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M.S. in Management: Curriculum

Curriculum Details

33 credits required

Greenville University’s online M.S. in Management features a curriculum that emphasizes the human side of business management, training students to be effective leaders. Online management courses consist of 33 credit hours. Topics include organizational theory, team dynamics, change management, and human resources.

Greenville’s online management courses are 8 weeks in length. You will learn from experienced faculty as you study in a flexible format that fits your life. You will also execute a career-focused capstone project, applying your management training and demonstrating what you’ve learned. The M.S. in Management is designed to be completed in 1 to 2 years, but you can transfer up to 6 credits to finish your degree faster.

Required Courses

Effective management practice is centered on attaining both long- and short-term strategic goals and objectives. Strategic Management will help examine the strategy of organizations: it’s vision, mission, and values and how it seeks to compete and remain relevant in a competitive market place. This course will help practicing managers critically evaluate their organization’s strategic goals and objectives. Throughout the program you will be required to complete weekly assignments using the ideas from your reading and research to describe and analyze your organization. During the course, students will examine their organization’s strategic approach and predict possible problems and pitfalls that their organization might encounter during strategic implementation. Finally, managers will continue their program-long reflection on Christian business ethics.

Course Outcomes
By the end of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Critically examine their organization’s vision, mission and values.
  • Conduct an environmental analysis for your organization.
  • Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of strategic alternatives.
  • Evaluate the fit between your organization’s strategy and culture.
  • Critically reflect on Christian business ethics and calling.

This course provides an overview of how organizations work. Theory, research, and application will be utilized to provide students with a deeper understanding of organizational structure, culture, communication, and strategic planning processes. Students will engage in exercises and activities that will assist with the development of a mature, Christian perspective and analysis of their organization.

Course Outcomes
By the end of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Evaluate their organization through the strengths and limitations of organizational theory.
  • Evaluate the cultures and subcultures within their organization.
  • Discuss how power and politics influence the day-to-day life of their organization.
  • Reflect on how managers can utilize the principles of organizational theory to design and change their organizations to increase organizational effectiveness.
  • Critically reflect on how to integrate a Christian and ethics-based perspective within an organization.

More than ever, organizational leaders find themselves needing a deeper understanding of how teams develop, operate, and accomplish their goals. This course focuses on how teams develop, behave and function, and the ways in which teams impact, influence, and are influenced by organizational behavior. Emphasis will be placed on making sense of the inexplicable events and behaviors in organizations, including cascading problems, organizational miscommunication, covert behaviors, and counter-productive organizational attitudes and behaviors, as well as investigating conditions that support high performance teams.

Course Outcomes
By the end of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Identify common challenges of working in groups, and avoid common mistakes made by groups and teams.
  • Understand the impact of overt and covert forces on the patterns of behavior that emerge in groups and teams.
  • Understand inter-group issues such as diversity, conformity, power and hierarchy.
  • Identify the importance of communication on interpersonal, intra-group and inter-group relations.
  • Critically reflect on team and group dynamics from a Christian perspective.

Leadership can be developed. This course will focus on the development of Christian leadership skills including authenticity, inspiration, motivation, and development of trust within an organization. This course will assist students in developing a solid understanding of the differences between leadership and management. Major theories and models of leadership will be reviewed through a series of case studies and activities.

Course Outcomes
By the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Explain how personal values and personal assets translate to effective leadership.
  • Develop skills of self-reflection and self-discovery.
  • Identify the key issues in developing high trust cultures necessary within organizations.
  • Summarize your personal philosophy as it pertains to the foundational principles of leadership.
  • Critically reflect on how to lead from a Christian and values-based perspective.

This course deals with fundamental issues and phenomena currently existing in organizations. The purpose of this course is to survey the major areas important to information technology, such as information technology management, HRIS, security, networking, web, media literacy, database, programming, intellectual property, and outsourcing. Additionally, this course acts as a foundation toward a proper understanding of technology and media. In this course, students will engage critically with technology in the workplace and in their personal lives. Students will negotiate theory and practice, pulling in their own experiences from their everyday lives. Finally, students will develop a critical approach to business ethics and Christianity.

Course Outcomes
By the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Uncover and learn media literacy skills to better understand the culture surrounding technology.
  • Develop an informed opinion on the benefits or drawbacks of networked collaboration.
  • Apply the essential principles that guide the design, implementation, and management of information technology systems.
  • Create a plan for the integration or subtraction of information technology in your current organization for positive change.
  • Critically reflect on what it means to be a Christian and do business.

This course assists students with understanding the effective components of human resource use within their organizations from a Christian perspective. Specific topics include alignment of human resource systems with organizational strategy; evaluation of effective employee motivation programs; staffing systems, rewards and compensation; employee development; and performance management systems.

