DEGREE AT A GLANCE:
The Masters of Arts in Management prepares students to become authentic, transformational leaders capable of managing organizational change and effectiveness. Students will explore leadership and organizational management theories, concepts and practices necessary to become effective visionaries capable of developing strategic initiatives geared toward making an impact on organizations’ human capital, systems and processes. Topics of study include ethics, organizational management, organizational behavior, human resource management, cross cultural management, and strategic planning. Successful completion of the program prepares graduates for strategic leadership and managerial positions and responsibilities.
SPMT699 - Management Practicum and Integration Project
The APUS Master of Arts in Management examines complex organizations from a level of analysis perspective developing competence in organization analysis, management theory and practice, strategy formulation and execution, leadership, human resources management, technology and global issues related to management, and other related areas. Specializations in this degree include: general management, leadership, and human resource management. This program aims to educate professionals for management and business practice in global military, government and business environments.
The ability to apply learning to practice is a key requirement for demonstrated success in learning. To achieve and demonstrate learning, a practicum and integration seminar is offered to students in this degree as an alternative to the comprehensive exam. This option can be undertaken by any student seriously interested in the integration and application of theory and practice. This option is an additional 3 hour course over the required 36 hours to equal 39 graduate credits. Students selecting this option are exempt from comprehensive exams.
The course requires that the student:
The experiential or practical component of the class aims to apply learning in an aspect of interest related to the degree and concentrations of the student’s areas of specialization. It is understood to be a supervised practicum that requires approval by APUS before entering into the relationship with the organization. The selection of an organization or site for the practicum must relate to the content of the student’s course work and/or concentration. Goals of the applied practicum and integration seminar will be submitted by the student for approval using an application for approval to the Faculty member, Department Chair and Dean of Graduate Studies. The organization will serve as an opportunity to experience the practice of an area of management related to the focus of the student’s degree. This option will act as a capstone of the student’s program and is to be completed in the student’s final semester.
In addition to the institutional and degree level learning outcomes objectives, this degree also seeks the following specific learning outcomes of its graduates. Graduates in this degree program will be able to:
The management degree program seeks to expand students’ academic and professional development by providing practical skills and theoretical knowledge needed to become effective managers in the global environment. The program is designed to focus on the interpersonal, managerial, human resource, leadership, communication, and critical thinking skills necessary to assess and evaluate management practices from a wide variety of organizational perspectives. The program encompasses a wide range of programs from human resources to real estate studies, all of which prepare students to pursue career opportunities in management and management-related fields such as government or business, and serves as a background for further graduate study.
Useful Skills within the Management Field
Decision Making - Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
Administrative Services Managers
Managers, All Other
Gaining real life experience is an ideal way to start a new career. Below are a few examples of organizations that offer internships for both graduate and undergraduate management students:
Arts & Business Council of New York
Comptroller of the Currency—Administrator of National Banks
Congressional Management Foundation
Department of the Interior—Office of Secretary Management Intern Program
Friendship Ambassadors Foundation
Office of Management and Budget
In addition to the organizations mentioned above, there are government-organized internship programs that provide students the opportunity to gain experience while attending school. Many require students to maintain either half-time or full-time status. The best way to identify potential opportunities such as these is to contact branch offices directly, to search USAJobs.gov, or to look at the agencies’ career portal. Keep in mind that these positions are not always posted online, so direct contact with the agency is key.
The Pathways Program is a federal initiative that offers internship programs for current students and training and career development opportunities for recent graduates. Recent graduates must apply within two years of degree or certificate completion (except veterans due to their military service obligation, will have up to six years to apply). The internship program for current students replaces the replaces the former Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) and Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP).
The Presidential Management Fellows Program (PMF)
PMF is designed to attract outstanding federal service members from a wide variety of academic disciplines who have a clear interest in, and commitment to, a career in the analysis and management of public policies and programs. To be eligible, an individual must be a graduate student completing or expected to complete, during the current academic year, an advanced degree. Graduate students who have had their degree conferred in the preceding two years from the opening of the vacancy announcement are also eligible for PMF.
