MS in Management Studies (MSMS)

The Master of Science in Management Studies (MSMS) is a full-time program that incorporates a challenge-driven, experiential curriculum allowing client-facing business projects, team interactions, and simulated business decisions to drive modular delivery of management content. Students are admitted to this highly structured program as a cohort and complete all modular coursework together.

Learning Goals

Students in the MSMS program will:

  • As members of a team, jointly develop solutions to interdisciplinary business challenges and market ambiguity.
  • Demonstrate strong communication and collaborative skills.
  • Co-create and follow a customized, mentored learning path.
  • Develop a personal career management roadmap.

The MSMS program will seek to develop graduates who:

  • Apply the depth of their undergraduate content within the context of business challenges.
  • Understand foundational business knowledge, including learning and applying the language of business.
  • Develop expertise in operating in teams, negotiation/issue selling, leadership, collaboration, communication, and presentations.
  • Identify and develop solutions to cross-disciplinary business challenges.
  • Have strong communication and collaborative skills, including persuasive communications to enhance effectiveness within an organization (strategic selling).
  • Possess exceptional career management skills, leveraging the application of both their undergraduate depth and graduate management preparation.


The MSMS is a full-time, two-semester, 36-credit* program delivered in three distinct modules. Students are cohorted for the length of the program and enroll in 18 credits in the Fall Semester and 18 credits in the Spring Semester. The program has a fixed curriculum; all courses are required for graduation. Any questions related to curriculum sequence can be discussed with the student’s academic advisor.

A significant portion of the curriculum is driven by business challenges developed in collaboration with industry partners. These partnerships have been carefully developed to create challenges which enrich the curricular experience and enhance student learning. This includes executives visiting the classroom, the use of live cases, and the hiring of students upon graduation.

Fall Semester (18 cr)

Module I (12 cr, 11 weeks)

This module focuses on learning and applying the language of business.

  • MS 711 Diagnosing Organizations (3 cr)
  • MS 712 Customers and Markets (3 cr)
  • MS 713 Financial Decision Making (3 cr)
  • MS 714 Career: Strategy and Skills (1 cr)
  • MS 719 Client Consulting Project A (2 cr)

Module II A (6 cr, 3 weeks)

This module focuses on building business expertise and spans two semesters.

  • MS 721 Communicating in Teams (2 cr)
  • MS 722 Leadership and Persuasion (2 cr)
  • MS 723 Data Analysis for Business (2 cr)

Spring Semester (18 cr)

Module II B (8 cr, 6 weeks)

This module focuses on building business expertise and spans two semesters.

  • MS 724 Strategic Analysis (2 cr)
  • MS 725 Data and Taking Action (2 cr)
  • MS 726 Collaboration and Innovation Design (2 cr)
  • MS 729 Client Consulting Project B (2 cr)

Module III (10 cr, 8 weeks)

This module focuses on developing business solutions.

  • MS 731 Implementing Organizational Change (2 cr)
  • MS 732 Technology Strategy (2 cr)
  • MS 733 Innovating the Customer Experience (2 cr)
  • MS 739 Client Consulting Project C (4 cr)

*36 credits are required for degree completion. The flat, per-semester tuition for full-time students encompasses 12–18 credits per semester. The curriculum and courses are subject to change as recommended by the faculty, deans, and administrators of Questrom School of Business.


Given the unique program design, student grading categories are Pass and Fail. The strong peer-to-peer and challenge-focused learning process requires the full engagement of students and faculty in the learning process, so a Pass/Fail approach is both necessary and appropriate.

Degree Completion

To qualify for the MS in Management Studies, students must:

  • Complete all required courses for a total of 36 credits
  • Have no “Fail”, “I”, or “MG” grades