What will you learn from this program? Our graduates will be able to:
- Solve business problems relating to the planning, controlling and leading of organizational resources.
- Demonstrate investigative skills to use quantitative and qualitative methodologies to solve business problems.
- Demonstrate individual and collaborative communication skills through written, oral, numeric and visual modalities.
- Demonstrate a Christian purview through Christian ethics in the planning, organizing, controlling and leading of organizational resources.
- Demonstrate multicultural competencies engaging in managerial roles of planning, leading, organizing and controlling or organizational resources throughout the world.
- Identify and analyze opportunities to improve organizational outcomes through the use and implementation of IT solutions.
- Manage, organize, control and lead the design and development processes for effective IT-based solutions and integrate them into the organizations user environment.
- Create and implement effective project management plans that demonstrate organizational leadership with control measures.
- Manage, organize, control, and lead IT activities to meet organizational supply chain needs.
MSM Core Courses (18 credits)
MM517 – Organizational Theory, Behavior and Change (3 credits)
This course incorporates the history, development, theory and philosophy of organizations. Concepts of formalization, structure, environment, human resource, goals, power, authority and boundaries – all within a larger system context – will be explored. It systematically examines the variables, both psychological and sociological, which are important in the comprehension of individual motivation, the managing of groups, interpersonal relationships, organizational effectiveness, and change, as well as creativity and leadership within the organization.
MM550 – Foundations of Leadership Theory (3 credits)
This course describes theories of leadership, studies the relationship between leadership style and organizational change, and examines the implementation of a leader’s vision. Students will develop the capacity to integrate and synthesize existing leadership theories and formulate new ones; clarify and critique their own perspectives on the functions of leadership; apply leadership theories and lessons to a specific problem or challenge in one’s area of interest; and develop essential leadership and administrative skills through study, observation, and application.
MM530 – Financial Issues for Managers (3 credits)
This course is designed to give the student a firm understanding of how to interpret financial and accounting data for planning and decision-making purposes. Viewing finance and accounting as an information system for decision-making will form the framework of the course.
MM540 – Human Resource Management Seminar (3 credits)
This course acknowledges that today’s manager is faced with situations arising from changes in the makeup of today’s workforce as well as the many new legal requirements placed on the corporation. This seminar will deal with these issues and their implications for management in an evolving multicultural environment.
MM535 – Economic Issues for Managers (3 credits)
This course assumes that the impact of economic results and indicators has direct correlation to decisions that managers constantly face. Interpreting this data is essential for future planning and the managing of current operations. A course designed to interpret these issues will greatly improve the decision-making process in management today.
MM552 – Ethical Leadership (3 credits)
This course explores the issues of ethical and moral development relevant to formulating a personal philosophy of leadership and administration and to developing a continuing renewal of personal and professional growth for oneself and others. Students will analyze their own values and ethics through interactive discussions and projects and will develop an integrative approach to ethics from a leadership perspective, which emphasizes fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity.
IT Project Management Courses (18 Credits)
MM545 – Management Information & Decision Design
This course deals with the development, use, and management of information technology from a managerial perspective. It emphasizes both the management of information as an important corporate resource and the use of information systems to support organizational activities. The course highlights the interrelationship between the managerial process and information technology.
IT520 – Information Systems Project Management
This course provides a comprehensive understanding of the processes, tools, and techniques used to manage IT and software projects effectively. Addresses foundational project management principles including planning and scheduling, resource budgeting and monitoring, risk management, and quality control. Includes introduction to using and customizing project management information systems (PMIS). Prerequisite: MM-545
IT530 – Data Management
This course introduces data management concepts, principles, and techniques for managing data as an organizational resource. Students will learn fundamentals of data modeling, database design, data warehousing, data governance, quality assurance, and security. Both relational and NoSQL systems are examined. Students will gain experience with database technologies and strategies for effective data management and protection. Prerequisite: MM-545
IT540 – Supply Chain Management
This course examines the role of information systems and technologies for enabling effective supply chain management and decision-making. Students will gain knowledge of supply chain information systems for forecasting, planning, procurement, logistics, warehouse management, and performance management. Emerging technologies such as blockchain, AI, and IoT will be explored. Prerequisite: MM-545
IT550 – Information Systems Strategy
This course provides an in-depth examination of ways organizations can use information systems and technologies to support business strategy and gain competitive advantage. Students will develop strategic thinking skills for leveraging IS/IT resources. Topics covered include strategic alignment, IT governance, systems integration, emerging technologies, and managing innovation. Prerequisite: MM-545
IT560 – Internship in IT Project Management
Internships are off-campus, culminating experiential learning activities designed to provide students with opportunities to make connections between the theory and practice of academic study (IT Project Management) and the practical application of that study in a professional business work environment. Internships offer the opportunity to gain relevant experience and professional connections. Internships are completed under the guidance of an on-site supervisor and a faculty sponsor, who in combination with the student will create a framework for learning and reflection. The IT Project Management internship is a 300-hour experience open to students who have completed all of the other coursework required for the degree. Prerequisites: MM-545, IT-520, IT-530, IT-540, and IT-550