Management Studies

Master of Management Studies

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Master of Management Studies Curriculum

11 Courses
31 Credits

Program Length:

  • Full-time in as few as 9 months
  • Part-time in as few as 21 months

Required Introductory Course (1 credit)

Must be taken in first semester of program.

Credits:

1.00

Description:

SBS-700 is the first required course in Suffolk's graduate programs. The course is based on the precepts of experiential learning. Based on the idea that people learn best by participating in meaningful activities this course provides you with the opportunity to identify your strengths, interests, values, vision, and capabilities, and identify next steps to leverage your program and realize your professional goals.

Prerequisite Course (3 credits)

Must be taken prior to capstone. May be substituted with approved MMS electives if equivalent graduate level course taken previously and meets substitution policy.

Prerequisites:

MBA Students may not register for this course.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students use various lenses and theories, case studies, and experiential exercises to explore human behavior within firms at three levels: the individual, the group, and the organization. This includes understanding employee and management attitudes, motives, and behaviors as they relate to workplace concepts such as leadership, motivation, power, perceptions, group dynamics, communication, culture, and decision-making.

Core Courses (18 credits)

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces the basic principles, tools and technique of the Project Management Life Cycle with practical real-life examples and scenarios. The basic concepts will be studied within the framework of the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK (R)Guide) guidelines set forth by the Project Management Institute (PMI). Other project management framework will be described though not in detail. The course will attempt to help students understand the relationship between good project management and successful software management, development and implementation, and the best practices at each stage of project planning, execution, control and closure. The course will also help build skills to research, analyze and report project management case studies that illustrate the topics covered in this course. PMP(R) and (PMBOK(R)Guide) are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students learn and practice effective management skills including listening to and coaching others, time and meeting management, seeking, receiving, and delivering feedback, influencing (with or without formal authority), stimulating positivity in the workplace, and job crafting. The themes of self-awareness, professional development, and effective communication will be woven throughout the course.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Most employees will encounter difficult interpersonal situations at some point in their careers. This course focuses on the high costs of incivility to employee well-being and productivity. Students will reflect on their experiences, learn techniques to improve their communication skills, and experientially practice having difficult conversations. Topics such as abusive supervision, sexual harassment, and abnormal psychology will also be covered. Students will gain insight into how to cope with challenging interpersonal situations, address problematic behaviors, and develop more positive relationships in the workplace.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Matters related to diversity and inclusion are increasingly salient to business, impacting companies' mission, brand, talent management strategies, and performance. In this class, we will learn about common dynamics that occur in diverse groups and organizations; explore the power of inclusion and the challenges to leveraging it; discuss relevant current events, their impact on business, and business' responses to them; and study best practices for building diverse and inclusive companies.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course emphasizes the theory and skills of win-win negotiation. Students assess their own negotiation styles, analyze the process of negotiation, and apply theory-based skills for integrating problem solving approaches to negotiation. The course utilizes a mix of teaching tools, including readings, lectures, cases, exercises, videotapes, and role-playing.

Prerequisites:

MBA Students not eligble for this course.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course takes multiple approaches to the exploration of leadership. Emphasis is put on individual self-awareness as a critical precursor to leadership success. A wide range of activities, exercises, cases, and simulations are used to develop understanding of the dynamics of leadership. Team building, both as an activity and a topic for study, is used as the model to develop, practice, and improve individual leadership skills.

Capstone Course (3 credits)

Should be taken as late in the program as possible.

Prerequisites:

MGT-610; MMS and GCLT students only

Credits:

3.00

Description:

MGT 780 Client Consulting Capstone In this final course in the MMS curriculum students will demonstrate expertise, efficacy in leadership and management skills, and a well-rounded "sense of self" as a leader. This is achieved through two culminating projects that synthesize the concepts, principles, and practices from previous courses. Through several case studies and a real client project in a local firm, students analyze organizational and interpersonal systems and processes. Teams present and deliver to the client organization an analytical report including recommendations for a change management strategy. In addition, students develop a personal leadership philosophy and action plan that integrates models and theories of managing people, diversity, conflict, and projects with their own values, self-assessments, reflective assignments, feedback, and experiences accumulated in the degree program and workplace.

