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Sociology program

Management and Organization, MS

CU Denver Business School

Lead Your Team to the Next Level

The Master of Science in Management and Organization degree prepares you for leadership roles in both public and private sector organizations. Our students are professionals who challenge themselves to become stronger leaders who are ready to make the big decisions. Dive deep into one of our specializations that allow you to tailor your degree or customize the program to fit your needs.

At a Glance:

  • Full-time and part-time options
  • Start terms: fall, spring, summer
  • Top-ranked faculty leading the field in their research
  • Specializations to tailor your degree

The following specializations can be completed entirely online:

  • Managing for Sustainability
  • Strategic Management
  • General Track

Program Details

In our MS in Management and Organization program, you’ll understand how to manage interpersonal dynamics, effectively design organizations and manage human resources and lead change. A career-focused group, our students are looking to take a leadership role in their organizations to drive change.

Unlike an MBA, which covers a number of different business functions such as accounting and finance, this degree specializes in the human and organizational aspects of business. You'll dive deeper into topics such as organizational change, leadership and strategy.

You’ll be taught by a mix of expert faculty who do high-quality research and have extensive work experience in diverse organizations. CU Denver management faculty have consistently published in top journals for their research.


Specializations require 12 hours of related coursework.

Managing for Sustainability

Companies are embracing social and environmental responsibility as a core business strategy. Learn about what businesses are facing in a world where resources are scarce, social safety nets are declining and customers are concerned about a company’s investment in corporate responsibility.

Course topics include:

  • Business ethics and corporate social responsibility
  • Marketing and sustainability
  • Supply chain management
  • Global climate change

Strategic Management

Strategy examines the development of firm strategic plans and implementation through careful resource allocation. This specialization provides the leadership skills are required for organizations to effectively meet their objectives. Prerequisites may be required for some courses. 

Course topics include:

  • Marketing dynamics in the 21st century
  • Financial management
  • Strategic management

Tuition and Fees

Investing in your future is a big decision. However, becoming a fully online student at the University of Colorado is a high-quality and affordable option for learners of all types. Tuition and fees are based largely on the degree program you enroll in.

The tuition amount assessed is determined based on which University of Colorado campus, school, or college is offering your degree program, as well as if it is at the undergrad or graduate level, and finally your resident status. Visit our tuition and financial aid page for more information.

Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.

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The MS Management and Organization curriculum consists of 30 hours of core, specialization or management electives, and free elective courses.

Specializations require 12 hours of related coursework.


Admission requirements and deadlines vary based on the program. In addition, you will have different requirements depending on if you are a first-time student, a transfer student, or an international student.

Learn more about the admissions process by filling out the form above or contacting an Enrollment Navigator today.

Career Outlook

You'll have full access to our Business Career Connections team for life. With over 10 years of recruiting and advising experience, they'll help you navigate your way through the corporate recruiting process. Our connections to over 300 business partners provide exclusive opportunities to network with industry leaders. Their services include:

  • Career workshops – perfect your resume, LinkedIn profile, and job search process
  • Individual appointments – explore what your personal career path looks like, review your resume, or schedule a mock interview
  • Career events – hone your networking skills and meet hiring managers from top companies
  • Job announcements – monthly emails with the latest job and internship opportunities specific to your degree


The MS Management and Organization curriculum consists of 30 hours of core, specialization or management electives, and free elective courses.

Core courses (12 hours)

Begin your degree by building a strong foundation of leadership and organizational structure and change. Course topics include:

  • Leading individuals and teams
  • Leading organizational change
  • Designing effective organizations
  • Managing people for competitive advantage

Management electives and specializations (12 hours)

Dive deeper into topics that matter most to your career. We offer specializations or pick and choose courses that best align with your career goals. Courses can be chosen from any management, international business, or entrepreneurship offering.

Free electives (6 hours)

Explore other business courses relevant for your success including areas such as:

  • Accounting
  • Business analytics
  • Finance
  • Health administration
  • Information systems
  • Marketing
  • Risk management