MS in Business and Management Overview

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The Master of Science in Business and Management (MSBM) degree program at the Robert H Smith School of Business is designed to provide a foundation of business knowledge to students who have:

  • Completed their undergraduate degree in a non-business related field, and who do not have substantial work experience
  • Completed a Smith specialty master's program and want to complement their specialty master's degree

The MS in Business and Management is an intensive, full-time program for individuals who would like more exposure to tools and concepts in business-related subjects that will supplement their existing degree.  It provides significantly greater depth in management than is available from a business minor, non-business degree or specialized master's.  The program is ideal for students who have an academic background in the liberal arts, humanities, sciences or engineering.  The 30 credit program is completed in 9 months (Fall/Spring). 

Degree Focus and Outcomes

Knowledge of Business Functional Areas: Understanding key principles underlying the functional areas of business individually and collectively.
Critical and Creative Thinking: Solving business problems through critical thinking and analytical skills.
Statistical Proficiency: Demonstrating statistical knowledge through interpreting business models.
Leadership and Teamwork: Understanding team dynamics and applying leadership skills in order to collaborate effectively with others in diverse group settings.

Core Courses

Financial Accounting (2 credits)
Financial Management (2 credits)
Managerial Economics & Public Policy (2 credits)
Data, Models & Decisions (2 credits)
Marketing Management (2 credits)
Leadership, Teamwork & Human Capital (2 credits)
Strategic Management (2 credits)

Students will take up to 14 credits of core and complete a total of 30 credits to graduate. 

Smith Specialty Master's Alumni: Upon approval, if you have already successfully taken a core course or two in your current MS degree, you will have the opportunity to waive those courses for additional electives.

Elective Courses

Courses include but are not limited to the following:
Managerial Accounting; Operations Management; Global Supply Chain Management;  Competitive and Collaborative Negotiations; Valuation in Corporate Finance.

Course Delivery

The program is designed to be completed at a full-time pace. Classes will be taught throughout the day at Van Munching Hall in College Park, Md.

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