofit Accounting3
1May be waived for students admitted with undergraduate GPA greater than 3.0 from an accredited US 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 BA-911 for students in the accounting concentration. However, AC-923 is only offered if there is sufficient student demand for this course.
4Students in the marketing concentration cannot waive this course.
In addition to the graduate school’s general admission requirements, you must also:
- take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and have the results sent to the graduate school and
- submit 3 letters of recommendation from professors and/or supervisors.
If you have a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a cumulative 3.0 GPA from an accredited US college or university, we will waive your GMAT requirement.
Admission to this program is on a rolling basis, and applicants can take up to 6 credits prior to being accepted into the program.
The following prerequisites apply to all students entering the program:
- Principles of Management or Organizational Behavior
- Undergraduate Accounting
- Business Law
- Computer Applications
- College Mathematics (College Algebra or higher)
In addition to the above admissions prerequisites, students in the accounting concentration must also complete undergraduate Accounting I and II, Intermediate Accounting I and II, and an undergraduate Auditing (theory) course. Students in the marketing concentration, in addition to the above admissions prerequisites, must also complete an undergraduate Principles of Marketing and a Marketing Research course.
Note: All undergraduate prerequisites to the MS in Management program will follow WSU’s transfer policy, which accepts undergraduate transfer grades of C- or better.