Whether you are advancing your career in the government, nonprofit, or private sector, Walden’s M.S. in Management provides the skills you need to effectively manage projects, teams, and organizations across sectors and environments.

From best practices for streamlining processes and systems to practical strategies for motivating people, this master’s degree program can enable you to:

  • Develop a strong practical approach to management.
  • Gain a fundamental understanding of budgeting for nonfinancial managers.
  • Participate in timely, relevant assignments that reflect the most current management thinking.
  • Integrate global awareness, legal and ethical considerations, human capital development, and social change opportunities into your day-to-day management style.
  • Deepen your functional expertise through a choice of seven optional specializations.

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Walden’s M.S. in Management offers a General Program without a specialization, or a variety of optional specializations to help you meet your personal and professional goals:

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General Program

Develop a practical, integrated approach to management that helps prepare you to successfully manage projects and processes and direct people. Become a more effective manager by learning to motivate people, solve problems, meet goals, and face today’s critical challenges.

Completion Requirements

  • 30 total semester credits
    • Core courses (27 sem. cr.)
    • Capstone (3 sem. cr.)

Estimated time to completion may be less than 2 years, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call your enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Courses

Communication

Become a skilled communicator with the power to influence the outcome of critical business or management decisions with the Communication specialization. In this specialization, you can gain the skills needed to convey information effectively to internal and external stakeholders, learn how to select appropriate communication strategies, and master the art of creating compelling messages in both the written and spoken word. Coursework explores the communication channels of today as well as how to tailor messages for various channels and audience needs. You will also examine the manager’s role in ensuring that organizational communications are accurate and impactful.

Completion Requirements

  • 39 total semester credits
    • Core courses (27 sem. cr.)
    • Capstone Course (3 sem. cr.)
    • Specialization courses (9 sem. cr.)

Estimated time to completion may be less than 2 years, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call your enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Core Courses and Capstone Course

The program’s courses are delivered online in a prescribed sequence.

Specialization Courses

Healthcare Management

Expand your knowledge of the components of healthcare delivery systems and the continuum of health services. Examine the economic principles and decision-making strategies related to the structure and distribution of healthcare resources and services. Learn the terminology, theories, and concepts related to the accounting and financial functions of healthcare organizations as you discover the techniques required to develop, manage, and control healthcare finances.

Completion Requirements

  • 39 total semester credits
    • Core courses (27 sem. cr.)
    • Capstone (3 sem. cr.)
    • Specialization courses (9 sem. cr.)

Estimated time to completion may be less than 2 years, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call your enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Core Courses and Capstone

The program’s courses are delivered online in a prescribed sequence.

Specialization Courses

Human Resource Management

Discover the strategic role of human resources in helping organizations gain competitive advantage. Learn to formulate policies and programs that support high performance through training, empowerment, and job design. Explore how economic, social, psychological, legal, and cultural forces influence employment relations. Gain expertise in areas related to recruitment and selection, performance evaluation, compensation and benefits, and job design.

Completion Requirements

  • 39 total semester credits
    • Core courses (27 sem. cr.)
    • Capstone (3 sem. cr.)
    • Specialization courses (9 sem. cr.)

Estimated time to completion may be less than 2 years, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call your enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Core Courses and Capstone

The program’s courses are delivered online in a prescribed sequence.

Specialization Courses

International Business

Broaden your understanding of the international business climate and the challenges of working with different cultures. Explore political, financial, competitive, regulatory, operational, and social issues faced by global managers. Discover the changing nature of international business and leadership and evaluate the concepts of sustainable business strategies, international trade, foreign direct investment, and regional economic integration.

Completion Requirements

  • 39 total semester credits
    • Core courses (27 sem. cr.)
    • Capstone (3 sem. cr.)
    • Specialization courses (9 sem. cr.)

Estimated time to completion, may be less than 2 years, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call your enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Core Course and Capstone

The program’s courses are delivered online in a prescribed sequence.

Specialization Courses

Leadership

Explore the qualities shared by strong leaders and review current perspectives on the importance of leadership in organizations. Evaluate your own leadership style and recognize your potential to inspire others and influence the success of your organization. Learn to apply effective mentoring skills such as active listening, teaching, empowering others, and enabling them to effect change. Plus, discover how to use feedback to create interactive dialogue and deeper understanding of individual and group behavior.

Completion Requirements

  • 39 total semester credits
    • Core courses (27 sem. cr.)
    • Capstone (3 sem. cr.)
    • Specialization courses (9 sem. cr.)

Estimated time to completion may be less than 2 years, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call your enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Core Courses and Capstone

The program’s courses are delivered online in a prescribed sequence.

Specialization Courses

Marketing

With a specialization in Marketing, you can explore marketing fundamentals and expand your knowledge of integrated marketing, customer loyalty and behavior, strategic brand management, new product development, channels of distribution, and much more.

Completion Requirements

  • 39 total semester credits
    • Core courses (27 sem. cr.)
    • Integrative capstone (3 sem. cr.)
    • Specialization courses (9 sem. cr.)

