Move forward with an advanced business degree.

Marian University offers a 100% online Master of Science in Management for professionals who are ready to move into leadership roles as managers of an organization whether in private business, non-profit, or government entities.

The MS in Management prepares students with the knowledge and problem-solving experience needed to succeed in a variety of management positions. As an alternative to the MBA, the MS in Management helps students learn how to successfully manage all aspects of organizational resources and is perfect for those students who want to increase their responsibilities and value as an employee.

As a Marian MPath Flexible Program student, you’ll benefit from:

  • 100% online course format
  • Twelve possible starts per year
  • Choose new courses every 4 weeks
  • Custom degree completion plan at student-set pace  
  • Finish your degree in as few as 16 months

If your professional path is pointing you toward managerial roles, you’ll benefit from our curriculum grounded in principles that help leaders adapt to the changing business world of today. Read on to learn more about our online Master of Science in Management program and how it can help you in your career.

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MPath Online Program Schedule: Flexible Program

The online Master of Science in Management is designed for professionals who are ready to make a move into leadership in their workplace. Further your education with the convenience of a program made to fit the lives of independent adult learners like yourself. The flexible program provides 12 convenient starts per year and non-sequential courses often without pre-requisites, making it easy to set your own pace and design your completion plan.

As a Marian MPath student you’ll move through the flexible program with a clear path ahead to your MS in Management and the start of a new phase of your career. Comprehensive distance learning support and a robust, interactive learning experience available day or night round out your education. Marian recognizes where you’ve come from and what you need to move forward into the future you are envisioning.

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The Program

The Master of Science in Management program prepares students for leadership and managerial roles through a program that promotes the development of ethical leaders. Marian graduates are prepared to transform businesses through innovative approaches. Our curriculum advances leadership skills through mastery of relevant subject matter in courses such as Business Analytics, Leading Teams, Operations Management, and Managerial Accounting & Control.

30 credits:

Examination of intrapersonal emotional intelligence (EI) through self-awareness and self-discipline. Students will comprehend confidence, self-esteem, positive thinking, planning and problem solving. Through self-assessment and self-control learners will discuss assertiveness, adaptability and positive thinking.

Exploration of emotional intelligence (EI) catalysts through the examination of employee success factors including motivation initiative, drive, resilience, attitude, passion, and engagement. This course will help leaders learn new ways to help employees contribute to organizational success.

Exploration of emotional intelligence (EI) through increasing interpersonal awareness of how to advance and improve employees through showing empathy, increasing understanding of organizational and personal social awareness. Assisting leaders to increase rapport in work settings while enhancing communication.

Examination of how leaders effectively function in global economic environments. This overview will help leaders understand their role as well as the expected contribution of employees at various levels of organizational stages.

Exploration of leading teams through influencing and negotiation with and without authority. Learners will examine best practices for negotiating all facets of leadership including contracts, labor agreements and collective bargaining.

Exploration of leading teams responsibly and ethically. By developing understanding of how ethical leadership influences decision-making learners will begin to comprehend how responsibility connects to business performance.

Introduction to managerial accounting for non-accountant leaders or people managers. Throughout this course, learners will gain skills on how to review financial reports for understanding and learn to make educated decisions based on provided report information.

Exploration of managerial accounting by understanding financial statements, risk, and rates of return. Learners will further examine organizational accounting costing structures and best practices for comprehending financial reports.

Exploration of managerial accounting by understanding financial statements, risk, and rates of return. Learners will further examine organizational accounting budgeting, costing systems and return on investment.

Examination of fundamental concepts needed to understand data mining, visualization and descriptive statistics to assist in business decision making. Learners will review data summarization and application of analytics to advance comprehension for various business environments.

Exploration of business analytics with focus on comprehension of the importance of proper forecasting, budgeting, and cost controls measures used to maximize profitability. Students will become familiar with budgeting and forecasting tools used in a variety of business environments.

Overview of business analytics with focus on comprehension of the importance of profit and loss statements combined with the examination of the relationship between business analytics and business results. Learners will begin to distinguish vital versus inconsequential information to make business decisions based on observations.

Introduction to the knowledge, skills, tool and behaviors of successful project management. Students will examine the concepts of project management strategy, organization and project definition to increase understanding of projects inside and outside of various business environments.

Overview of project management examining effective project management planning techniques and risk assessment. Learners will study various project management case studies involving successful scheduling using work breakdown structures.

Exploration of project management examining the role of project manager as an effective leader. Discussion of how to use skills and talents of management teams to effectively complete projects timely and within budgetary expectations

Overview of the framework, concepts, techniques and strategies to develop foundational decision making in complex business environments. Learners will engage in the practical application of decision making to build strategic frameworks.

