Master of Arts

The Masters of Arts in Management seeks to prepare students to become authentic, transformational leaders capable of managing organizational change. Through this online master’s program, you will examine the theories, concepts, and practices necessary to become an effective visionary capable of developing and leading strategic workplace initiatives.  Successful completion of this degree prepares you for the demands and responsibilities of mid- to senior-level managerial positions in corporate, nonprofit, government, or military sectors.

This program’s curriculum is in alignment with Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) standards. This program has been designed in consultation with industry business leaders and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

This online master’s in management is regularly reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • Research, analytics, and written communication
  • Human resources management
  • Management methodologies and training
  • Organizational behavior and management
  • Cross-culture management and conflict resolution
  • Strategic planning
  • Ethical practices for the business world
  • Project management
  • Management information systems
  • Ecommerce and virtual organizational management

Your final requirement to complete this master’s degree program is to take either a comprehensive, proctored exam, or to complete an on-site management practicum. You will be asked to make this choice when you enroll in the program.

Some residency conditions may apply to the practicum option. See the admission requirements.

Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Conduct business problem focused management research, including collection and analysis of data, and communication of findings by using qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  • Develop a strategic business plan applying the theories and practices of management and planning for a particular organizational setting.
  • Develop an analytical framework using a variety of approaches to apply leadership and management theory and practice to address the challenges of global organizations in this century.
  • Examine complex organizations from a level of analysis perspective, including the individual, interpersonal, group, and organizational level perspectives.
  • Evaluate management issues in the context of ethical, technological, structural, cultural, human and environmental factors.
Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

Degree at a Glance


Concentrations are designed to help you group courses together so you can further specialize in your field and pursue a more focused path to degree completion. You will be asked to select a concentration when you enroll in this program.

Explore the concentrations available for this program.


Defense Management

Explores theories and concepts of military operational research, military models in military operations practices, and the use of model analysis tools to evaluate defense operations economics. Topics include the relationship between the military and the research and technology fields, as well as an understanding of staff/leadership positions within large complex organizations.

Sample Courses

  • DEFM510 - Strategic Planning in the Military and Governmental Agencies
  • DEFM511 - Research and Technology in the Military
  • DEFM530 - Defense Economics
  • DEFM601 - Military Operations Research II
  • DEFM600 - Military Operations Research I


This general concentration allows you to select from all concentration courses offered in this program, including management, leadership, entrepreneur, and ecommerce courses.

View other concentrations in this program for sample courses.

  • BUSN624 - Principles of E Commerce

Human Resource Management

Compares various managerial approaches to employment law. Discusses rewards systems, measurement of employee performance, and other compensation packages. Probes policies and procedures involving legislative, regulatory, and organizational issues affecting human resource management in a global workforce. Topics include workplace safety and the recruitment, development, and training of human capital.

Sample Courses

  • HRMT601 - Compensation and Benefits
  • HRMT602 - Employment Law and Labor Relations
  • HRMT603 - Human Resource Policy
  • HRMT605 - Strategic Human Resource Management Practices
  • MGMT603 - Organizational Development
  • MGMT605 - Leadership
  • HRMT604 - Employment Relations

Organizational Leadership

Examines various leadership theories and models used by contemporary leaders in management. Looks at the effective leader’s role in the workplace as it relates to decision making, conflict resolution, motivation, and risk taking. Addresses contemporary leadership theories and models to develop and nurture followership, workplace diversity, ethics, motivation, and knowledge management.

Sample Courses

  • BUSN621 - Entrepreneurship
  • MGMT603 - Organizational Development
  • MGMT605 - Leadership
  • MGMT617 - Leading Teams
  • DEFM500 - Military Leadership
  • MGMT500 - Quality Management in Contemporary Organizations

Public Administration

Addresses the management of public organizations and interpersonal relationships at the federal, state, and local levels. Various positions and issues involving politics, policy, economics, administration, and management in the public sector are covered. Topics include human resource strategy and the role of federal, state, and local public health agencies.

Sample Courses

  • MGMT605 - Leadership
  • PADM510 - Administrative Theory
  • PADM520 - Public Administration in Society
  • PADM530 - Public Policy
  • EVSP503 - Environmental Policy, Regulation, and Law
  • HRMT603 - Human Resource Policy
  • PADM611 - Law and Public Policy
  • PBHE501 - Public Health in America

Strategic Consulting

Focuses on developing a business plan for a strategic consulting practice, assessing organization and business consulting models, and presenting recommendations on improving an organization’s practices and processes. Topics include interpersonal relations, group behavior, and managing individuals and groups in a virtual environment. This concentration is available only you choose the practicum option as your end-of-program requirement.

Sample Courses

  • BUSN630 - Virtual Organizations
  • BUSN635 - Business Plan Development
  • MGMT603 - Organizational Development
  • MGMT617 - Leading Teams
  • MGMT605 - Leadership

Admission Requirements

  • All graduate programs require you to have earned a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an institution whose accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
  • The practicum option as an end-of-program requirement is not available to residents of Delaware, District of Columbia, Kentucky, New York, North Carolina, and Rhode Island.
  • If you have a non-U.S. transcript, please view our International Admissions page for more information.
  • There is no fee to complete our admission application. View steps to apply.  

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an admission representative at 877-777-9081 or