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Master of Arts in Management-Practicum Option




Program Description

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.

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Program Objectives

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:

  • Conduct business problem focused management research, including collection and analysis of data, and communication of findings by using qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  • Develop a strategic business plan applying the theories and practices of management and planning for a particular organizational setting.
  • Develop an analytical framework using a variety of approaches to apply leadership and management theory and practice to address the challenges of global organizations in this century.
  • Examine complex organizations from a level of analysis perspective, including the individual, interpersonal, group, and organizational level perspectives.
  • Evaluate management issues in the context of ethical, technological, structural, cultural, human and environmental factors.

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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.

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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.

- Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.

Problem Solving
- Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.

- Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

- Actively looking for ways to help people.

- Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.

Managing Time
- Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.

Reading Comprehension
- The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.

Social Perceptiveness
- Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.

- Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.

- Teaching others how to do something.

Writing and Authoring
- Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.

- Persuading, encouraging and motivating others to accept your ideas.

Social Perceptiveness
- Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.


Career Options

To identify what education or training is typical for careers within the management field, use the O*Net hyperlinks below and click on “Job Zone.” In addition, seek out the advice of fellow students and alumni working in the industry, using our mentoring program on The Quad (for current students and alumni only) or by speaking with a career coach.

As with all majors, the education you receive serves as a foundation of knowledge that prepares you for what you may face in the professional world. The career field you chose may require additional education or experience.

Administrative Services Managers
Business Teachers, Postsecondary
Chief Executives
Compliance Managers
Construction Managers
Cost Estimators
Financial Managers, Branch or Department
General and Operations Managers
Human Resources Managers
Industrial Production Managers
Investment Fund Managers
Loss Prevention Managers
Management Analysts

Managers, All Other
Marketing Managers
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers
Purchasing Managers
Regulatory Affairs Managers
Risk Management Specialists
Sales Managers
Security Managers
Social and Community Service Managers
Storage and Distribution Managers
Supply Chain Managers
Transportation Managers
Wind Energy Operations Managers
Wind Energy Project Managers

Getting Started: Internships

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
Denali Commission
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, 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.

Getting Hired: Government Agencies, Organizations, and Search Engines

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

Search Engines

AXA Advisors
Reynolds & Reynolds
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
U.S. Department of the Interior
U.S. Department of the Treasury (DOT)

The American Finance Association (AFA)
Association of Management Consulting Firms
Society for Human Resource Management


Keeping Current: Professional Organizations and Associations
Conferences and Expositions
Get Connected: Social Media

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

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Human Resource Management Total Credits - 36 Hours
Core Requirements
21 Hours
Human Resource Management
3 hours

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.

Research Methods in Management Science
3 hours

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.

Organizational Management
3 hours

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.

Organizational Behavior
3 hours

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.

Cross-Cultural Management
3 hours

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.

Strategic Planning
3 hours

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.

Ethics in Leadership
3 hours

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.

Concentration Requirements
12 Hours
Employment Law and Labor Relations
3 hours

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.

Human Resource Policy
3 hours

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.

Strategic Human Resource Management Practices
3 hours

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.

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Compensation and Benefits
3 hours

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.

Employment Relations
3 hours

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.

Organizational Development
3 hours

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.

3 hours

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.

Final Program Requirement
3 Hours
Management Practicum and Integration Project
3 hours

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.

Graduate Electives
0 Hours
Electives are typically courses available at your degree level that are not currently required as a part of your degree program/academic plan. Please visit the catalog to view a complete listing of courses.

Total Credits (36 Hours)
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