Elective Courses (6 credits)

Select two (2) electives from the following list:

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Analyzes various real world business problems and explores the full scope of MS Excel's formulas, functions and features to create data models and present solutions. Students analyze data, design custom charts, graphs, PivotTables and Pivot charts, create three-dimensional workbooks, build links between files and endow worksheets with decision-making capabilities. Students conduct What-If Analysis, utilizing Scenario Manager, Solver, Data Tables and Goal Seek. This course provides the skills necessary to pass the Microsoft Office Specialist Certification in Excel.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces business intelligence and data analytics. Business intelligence and data analytics help organizations in strategic and operational decision making by improving performance management, optimizing customer relations, monitoring business activity, and improving decision support. On a macro-level, the class will discuss business cases for the adoption of business intelligence and data analytics. We will discuss technologies and processes for gathering, storing, accessing, and analyzing data to provide users with better insights and business decisions. On a micro-level, students will use a variety of tools to build their skills in analyzing data to solve business problems. In summary, this course provides a conceptual understanding of business data resources and the development of capabilities for data preparation, warehousing, selection, description, mining, interpretation, visualization, communication, and innovation.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The Immersion course provides an opportunity for students to link their program work to hands-on experience and visits to real-life global companies. The highly experiential, intensive course combines classroom learning with a direct business and cultural experience. Students will work in teams directly for a client or several clients, solving real challenges, using their analytical skills, knowledge, and experience to develop feasible solutions. Required for all MBA students, the course will be offered globally or nationally to accommodate a variety of student needs.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course introduces learners to the concepts of Emotional Intelligence (EI). Learners will assess their own EI, examine how their EI impacts their performance in the workplace, and develop a plan to improve their own emotional intelligence. In addition, learners will study how EI concepts are applied in organizations via their use in selection, training, management development, coaching, and performance evaluation.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course introduces major and emerging topics in adult learning, talent development, and knowledge management in today's organizations. Our class will focus on strategies for building the capacity to learn and create value from knowledge- a key source of competitive advantage for individuals, teams, and organizations. Course topics will draw from research and practice in motivation, performance psychology, talent management, leadership, and organizational learning, with an emphasis on examples from knowledge-intensive organizations.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Corporate entrepreneurship refers to alternative approaches that existing firms use to innovatively generate new products, new services, new businesses and new business models. This course emphasizes the cultivation of each student's ability to evaluate innovations and business models for development in a corporate setting. It emphasizes various kinds of internal corporate ventures and multiple "external" collaborative approaches that include corporate venture capital investments, licensing and different types of alliances and formal joint ventures. Special emphasis will be placed on skills needed to promote and manage corporate entrepreneurship, including opportunity recognition, selling an idea, turning ideas into action, developing metrics for venture success and strategies for aligning corporate entrepreneurial projects with company strategies and growth opportunities and managing the conflicts that may arise between existing businesses and corporate entrepreneurial ventures. Students will also learn to identify the elements of an organization's culture, structure and reward and control systems that either inhibit or support the corporate entrepreneurship, and analyze how corporate entrepreneurial activities relate to a company's ability to drive innovation throughout the organization.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Corporations place high importance on innovation and new product development for competitiveness and profitability. Since many companies are operating in a global environment, there's a need to find ways to harness the talent of people at multiple locations. This course is designed to teach global innovation and new product development using "virtual team and connectivity" techniques involving multiple locations/countries, while equipping students with the necessary knowledge, expertise and capabilities towards this goal. This course may also be conducted with Suffolk Law School students.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Ever wonder what great breakthroughs are on the horizon to improve business thinking, processes, products, and services? If you have, this course is for you. We will learn about how businesses are using principles of design thinking and biomimicry to create entirely new ways of meeting the challenges of modern business: those are, needs to reduce costs, increase revenues, minimize waste & energy use, maximize novel approaches, & meet consumer and business needs. You may recognize the term "design thinking" if you are a follower of Apple, Inc. which has used this process in the development of all of their products and services over the past 15 years. Biomimicry principles are those that seek their inspiration from nature; after all, nature has been problem-solving for 3.8 billion years -- surely there is something to learn from this to be adapted to solving modern challenges. The course will be both conceptual and practical with various experiential learning opportunities.

