Jul 21, 2024  
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog 
    
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog

Master of Science in Management (MSM)


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Students should consult the General Regulations section of the Graduate Catalog for additional information regarding Graduate School admission requirements, transfer credit, and other critical policies and procedures.


The purpose of the Master of Science in Management program is to provide a specialized professional program for the student who wants to acquire leadership skills. The MSM program is tailored to meet the needs of individuals with non-business backgrounds or degrees, or those focused specifically on enhancing leadership skills. This program is designed to develop leadership capabilities centered around motivating teams and managing people and processes in businesses and non-profit organizations. Effective communication, ethical leadership, decision-making and a quality, systematic approach to management are emphasized to assist in developing the skills and abilities necessary to manage people, processes, and to lead teams.

The MSM program is designed specifically for undergraduate majors who desire a focus on leadership development. Applicants with a minor in business, a major in a non-business field, or an interest in the leadership concentration are encouraged to apply.

Accreditation


The Troy University MSM degree is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Business Foundation Prerequisite Requirement for the MSM Program


All students must complete with a grade of “B” or better the prerequisite course for the MSM program, BUS 6600 Survey of Business Concepts , which must be taken during the student’s first term.

Admission Requirements for the MSM


Unconditional Admission


  1. Students applying for admission must provide official transcripts.
  2. Applicants who have completed a master’s or higher degree from a regionally accredited university may be admitted unconditionally. (No graduate admission test scores are required.) Official transcripts from all universities attended must be submitted, to include an official transcript showing completion of a master’s or higher degree.
  3. A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with an AACSB accredited business school is required. (Students with a baccalaureate degree from an unaccredited or otherwise accredited institution should see Unaccredited or Otherwise Accredited Student Admissions.)
  4. Applicants must have achieved at least a 2.5 GPA in all undergraduate work or at least a 3.0 GPA for the last 30 semester hours.
  5. A letter of recommendation is required with all applications for the MSM program. The individual’s potential for success in the MSM program, his/her professional, managerial or administrative experience, as well as his/her written and oral communication skills must be addressed.

Conditional Admission


Students not satisfying the minimum grade point average requirements for unconditional admission or applicants from non-AACSB accredited institutions may be conditionally admitted to the program. Conditionally admitted students must complete BUS 6600 , MSM 6610 , and MSM 6633  with a 3.0 or better average to be granted unconditional admission and continue in the program. After completion of these three courses, students not obtaining unconditional admission status will be dropped from the program for one calendar year, after which time the student must petition for readmission. A letter of recommendation is required with all readmission applications for the MSM program. The letter should address the individual’s potential for success in the MSM program as well as his/her written and oral communication skills.

Temporary Admission


Temporary Admission may be granted to applicants who have not submitted the letter of recommendation or official undergraduate transcript. Temporary admission is only for one semester or term and must follow the requirements outlined under Conditional Admission.

Transfer Credit


A maximum of two courses (six semester hours) taken at another AACSB accredited institution, each with a “B” grade or better, may be applied toward the degree. This is not automatic or guaranteed. Transfer credit request from institutions not holding AACSB accreditation will be reviewed upon submission to the appropriate business faculty or administrators, with final college approval of transfer credit being made by the Dean of the Sorrell College of Business.

Note that the capstone course MSM 6650 Strategic Management  must be taken with Troy University and will not be accepted as transfer credit from another institution. Credit accepted for transfer into the MSM core or to satisfy specified program courses is limited to institutions holding AACSB accreditation (or those approved through the Sorrell College transfer credit review process) for their business programs. These courses must be comparable in catalog description, level, and content to Troy University courses and approved by the appropriate graduate business faculty or administrator. If the course is not comparable to a Troy University MSM course then the transfer credit request will be denied. No more than two courses (six semester hours) may be transferred in from a completed master’s degree program. Transient credit must meet Graduate School policy, and be pre-approved by the Dean. Professional military education courses are not accepted for credit in the MSM program.

Degree Requirements


Students graduating with an MSM degree will have successfully completed the courses listed below with an overall grade point average of 3.0 (A = 4.0) and with no more than two grades of “C” to fulfill requirements for the degree. Students may be required to take additional testing from non-Troy organizations as part of their program. A third grade below a “B” removes the student from the program for one full calendar year after which a readmission petition may be made to the graduate school.

Curriculum-30 Semester Hours


Business Foundation Prerequisite (3 sh)


All students must compete with a grade of “B” or better the prerequisite course for the MSM program, BUS 6600 Survey of Business Concepts , which must be taken during the student’s first term.

Core Curriculum (18 sh)


*Note:


Students cannot take a course required in their concentration as an elective.

MSM Concentrations


**Note:


Troy University MSHRM graduates are not eligible for the MSM Human Resource Management program.

All transfer credits must be processed through normal academic approval procedures. All authorizations for MSM students to be a transient student at another institution must be approved before the course is attempted. Transient credit must meet Graduate School policy, and be pre-approved by the Dean. Professional military education courses are not accepted for credit in the MSM program.

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