MA in Management and Leadership

The MA in Management and Leadership curriculum exposes students to the tools of management and leadership and provides experience in decision-making situations. Students acquire familiarity with the analytical techniques of management and develop the ability to apply these techniques in actual problem solving in a corporate, government, or non-profit environment.

Extensive use is made of case analysis and practical applications. Teamwork is an essential part of each course, and students will learn to polish the presentation and communication skills needed to succeed in business today.

The MA in Management and Leadership is an excellent study to help improve your emotional intelligence, communication skills, budgeting know-how, and leadership abilities.

The program is taught at more than 50 U.S. campus locations in major cities and military bases, at international campuses in Geneva, Switzerland; Leiden, the Netherlands; London, United Kingdom; Vienna, Austria; and online.

 Points of Distinction

  • ACBSPWalker School of Business & Technology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) for MA programs in the Business and Management departments.
  • Webster is the only Tier 1, private, non-profit U.S.-based university providing a network of international residential campuses in Geneva, Switzerland; Leiden, the Netherlands; London, United Kingdom; Vienna, Austria; Thailand and China.
  • Faculty who practice in the field allow you to take your class experience and apply it to real work situations.

Learning outcomes:

  •     Students will be able to explain the important terminology,concepts, principles, analytic techniques, and theories used in management and leadership.
  • Students will be able to effectively apply important terminology, concepts, principles, analytic techniques, and theories used in management and leadership when analyzing situations.
  • Students will be able to effectively integrate important concepts, principles, and theories used management and leadership when developing solutions to multifaceted problems in complex situations

Program Curriculum

The 36 required credit hours of the MA in Management & Leadership include 8 core courses and 4 electives.

Required Courses – 24 credits/8 courses:

  • MNGT 5000 Management (prerequisite course)
    In this course, the student is introduced to the basic concepts of management and organizations. Primary emphasis is given to three primary functions: planning, organizing, and controlling. Additional topics include: organization theory, the global environment, ethics, and decision making.
  • MNGT 5590 Organizational Behavior
    This course introduces students to many of the basic principles of human behavior that effective managers use when managing individuals and groups in organizations. These include theories relating to individual differences in abilities and attitudes, attribution, motivation, group dynamics, power and politics, leadership, conflict resolution, organizational culture, and organizational structure and design.
  • HRMG 5000 Managing Human Resources
    This course is a comprehensive view of personnel policy development with emphasis on the interdependence of personnel and operating functions. Students analyze personnel functions of recruitment, development, training, compensation, integration into the workforce, and maintenance of personnel for the purpose of contributing to organizational, societal, and individual goals.
  • BUSN 5200 Basic Finance for Managers
    Managers and human resources management professionals must be able to understand financial information contained in financial statements and reports. Line managers must be able to understand financial information contained in financial statements and reports in order to evaluate their unit’s financial performance, to communicate clearly with other managers, and to apply financial information when making decisions. Human resources management professionals must understand financial statements and principles if they are to effectively assist line managers and be strategic partners with other business functions. This course will focus on the interpretation and use of basic financial information by non-financial managers, not on the production of financial statements and reports.
  • MNGT 5650 Management & Strategy Strategic management refers to long-term managerial decisions and actions that shape the organization’s pursuit of competitive advantage. This course introduces the concepts and processes underlying environmental scanning, and strategy formulation, implementation and control. Students then apply this knowledge in case analysis. The course also addresses the roles of leadership and coordination in successful strategizing.
  • MNGT 5670 Managerial Leadership
    Organizational leadership is the process of influencing other people to achieve organizational goals. This leadership course reviews and builds upon the basic knowledge of leadership provided in an introduction to organizational behavior course by expanding the scope and depth of the student’s knowledge of leadership theories, by providing practice in basic leadership skills, and by developing the student’s self-knowledge of his or her preferred leadership styles.
  • HRDV 5630 Organization Development & Change
    Organization development (OD) is the process of planning and implementing interventions to create interpersonal, group, inter-group, or organization-wide change. This course presents the theoretical foundations of organization development as an applied behavioral science. Students will also be introduced to many types of interpersonal, intra-group, inter-group, and organizational interventions that are used to effect comprehensive and lasting changes.

Elective Courses – 12 credits/ 4 courses:

MA in Management & Leadership students choose 4  elective courses to adapt their program to the particular field of interest or the area they are currently employed.
Electives can be selected from the programs offered in the School of Business & Technology and can be completed online, on campus in Leiden, Amsterdam or at another Webster campus: (note that not all courses are offered on campus in The Netherlands)  – click on the program names for further information

Alternatively, they can choose a Global Hybrid Course. Hybrid courses consist of a blend of online and immersive travel learning. They are composed of 8 weeks of online work with a one week travel component offering students the opportunity to explore a global business, technology or management issue in locations around the world. Click here for options.

Capstone Course – 3 credits/ 1 course:

MNGT 6000 Integrated Studies in Management
In this capstone course, the student is expected to synthesize and integrate the conceptual and theoretical knowledge and understanding acquired in the curriculum by use of case study analysis, a research project, or management plan. The emphasis is on the student’s development of written analytic material that can be utilized for program assessment as well as individual student assessment. Prerequisite: completion of all other required courses in this major.

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