Exploration of strategy and decision making at multiple organizational levels through the lens of ethical decision makers. Evaluation of organizational culture based upon ethical methodology. Students will discover ethical boundaries and strategic ways to preserve integrity in challenging situations.

Overview of strategy and decision-making policies and exploration of social responsibility at all organizational levels. Learners will examine tactics, strategies and socially responsible decision-making principles.

Overview of how ambiguity and change occur in organizational settings. Learners will discuss strategies used during organizational change and sense making which support healthy communication and relationship building.

Exploration of managing ambiguity and uncertainty by increasing awareness regarding diversity and the importance of working through a diverse workforce. Further, learners will discover shared power concepts and how to accomplish goals working through others.

Examination of managing ambiguity and uncertainty describing cross-functional teams, dysfunctional teams and best practices navigating organizational culture in the team framework. Further, learners will discover a more robust comprehension of how cooperation and collaboration improve team dynamics.

Study of operations management and its importance as the support structure for many organizations in today’s global economy. Beginning with an overview of understanding operational structure and cultures, this course will prepare learners to comprehend and implement organizational change through the operational work stream.

Overview of operations management with specific focus on comprehension of how supply chain and inventory management support operations management. Learners will continue to understand the structural importance of operations in successful business performance.

Examination of operations management with specific focus on developing strategic and tactical approaches, which benefit organizations. Learners will continue to develop theoretical understanding of the structural importance of operations and describe practical application leading to successful business performance.

Field based exploration of a specific major work-related project or initiative either team based or project based to accomplish a pre-determined and agreed upon goal. Phase one of the project includes concepts such as initiating, planning, staffing, budgeting, executing, and piloting/testing, up through project completion.

Continuation of field based exploration of a specific major work-related project or initiative either team based or project based to accomplish a pre-determined and agreed upon goal. Phase two of the project focuses on practical implementation. The goal for learners is to work with key stakeholders to implement the project selected in phase one.

Field based exploration of a specific major work-related project or initiative either team based or project based to accomplish a pre-determined and agreed upon goal. Phase three of the project focuses on project completion through situational awareness and stakeholder feedback. Through monitoring, and continuous feedback projects are refined and adjusted while approaching full successful completion.

Overview of experiential learning experience using skills and competencies developed throughout the Master’s in Management program. This course requires learners to submit a proposal representing a specific adaptive challenge or work-based opportunity unique to each specific student’s life experiences. Students may base the proposed project on application of academic coursework or current situations in other areas such as work places or school.

Overview of experiential learning experience using skills and competencies developed throughout the Master’s in Management program. This course requires learners to submit a proposal representing a specific adaptive challenge or work-based opportunity unique to each specific student’s life experience. Students may base the proposed project on application of academic coursework or from current situations in other areas such as work or school.

Overview of experiential learning experience using skills and competencies developed throughout the Master’s in Management program. This course requires learners to submit a proposal representing a specific adaptive challenge or work-based opportunity unique to each specific student’s life experiences. The final submission should reflect students’ full synthesis of competencies throughout all facets of project proposal from creation through completion.

Program learning outcomes

  • Business Acumen: Analyze the organization’s competitive position by considering the market and industry trends, existing and potential customers (internal and external), and strengths and weaknesses as compared to competitors, and use evidence to manage and lead within the organization.
  • Problem Solving: Demonstrate professional practice in anticipating, recognizing, researching, and planning to address both technical problems and adaptive challenges in managing both opportunity and risk in the work of the organization.
  • Personal Effectiveness: Develop and articulate a vision and goals in support of the business’ mission. Demonstrate skilled professional performance in diagnosis, design, and implementation of change processes that maximize the contribution of each person and resource you manage in the organization to attaining that vision.
  • Communications: Use multiple communication skillsets (interpersonal, negotiation, presentation, networking, dialog) to achieve common understanding, build common cause and gain commitment and support for current and planned action from all stakeholders (including clients and customers).
  • Managing and Leading: Manage and lead the professional development, and work of productive teams within the organization, based on vision, goals, interactive strategic planning, foresight, and evidence.
  • Influencing Others: Develop relationships that enables stakeholders to find common ground, develop and display empathy, build bonds of trust, and negotiate decisions leading to mutually beneficial outcomes while advancing the mission, vision and goals of the organization.
  • Thinking creatively and Innovatively: Think in divergent, creative and generative ways that result in innovative ideas, concepts, models, approaches, and solutions.

The MSM practicum is a culmination of theory and practical application. Through the completion of the experiential learning project, students will showcase their competencies and skills creating modern solutions for current business challenges. The practicum includes field-based exploration of projects and engaging work-related activities designed to broaden your approach as learners and leaders.

Marian’s Leader as Learner capstone course is a project-based course that helps students work collaboratively and use critical thinking with a high-degree of emotional intelligence. Students will apply learning from their program to solve a business leader/ managerial related problem.

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