Credit hours: 30
Online and evening class options
Fully online option
Start terms: fall, spring, summer
Lead your team to the next level
This degree prepares you for leadership roles in both public and private sector organizations. Our students are professionals who challenge themselves to become stronger leaders ready to make the big decisions. Dive deep into one of ten specializations that allow you to tailor your degree or customize the program to fit your needs.
"Probably the most powerful impact of completing the MS was the feeling of confidence that it gave me to be able to put myself forward for roles that I would not have felt I was prepared for prior to graduation."
– Christine Devaud '01
In our MS Management and Organization program, you’ll understand how to manage interpersonal dynamics, effectively design organizations, and manage human resources and lead change. A career-focused group, our students are looking to take a leadership role in their organizations to drive change.
Unlike an MBA which covers a number of different business functions, such as accounting and finance, this degree specializes in the human and organizational aspects of business. You'll dive deeper into topics such as organizational change, leadership, and strategy.
No matter if you’re taking lectures on campus or participating online, you’ll be taught by a mix of expert faculty who do high-quality research and have extensive work experience in diverse organizations. CU Denver management faculty have consistently published in top journals for their research.
You'll have full access to our Business Career Connections team for life. With over 10 years of recruiting and advising experience, they'll help you navigate your way through the corporate recruiting process. Our connections to over 300 business partners provide exclusive opportunities to network with industry leaders. Their services include:
The MS Management and Organization curriculum consists of 30 hours of core, specialization or management electives, and free elective courses.
Begin your degree by building a strong foundation of leadership and organizational structure and change. Course topics include:
Dive deeper into topics that matter most to your career. We offer ten specializations or pick and choose courses that best align with your career goals. Courses can be chosen from any management, international business, or entrepreneurship offering.
Explore other business courses relevant for your success including areas such as:
Specializations require 12 hours of related coursework. Please note that not all specializations can be completed entirely online.
You’ll examine the development of strategic plans and learn how to implement them using resource allocation and leadership skills. Course topics include:
Building on the core foundation, you’ll learn how to effectively identify, design, and implement organizational change initiatives. Course topics include:
Gain management knowledge and specialized construction engineering management expertise. Course topics include:
Technology is a driver in every modern business strategy. In this specialization, you’ll understand emerging technologies, IT-enabled organizational processes, methods to develop and implement information systems, and how to address security and privacy issues. Course topics include:
You’ll understand how to manage and organize in the context of new ventures. You’ll also receive a certificate in entrepreneurship by completing this specialization. Course topics include:
Your coursework will integrate international understanding into your management courses. From cross-cultural management to legal aspects of marketing internationally, you’ll prepare yourself for the future of business no matter where it goes.
Leading a team effectively is no small task. Concentrate on honing your skills so you’re ready to make your people your biggest competitive advantage. Course topics include:
Add this specialization to your degree and you’ll gain advanced knowledge, tools, and techniques you can use in recruiting, hiring, developing, motivating, and rewarding your employees. You’ll also learn about technology solutions for online training and performance management programs. Course topics include:
Companies are embracing social and environmental responsibility as a core business strategy. Learn about what businesses are facing in a world where resources are scarce, social safety nets are declining, and customers are concerned about a company’s investment in corporate responsibility. Course topics include:
Explore two of the fastest growing industries in the world. This specialization provides the education to become a major player in two of the largest industries in the world. Course topics include:
Strategy examines the development of firm strategic plans and implementation through careful resource allocation. This specialization provides the leadership skills are required for organizations to effectively meet their objectives. Prerequisites may be required for some courses. Course topics include:
We also offer this degree entirely online. The online program has the same requirements as the on-campus program and is taught by the same professors. You can blend campus courses, hybrid courses, and fully online courses to fit your schedule.
For the MS Management degree, the core classes are all offered online. However, not all specializations can be completed entirely online. The following specializations can be completed entirely online; however, all course options for each of the following specializations are always available online.
The cost of tuition for the MS Management degree is different for in-state and out-of-state students.
Residents of western states may qualify for in-state tuition. The Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) requires students to maintain current residency of WRGP state until degree completion.
Scholarships are available for students. The Business School offers a recurring scholarship opportunity for applicants based on merit at the time of admission. You must have submitted your application by the priority deadline to be considered for this scholarship.
$3,000-$5,000 for incoming students. If you have a GMAT score over 680 you will automatically be contacted for consideration.
As a current student, you can apply for additional scholarships every semester. Some awards are based on program and course enrollment.
Dual degree options for Master of Science programs include all of our MBA programs and all Business School Master of Science programs. We design a specific degree plan so you get through both programs as quickly and cost-effectively as possible. The amount of credits in each dual degree depends on the amount of overlap between degree programs. Eligible Master of Science programs include:
If you are applying for both degrees, you will only need to submit one online application and pay one application fee. Be aware that you must meet specific admission standards for each degree.
Applicants are required to submit all application materials. Interviews are not a part of the admission process. To receive priority admission, we must have received your online application and all other required materials including transcripts and GMAT/GRE scores by the deadline.
You can check your admission status online through the account you created for the online application. You will receive a final decision by email within two to three weeks from submission of all materials.
The admissions committee considers each candidate’s entire record of achievement. This is demonstrated through:
No work experience or formal business education is required for admission. However, professional experience strengthens your application. Candidates with less work experience can show potential through academic and experiential success.
For any questions, please contact our admissions team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-315-8200.
To meet the English Language Proficiency (ELP) criteria, you must either showcase your proficiency through past education in English instruction or an English Language Proficiency test. If you are a citizen of a country whose official language is English, you do not have to prove proficiency. See below for a listing of accepted countries.
To claim proficiency, you must complete one of the following criteria. Please note that test scores are valid for two years.
To be eligible for scholarships you must apply by the priority deadlines. Plan to submit materials early to expedite processing. Deadlines apply to all required documents. Please note that if you apply by the final deadlines many classes may be full.
Plan to submit materials early to expedite processing. Deadlines apply to all required documents. To be eligible for scholarships you must apply by the priority deadlines. Please note that if you apply by the final deadlines many classes may be full. Course offerings are limited for summer.
Our Business Career Connections (BCC) office connects top Denver employers to our students. They know what recruiters are looking for and have a wealth of resources that you have access to as a student and alumnus.
As a student, you’ll have access to a number of high-profile guest speakers. Past speakers have included executives from across the country representing companies including:
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