Estimated time to completion may be less than 2 years, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call your enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Core Courses and Capstone

The program’s courses are delivered online in a prescribed sequence.

Specialization Courses

Project Management

Learn to manage a range of projects and avoid the typical pitfalls of missed deadlines and mismanaged resources. Explore current theories and research and put your project management skills to work in real-world exercises. Enhance your understanding of project life cycle management, project team building, risk management, and quality control and gain experience using project management software to schedule and budget projects.

PMI REP logoWalden has been reviewed and approved as a provider of project management training by the Project Management Institute (PMI)®. As a PMI Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.), Walden has agreed to abide by PMI-established quality assurance criteria.

Completion Requirements

  • 39 total semester credits
    • Core courses (27 sem. cr.)
    • Capstone (3 sem. cr.)
    • Specialization courses (9 sem. cr.)

Estimated time to completion may be less than 2 years, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call your enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Core Courses and Capstone

The program’s courses are delivered online in a prescribed sequence.

Specialization Courses

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Strategy and Operations

Gain an understanding of the concepts of organic growth and value innovation. Use your decision-making and critical-thinking skills to develop and implement effective strategies that can create growth and value. Explore how to improve work processes such as supply chain management, quality improvement, innovation, and forecasting in a global environment.

Completion Requirements

  • 39 total semester credits
    • Core courses (27 sem. cr.)
    • Capstone (3 sem. cr.)
    • Specialization courses (9 sem. cr.)

Estimated time to completion may be less than 2 years, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call your enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Core Courses and Capstone

The program’s courses are delivered online in a prescribed sequence.

Specialization Courses

Curriculum Component Requirements  Cost  Total* 
Tuition 30 total semester credit hours  $720 per semester hour 

$21,600

Books and Materials Estimated costs  included

$0

Technology Fee  Per semester

$160

$800

   

Total

$22,400

   

Transfer up to 15 credits 

$11,120

   

Total with Transfer Credits

$11,280

* Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Transfer credit total includes reduction in technology fee and books and supplies as related to reduced number of courses over time.

Tuition and fees are subject to change.

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Capstone

Synthesize the theory, content, and practices you’ve learned in the program into a purposeful plan for your future as a management professional. Through research and essays, you’ll reflect on your values, beliefs, and management strengths and weaknesses to develop a foundation for future professional growth.

Conferences and Real-World Insights

Benefit from access to live streaming presentations of prestigious international events and conferences, such as the World Innovation Forum, World Leadership Forum, World Business Forum, and Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting. Learn from today’s most innovative authors, business executives, and thought leaders in our Inspiring Today’s Leaders webinar series.

WOBI Membership

Receive a complimentary membership to WOBI|World of Business Ideas, a stimulating online environment where you can explore innovative ideas from industry leaders and business icons who are shaping our global marketplace.

Fulfilled Program

Enjoy the advantages of automatic registration and textbooks provided as part of your sequenced program.

Accelerated Path to a Doctoral Degree

When you complete your M.S. in Management, you may be able to receive credit for four courses when enrolling in the Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.) program and for two courses when enrolling in the Ph.D. in Management program, which can save you time and money. Call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336 to determine eligibility and learn more.

Sigma Iota Epsilon

Connect with fellow business leaders through the Walden chapter of Sigma Iota Epsilon (SIE), a nationally recognized honor society. Founded in 1927 to enhance the academic and professional aspects of management, SIE promotes professional and social networking among business professionals. Connect with fellow business leaders through the Walden chapter of Sigma Iota Epsilon (SIE), a nationally recognized honor society. Founded in 1927 to enhance the academic and professional aspects of management, SIE promotes professional and social networking among business professionals.

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By choosing Walden, you are choosing a rich and engaging learning experience that complements your unique learning style. Whether you prefer text, audio, or video formats, MobileLearn® allows you to download and access your course content offline and on-the-go, giving your study schedule even greater flexibility.

Accelerated Path to a Doctoral Degree

When you complete Walden’s M.S. in Management, you may be able to apply credits earned toward Walden’s Ph.D. in Management or Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.) degree programs.

Ph.D. in Management

  • If you pursue your degree in the course-based format, you may be eligible to apply credits earned toward the following courses:
    • MGMT 8010 Management in Human and Societal Development 
    • MGMT 8020 Managing Organizational Systems and Complexity
  • If you pursue your degree in the self-directed or mixed-model format, you may be eligible to apply credits earned toward two Knowledge Area Modules (KAMs).
  • If you complete the M.S. in Management course MGMT 6661 Applied Research Methods—Qualitative and Quantitative as part of your specialization, you may be eligible to apply credits earned toward RSCH 8100 Research Theory, Design, and Methods.

Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.)

  • If you complete the M.S. in Management course MGMT 6661 Applied Research Methods—Qualitative and Quantitative as part of your specialization, you may be eligible to apply credits earned toward DDBA 8427 Applied Research Methods—Qualitative and Quantitative.
  • If you complete the M.S. in Management course MGMT 6611 Business Operations: Systems Perspectives in Global Organizations as part of your specialization, you may be eligible to apply credits earned toward DDBA 8110 Business Operations: Systems Perspectives in Global Organizations.

