MSM

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At The American College of Financial Services, we’re reimagining what leadership education looks like. With the MSM, take your business skills to the next level and put yourself in a position to become an indispensable asset to your organization.


Program at a Glance

October 2021 Tuition

$17,875

Timing

Complete in 15 months

Format

Hybrid, cohort-based (mix of online and live classes)

Learning Outcomes
  • Leadership and change management in your place of business
  • The fundamentals of effective communication and management decision-making techniques
  • Analyze financial statements to improve individual or business-wide results
  • The best tools and practices for risk management and implementing a successful business strategy
  • Prepare a management proposal drawing on the principles, processes, and practices aligned with high performing ethical organizations

About the MSM

The Master of Science in Management (MSM) degree prepares and equips professionals to develop functional management strategies in the workplace.The MSM program focuses on management concepts, tools, techniques and processes, as well as how organizations use human, financial, data and risk management instruments to develop a competitive advantage and effect change, and current issues facing organizations and managers. Graduates of the MSM program are prepared to assume management roles across a wide range of non-profit, for-profit, and private organizations.

 

Why Choose The MSM?

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1-2 years of master’s education can lead to above-average salary

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Program covers all 15 essential baseline industry management skills

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Competitive tuition and highest degree of program accreditation

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Projected growth of 10.2% in financial management industry to 2028

PROGRAM DETAILS

Educational Requirements

Applicants to the Richard D. Irwin Graduate School are selected on the basis of academic and professional criteria. To be admitted into the MSM program, a prospective student must hold a bachelor’s degree and submit the following to The College: 

  1. A completed admission application
  2. A current resume
  3. An unofficial transcript from the accredited institution that awarded your Bachelor’s degree

Students admitted to the MSM graduate program have seven years from date of admission to complete degree requirements. Acceptance of courses completed prior to admission will be determined by the Graduate School Dean.  

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

TUITION & FEES

October 2021 Tuition: $17,875

Your tuition includes all required study materials, access to convenient online learning tools, and all necessary examinations. 

The MSM is a 12-course, cohort-based program featuring a mix of online and in-person class meetings, with new cohorts launching on a quarterly basis. Course materials include:

  • Video lectures (live and prerecorded)
  • Faculty-led webinars
  • In-depth case studies
  • Detailed course outlines
  • Real-time discussion forums

Students typically complete the program by taking 5-week courses over a 15-month period, allowing for a 1-week break between courses. Live class sessions will meet at The College’s King of Prussia, PA campus. Online students engage in asynchronous learning through Brightspace, our cloud-based learning management system (LMS) that facilitates interaction with their instructor and classmates.

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FAQs

Normally, students spend around 15 months for their 12 courses in the MSM program. Students typically complete the program by taking 5-week courses over a 15-month period, allowing for a 1-week break between courses.

Upon enrolling in the MSM program, students have seven (7) years to complete full degree requirements, including  12 full courses.

Tuition for each course and the total program includes all course materials, but does not include the program’s initial $100 application fee. For a complete listing, view the Tuition & Fees section.

Program tuition can be paid on a per-course basis or as one full installment. To see our current tuition rate and options, view the Tuition & Fees section.

Program discounts and promotions are offered occasionally to our email subscribers. We are also proud to offer scholarship opportunities for qualifying active-duty military personnel, veterans, and spouses. For more information, visit our Center for Veterans Affairs.  

Aside from a Bachelor’s degree, there are no prerequisites required to take the MSM.

To enroll in the MSM program, you will need to fill our online application and submit it with your $100 application fee, as well as an initial unofficial undergraduate transcript and a current resume. Our admissions advisors will contact you if you are accepted to the program.

Having a master’s degree expands your career options. A graduate degree opens doors to jobs you may not otherwise be considered for. For anyone considering pursuing an executive-level position, a master’s degree is beneficial. Whether you’re looking to work in family financial planning or another specialization, the overview of the financial industry you will receive during your MSM courses will prove helpful in your career. 

Program Faculty

Joann Adeogun

Associate Vice President of Educational Delivery

Program Director, Masters of Science in Management (MSM)

George G. Joseph and Richard A. Liddy Chair in Practice Management & Leadership

Daralee Barbera

Adjunct Professor of Organizational Change & Leadership

Marguerite Barta

Adjunct Professor of Organization & Management

Russ Carfagno

Adjunct Professor of Organizational Leadership

Professor Sophia Duffy, Associate Dean
Sophia Duffy

Associate Vice Provost of Curriculum Quality

Associate Professor of Business Planning

 

Jose Perez

Adjunct Professor of Organizational Leadership & Human Resource Development

Dr. Jim Peterson, Adjunct Professor of Ethics at The American College
Jim Petersen

Adjunct Professor of Ethics

David Rendall

Adjunct Professor of Management

Keynote Speaker and Author

Debra Touhey

Adjunct Professor of Finance

Natasha M. Webster

Adjunct Professor of Organizational Leadership

MSM Curriculum & Details

GS 500 Graduate Management Orientation

In this online orientation, students are introduced to the courses within the MSM program, the faculty, and fellow students. Students are also oriented to The College and the educational resources available to them.

