The MSM curriculum is sharply focused on the skills, problems, and concepts important to practicing managers both now and in the future. The carefully designed eight-course sequence has been created to provide a practical, comprehensive, and futuristic curriculum that overcomes major criticisms of traditional programs. Initial courses are designed to extend and integrate the undergraduate core body of knowledge in developing a broad foundation of skills and knowledge in management.
The class load is one course per module (an eight week period), with vacation times between modules, on holidays, and in the summer. This degree can be completed within two years.
The initial group of courses employs a variety of processes to build analytical frameworks, develop technical skills, and introduce concepts. The curriculum challenges students to move beyond analysis to action and implementation. Through its functional integration, the coursework accelerates the development of sound judgment and professional maturity.
The second portion of the program provides students with the opportunity to synthesize and integrate the skills developed into a more complete understanding of the organization and its environments. By assuming the roles of various decision-makers and preparing cases and related materials dealing with broad policy and implementation issues, students learn how to analyze and take action within the complexity of the organization in its entirety.
In each course, a number of complementary fields of management are combined into an integrated understanding of key issues. Accordingly, the students achieve proficiency in each of the areas as well as in understanding their interrelationships. Moreover, learning continues to be cumulative so that skills and insights gained in a given course are reinforced and built upon in subsequent courses.