M.S. in Management

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    Total Credit Hours: 33


    The Master of Science in Management degree is a specialized program designed to prepare professionals to assume advanced management positions in the private and public sectors. Coursework emphasizes the evolving management information and techniques for enhanced decision making, human resources responsibilities and team management. The program may be of particular interest for individuals who come from diverse undergraduate degree backgrounds. No prior academic business preparation is required for entry in to the program.

    The MSM provides in depth study of management theory and practical skills necessary to effectively achieve business success in highly competitive global environments. Its broad applications will appeal to a wide range of organizational environments, including profit, not-for-profit, education, healthcare, and government.

    Students are mid- to senior-level executives and professionals who want to prepare for additional management responsibilities or to manage smaller organizations where it is necessary to coordinate a broad range of areas.

    The MSM program is designed to meet the growing demand for professionals whose work requires them to achieve business results through the optimal use of people. The program prepares students for a wide range of careers in both industrial and service companies and in public and non-profit organizations.

    The courses are structured to provide students with the knowledge and skills to effectively manage within organizations. Major emphasis is placed on courses that offer an understanding of the role of the individual employee, the groups in which individuals work and the structure and operation of the larger organization.


    Graduates of the Master of Science in Management program are expected to be able to:
    • Integrate and apply management principles and skills to the management of people and resources within the economic/ financial, technological, social, ethical/legal environments of an organization.
    • Successfully apply creative, informed decision analysis to managerial decision making.
    • Develop and implement management strategies to best achieve an organization’s mission by recognizing trends, opportunities and evaluating alternative approaches.
    • Appreciate the ethical and legal implications of their actions.
    • Exhibit critical thinking and a functional knowledge across the business management disciplines.


    Students educated outside of the U.S. must have a score of 550 (written), 213 (computerbased) or 79 (Internet-based) or better on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). All incoming students born after January 1, 1957, taking six or more credit hours per semester must have an updated immunization record sent to the University’s Center for Health and Counseling Services. This requirement refers to students receiving credit on the Romeoville campus.

    To be accepted for admission into the program, a student must present the following credentials:
    1. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
    2. An application for graduate admission, including a non-refundable fee. The online application is available at lewisu.edu/gradapplication
    3. Statement of purpose (500 words: form available from the Graduate School of Management).
    4. Official transcripts from all educational institutions attended.
    5. Undergraduate GPA > 2.75 (conditional admission available to those with GPA > 2.75)*.
    6. Two professional recommendations (form available from the Graduate School of Management).
    7. Professional resume.
    8. Admission interview.
    9. A student must have three years of supervisory experience. Exceptions will be made on an individual basis by the Program Director.


    Students with an undergraduate GPA<2.75 will be allowed to begin the MSM program on a conditional basis. In order to attain full degreeseeking status, students must attain a 4.0 (A) in each of the first three courses in which they are enrolled. A student who fails to meet this standard will not be permitted to register for further classes. Students may petition the MSM Admissions Committee to review their status. The decision of the Admissions Committee is final.


    Students must complete 33-36 graduate credits in the program to complete the Master of Science in Management degree. Each student is required to complete nine courses and three professional seminars. Students in the Research Track complete a master’s thesis project. Students in the Non-Research track complete two additional electives (six graduate credit hours).

    Only six hours of previous applicable graduate coursework (grade of B or higher) can be transferred into the program. A total of 30 hours must be taken at Lewis University. Cumulative GPA of 3.2 is required for graduation.

    I. Foundation Courses (30)
    65-520 Fundamentals of the Business Enterprise (3)
    65-508 Contemporary Management Practice (3)
    65-568 Marketing Management (3)
    65-630 Organizational Behavior and Development (3)
    65-546 Business-Government Relations in the Global Economy (3)
    65-588 Employment Law (3)
    65-506 Current Topics in Information Technology (3)
    65-615 International Business and the Global Environment (3)
    65-558 Human Resources Management (3)
    65-621 Strategic Management for Managers (3)
    65-680 Executive Management Practicum - Masters Paper/Project (3)

    II. Required Weekend Seminars (2)

    • Business Ethics in Corporate Culture (1)

    • Advanced Oral Communications for Managers (1)

    III. Weekend Seminar

    Select one of the following weekend seminars (1)

    • Fundamentals of Project Management (1)

    • Critical Thinking in Business (1)

    • Conflict Management/Negotiation (1)


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