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MSM Master of Science in Management
10 Courses: 10 Required / 0 Elective

Management with an Emphasis in Leadership

Leading Your Organization to New Levels of Success
If you are a mid- to senior-level executive seeking relevant leadership skills and strategies to take your organization to the next level, the Master of Science in Management (MSM) with an emphasis in leadership may be the right program for you. With a dynamic curriculum and an online learning environment promoting problem-solving techniques through peer and instructor interaction, you will gain valuable insight and maximum return on your time and resources invested.

The MSM is an accredited Master's degree program. Developed by a team of academic and practitioner experts at The American College, with the guidance of an advisory committee including representatives from Ernst & Young, Merrill Lynch, MetLife, Morgan Stanley, New York Life, Wells Fargo and other organizations, the MSM program delivers results.

Program Mission

The MSM degree program provides state-of-the-art advanced leadership education, knowledge and skills to its students. This degree program combines core leadership topics with the knowledge executives need to progress to the next level in thought leadership and influence within their organization. The major emphasis in the program is using leadership concepts to ethically lead the organization, drive managerial processes and systems, and leader development.

Program Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to demonstrate:

  1. Proficiency in both written and oral communications
  2. Research skills in collecting, analyzing, and interpreting information necessary to resolve difficult “real life” leadership issues with a range of possible decisions and the knowledge to effectively implement those decisions
  3. Leader skill sets of understanding and applying both traditional and cutting-edge leadership theories of personal, interpersonal, and group behaviors
  4. Skills in matching organizational internal capabilities with competitive opportunities in the external environment in order to develop plans designed to improve performance
  5. Leader skills in ethical decision making with an emphasis on personal, social, and organizational factors affecting the decision and its implementation
  6. Ability to integrate components of all other program objectives

Learning Options
Class Schedule
  • Earn Your Master's Degree in Just One Year

    Practical Education for Advanced Markets
    • Highest level of accreditation available
    • Flexible to fit your work schedule
    • Two brief residencies and live online classes
    • Outstanding faculty and curriculum
    • The best way to take your career to the next level
    Isn't it Time You Earned Your Master's Degree?

    And in a subject that always in demand in the challenging business environment of today: leadership! Strengthen your strategic thinking skills, your ability to create and motivate a high-performance team, and your understanding of the very latest theories and practice around how to build great organizations.

    Program Delivery

    Call today about our next session, which begins with a one-week residency allowing for valuable face-to-face interactions with faculty and other students. The balance of the program is completed through a series of convenient live, online courses, with a final one-week residency at the conclusion of the program.

    Getting Started

    To begin the MSM, you first must be formally admitted to the program. Applicants are selected on the basis of academic and professional criteria. To be admitted into the program, you must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, pay the required application fee, and submit official transcripts from each college or university attended.

  • Residency I

    A week of interactive classes held on campus at The American College
    in Bryn Mawr, PA

    • Ethics in Leadership — GS 980
    • Personal and Interpersonal Leadership Skills — GS 920
    • Leadership Development Experience — GS 910
      5/9/16–5/13/16 (Start of your year-long project)


    6-week online courses held Monday evenings 6:30–9:30pm EST

    • Classic and Contemporary Leadership Studies — GS 930
      6/6/16–7/18/16 (NO CLASS 7/4/16)
    • Dynamic Organizational Leadership — GS 940
      8/15/16–9/26/16 (NO CLASS 9/5/16)
    • Law, Compliance, Benefits and Social Responsibility — GS 950
    • Leading Strategy Development — GS 960
      1/2/17–2/3/17 (NO CLASS 1/16/17)
    • Decision Making Leadership Skills — GS 970
      3/6/17–4/17/17 (NO CLASS 4/10/17)

    Residency II

    A final week of classes held on campus at The American College
    in Bryn Mawr, PA

    • Communications and Leadership — GS 900
    • Organizational Change – Capstone — GS 990
    • Leadership Development Experience — GS 910
      5/15/17–5/19/17 (Final presentation of your year-long project)
  • MSM Curriculum

    Course Name
    Course #
    Leading the Organization
    Communications and Leadership
    GS 900

    Provides a comprehensive approach to communicating at work from the perspective of the executive, enabling the leadership student to understand and correct the poor communication processes and systems in many organizations. Students focus on mitigating conflict through constructive communication, projecting the appropriate perception of power, customizing communication to maximize clarity of understanding, swiftly dealing with crisis communications and generally communicating effectively, whether in a conversation, within a group, by e-mail, or to an audience. Students will also be exposed to an assortment of leadership styles and techniques encountered in typical working environments that mandate an assortment of styles to ensure effectiveness as a senior leader.

    Classic and Contemporary Leadership Studies
    GS 930

    Differentiates management skills from leadership skills. It reviews the essential research of the last 100+ years as it describes the traits, style and functions of a leader, as well as situational aspects, team leadership and transformational leadership. The twin aspects of humility and will, which are essential to move from good leadership to great leadership, are discussed. Contemporary issues of leadership as they relate to changes in society are also covered.

    Leading Strategy Development
    GS 960

    Strategic management is concerned with determining the future direction of an organization and implementing the decisions aimed at achieving the organization’s long-term and short-term objectives. The strategic management process consists of seven major interrelated subprocesses, including the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) analysis approach. The process enables a leader to formulate and implement strategies that accomplish the mission and vision of the organization.