GS 502 Foundations of Management

This introductory course includes nine online learning modules designed to equip students for success in the MS in Management program. The modules are: Foundations of Communication; Foundations of Business Integration & Strategic Management; Foundations of Organizational Behavior; Foundations of Human Resource Management; Foundations of Finance; Foundations of Marketing; Foundations of Statistics; Foundations of Ethics; and Foundations of Academic Writing.

The online Foundations course is largely self-paced. An instructor provides assistance as needed. Students complete a pre-test for each module to assess their strengths and weaknesses. Our learning management system Brightspace then produces a customized learning module appropriate for their individual needs. Students use the module to master key concepts and skills. They then demonstrate mastery through post-tests. Students may repeat each post-test an unlimited number of times during the 5-week session to earn a passing grade. Students must pass every assigned module in the Foundation courses with a score of 70% in order to proceed to later courses in the MSM program. 

GS 505 Communication in Management

Students are introduced to constructive and collaborative ways of communicating effectively across different modes and platforms. Topics equip students to influence or persuade stakeholders, successfully communicate messages, and emphasize key communication skills needed by managers. 

GS 512 Strategic Management

This course approaches strategic management from a practical perspective. Students develop an understanding of business strategies, formulation and implementation of major goals to better identify organizational initiatives. Case studies along with real world examples communicate important stages, components, and major roles of exceptional managers to gain and sustain a competitive advantage. 

GS 517 Organizational Behavior & Management

This course addresses the most current theories, research, and organizational applications in the field of organizational behavior (OB). Students explore concerns of all managers, including managing the behavior of individuals and groups, demographic changes, globalization, ethics, social responsibility, organizational processes, and innovation relevant in today’s business environment.  

GS 522 Strategic Human Resource Management

Students are introduced to the concept of Human Resource Management (HRM) and the evolving strategic nature of this field. The course addresses management of human capital to meet the strategy, mission, and vision of the organization. It promotes the understanding of employees as an investment in the success of an organization and as the framework for HRM. Students can then concentrate on the practice and implementation of strategic issues, including resource development, talent management, employee relations, knowledge management, business ethics, corporate responsibility and sustainability, change management, and global context.

GS 528 (MSMT 528) Conflict Management (3 credits) 

All managers to some degree are conflict managers and must apply prevention, conflict resolution, management techniques, and collaboration skills. Students apply principles and techniques for preventing, negotiating, and minimizing conflict. Topics include communication, decision-making, resolving conflict, dispute resolution, and the different types of conflict styles.

MSFS 530 Financial Statement Analysis

Students extract information from multiple types of financial statements, including note disclosures, and use that data to view a business and assess value generated. In doing so, they quantitatively assess the business’s strategies and apply sound statistical and analytical techniques. Case studies, along with data analytics assignments, questions, critical thinking problems, analysis decisions, and mini-exercises enable students to practice multiple techniques.

 GS 535 Marketing Management

This course introduces students to a broad spectrum of marketing management topics including marketing strategy, marketing research, and ethical issues affecting the marketplace. Marketing managers are tasked with delivering the right mix of offerings in pursuit of marketing objectives and to satisfy unmet consumer needs. Students create and execute a marketing plan to reach target customers and drive them to act. 

GS 540 Managerial Decision-Making

The ability to gather and analyze data to form a strategy is essential in management. This course examines two levels of analytics from a descriptive and predictive viewpoint. Using spreadsheets, visualizations, and research, students develop a working knowledge of analytics as it applies to business decisions within the field of management. Topics include database analytics, data visualization, forecasting techniques, and data mining. 

GS 555 Operational Risk Management

This course explores operational risk management practices in the financial services industry. A distinction exists between risk and uncertainty—namely, knowledge and data gathering. Students analyze current methods and best practices applied in financial companies to include risk identification, assessment, mitigation, monitoring, and rising operational risk within the industry.

GS 600 Capstone: Ethical Decision-Making in Management*

This capstone course for the Master of Science in Management degree program focuses exclusively on ethics, ethical theories and principles, personal integrity in the workplace, and corporate responsibility and values, as well as organizational culture. Students analyze and examine ethical decisions from a managerial perspective, guided by a best-practices framework. Students further explore formal and informal control mechanisms of perceived ethics with appropriate guidance. Moral issues and dilemmas to stimulate critical analysis within a variety of organizational settings and a variety of contexts and cultures are examined. As part of the capstone, students complete an independent or group project demonstrating their conceptual, analytical, and practical ethical decision-making management skills.

*Prerequisites: Completion of all courses in the GS program. 

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