Management, Social Innovation and Not-for-Profit Management Concentration, M.S.
Dan Morrell, Program Director
The Department of Management offers the Master of Science in Management program with three concentrations: Organizational Leadership, Social Innovation and Not-for-Profit Management, and Supply Chain Management. The Master of Science in Management enhances students' planning, communication, and ethical decision-making skills and exposes them to real world experiences that help them mature as managers. The Management M.S. program allows students to develop the skills to be promoted into higher levels of management at different types of organizations.
Graduates of this program may work in a variety of positions, including mid-to upper-level management positions in corporate offices, healthcare facilities, distribution or logistics centers, manufacturing facilities, not-for-profit organizations, state or local government, and service industries such as banking, insurance, and real-estate.
Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.
To be admitted to the Master of Science in Management program, applicants should have
- minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale;
- minimum of 400 on GMAT (or GRE equivalent).
Applicants with post baccalaureate managerial work experience may receive 10 points toward the GMAT score for each year of professional work experience; e.g., four years of work experience = 40 additional points toward the GMAT. GMAT waivers may be granted to applicants with more than ten years of professional work experience.
Applicants without related previous experience or academic preparation may be required to complete the following prerequisite courses: MGMT 6000 (or MGMT 3610 and MGMT 3620) and ACTG 3000 (or ACTG 6100).
All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.
- submit an application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
- submit official scores on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE);
- submit official transcripts of all previous college work;
- submit a current resume' or curriculum vita.
The Master of Science in Management with a concentration in Not-for-Profit Management requires completion of a minimum of 33 semester hours.
- complete a minimum of 33 semester hours as listed below. No more than 30 percent of the total degree hours dual-listed as undergraduate/graduate hours can be counted toward the degree;
- successfully complete an applied project (MGMT 6800) in the last semester.
Curriculum: Management, Social Innovation and Not-for-Profit Management
The Social Innovation and Not-for-Profit Management concentration provides students with business and management skills that can be applied to not-for-profit managerial work. In addition to 12 hours of core management courses, the concentration requires 12 hours of courses in not-for-profit management, social entrepreneurship, current issues, promotional strategy, and leadership and motivation. Students also elect 6 hours of courses in a professional area that relates to their career interests, or they may select 6 hours of business electives that apply to not-for-profit work.
The following illustrates the minimum coursework requirements.
Core Courses (15 hours)
MGMT 6100 - Strategic Decision Making
Prerequisite: MGMT 3610 or MGMT 6000. Managerial theory and practice of solving problems, making decisions, and developing strategies for services and/or products. Emphasis on developing practical responses to decision issues using creativity and innovation in a team environment. (This course is not open to students earning a Master of Business Administration degree.)
MGMT 6200 - Lean Project Management Principles
Prerequisite: MGMT 3620, MGMT 6000, or MGMT 6650.Theory and practice of managing projects for services, products, and/or events in the context of operations management methods. Emphasis on application of lean concepts to project management.
MGMT 6680 - Seminar in Human Resources Management
Focus on the responsibility of all managers with respect to the effective development of human resources. The responsibility of all functional areas in the human resource department or impinging forces such as technology, organized labor, and government legislation examined along with the emerging concepts, problems, and theories supported by research in the field.
MGMT 6750 - Business Ethics
Impact of individual values and ethics on the management of organizations. Topics include legal and ethical aspects of dealing with organization stakeholders: stockholders, consumers, employees, and the general community. Emphasis on using ethical theory to make good business decisions.
MGMT 6800 - Applied Management Project
Prerequisites: Open only to M.S. in Management students who are in their last semester of coursework (must have completed 24 graduate level hours); permission of department required; must be completed with B- or better. Capstone course that provides students with the opportunity to integrate and synthesize knowledge gained throughout the graduate program. Development of a substantial project that demonstrates mastery of competencies, concepts, principles, and practices for success in their field of leadership, supply chain management, or not-for-profit management.
Concentration (12 hours)
MGMT 6300 - Not-for-Profit Management and Governance
Prerequisite: JCOB student or permission of department. Focuses on the management theories and practices that impact effective management and governance of organizations in the not-for-profit sector. Emphasizes management decision making within the not-for-profit context and will be one of two core courses in the Master's of Science in Management Social Innovation and Not-for-Profit concentration curriculum.
MGMT 6350 - Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation
(Same as ENTR 6350.) Explores the elements of social entrepreneurship and social innovation and how these approaches are used to solve the world's social challenges. Uses systems and design thinking along with traditional business approaches to address social challenges and develop measures for organizational performance that include social impact measures in addition to traditional business performance measures. Students challenged to generate a social innovation or social entrepreneurship solution and develop a social venture plan to implement that solution.
MGMT 6400 - Current Issues in Social Innovation and Not-for-Profit Management
Prerequisite: JCOB student or permission of department. Current management issues that impact organizations in the not-for-profit sector. Topics include managing change/crisis management, organization culture, strategic human resource management, diversity, managing quality, resource development, accountability to stakeholders, competition among nonprofits, international issues, management issues of membership organizations and small not-for-profits, leadership challenges, managing volunteers, social entrepreneurship, and marketing.
MGMT 6740 - Leadership and Motivation
Issues in leadership and motivation in business organizations. An examination of the theoretical framework for leadership and motivation processes serves as foundation. Emphasis on practical issues and applications of leadership development and motivation.
MKT 6810 - Promotional Strategy
Promotional goals, plans, and concepts in marketing; the role of marketing communication in society; the organization, budgeting, and scheduling of promotion; innovation and the adoption process; managerial decision making in the promotional mix.
Career Electives (6 hours)
In consultation with their advisors, students will select and complete 6 hours of courses in a professional area that relates to their career interests, or they may select and complete 6 hours of business electives that apply to not-for-profit work.
- file a degree plan in the College of Graduate Studies prior to entry into the program;
- file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the term in which candidate intends to graduate.