MS in Management Studies (MSMS)

The Master of Science in Management Studies (MSMS) is a full-time program that incorporates a challenge-driven, learn-by-doing curriculum. It simulates a real work environment through multiple client-facing business projects, team interactions, and business case discussions that are tightly integrated with courses. The course and project learning occur in four modules spread over nine months. Students are admitted to this structured program as a cohort and complete foundational coursework together. Students select two of three elective tracks in analytics, consulting, and marketing in modules three and four.

Learning Outcomes

The MSMS program will seek to develop graduates who:

  • Develop foundational business skills in strategic problem solving, financial and data literacy, customer centricity, project management, and quantitative reasoning.
  • Build key functional skills that address the needs of employers in two of the following three areas: data & analytics, consulting, and sales & marketing.
  • Demonstrate strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work effectively in international teams as team members, leaders, and advisors.
  • Identify and develop solutions to cross-disciplinary business challenges.
  • Possess strong career management skills, including personal branding, networking and relationship building, interviewing, and negotiating conditions of employment.

Curriculum

The MSMS is a full-time, two-semester, 36-credit* program delivered in four 7-week modules and an intersession retreat focused on international business and responsible management topics. Students take classes in cohorts during the program. They enroll in 18 credits in the fall semester and 18 credits in the spring semester. The program has a fixed curriculum in the fall semester and provides electives in the spring semester. 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. During each module, students work in small teams on an industry partner’s business challenge. Partnerships have been carefully developed to create challenges that enrich the curricular experience and enhance student learning. They also include executive visits to the classroom, the use of live cases, and the hiring of students upon graduation.

Building career skills and support for job hunting are an important part of the program. They are delivered through cohort-wide seminars, small group workshops, one-on-one coaching, and mock interviews by a career coach. The work of the career coach is supplemented by the extensive networking and industry relations resources of the Questrom Feld Center and by on-campus visits by leading companies in technology, consulting, healthcare, financial services, and consumer products industries.

Fall Semester (18 cr)

Module I

  • MS 600 MSMS Launch (0 cr)
  • MS 717 Business Context and Strategy (1.5 cr)
  • MS 718 Competitive Business Simulation (1.5 cr)
  • MS 742 Financial Reporting and Analysis (1.5 cr)
  • MS 743 Quantitative Methods for Management Decisions (1.5 cr)
  • MS 744 People, Teams, and Organizations (1.5 cr)
  • MS 749 Executive Communications A (1.5 cr)
  • Career Coaching & Workshops

Module II

  • MS 715 Customers and Markets (1.5 cr)
  • MS 716 Financial Decision-Making (1.5 cr)
  • MS 756 Leadership and Change Management (1.5 cr)
  • MS 759 Executive Communications B (1.5 cr)
  • MS 761 Client Consulting Project A (3 cr)
  • Career Coaching & Workshops

Spring Semester (18 cr)

Module III

  • MS 751 Strategic Growth and Transformation (1.5 cr)
  • MS 762 Client Consulting Project B (4.5 cr)
  • Electives (choose 2 of 3):
    • MS 747 Project Management and Control (1.5 cr)
    • MS 770 Data Visualization (1.5 cr)
    • MS 771 Product Management (1.5 cr)
  • Career Coaching & Workshops

Module IV

  • MS 757 Innovation and Entrepreneurship (1.5 cr)
  • MS 763 Client Consulting Project C (4.5 cr)
  • Electives (choose 2 of 3):
    • MS 753 Negotiation and Conflict Management (1.5 cr)
    • MS 772 Product & Service Development (1.5 cr)
    • MS 773 Customer Data Analysis (1.5 cr)
  • Career Coaching & Workshops

*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.

Grading

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