Online Master's in Management
Master of Science in Management
Whether you’re interested in advancing in your current field or developing a new business idea from the ground up, Colorado Technical University's Master of Science in Management degree program is designed to provide the opportunity to learn skills and knowledge for today’s global business environment. To help meet the evolving needs of a new generation of leadership professionals, CTU’s Master of Science in Management degree builds on a core foundation of industry-relevant management concepts and practices. By choosing from one of five areas of concentration, students are able to tailor their curriculum to meet individual job responsibilities and/or organizational needs.
Concentrations for the master of science in management include:
- Information systems security
- IT and project management
- Organizational leadership and change
- Project management
- Public administration
Finish your online Master's in Management degree with a Management Capstone where you will have the opportunity to complete an in-depth project utilizing discipline-specific strategies.
Ranked Among the Best Online Graduate Business Programs
For the eighth consecutive year, CTU's Master of Science in Management degree programs are ranked among the Best Online Master's in Business Programs (excluding MBA) by U.S. News & World Report.*
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* CTU programs are ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s 2023 Best Online Programs.
- June 13, 2023
- July 25, 2023
- August 29, 2023
- Colorado Springs
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Effective February 2023, this program is no longer available for future enrollments at the Aurora Campus.
The Master of Science in Management (MSM) is a 48-credit-hour program offered online and at the Colorado campuses. The program includes 28 credit hours of core management courses and 20 credit hours dedicated to either a concentration or electives of the student’s choosing.
This program focuses on the mission and vision of organizations and intellectual assets. The program architecture consists of research methods, leadership, managerial decision-making, and operations management integrated with a solid practical research foundation. Building on this program core, the student can tailor the degree program to meet individual job responsibilities, organizational needs, and career goals. Students in this program may not be required to take accounting, finance, or economics courses.
This program does not lead to additional licensure or certification. As such, CTU has made no determination regarding prerequisites for licensure or certification in any state or jurisdiction.
The mission of the College of Business and Management is to offer professional market-driven business degrees that build business competencies transferrable to all industries. The College of Business and Management accomplishes this mission by offering curriculum that aligns to industry standards, remains relevant, and builds practical skills applicable to the competitive global business environment.
Course Title Course Description Credit Hours FINC615
Emphasizes management decision making utilizing accounting and finance concepts. The following subjects are addressed in the course: financial reports and metrics, financial analysis and planning, financial forecasting, financial markets, financial leverage, working capital management, capital budgeting processes, cost of capital and long term financing. The student will apply the knowledge learned by completing a financial strategy report and accomplishing a research report summarizing an application of financial analysis from either the academic or professional literature.
Applied Managerial Finance 4 IT600
Information Technology Management explores the use of information technology to achieve competitive advantage, efficient operations and effective decision-making. This course also analyzes the functions of information technology and its impact on competitive strategy and organizational operations.
IT Management 4 INTD670The course analyzes the concepts of leadership versus managerial roles and responsibilities relative to societal expectations for ethical behavior and regulatory scrutiny affecting both leaders and managers in an organization setting. This course also differentiates among ethical decision-making processes and decision problems with ethical implications. Students examine a variety of complex ethical issues confronting industry leaders and professionals as they work with various stakeholders of an organization. Additionally, students explore the code of conduct at work, methods to implement a code of conduct, and issues related to managing conflicts of interest within a decision making process. Leadership and Ethical Decision-Making 4 MGMT607The course analyzes the concepts of organizational behavior and how to integrate socio-technical concepts and tools in organizational settings. As part of the course, students consider the cultural norms and behaviors necessary to help the organization succeed. The course also reviews organizational behavior concepts and infrastructure, which includes people, processes, and the technology inherent in contemporary organizations. Organizational Behavior in a Socio-technical Environment 4 MGMT690
Students will master analytical and integrative tools to perform in-depth analyses of industries, firms, and competitors. Course material includes methods to predict competitive behavior and develop and implement strategic plans to achieve and sustain a competitive profile in the emerging global marketplace.