Prerequisites:

Approval of the MMS Program Director or Management and Entrepreneurship Department Chair required. MBA students may not take this course.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The internship is a semester-long, hands-on, practical learning experience in a company or non-profit organization. It usually requires the equivalent of at least one day per week on site. The site cannot be a firm where the student is already employed, unless the internship is confirmed to be related to the degree, substantially differentiated from the student's current work, and sponsored by a different department or division. The internship project is described in a written proposal agreed upon by the company sponsor and sponsoring faculty member, and it includes degree-related and career-related learning outcomes. The intern completes several written reflection assignments, a final report, and a presentation.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course will explore complex issues in public and non-profit human resource management (HRM) by examining policies and practices that support and enhance the value and contribution of individuals in these organizations.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Leadership is a critical ingredient of successful communities and organizations. This course develops a diagnostic framework as well as strategies and tactics to mobilize adaptive work; engage multiple government, non-profit, and business stakeholders; and build awareness and momentum for actions at all levels of government and community organizations. It introduces the catalytic model of leadership and applies it to the ethical handling of societal and organizational problems. Students' leadership competencies are reviewed and improved. This course is designed for people from diverse backgrounds with various experience in leadership roles.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The primary focus will be on understanding the operational and strategic leadership aspects of managing mission driven, public service organizations. Specific emphasis will be placed on nonprofit corporations, including coursework that explores the legal, structural, and operational issues that are particular to such organizations.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students develop techniques and directives related to communication processing. Both interpersonal communication and electronic information flow will be examined. Communication skills, styles, and strategies will be stressed through use of all media. Students will also analyze the theory and practice of public service marketing in relation to the administration of multiple sectors including private, public, nonprofit and health care by looking at innovative public service products and services.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Workplace and labor law affects every manager's ability to achieve the goals and objectives of the organization. Ignorance of the relevant statutes and case law leads to misunderstanding, mismanagement, and substantial legal costs and controversies. This course reviews some of the more significant legal requirements associated with recruitment and selection, performance appraisal, discipline, wages and benefits, etc. Teaching method includes lecture and case analysis.

Learning Goals & Objectives

 

Learning Goals Learning Objectives
Understand, practice, and develop effective management skills (Knowledge Integration)
  1. Demonstrate comprehension of organizational, interpersonal, and intra-personal processes and dynamics relevant in workplaces and teams.
  2. Recognize and employ influence strategies.
  3. Apply conflict management strategies.
  4. Engage in effective negotiation practices and strategies.
  5. Identify and improve upon team dynamics.
  6. Identify and develop leadership behaviors and skills.
  7. Develop and use project management strategies and tools
  8. Create personal management goals and development plans from self-assessment data.
Demonstrate ability to apply analytical reasoning skills to organizational situations and problems (Analytical Reasoning)
  1. Analyze organizational situations using various theoretical and conceptual lenses.
  2. Identify key assumptions and stakeholder views.
  3. Examine evidence and its sources.
  4. Generate salient alternatives and identify potential outcomes and consequences.
  5. Integrate and apply knowledge of organizational, team, and interpersonal processes to propose management solutions to real organizational challenges.
Apply ethical principles and reasoning to leadership, team, and organizational situations (Ethical Reasoning)  
  1. Identify conflicts of interest and pressures that could lead to unethical conduct.
  2. Identify the interests and motivations of stakeholders.
  3. Identify their own individual values.
  4. Give voice to their own values in the face of opposition.
  5. Appreciate how ethical norms vary across countries and cultures.
  6. Negotiate ethically.
  7. Understand that what is legal may not always be ethical and that what is ethical may sometimes not be legal.

Course Substitution Policy

To substitute an approved elective for an MMS required course, a student must successfully complete equivalent academic coursework at the undergraduate/graduate level in the 7 years prior to MMS matriculation; grade of “B” or better; and provide official transcripts (with English translations, if applicable). MGT 610 can be substituted with an approved MMS elective only if prior equivalent graduate coursework had been completed and also meets the above criteria.

All course substitutions are evaluated upon a student's acceptance into the MMS program. All MMS students must complete a minimum of 31 graduate credits in the Sawyer Business School.

Transfer Policy

Review of any coursework taken previously from an AACSB-accredited graduate program will be completed on a case-by-case basis. The credits cannot apply to a previously completed degree and must be substituted with an approved elective. Only courses for which an earned grade of "B" or better and taken within seven (7) years prior to entering the MMS program will be considered.

Transfer Credits from the Moakley Center for Public Management's Certificate Programs

Students who have completed a certificate program through the Suffolk University Moakley Center for Public Management may have an opportunity to reduce credit requirements to an SBS graduate degree program (MBA, MMS, MSA, MST, MHA, MSBA, or MSM). All course waivers and/or transfers vary by program and are reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the respective SBS Graduate Programs Office.

In order for a course to be considered, it must have an SBS graduate program course equivalent, the student must have earned a grade of B or better, and the student must have successfully completed the certificate prior to enrolling in the SBS graduate degree program.

Applicants must also meet the admission standards for the SBS Graduate degree program to which they are applying.

