Academic Programs Catalog

The Eli Broad College of Business and The Eli Broad Graduate School of Management

Department of Management

Graduate Study
Management, Strategy, and Leadership - Master of Science

The Master of Science degree in Management, Strategy, and Leadership is designed to integrate management theories with applications to provide students with the intellectual and analytic skills demanded by aspiring general managers. The program combines the Broad School’s commitment to excellence in management education with online accessibility.

The degree program is intended for working managers and available only online. Students will complete the program in 20 to 24 months. To allow flexibility, students may start in any semester and students may be admitted on a rolling basis. By using technology-based modules in all classes, the program offers much flexibility to students.  All courses are facilitated by faculty to ensure intensive discussions and application of materials to student experiences. The flexible program incorporates hands-on activities designed to develop skills in leadership, decision making and strategic planning that are hallmarks of the Broad School’s other graduate programs.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university, The Eli Broad College of Business and Graduate School of Management, students must meet the requirements specified below.


To be admitted to the Master of Science degree in Management, Strategy, and Leadership, an applicant must:

  1. Have at least three years of full-time managerial experience in the private or public sector.
  2. Have a bachelor’s degree from a recognized educational institution.
  3. Have a preferred undergraduate grade-point average of 3.00.
  4. Have a high degree of potential for advancement to an organizational leadership role.
  5. Possess important personal and managerial attributes, such as intellectual curiosity, strong communication skills, maturity, openness to new ideas and change, leadership qualities, analytical thinking ability, perseverance, and an ability to lead and work in teams.
  6. Have some background knowledge of and exposure to word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations.
  7. Have access to a computer with a minimum configuration approved by the Department of Management.

Applicants to the program may compensate for deficiencies in their background by securing a strong score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or by providing other information that clearly demonstrates outstanding managerial competence and potential. Submitted GMAT scores must not be more than five years old, as measured relative to the date an application is submitted to the Management, Strategy, and Leadership program.

Students who are admitted to the program and placed into a non-credit preparatory module(s) deemed necessary by the program, may be required to participate in an introduction to faculty and the curriculum, analytic or quantitative analysis skills.

Requirements for the Master of Science Degree in Management, Strategy, and Leadership

The Master of Science degree in Management, Strategy, and Leadership is available online and only under Plan B (non-thesis). A total of 30 credits are required for the degree. Students must work closely with their advisor to ensure courses are taken in the correct sequence.

Students must complete 20 credits from the following courses:
MGT 801 Analyzing Your Organization 2
MGT 804 International Management 2
MGT 810 Human Resource Management for General Managers 2
MGT 817 Managing the Learning Organization 2
MGT 824 Developing Managerial Skills 2
MGT 840 Leadership and Team Management 2
MGT 842 Leading a Strategy Change 2
MGT 850 Competitive and Business Strategy 2
MGT 863 Negotiations and Conflict Resolution 2
MGT 881 Creating an Ethical Organization 2
2. Complete 10 credits from the following courses. Students opting for a concentration must complete all four courses in it.
Human Resource Management
MGT 811 Fundamentals of Human Resource Staffing 2
MGT 814 Managing Diversity in the Workplace 2
MGT 818 Talent Management and Development 2
MGT 822 Developing Reward and Compensation Systems 2
Strategic Management
MGT 828 Strategic Control 2
MGT 843 Innovation and Entrepreneurship 2
MGT 856 Corporate Strategy 2
MGT 873 Strategic Decision Making 2
3. Students are expected to maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 in all courses in the program and a 2.0 grade in each course in order for the course to count towards the program.
4. Completion of a final oral examination or evaluation.