Strategic Management in Dynamic Environments 4 MKTG630
This course emphasizes the application of marketing concepts, tools and decision-making processes middle managers use in developing marketing plans, programs and strategies. Within the marketing strategy framework, it also examines market analysis and measurement, profitability and productivity analysis, product development, promotion and pricing strategies, the logistics systems approach and the marketing plan. The student will apply the knowledge learned by structuring and presenting to the class a practical strategic marketing plan.
Applied Managerial Marketing 4 PM600
This course emphasizes the development and integration of project management in organizations. It provides an overview and introduction to the discipline of project management, coupled with an examination of the techniques that project managers use to complete their projects on schedule, within budgeted cost, and according to specified scope and quality. With materials presented by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) in its Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), students explore the theoretical and operational framework of project management relating to the project life-cycle of project initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing.
Project Management Processes in Organizations 4 Total Credit Hours: 28
Course Title Course Description Credit Hours MGMT659In the Management Capstone, students will demonstrate the application of content, concepts, and knowledge developed in previous core and concentration courses in their specific academic program. The course requires the completion of comprehensive research, analysis, and study in either a selected area of interest or a current business issue impacting the learner’s organization or company. Students will complete an in-depth project utilizing discipline-specific strategies. Research methodologies are used to prepare a formal report. Management Capstone 4 Select 16 credit hours of Business and Management courses from the list below 16 Total Credit Hours: 20
Courses - Concentration ChoicesCredits
Course Title Course Description Credit Hours ACCT614
This course focuses on using available accounting information to help managers of the firm make relevant decisions. Examines how the financial information developed for external users forms the basis for the managerial accounting system. Explores costing systems, cost behavior analysis, responsibility accounting and volume-profit relationships.
Applied Managerial Accounting 4 ECON616
During this course the student will study the practical aspects of both micro- and macroeconomics and how they are applied to the managerial environment. The students investigate the role of economic principles in management analysis and decision making: the study of demand, cost, and supply concepts from a business viewpoint; and the application of national income measures to strategic planning and the future.
Applied Managerial Economics 4 ENTR605
This course will present the new media to students of entrepreneurship. The course will offer a practical look at the market in terms of what tools have worked, what tools currently work, and how to use these tools for marketing success. This course will focus heavily on web-based communication, including the social media, wikis, blogs, audio/video, podcasts, viral content, and content rich websites. A key element of the course will be writing an individual digital marketing strategy, and integrating it into the business plan.
Integrated Marketing for Entrepreneurs 4 FINC600
In this course, students will analyze financial statements and examine methods used to value companies.
Financial Statement Analysis 4 GL615
This course will help students to develop the skills required of leaders and mangers for the global economy, and will enable the students to understand the factors that shape a global outlook. In addition, it will develop the key skills for the global context, and will prepare them for leading cross-cultural and trans-organizational initiatives in the global marketplace.
Global Leadership Development 4 HCM612This course focuses on health care leadership and management practices. Students will examine the current structure, operation, and regulation of the U.S. health care system, and discuss the factors influencing the future direction of healthcare in the United States. Students will apply essential management concepts and professional competencies and behaviors to the unique social, physical and emotional environments of healthcare organizations. Managing the Healthcare Organization 4 HRMT620
Human capital management creates a paradigm to strategically look at people as the most valuable asset. This course provides a framework for students to integrate human capital management as part of the overall business strategy. By understanding, evaluating and integrating the human capital management model, the student will also be able to apply these approaches both domestically and globally.
Strategic Human Capital Management 4 HRMT645
This course examines the importance of developing effective operational policies and the role of organizational decision-making in that process. It also reviews the ramifications of current laws, ethical considerations, the conflicts around decision making styles, and various aspects of organizational behavior that influence operational policy.
