Preparing students for business roles through a rigorous curriculum and distinctive professional development distinguishes M2 from other management degrees.

The unique structure of the 30-credit Master of Science in Management (M2) Program develops and builds strong skills and centers on combining critical professional development along with the functional areas of business.

Focused on job acquisition, application and acclimation, professional development spans a wide variety of competencies and experiences.

Master of Science in Management (M2) Program Overview


  • Quantitative Prep.
  • Executive Networking
  • Live Case Study
  • Personal Branding

Core Competencies

  • Business Economics (3 credits)
  • Statistical Analysis for Management (2 credits)

Understanding Financial & Technical Aspects of Business

  • Financial Reporting and Analysis (3 credits) 
  • Principles of Corporate Finance and Investments (3 credits)
  • Management Information Systems (2 credits)

Understanding How the Firm Operates

  • Accounting for Decision Making (2 credits)
  • Supply Chain Operations Management (2 credits)
  • Marketing Foundations (3 credits)
  • Managing Talent (3 credits)

Understanding the Business Environment

  • Regulatory Environment of Business (2 credits)
  • Money, Banking, and Macroeconomic Analysis (2 credits)
  • Brand Strategy (2 credits) 

Bringing It All Together

  • Strategic Management (1 credit)

Course Descriptions

ACCT 442 Financial Reporting and Analysis (3 credits): This course focuses on the organization, measurement and interpretation of economic information in corporate financial reports. It emphasizes the use and interpretation of the financial statements issued by business organizations, along with the preparation of accounting information. Topics include: accounting concepts and principles, accrual accounting, accounting cycle, revenue, expense, asset, liability and equity accounts. Students are exposed to balance sheet valuation, income determination, cash flow analysis, accounting judgment, profit manipulation and evaluation of earnings quality. 

ECO 427 Statistical Analysis for Management (2 credits): This course focuses on descriptive statistical measures, probability and probability distributions, statistical inference (estimation and hypothesis testing), correlation and regression. Excel will be used for statistical computing.

ECO 448 Business Economics (3 credits): This course teaches students the application of economic analysis to business decision-making, technology in economic systems, resource allocation and pricing strategies in various market structures, decisions under risk and uncertainty, and government regulation and support of business and innovation. 

LAW 417 Regulatory Environment of Business (2 credits): This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of the various legal, regulatory and market constraints in which business operates. Students are introduced to the interplay between legislation, regulations and court decisions in establishing the regulatory environment in which a business operates as well as the allocation of power among federal and state authorities. Conflict of law issues will also be explored for businesses that operate internationally. Contract law, forms of business and ethics are covered in depth.

BIS 423 Management Information Systems (2 credits): This course examines the role of information systems (IS) and information technology (IT) in the organization. The focus of the course is the organizational uses of IS and IT to compete effectively. Both technical and managerial aspects of information systems are explored. The course includes technical infrastructure, management decision-making, trends and innovations in IS and business process issues critical to the understanding of operational and strategic information systems.

MKT 415 Marketing Foundations (3 credits): This course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive analytical framework to develop, implement and evaluate competitive marketing strategies that achieve organizational goals and objectives. It explores the functional marketing operations of organizations and examines the key elements of a marketing manager’s decision-making process. Examples of learning modules include: customer and market analysis, segmentation, targeting and positioning, and marketing mix decisions (product, price, placement, and promotion).

ACCT 444 Accounting for Decision Making (2 credits): This course emphasizes the organization, measurement and interpretation of internal accounting information that managers use to make business decisions. Students learn techniques such as cost analysis, budgeting, performance evaluation and employee motivation. Topics include: cost flows in service and manufacturing enterprises, product and process costing, transfer pricing, resource planning, evaluation and control through budgeting, make-or-buy decisions, activity-based costing, standard costing, variance analyses and pricing and production decision making using cost-volume-profit analysis. 

FIN 418 Principles of Corporate Finance and Investments (3 credits): This course provides students with a basic foundational knowledge of finance principles, working knowledge of various aspects of corporate finance and the principles of investments. Short-term financial decisions will be discussed. Long-term capital investment will be explored starting with the basics of time, value of money and capital investment techniques. Topics include the determination of the appropriate investment discount rate, the organization’s cost of capital and hurdle rates, the risk-reward trade-off and specific financial instruments.

MKT 425 Brand Strategy (2 credits): This course is fundamentally about understanding how brand equity is built and managed. The course builds on the marketing principles and theories covered in Marketing Foundations, while enabling students to delve into the strategic components that go into building brands and managing brand equity. The course focuses on theories, models and tools that enable managers to develop new and manage existing brands.

MGT 416 Managing Talent (3 credits): The course is fundamentally about understanding and improving the behavior and performance of individuals in the workplace. As such, we will draw upon key theories in organizational behavior to address human resource issues arising from the employment relationship. Topics will address key areas in the talent pipeline from sourcing and selection, training and development, motivation and performance management, to talent management metrics and analytics.

ECO 409 Money, Banking, and Macroeconomic Analysis (2 credits): This course will focus on the role of financial intermediation in the U.S. economy, the process of money creation, impacts of fiscal and/or monetary policy on the goals of macroeconomic policy, inflation and unemployment.

SCM 423 Supply Chain Operations Management (2 credits): This course provides an essential understanding of managing global supply chains and operations within the context of an integrated value chain. Topics addressed include the fundamentals of supply chain management, supply chain risk management, quality management, demand and supply chain planning including forecasting, capacity planning, aggregate planning and scheduling, the components of a lean supply chain, inventory and working capital management, distribution and transportation management, and performance measurement. Special emphasis is given to managing supply chains from a financial perspective.

MGT 461 Strategic Management (1 credit): Strategic Management covers overall organizational issues in determination, analysis, execution and control within a global environment. This capstone course integrates theories and concepts from production, marketing, finance and accounting and provides an opportunity to simulate the function of top level management as it relates to the total business environment through a team-based business simulation. Through readings, written assignments, presentations, in-depth group discussions and a team-based simulation competition, students will broaden their understanding and practice the art of strategic decision making.

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