    Organizational Change – Capstone
    GS 990

    The intent of this course is to acquaint students with the complexity of change. Change is a constant process in the modern organization as the level of competition continues to intensify. Change involves the appreciation and understanding of organizational culture, conflict resolution, meticulous communications techniques, and advanced leadership skills (including innovative intelligence and critical thinking). This intensive course will address each of the topics listed above by reviewing some exceptional readings and reinforcing the concepts learned through a series of interactive exercises and activities. Upon completion of this course, students will be better prepared to lead change within their organizations as well as respond to the resistance that generally accompanies change initiatives.

    Driving Managerial Processes and Systems
    Leadership Development Experience
    GS 910

    A year-long course designed to provide students with skills useful to their current work as it prepares them for greater leadership challenges in the future. It begins in Residency I and ends in Residency II. The leadership methods taught in this project are the best practices employed by top executives in many successful companies to facilitate change and improve performance. Methods will vary for individual projects; specific methods will be recommended to fit students’ work settings.

    Dynamic Organizational Leadership
    GS 940

    Understanding organizational behavior as a necessary requirement for whole systems in developing organizations is the central content of this course. The course connects the drives of human behavior to group behavior in dealing with learning, stress and conflict and the subsequent impact on an organization’s culture and strategy as they continue to change. Also, it demonstrates the importance of power, influence and politics on human behavior and why it is critical to develop the skills to delegate, motivate, appraise performance and still be flexible and creative. The relationships between individual performance and the environment of the organization are analyzed in depth.

    Law, Compliance, Benefits, & Social Responsibility
    GS 950

    Shows the relationships between law, compliance processes, employee compensation and benefits packages, social responsibility and the success of an organization. Building on the behaviors explored in GS 940, it elaborates on the importance of human resources expertise regarding job analysis, recruitment, selection, compensation, measurement of performance and diversity in leading a successful organization. The course demonstrates the importance of the organization’s compliance with government requirements of fairness at work, and it includes a discussion of contemporary human resource management and leadership principles and practices.

    Leader Development
    Personal and Interpersonal Leadership Skills
    GS 920

    This course enhances the leader’s skill sets by providing the theory and applications of personal, interpersonal and group and organizational skills. The personal skills emphasize leader self-awareness; the interpersonal skills place emphasis on the one-on-one interaction; and the group and organizational interpersonal skills place the emphasis on teams. An array of articles is used to illustrate major skills that are discussed in the text. The latter part of this course asks the student to conduct several self-assessments based on the idea that one must understand one’s self before understanding those who are led.

    Decision-Making Leadership Skills
    GS 970

    Examines the individual and collective factors that affect the decisions managers make in their everyday routine at work. The approach is descriptive and prescriptive as it focuses on how managers actually make decisions, as well as how they ought to make them to optimize fulfillment of organizational and personal goals. There are two main sections of the course: the first deals with individual-level processes that influence decisions; the second considers the collective forces that affect managers’ and leaders’ decisions.

    Ethics in Leadership
    GS 980

    Covers four areas: ethical awareness, ethical analysis/ethical decision making, current ethical issues in the financial services industry and ethical management in an organization. This class provides the skills required to make reasoned responses to ethical dilemmas, deal with daily and long-term ethical challenges and build an ethical culture in an organization. The course explores the emotional influence on behavior and decisions, and it explains how to learn from success and failure. In this highly participative course, the leadership candidate is expected to complete both the reading material and written assignments before arriving on campus.

  • Program Completion Requirements

    The Office of the Registrar determines and certifies that you have completed all degree requirements. Once certified, you are considered to have graduated with all the rights, privileges, and obligations pertaining thereto.

    Degrees are awarded on the first day of the second month following the month earned. For example, if a student completed the final course in April, they could commence using the degree June 1.

    Statement of Academic Integrity

    Academic integrity is essential to any educational institution because the main purpose of such institutions is the discovery and transmission of knowledge and the pursuit of truth. Integrity requires that individuals represent themselves as they are, without pretense or exaggeration. In the case of presenting one's work to be evaluated, it is important that the work of others not be presented as one's own.

    In academic exercises, as in business enterprises, honesty and straightforwardness are essential. To co-opt the work of another and represent it as one's own is plagiarism. Plagiarism is a violation of the academic integrity policy of this institution and a contravention of professional and personal ethics. For those in the business of evaluating the worth of someone's academic work, plagiarism deliberately creates a misrepresentation of the nature and quality of a student's work.

    Just as a true professional must at times put aside personal gain for the sake of doing what is right, a student must reject acting dishonestly or without integrity, and present only that work as his or her own which indeed is his or her work. Anything less is a form of cheating and misrepresentation and is intolerable in an academic community. Acts of cheating or misrepresentation constitute serious violations of academic ethics and can result in the student's failing a course and/or possible dismissal from the program. If a student needs clarification regarding this policy, he or she should seek counsel from his or her course professor or the Academic Dean

    Code of Ethics

    To underscore the importance of ethics standards for Huebner School designations, the Board of Trustees adopted a Code of Ethics in 1984. Embodied in the Code are the Professional Pledge and eight Canons.

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  • Refund Requests

    All requests for refunds must be made in writing to the Office of Professional Education, The American College, 270 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr, PA 19010. We will refund your course tuition less a $125 cancellation fee for 30 days into the quarter for which you are registered. Textbooks do not need to be returned and no refund will be given for these textbooks.

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Tuition & Fees

Tuition: $31,000

Admission Fee: $375*

Tuition fees cover tuition, textbooks, and other study materials. You are responsible for transportation, lodging during the one-week residency program, and a state-of-the-art laptop computer, which will be used during the live online classes and at The American College during the first residency.

*Refundable if admission to the MSM program is denied.

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