The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP)
WRP is coordinated by the Office of Disability Employment Policy and the U.S. Department of Defense, and aims to provide summer work experience and, in some cases, full-time employment to college students with disabilities. The program develops partnerships with other federal agencies, each of which makes a commitment to provide summer jobs and a staff recruiter. Each year, recruiters interview about 1,500 students with disabilities at college and university campuses across the nation and develop a database listing the qualifications of each student.
There are several government agencies and organizations that seek candidates with degrees in Management. The below list provides a few example places one might find employment using their degree.
Government Agencies and Organizations
Involvement in professional organizations is a great way to stay up-to-date on new technology, tools, and best practices in your field. Professional organizations are also a great networking opportunity. Below are a few professional organizations you may be interested in as a management major.
The American Academy of Project Management (AAPM)
Financial Managers Society (FMS)
The American Economic Association
Jan. 3-5, 2016
San Francisco, Calif.
American Society for the Advancement of Project Management- 28th World Congress
Sept. 28-30, 2015
Association for Financial Professionals
Oct. 18-21, 2015
Entrepreneurs’ Organization Global Policy Summit
Various locations globally
Financial Management Association International
Oct. 15-18, 2015
Financial Managers Society-Finance and Accounting Forum
June 14-16, 2015
Government Finance Officers Association 107th Annual Conference
May 31 - June 3, 2015
Organization Development Network
Oct. 18-20, 2015
Project Management Institute Global Congress
Oct. 11-13, 2015
Society for Human Resource Management
July 28-July 1, 2015
Las Vegas, Nev.
American Academy of Project Management (AAPM) - LinkedIn
American Management Association (AMA) - LinkedIn
American Society for the Advancement of Project Management (ASAPM) – LinkedIn
Financial Management Association International (FMA) – LinkedIn
Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education (POD) - LinkedIn
Project Manager Networking Group - LinkedIn
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) – LinkedIn
Upon completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:
This course serves as an advanced course in human resource management with particular emphasis on the strategic planning process for each of the functions. Students will explore the historical evolution and philosophical foundation of the field as well as examine the current practices that are being used to support Human Resources in the workplace. Future human resource management challenges will be examined and the emerging concept of strategic Human Resource professionals as business partners will be highlighted.
This course aims at providing students with an in-depth understanding of the various methodological approaches to the study of management. The course provides a deep insight into various scientific and methodological approaches as well as practical training in the design and implementation of research projects. This includes data collection methods, sampling techniques, survey design, interview techniques, observation methods, analysis, interpretation and how to write scientific reports. This course is required as the first course in the M.A. in Management.
MGMT600 is a course that is divided into 8 weeks and focuses on the concepts and methods of managing an organization. The overall course objective is to identify, apply, and evaluate techniques for structuring and resolving managerial problems in public and private organizations. The main managerial/educational tool used in the course is the business model canvas, which is a contemporary approach to identifying and/or creating a functional business/management plan in an organizational context. Topics include an examination of organizational theories, organizational framing, metaphorical analysis, systems theory, and organizational diagnosis. Course activities will include textbook readings, online library research, practical exercises, regular assignments, and online interaction and inquiry through the extensive use of discussion forum participation.
This course will provide a framework for understanding individual and group behaviors within dynamic organizations. Topics to be covered will be human behavior principles in individual, groups/teams, and organizational settings. The main emphasis of this course will be on developing effective administrative/managerial skills in improving employee performance.
This course is an examination of individual dimensions of global executive leadership, organizational behavior, inter-group relations, and strategies for internal corporate communication. Course topics include management and global trade, special aspects of operating successfully in the global environment, the executive's role in solving conflicts and creating corporations in the world marketplace, cultural aspects of international operations management and ethical corporate strategies in an international context.