Graduate Certificate in Leading Teams and Projects

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Graduate Certificate in Leading Teams and Projects Curriculum:

5 Courses
15 Credits

Program Length:
Part-time in as few as 9 months

Required Courses (15 credits)

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces the basic principles, tools and technique of the Project Management Life Cycle with practical real-life examples and scenarios. The basic concepts will be studied within the framework of the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK (R)Guide) guidelines set forth by the Project Management Institute (PMI). Other project management framework will be described though not in detail. The course will attempt to help students understand the relationship between good project management and successful software management, development and implementation, and the best practices at each stage of project planning, execution, control and closure. The course will also help build skills to research, analyze and report project management case studies that illustrate the topics covered in this course. PMP(R) and (PMBOK(R)Guide) are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

Prerequisites:

MBA Students may not register for this course.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students use various lenses and theories, case studies, and experiential exercises to explore human behavior within firms at three levels: the individual, the group, and the organization. This includes understanding employee and management attitudes, motives, and behaviors as they relate to workplace concepts such as leadership, motivation, power, perceptions, group dynamics, communication, culture, and decision-making.

Prerequisites:

MGT-610; MMS and GCLT students only

Credits:

3.00

Description:

MGT 780 Client Consulting Capstone In this final course in the MMS curriculum students will demonstrate expertise, efficacy in leadership and management skills, and a well-rounded "sense of self" as a leader. This is achieved through two culminating projects that synthesize the concepts, principles, and practices from previous courses. Through several case studies and a real client project in a local firm, students analyze organizational and interpersonal systems and processes. Teams present and deliver to the client organization an analytical report including recommendations for a change management strategy. In addition, students develop a personal leadership philosophy and action plan that integrates models and theories of managing people, diversity, conflict, and projects with their own values, self-assessments, reflective assignments, feedback, and experiences accumulated in the degree program and workplace.

Prerequisites:

MBA Students not eligble for this course.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course takes multiple approaches to the exploration of leadership. Emphasis is put on individual self-awareness as a critical precursor to leadership success. A wide range of activities, exercises, cases, and simulations are used to develop understanding of the dynamics of leadership. Team building, both as an activity and a topic for study, is used as the model to develop, practice, and improve individual leadership skills.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course emphasizes the theory and skills of win-win negotiation. Students assess their own negotiation styles, analyze the process of negotiation, and apply theory-based skills for integrating problem solving approaches to negotiation. The course utilizes a mix of teaching tools, including readings, lectures, cases, exercises, videotapes, and role-playing.

Course Substitution Policy

To substitute a managerial skills graduate certificate course with an approved elective, a student must have successfully completed equivalent academic coursework at the undergraduate/graduate level in the seven (7) years prior to matriculation, "B" or better. To substitute MGT-610 with an approved elective, a student must have successfully completed equivalent academic coursework at the graduate level in the seven years prior to matriculation (“B” or better). Official transcripts (with English translations, if applicable) must be provided. A maximum of 3 credits of coursework can be substituted.

Candidates who apply within one year of completing their graduate certificate will have applicable courses applied to Sawyer Business School (SBS) graduate degree programs in the same discipline as the certificate as long a grade of "B" or better was earned in that course.

Candidates who apply to a degree program different from their certificate program's discipline area or beyond one year, will have coursework evaluated on a case by case basis for relevancy, current degree requirements and current Sawyer Business School waiver and transfer policies.

Graduate Certificate in Managerial Skills

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Graduate Certificate in Managerial Skills Curriculum:

5 Courses
15 Credits

Program Length:
Part-time in as few as 9 months

Required Courses (15 credits)

If a course is "must substitute" student should work with an advisor to select an appropriate substitution.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students learn and practice effective management skills including listening to and coaching others, time and meeting management, seeking, receiving, and delivering feedback, influencing (with or without formal authority), stimulating positivity in the workplace, and job crafting. The themes of self-awareness, professional development, and effective communication will be woven throughout the course.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course introduces learners to the concepts of Emotional Intelligence (EI). Learners will assess their own EI, examine how their EI impacts their performance in the workplace, and develop a plan to improve their own emotional intelligence. In addition, learners will study how EI concepts are applied in organizations via their use in selection, training, management development, coaching, and performance evaluation.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course emphasizes the theory and skills of win-win negotiation. Students assess their own negotiation styles, analyze the process of negotiation, and apply theory-based skills for integrating problem solving approaches to negotiation. The course utilizes a mix of teaching tools, including readings, lectures, cases, exercises, videotapes, and role-playing.