Operational Human Resource Management 4 MGMT640
This course provides an overview of the issues and decisions involved in the production of goods and services. This course emphasizes the latest approaches, methods and systems to ensure management success under demanding cost, schedule, and performance requirements. As such it focuses on production design, enterprise planning, production scheduling, implementation and the control of production systems. Concepts examined include operations strategies, process analysis, quality and improvement, planning and control, inventory management, risk control systems, and supply chain management.
Operations Management 4 MGMT671
In this course, students will become acquainted with the history, major theories, research, and major figures in the field of Organizational Leadership (OL). This introduction will be followed by an exploration of the different stages involved in OL (pre-launch, entry and start-up; diagnosis, assessment, and feedback; and action planning). This course is specifically designed to provide students with the basic theoretical and competency base needed to assist with and facilitate positive, planned change efforts within organizations. Students will complete this course prepared to delve further into specific topics in organizational leadership principles and change.
Introduction to Organizational Leadership and Change 4 MGMT673
In this course, students study the differing variations of organizational design and when each type might be a useful and appropriate design that can lead the organization and its leaders to their desired goals. Other concepts/models that the student will be engaged in: integration, environmental complexity and dynamism, decision-making rights, employee commitment, job design as well as different styles of management. Practical action plans will be prepared and obstacles to success will be discussed. At the end of the course, the student will have worked through the important aspects of organizational design and redesign and be able to share work with others in an articulate manner. The outcome of this work could be applied to an organizational situation.
Foundation of Organizational Design 4 MKTG638
This course examines issues involving trends, factors and forces (such as institutions, culture, politics, law and the environment) that affect global marketing activities. In this course, students study the decision-making process in marketing products and services across national boundaries and explore the design and modification of marketing strategies for international, multinational, and global markets. This course is designed to provide the background to make marketing decisions at the international level. This course introduces methods of adapting marketing efforts with consideration of product, price, promotion, and distribution decisions within the restraints of particular cultural, economic and political environments.
International Marketing 4
Total Credit Hours: 48
Accreditations and Alignments
The program is designed in alignment with the professional standards of the American Management Association courses.
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The 16 credits of 600 level Business and Management Electives must be approved by the chair or dean of management at the campus where the degree is being offered.
Cost of this degree may be reduced based on one or more of the following:
- Active duty military status
- Number of credits transferred and accepted from other institutions
- Eligibility for a Corporate Alliances Grant (check with your CTU Admissions Advisor)
- Tuition Reimbursement (talk to your HR Manager)
- Grants or scholarships at CTU
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CTU’s Master of Science in Management (MSM) Degree Program is designed to provide knowledge, skills, and abilities relevant for pursuing potential opportunities in the workforce. This management degree program emphasizes the mission and vision of organizations and intellectual assets.
As you work to complete your MSM, you will be immersed in courses where you will study these topics and much more: research methods, leadership, managerial decision-making, and operations management integrated with a solid practical research foundation.
Courses for the Master of Science in Management start online and at our Colorado Springs campus approximately every five weeks. Completion of the CTU admissions process will depend on how quickly you complete the steps in the CTU online application process. You may complete the application process over the phone with an advisor or you may go online. Once you’ve completed the online application, you may hear from an advisor within the following 24 hours to discuss the next steps toward starting your degree program. Master’s programs may have additional entrance requirements that take additional processing time.
The Master of Science in Management degree program consists of 48 credits. You may be eligible for transfer credit, which is evaluated on an individual basis. Not all credits are eligible to transfer.
As you study topics in management that are always being evaluated and updated to reflect industry-relevant trends, you will experience a curriculum through classroom learning and hands-on experience that aligns to industry standards and helps you work to develop skills that are applicable to the competitive global business environment.
The Master of Science in Management degree program at CTU is in alignment with the professional standards of the American Management Association courses.
1 Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) global nonprofit association, http://gmac.mwnewsroom.com/press-releases/nearly-9-in-10-companies-plan-to-hire-mba-graduate-gnw_1668318_001