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MS in Management Studies

Master of Science in Management Studies

New! Hybrid Program Beginning Summer 2019

The global business world is highly competitive, driven by economics, technology, and innovation, and change is constant. In many fields, the career assumptions of the past will not be valid for occupations of the future. Increasingly, fast-paced decisions must be made by professionals in many roles who can work across company divisions and take into account many different perspectives. It is important to develop professionals from many fields who have an integrative view of business and can provide insightful business perspectives.

The Master of Science in Management Studies offered by the Broad College of Business will give students with non-business degrees a solid foundation in the knowledge and skills needed for future career success in industry. It is ideal for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) graduates seeking improved competitiveness in a workplace demanding more from its employees in reaching its business goals. The program’s hybrid format (summer residency/online fall and spring) will allow students to “learn while doing” on the job. Students take 15 credit hours on campus to start the program in summer and finish the remaining 15 credit hours online over fall and spring semesters while working full-time. Thus, the 30-credit hour program is completed in just 12 months.

“We have a need for engineers who can hit the ground running in managing teams and making business decisions. I am pleased to see the Eli Broad College of Business offer a Master of Science in Management Studies especially for technically trained undergraduates. Engineers with both management and technical skills, and who can align what they do with the overall business strategy, are uniquely positioned to accelerate their growth and development with a company such as Tenneco.”
-Brian Kesseler, CEO of Tenneco


The program is a lock-step cohort format with each entry class beginning in the summer with the on-campus residency and continuing online through fall and spring with a concluding Capstone Project.

Required Courses

  • Managerial Finance
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Information Systems Project Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Introduction to Supply Chain Management Concepts
  • Applied Economics
  • Leadership and Team Management
  • Developing Managerial Skills
  • Communication Strategies for Business
  • Creating an Ethical Organization
  • Information Technology Strategy
  • Applied Data Analysis for Managers
  • Competitive and Business Strategy
  • Strategic Decision Making
  • Capstone Project

Course Descriptions

Course descriptions can be found in the MSU Office of the Registrar’s Course Catalog.


To be admitted to the Master of Science in Management Studies program, an applicant must:

  1. Have a bachelor’s degree, or its four-year equivalency, from a recognized educational institution.
  2. Have a cumulative undergraduate grade-point average of 3.00 in the last two years of their program or;
  3. If a candidate applies within 15 credits of graduation for an undergraduate degree, the bachelor’s degree is waived if the applicant has a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 in the last two years of undergraduate work.
  4. Take the GMAT or GRE and submit your score to MSU. The GMAT/GRE requirement is waived for MSU graduates with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher.
  5. English competency test scores are required with the following minimum scores: TOEFL – 250 on computer version and 100 on the Internet-Based Test and a 7 on the IELTS. English competency test takers should use the Michigan State University Code 1465. Waivers may ONLY be considered for students that have graduated from MSU with a bachelor’s degree.

Admission to the program is selective and meeting the minimum standards listed does not guarantee admission. The applicant’s overall record is considered, including the student’s statement of objectives, recommendations, academic transcripts, and other documentation as required. Students must achieve a minimum 2.00 grade in a course in order for that course to count toward the 30-credit degree requirement. Students must maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher in all graduate courses in order to graduate from the program.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition is $1,300 per credit hour. Information on financial aid can be found at


Program Director Jeff Hittler can be reached via phone at (517) 432-0090 or via email at


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