The purpose of the M.S.M. program is to provide the management practitioner with scholastic depth and contemporary skills to meet the challenges of today’s global organizations. By focusing on the role of the manager at the micro and macro levels, and embracing the manager-as-leader paradigm, this program recognizes the reality and challenging nature of contemporary organizational systems that require change and innovation for organizations to remain competitive in a global environment.
In addition to the University’s graduate graduation competencies; students will have an advanced level of applicable knowledge in the following areas as appropriate to one’s field of study:
Apply contemporary leadership and management models and theories.
Apply change frameworks and models.
Apply legal principles to guide professional behavior and decisions.
Articulate personal values and goals as guideposts for professional behavior.
The program incorporates a methodology that provides students with a deep appreciation of the skills and knowledge required for decision-making and problem solving. Streams of emphasis include today’s contemporary organization, strategy, global realities of diversity and culture, management for innovation and change, creativity, leadership, technology, the global market, and the management of teams. The program is designed for individuals who are seeking to make a strong contribution to their organization, profession, and global society while advancing and promoting their careers. The culminating independent project serves to provide students the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge. Classes are offered online, at the Wilson Graduate Center and Brandywine campuses on weeknights, at Dover on weeknights, at Dover Air Force Base on weekends, and at Georgetown on weeknights.
M.S.M. Program Requirements
The M.S.M. program is based upon the students working in a wide range of organizations; they must be adept at understanding the relationship of one’s self to the organization in a way that brings them to a level of mastery. The program consists of twelve 3-credit hour courses. Two of the courses (6 credit hours) pertain to the student’s graduate integrative independent study project. The other ten courses (30 credit hours) provide an in-depth exposure to core management areas that are applicable to a wide range of situations and organizations. For some concentrations, students select elective course(s) to complement the core requirements; these students may select any graduate-level course offered by the College of Business for their elective, with the exception of MBA6000, as long as existing prerequisite requirements are met. Students should consult with the program Chair when selecting program electives.
As an alternative to the standard M.S.M. program, students may select a program with one of the following concentrations: Health Care Administration, Homeland Security, Human Resource Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Military Leadership*, Nonprofit Management, Organizational Leadership, Public Administration, or Sports Management.
*Enrollment in the M.S.M. with a concentration in Military Leadership is restricted to selected members of the Delaware National Guard.
It is highly recommended that students take either MGT 6501 or MGT 6503 as the first two courses in the M.S.M. program.
Prior to registering for your second M.S.M. course students should:
Submit official transcript(s) from an accredited college, university, or other degree-granting institution, verifying completion of a bachelor’s degree. Send official transcript(s) directly from the identified college or university to the Wilmington University Graduate Admissions office or email email@example.com.
Meet with a program chair or advisor for a program planning conference if not completed earlier. Official transcripts should be on file prior to the conference. Students may bring unofficial transcript(s) to this meeting if official transcript(s) are not yet on file.
Advancement to Degree Candidacy
Students who have met the M.S.M. admission requirements are advanced to degree candidacy after completing four courses with a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0, provided they have met the following requirements:
Official undergraduate transcript(s) are on file with the Graduate Admissions office.
Successfully completed MGT 6501 as one of the first four courses in the program.
Completed a program planning conference.
Students who have not completed all of the above requirements prior to completing 12 graduate credits will not advance to candidacy status.