The master’s degree in Management is the advanced degree of choice for students with non-business backgrounds who wish to pursue a senior-level business career.
Regardless of what you studied before, this program could work as your springboard to a management role. A master’s in management will give you the context, knowledge, theory and practice skills to lead teams and organizations.
The degree is also known as a Master of Science in Management (MSM, MIM or M.Sc.), a Master of Arts in Management, or a Master of Management Studies (MMS). Some refer to the degree to as a “pre-experience business master’s program” because many institutions allow students to enroll within several months after finishing an undergraduate degree.
Equally, if you are just launching your career, a master’s in management will give you the context, understanding, theory and know-how to operate successfully in business at a senior level.
Learn about options to specialize your degree and review courses in the curriculum to discern how each program aligns with your career goals.
Compare accreditation of schools and programs. Regional accreditation is commonly preferred by employers as well as other schools where you might wish to transfer credits or pursue subsequent degrees.
Look into the backgrounds of faculty members to determine their experience, reputation, or research, all of which might be indicators of more relevant guidance to help you achieve your career goals.
Find out how your school and program of choice rank within your industry of interest or compared to other academic institutions.
Determine if an online master’s in management degree could offer more flexibility to work with your busy schedule. Some online programs include residencies, internships or blended learning options that combine online and on-campus courses to suit your personal learning style.
Form the best plan for your future by considering how long each program will take to complete. Most MSM degree programs take a minimum of two years to complete, but there are accelerated programs also available to reduce the overall time spent earning your degree.
Note tuition rates and additional fees associated with each program to find the best option that fits within your budget. Costs varies widely from program to program.
Check out graduate testimonials or seek out recent graduates to learn how the program has worked for others. Testimonials are often posted on the school’s website and can also be found on official university social media sites like Facebook or LinkedIn.
Find out about employer partnerships or mentoring programs offered to MSM students through each institution you consider. These types of programs can offer a valuable benefit when preparing for employment as a manager.
The length of an online master’s degree program can depend on a number of variables, perhaps the most prominent of which is the pace at which you choose to study. You can finish a typical master’s degree program in about two to three years if you choose to study full-time, although some accelerated programs may be able to help you finish more quickly.
Online master’s degree programs tend to offer flexibility suitable for students who choose to study part-time. This option will likely extend your time to completion, but it can allow you to study while fulfilling your familial, social, and professional obligations.
You can find more information on this topic at our program length overview page.
A typical MS in Management programs totals 36 credit hours and can often be shorter than an MBA program, which typically requires up to 54 credit hours.
While each program will set its admission requirements based on its own criteria, many requirements are universal across all programs. No matter where you apply, you can expect to provide items like transcripts from previous degrees or coursework; standardized test scores; a personal statement or essay; letters of recommendation; and an overview of relevant work experience.
In certain cases, some of these requirements may be waived.
For more information about admissions, please visit our admissions requirements page.
The curriculum for management graduate programs differs from the MBA by focusing more heavily on management theory. There is approximately a 30% crossover in MSM and MBA crossover (GMAT).  There are various alternatives to a master’s in management:
Below are three key industry associations that are relevant for Master of Management degree holders:
There are various primary and secondary accreditation bodies for master’s in management programs. They exist to promote excellence in the field of business education and accredit specialized business degrees:
Regional accreditation is the most prestigious type of accreditation that an online or traditional college or university can receive. It is granted only after careful consideration by private, not-for-profit organizations tasked with evaluating educational quality.
Regional accreditation is particularly important if you anticipate that you might want to transfer credits from one online degree program to another or use those credits to pursue another degree. Most regionally accredited schools will only accept credits from other regionally accredited institutions of higher learning.
You can learn more on this topic at our regional accreditation page.
There are a number of factors that can greatly affect how much your education will cost. These include whether you attend a public or private institution; whether you attend as an in-state or out-of-state student; and whether you qualify for financial aid like grants or scholarships.
For a more detailed breakdown of tuition, fees, and other financial issues, please visit our tuition and fees page.