Prerequisites:

MBA Students may not register for this course.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students use various lenses and theories, case studies, and experiential exercises to explore human behavior within firms at three levels: the individual, the group, and the organization. This includes understanding employee and management attitudes, motives, and behaviors as they relate to workplace concepts such as leadership, motivation, power, perceptions, group dynamics, communication, culture, and decision-making.

Prerequisites:

MBA Students not eligble for this course.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course takes multiple approaches to the exploration of leadership. Emphasis is put on individual self-awareness as a critical precursor to leadership success. A wide range of activities, exercises, cases, and simulations are used to develop understanding of the dynamics of leadership. Team building, both as an activity and a topic for study, is used as the model to develop, practice, and improve individual leadership skills.

Course Substitution Policy

To substitute a managerial skills graduate certificate course with an approved elective, a student must have successfully completed equivalent academic coursework at the undergraduate/graduate level in the seven (7) years prior to matriculation, "B" or better. To substitute MGT-610 with an approved elective, a student must have successfully completed equivalent academic coursework at the graduate level in the seven years prior to matriculation (“B” or better). Official transcripts (with English translations, if applicable) must be provided. A maximum of 3 credits of coursework can be substituted.

Candidates who apply within one year of completing their graduate certificate will have applicable courses applied to Sawyer Business School (SBS) graduate degree programs in the same discipline as the certificate as long a grade of "B" or better was earned in that course.

Candidates who apply to a degree program different from their certificate program's discipline area or beyond one year, will have coursework evaluated on a case by case basis for relevancy, current degree requirements and current Sawyer Business School waiver and transfer policies.

Graduate Certificate in Managing Talent

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Graduate Certificate in Managing Talent Curriculum:

5 Courses
15 Credits

Program Length:
Part-time in as few as 9 months

Required Courses (15 credits)

If a course is "must substitute" student should work with an advisor to select an appropriate substitution.

Prerequisites:

MBA Students may not register for this course.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students use various lenses and theories, case studies, and experiential exercises to explore human behavior within firms at three levels: the individual, the group, and the organization. This includes understanding employee and management attitudes, motives, and behaviors as they relate to workplace concepts such as leadership, motivation, power, perceptions, group dynamics, communication, culture, and decision-making.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Most employees will encounter difficult interpersonal situations at some point in their careers. This course focuses on the high costs of incivility to employee well-being and productivity. Students will reflect on their experiences, learn techniques to improve their communication skills, and experientially practice having difficult conversations. Topics such as abusive supervision, sexual harassment, and abnormal psychology will also be covered. Students will gain insight into how to cope with challenging interpersonal situations, address problematic behaviors, and develop more positive relationships in the workplace.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Matters related to diversity and inclusion are increasingly salient to business, impacting companies' mission, brand, talent management strategies, and performance. In this class, we will learn about common dynamics that occur in diverse groups and organizations; explore the power of inclusion and the challenges to leveraging it; discuss relevant current events, their impact on business, and business' responses to them; and study best practices for building diverse and inclusive companies.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course introduces major and emerging topics in adult learning, talent development, and knowledge management in today's organizations. Our class will focus on strategies for building the capacity to learn and create value from knowledge- a key source of competitive advantage for individuals, teams, and organizations. Course topics will draw from research and practice in motivation, performance psychology, talent management, leadership, and organizational learning, with an emphasis on examples from knowledge-intensive organizations.

Prerequisites:

MBA Students not eligble for this course.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course takes multiple approaches to the exploration of leadership. Emphasis is put on individual self-awareness as a critical precursor to leadership success. A wide range of activities, exercises, cases, and simulations are used to develop understanding of the dynamics of leadership. Team building, both as an activity and a topic for study, is used as the model to develop, practice, and improve individual leadership skills.

Course Substitution Policy

To substitute a managerial talent certificate course with an approved elective, a student must have successfully completed equivalent academic coursework at the undergraduate/graduate level in the seven (7) years prior to matriculation, "B" or better. To substitute MGT-610 with an approved elective, a student must have successfully completed equivalent academic coursework at the graduate level in the seven years prior to matriculation (“B” or better). Official transcripts (with English translations, if applicable) must be provided. A maximum of 3 credits of coursework can be substituted.

Candidates who apply within one year of completing their graduate certificate will have applicable courses applied to Sawyer Business School (SBS) graduate degree programs in the same discipline as the certificate as long a grade of "B" or better was earned in that course.

Candidates who apply to a degree program different from their certificate program's discipline area or beyond one year, will have coursework evaluated on a case by case basis for relevancy, current degree requirements and current Sawyer Business School waiver and transfer policies.