Course Outcomes
By the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Compare the relationship between your organization’s strategic goals and human resource management function’s plans and goals.
  • Hypothesize the ways HRM practices and sub-functions affect and interact with one another and with other business functions.
  • Evaluate relative HRM strengths and weaknesses in your own organization both independently and in collaboration with others in class and be able to recommend relevant HRM improvements supported by reference to academic literature.
  • Compare and contrast course material to biblical insights and a Christian worldview in respect to HRM.

This course will identify the ethical and legal issues involved in the management of specific problem areas in business including employment issues, environmental, product liability, marketing, and digital information; and provide an understanding of the ethical views, social responsibility, and legal environments from a Christian perspective within which these issues arise in today’s economy. Emphasis is placed on analytical problem-solving and ethical decision-making.

Course Outcomes
By the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of ethical behavior and social responsibility in the global environment in which business operates.
  • Apply regulatory provisions to business situations.
  • Discuss basic strategies for avoiding and addressing legal problems in business.
  • Apply critical thinking to the legal implications present in business activities.
  • Critically reflect on how integrate a Christian perspective into ethical decision-making in an organization.

Action learning in organizations typically results in planned organization change. This might include changes to strategy, structure, processes, and people. This course helps managers learn theories and techniques for managing planned change in their organizations. It begins by helping managers to diagnose what needs to be changed in their organization. It then helps managers to identify the individual, organizational, and environmental forces for and against their planned change and to estimate the relative strength of each force. It introduces managers to a number of practical models that can guide them in planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating planned organization change. It helps managers to examine both first order and second order change and discusses ways to avoid and/or manage resistance to change. The course will help managers to consider what needs to be done to “refreeze” their organization in their new state, while at the same time keeping it responsive to continuous change. Finally, students will critically reflect on how Christianity might influence/inform these change models.

Course Outcomes
By the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Identify the skills of an effective change agent.
  • Suggest appropriate strategies for overcoming resistance to change.
  • Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of various change maps and models.
  • Develop strategies to implement planned organization change.
  • Critically reflect on how Christianity might influence change models.

The study of International Business is a strategic decision today for any MBA student. There are few businesses and few individuals in the world that are not impacted by globalization. This 8-week course is designed to help give you the tools and foundational knowledge you need to be successful in navigating the complexities, challenges, and opportunities in the global marketplace. This course will provide practical insight into what you can do better in your job tomorrow, as well as the tools you need to adapt to the coming changes in the global village. Understanding IQ (Intelligence Quotient) and EQ (Emotional Quotient) are things you may have studied in the past, but in this course, you will begin the process of developing your CQ (Cultural Quotient) or your ability to adapt and seek to understand those of different cultures. This skill is increasingly a differentiator in today’s marketplace.

Course Outcomes
By the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Display a high level of CQ comprehension and a basic understanding of how to develop this skill in your workplace.
  • Express the pros and cons of a company’s global business strategy and impact.
  • Determine the best practices for navigating cultural, political and social differences in today’s “dispersed team” work environment.
  • Gain confidence in navigating the geo political, business cultures and social issues facing societies around the world.
  • Determine whether to enter a given market (country) based upon measurable key indicators.
  • Identify and differentiate between cultural and ethical dilemmas facing westerners doing business in the two-thirds world.

In this capstone course, students will integrate knowledge and skills gained through their program of study as they develop an applied research project. Students will demonstrate the knowledge and skills gained by leading the design and implementation of an improvement effort in an organization of their choice. This capstone project is carried out over the period of one term with a team selected by the student and involves the implementation and application of management theory. Students are expected to complete a master’s-level project demonstrating competency in management theory, the individual area of emphasis, as well as faith integration.

Course Outcomes
By the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Effectively analyze multiple designs to develop and implement action research in a workplace.
  • Apply management and leadership concepts learned throughout the program.
  • Demonstrate the ability to compile and analyze results to make recommendations, write reports, and inform business decisions.
  • Discuss insights gained from leading a team to design and implement an improvement effort in an organization.
  • Critically reflect on how to integrate Christian faith into the world of work.

Financial statements are the basis for a wide range of business analysis, and effective management practice is impossible without an understanding of how to analyze and interpret these statements. This course helps students analyze any company’s financial statements to reveal its true condition and value. This course introduces a four-step framework for analyzing a company’s financial statements. It begins with business strategy analysis, focusing on understanding the firm’s competitive position within its industry, its key success factor, and risks. The second stage is accounting analysis examining how effectively the company’s financial statements reflect business economics and strategy. Next, the course explores financial ratios and cash flow measures to examine operations and financial performance. Managers will learn how to conduct prospective analysis to construct meaningful forecast and valuations. Finally, managers will reflect critically on Christian ethics in finance and accounting.

Course Outcomes
By the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Understand the framework for evaluating capacity and sustainability of a nonprofit organization.
  • Identify and describe the documents and financial statements included in a nonprofit organization’s financial report.
  • Describe the nature of business enterprises and nonprofit organizations, as reflected by the statement of financial position.
  • Define financial (ratio) analysis and explain its objectives and limitations.
  • Critically reflect on how to integrate a Christian and values-based perspective within an organization.

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