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Management and Organization, MS

CU Denver Business School
Overview

Lead Your Team to the Next Level

The Master of Science in Management and Organization online degree program 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. During the online program, you'll have the opportunity to choose one of our specializations that allow you to tailor your degree or customize the program to fit your needs.

You'll learn how to manage interpersonal dynamics, effectively design organizations, manage human resources, and lead 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.

The MS in Management is designed to be a highly flexible program. Graduates develop critical thinking skills and a managerial mindset. The program consists of four foundational courses along with specializations that allow students to focus on managing people, managing the firm, or managing for sustainability.

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:

  • Business Strategy and Innovation
  • General Track
  • Leadership and Change Management
  • Managing for Sustainability

Program Details

The online MS in Management is designed to be a highly flexible program. Graduates will develop critical thinking skills and a managerial mindset. The program consists of four foundational courses along with specializations that allow students to focus on managing people, managing the firm, or managing for sustainability. Students may also choose a different sequence of management electives to meet specific professional and career goals.

Upon finishing the program, students will be able to:

  • Collaborate effectively, leverage teamwork, and demonstrate leadership skills within diverse business teams and different business settings. 
  • Develop human resources and make managerial decisions that support employee development and organizational success. 
  • Evaluate external and internal environmental characteristics and their impact on organizational design and management decisions.
  • Analyze how management decisions and organizational design align with an organization’s goals and strategy. 
  • Analyze how to lead in various organizational contexts to meet organizational and stakeholder goals, including organizational change.
  • Analyze ethical dilemmas within their legal and social contexts and make decisions in the best interest of employees, the organization, and other key stakeholders.
  • Apply effective professional communication skills to business situations.

Specializations

There are 3 specializations within this program and students can graduate with 2 specializations. Students are not required to choose a specialization and can instead elect a general track. Specializations require 12 hours of related coursework.

Business Strategy and Innovation

You’ll develop and implement strategic plans and learn how to effectively identify, design, and implement organizational change initiatives.

Course topics include:

  • Strategic management
  • Business strategy lab
  • Sustainable change leadership
  • Bargaining and negotiation
  • Business model development and planning

Leadership and Change Management

Leading a team effectively is no small task. Concentrate on honing your skills so you’re ready to make your people your biggest competitive advantage.

Course topics include:

  • Visionary leadership
  • Leadership development
  • Bargaining and negotiation
  • Business ethics and CSR
  • Business strategy lab
  • Sustainable change leadership

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

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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Timeline

The MS Management and Organization curriculum consists of 30 hours of core, specialization or management electives, and free elective courses. The program can be completed in as few as 24 months (6 – 8-week semesters). Students can start the program at three different points in the year: Fall, Spring, or Summer. BUSN 6520 – Leading Individuals and Teams is the preferred first course and is offered first at all three start points. Specializations require 12 hours of related coursework. The election of up to 2 specializations does not extend the length of the program.


Admissions

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.

No GMAT Required, GMAT Waiver
There is no GMAT required for applicants with an undergraduate GPA greater than 3.25 and 5 years of full-time work experience. Applicants who have completed a previous master's or doctorate degree can also have the GMAT requirement waived.

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

Courses

Overview

  • Four core courses
    • Students choose six electives from 9 elective options
  • There are 3 specializations within this program and students can graduate with 2 specializations. 
  • Students are not required to choose a specialization.

Core Courses (12 hours)

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

  • BUSN 6520 – Leading Individuals and Teams
  • MGMT 6320 – Leading Organizational Change
  • MGMT 6360 – Designing Effective Organizations
  • MGMT 6380 – Managing People for Competitive Advantage

Specializations and Management Electives (12 hours)

Choose your courses from 3 specializations or take a general management track.

  • Business Strategy and Innovation
  • Leadership and Change Management
  • Managing for Sustainability

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