Note: To be eligible to apply credit toward these doctoral programs, students must have earned a B or better in the applicable master’s courses within the last 10 years and be in good standing with the university. All transfer of credit is granted after formal review by Walden’s Office of Admissions.

Which Management Program is Right for You?

When selecting among Walden’s M.S. in Management, M.S. in Leadership, Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) and Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) programs, consider which features are right for your learning style and your career aspirations.

The M.S. in Management program may be your best choice if you want to:

  • Gain a practical, integrated approach to management.
  • Develop my personal management skills as I gain an integrated perspective to managing budgets, resources, systems, and information.
  • Focus on creating solutions that benefit both people and organizational performance.
  • Become a better manager across functional areas and teams. 
  • Move into a management position in which I work with others to strategically and effectively manage projects, processes, and operations.

The M.S. in Leadership program may be your best choice if you want to:

  • Build my knowledge across disciplines.
  • Develop courses of action by leading, motivating, and influencing people and to establish the context for problem-solving.
  • Focus on self-awareness, communication, and putting decisions into context.
  • Build teams and provide leadership across an organization.
  • Move into a leadership position in which I can help others move toward new or shared goals and identify ways to implement solutions together.

The EMBA program may be your best choice if you want to:

  • Develop a greater understanding of the challenges and opportunities that drive success in today’s global marketplace.
  • Enhance my strategic thinking around improving organizational performance.
  • Develop my own personal leadership style while advancing my professional goals.
  • Become a successful executive leader in a global business environment. 
  • Launch a new business that drives innovation to the marketplace.

The M.B.A. program may be your best choice if you want to:

  • Gain discipline-based knowledge within multiple functional areas, such as marketing, accounting, information technology, and finance.
  • Develop courses of action based on analyses, plans, and decisions within specific contexts.
  • Focus on learning discrete decision-making techniques within specific business administration areas.
  • Direct a functional area within an organization. 
  • Assume a leadership position in which I direct others to form and implement decisions.

In our MS in Management program, you will work with expert faculty members who are scholars and leaders in their fields. Some of the esteemed faculty members in this program include:

Pamela Legner

Pamela Legner
D.B.A., Argosy University, Sarasota; M.S., DePaul University; B.A., Knox College

 


Justin Barclay, D.B.A., Argosy University; M.B.A., B.S., DeVry University

Dennis Cashman, Ph.D., Capella University; M.S., American University; M.S., B.S., Central Connecticut State University

Robert Finkelmeier, Ed.D., M.Ed., B.S., University of Cincinnati.

Jonathan Hochberg, Ed.D., Nova Southeastern University; M.B.A., The George Washington University; B.A., University of Colorado

William Laing, Ph.D., Capella University; M.B.A., University of Montana; B.G.S., University of New Hampshire

Bill Makkawi, Ph.D., Florida International University; M.B.A., M.A., University of Florida; B.B.A., American University of Beirut

Vanda Marques, Ph.D., Capella University; M.S., Albertus Magnus College; B.S., Central Connecticut State University

Michael McGivern, Ph.D., Walden University; M.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; B.S., Central Connecticut State University

Jason Sheedy, Ph.D., Northcentral University; M.B.A., B.S., University of Wisconsin

Ralph F. Stauffer, M.S., California State University; B.S., Regents College of the State of New York

Thomas-Evans, D.B.A., Northcentral University; M.B.A., Pfeiffer University; B.S., South Carolina State University

Stanley Warrick, J.D., University of Arkansas; M.S.M., Lake Forest Graduate School of Management; B.S., U.S. Military Academy at West Point

David Williamson, Ph.D., Capella University; M.B.A., The University of North Carolina; B.S., University of Virginia

Thomas Woodruff, D.M., University of Phoenix; M.B.A., Southern Illinois University; B.S., University of Missouri

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Demonstrate critical-thinking skills that lead to ethical and reasoned decision making within a management context.
  2. Formulate sustainable solutions to practical management problems encountered in a complex global environment by synthesizing relevant data and information and applying systems thinking to problem-solving.
  3. Assess opportunities to improve and sustain organizational performance through strategic thinking, the development of human capital, the allocation of physical resources, and the management of financial resources.
  4. Evaluate methods to develop people and manage teams to obtain the best performance in order to achieve goals and positive environments despite potential challenges imposed by a diverse workforce, cross-cultural differences, and virtual work settings.
  5. Propose negotiation strategies that will lead to positive, ethical outcomes and demonstrate scrupulous consideration of perceived points of conflict; differences in values, beliefs, and culture; or divergence of goals.
  6. Appraise techniques managers may use to facilitate change, examining the implications of culture, inertia, and uncertainty as well as the importance of understanding motivation and devising effective communications.
  7. Develop effective communications for various types of management scenarios, demonstrating awareness of audience needs, accepted standards of professional practice, correct grammar, and appropriate writing style.

For assistance in deciding which online degree program fits your goals, request information or speak with an enrollment advisor by calling 1-866-492-5336. A list of international toll-free phone numbers is available for students outside the United States.