This course outlines successful Strategic Management and Planning techniques. Students taking this course will gain an understanding of Strategic Planning techniques that have been successful in the industrial base companies. This course has been designed and developed to provide management teams and leaders with state of the art practices and theories, strategies and techniques relative to the Strategic Management and Planning Process.
This course addresses the ethical dimensions of leadership with a special focus on the processes used to raise and resolve ethical dilemmas and conflicts in organizational settings. Students will have the opportunity to evaluate internal and external factors which influence and/or produce deviant, “dark side” behavior in the work environment. Policies and codes of conduct established by various organizations and industry groups will be critically examined.
This course is a conceptual and functional analysis of the legal framework and principles of employment law, with emphasis on discrimination in the workplace. Primary topics include the employment relationship; discrimination based on race, gender, age, national origin, religion, and disability; sexual harassment; affinity orientation; testing and performance appraisal; labor/management issues; privacy; health, safety, worker's compensation, and employee benefits. Issues are addressed from a management perspective so that students understand how to manage efficiently with a full understanding of the legal ramifications of their decisions. Students are shown how to analyze employment law facts so that they can arrive at good management decisions based on relevant legal considerations.
This course is a comprehensive view of human resource policy development with emphasis on the interdependence of human resource and operating functions. Students will have the opportunity to analyze human resource functions of recruitment, development, training, compensation, integration into the workforce, and maintenance of Human resource for the purpose of contributing to organizational, societal, and individual goals. Special emphasis will be placed on human resource policy and strategy as government, corporate, small business, and other entities fashion their human resources to meet the needs of a 21st Century workforce.
The course examines the techniques, policies, processes, strategies, and practices used by companies and managers to effectively and efficiently leverage their human capital. Students will learn how the various “core” areas of human resource management including staffing, performance management, work and job design, training, and compensation are aligned to accomplish business objectives. Additionally, because HRM is becoming less of a functional responsibility and more of manager’s responsibility, the theories and techniques taught in the course are applicable for many positions in a wide variety of organizations. The goal is that by the end of the course, students will have a greater appreciation for the importance of human capital for achieving an organization’s goals.
This course serves as an advanced course in compensation and benefits with particular emphasis on global compensation and benefit issues. Students will explore strategic, operational and tactical approaches to global compensation and benefits as they relate to an overall corporate multinational strategy. There will be an examination of expatriate and local staff compensation and benefit practices as students prepare effective compensation and benefits strategies through case studies, class discussions and other assignments.
This course is designed to evaluate employee relations issues such as employee assistance programs, safety, occupational health and security in the workplace. Students will have the opportunity to examine policies and practices regarding a safe work environment, safety training, occupational health education and compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) regulations. Additional special topics include: network security, industrial espionage, and workplace violence and bullying.
This course consists of a collection of classic and contemporary readings in Organizational Development covering a broad range of topics including interpersonal relations, motivation, decision making and group behavior in organizations. Included are experiential exercises that give students an opportunity to practice their skills and cases that allow students to draw on their own experiences to apply the concepts and theories in managerial situations. Special emphasis will be placed on the role of the leader.
This course covers the elements of contemporary leadership and delineates the principles that are important in the development of a leader for the 21st century. Discussion of the role and function of leadership will include an in-depth analysis and study of needs impacting individuals, organizations and society. The course provides students with a set of leadership skills and competencies on which to build an individual model for effective leadership that can be tested over time.
The experiential or practical component of the course aims to apply learning in an aspect of interest related to the degree and concentration in Management. It is understood to be a supervised practicum that requires approval by APUS before entering into the relationship with the organization. The selection of an organization or site for the practicum must relate to the content of the student’s course work and/or concentration. Goals of the applied practicum and integration seminar will be submitted by the student for approval using an application for approval to the Faculty member, Program Director and Dean of the School, Management. The organization will serve as an opportunity to experience the practice of an area of management related to the focus of the student’s degree. This course may not be taken until all other courses are COMPLETED and student has a 3.0 GPA.
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