The 30-credit Master's in Strategic Management and Executive Leadership is designed to help you think more strategically; enhance your ability to formulate, articulate, and implement strategy; and lead in an ethical and responsible manner.

The program is structured into three distinct areas:

  1. Core courses (18 credits)
  2. Primary concentration (6 credits)
  3. Electives (6 credits)

All courses must be at the 500- or 800-level. Depending on the semester of admission and course offering schedule, you can complete the program in as little as five semesters of study with each semester consisting of at least two courses.

Your courses are primarily asynchronous — meaning you are not required to attend online classes at a specific time. Most courses, however, will include a voluntary synchronous session weekly or bi-weekly that allows you to interact with professors and peers virtually. These engaging sessions are recorded, giving you the chance to watch them at a later date, if your schedule allows.

Your education will also blend self-study with peer-to-peer interaction over an online learning network. You'll complete weekly assignments, readings, discussions, and occasional group work, as well as exams and other activities designed to enhance your learning outcomes, all at times that are most convenient for you.

Course List — Master's in Strategic Management and Executive Leadership

Core Courses (18 required credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Global Strategic Management MBADM 571 Provides the fundamental concepts, frameworks, and principles underlying the formulation of successful strategies. Integrates multiple functional business areas to resolve global business problems and improve organizational performance. 3 credits
Strategy Implementation and Organizational Change MGMT 831 Addresses the managerial challenge of strategy implementation, particularly by examining the organizational elements that must be drawn into line to support a strategy, as well as the immense difficulties of changing an organization. 3 credits
Strategic Leading and Identity BA 888 Emphasizes identity issues that are critical to understanding individual and collective processes in organizational life. 3 credits
Ethical Leadership BA 804 Enhances the student's ability to deal with the complexities of ethical decision making in today's dynamic business environment by clarifying and applying personal values. 3 credits
Power and Influence MGMT 565 Provides students with the frameworks, concepts, and tools that allow them to diagnose individual and organizational sources of power and influence, as well as to wield these sources of power and influence in an ethical and responsible way. 3 credits
Strategic Leadership (Capstone Experience) BA 865 Presents a senior executive perspective on the key opportunities and challenges faced by business leaders; includes discussions on the changing context for setting strategy and leading organizations in an evolving business environment. 3 credits

Choose Your Primary Concentration

In addition to the core courses, students will select a 6-credit primary concentration in either Business Sustainability Strategy, Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship, or Negotiation and Influence. This list of concentrations may expand or change over time in response to market demand.

Business Sustainability Strategy (6 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Sustainability Strategy Development MGMT 811 An overview of the economic, social, and environmental drivers of the transformation to sustainable business models and practices; identification of best practices and frameworks for assessing organizational engagement with sustainability; development of a strategic sustainability plan. 3 credits
Sustainable Supply Chain Management SCM 813 Introduction to new business models and sustainable design principles for reinventing products and services to drive business value while reducing environmental and social impact, sourcing raw materials and working effectively with suppliers to safeguard labor and human rights and protect and restore natural resources, and managing total cost and risk. 3 credits
Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship Concentration (6 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship MBADM 531 Understanding, exploring, and applying innovation-related concepts, principles, and practices to corporate environments involved with new venture creation and other contexts. 3 credits
Corporate Innovation Strategies and Entrepreneurial Methods ENTR 820 Explores the methods used to foster innovation and entrepreneurship in a corporate setting, with a special emphasis on how organizations foster creativity, innovation, and new venture creation. 3 credits
Negotiation and Influence Concentration (6 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Negotiation Theory and Skills BA 805 Delivers an overview of the difference between traditional (distributive) bargaining and interest-based (integrative) negotiations; students learn to identify their own and others' interests, to create and claim value, and to craft constructive agreements for all parties. 3 credits
Complex Negotiations MGMT 821

Introduces the theory and practice of negotiation in a variety of settings, with specific emphasis on multiparty context; the course will allow students to develop these skills experientially and to understand negotiation in useful analytical frameworks.

Prerequisite: BA 805

3 credits
Electives (Select 6 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Negotiation Theory and Skills BA 805 Delivers an overview of the difference between traditional (distributive) bargaining and interest-based (integrative) negotiations; students learn to identify their own and others' interests, to create and claim value, and to craft constructive agreements for all parties. 3 credits
Strategic Business Architecture BA 809 Provides a concentrated and comprehensive approach to the practice of business architecture; focuses on business motivations, business operations and business analysis frameworks, and related components that link these aspects of the enterprise together. 3 credits
Complex Negotiations MGMT 821

Introduces the theory and practice of negotiation in a variety of settings, with specific emphasis on multiparty context; the course will allow students to develop these skills experientially and to understand negotiation in useful analytical frameworks.

Prerequisite: BA 805

3 credits
Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship MBADM 531 Understanding, exploring, and applying innovation-related concepts, principles, and practices to corporate environments involved with new venture creation and other contexts. 3 credits
Corporate Innovation Strategies and Entrepreneurial Methods ENTR 820 Explores the methods used to foster innovation and entrepreneurship in a corporate setting, with a special emphasis on how organizations foster creativity, innovation, and new venture creation. 3 credits
Business Modeling and New Venture Creation ENTR 502 Focuses on the process of launching a new venture, in a corporate setting or as a new startup, including identifying a problem or market opportunity, developing business models, forming a team, financing, analyzing markets, assessing the competitive environment, and planning to acquire leadership talent. 3 credits
Business Strategies for Data Analytics BAN 530

Data analytics problem-solving strategies applied to a real-world business context.

Prerequisite includes previous work experience and/or background with statistics. Please contact the program for further information at [email protected].
3 credits
Sustainability Strategy Development MGMT 811

Establishes the economic, social, and environmental drivers of the transformation to sustainable business models and practices; identification of best practices and frameworks for assessing organizational engagement with sustainability; development of a strategic sustainability plan.

3 credits
Sustainable Supply Chain Management SCM 813

Introduces new business models and sustainable design principles for reinventing products and services to drive business value while reducing environmental and social impact, sourcing raw materials and working effectively with suppliers to safeguard labor and human rights, protect and restore natural resources, while reducing total cost and risk. Special focus on circular economy strategies and closed loop supply chains.

3 credits

Students may select any two courses from a list of elective courses maintained by the program. This list may change over time in response to market demand. Please contact the program at [email protected] to discuss your options and view the most up-to-date list.

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