2018-2019 Academic Catalogs

Master of Science in Management


Phone: (701) 858-4157 or 1 (800) 777-0750, ext. 4157


Master of Science in Management Program Director: Dr. Linda Cresap

Mission of the College of Business

The MSU College of Business educates, challenges, inspires, and mentors students in their pursuit of a high-quality business education through interactive and engaged learning experiences for their professional and personal betterment.

Mission and Goals of the MS in Management Program

The goal of the graduate management program is to prepare executives who are capable of leadership in today’s business world and who can function effectively in a challenging and changing economic technological environment. The program emphasizes the development of analytical skills, teamwork, leadership, and an ability to manage in an environment of change. MSM graduates are effective leaders who draw on the integration and application of management theory, knowledge, and skills.

MSM Program Intended Student Learning Outcomes (ISLO's)

ISLO One: Identify and solve global business problems.

  • Students will be able to employ rational and ethical decision making theories, models, and tools to solve management problems.
  • Students will be able to strategically leverage information systems to enhance and accelerate management decisions and outcomes, thereby creating and adding value. 
  • Students will be able to employ the appropriate quantitative model to solve a variety of business problems.
  • Students will be able to use the financial tools for analyzing a business, and develop the financial decision-making skills to increase the value of the firm.
  • Students will be able to analyze the supply chain and articulate an organization’s position relative to the value added (e.g., land, labor, capital, knowledge, innovations) to upstream and downstream interests.

ISLO Two: Work effectively with diverse people.

  • Students will be able to interpret employment law concepts appropriately and indicate how concepts should be applied in management of diverse human resources.
  • Students will be able to articulate ethical issues and stakeholder perspectives in the contexts of corporate social responsibility and global environments.   
  • Students will be able to interpret sources of leader power, the traits leaders use to influence others, and the role leadership plays in organizational development.

ISLO Three: Communicate effectively in oral and written messages.

  • Students will be able to use communication strategy to plan and articulate messages applying a communication strategy that is clear, concise, correct, coherent, and complete.
  • Students will be able to understand the processes as well as dynamics that interpret human relations in management at the individual, group, and organizational levels.

ISLO Four: Synthesize business knowledge, practices, and theories.

  • Students will be able to synthesize quantitative and qualitative analysis to draw effective conclusions and develop action plans.

Department Admission Standards

Application Deadlines

  • Fall applications due May 30 for international students and July 30 for domestic, Canadian, and online international students.

  • Spring applications due September 30 for international students and November 30 for domestic, Canadian, and online international students.

MSM Admission Requirements and Instructions

  1. A completed MSU Graduate School application submitted online is required; paper applications are not accepted. Access the online application at www.minotstateu.edu/graduate and select Apply Now. Detailed admissions requirements and instructions are also available on the Graduate School website. The exception to this application is for readmission (available on the Graduate School website under Forms).
  2. Requirements and Instructions. Detailed admission requirements and instructions can be found at http://www.minotstateu.edu/graduate/future_students.
  3. In order for a student to pursue a graduate degree at MSU, the student must complete the formal online application for admission to the Graduate School and receive an official letter granting admission. Students are required to have a minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) for admission consideration. A GPA of 3.00 or above for the last 60 hours of coursework will be considered if a student does not meet the 2.75 requirements. Students who do not meet either GPA requirement may appeal to the department chairperson for consideration.
  4. Required Test Score: If the cumulative GPA is 3.00 or higher OR if your most recent semesters contributing to  60 semester hours is a 3.00, the scores for GRE/GMAT are not required. Acceptable GRE/GMAT scores need be at or above the 50th percentile.
    1. GMAT information is available at: http://www.gmac.com/gmat.aspx. Free test information can be found at the GMAC website.
    2. GRE information is available at: www.ets.org. You may download free GRE test preparation materials at the following website: www.ets.org/gre/stupubs.
    3. In addition, international students must give evidence of proficiency in English. Such students should arrange to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A passing score on the TOEFL is 550 on the paper-based test (PBT) and 79 on the Internet-based test (IBT). A passing score on the IELTS examination is 6.0 overall band score.
  5. Applicants are required to submit a current resume or curriculum vita.
  6. Statement of Purpose. An applicant must submit a concise (500 words) essay describing his/her primary interest in the MSM program, experiences related to the area of study, and objectives in pursuing the MSM degree at MSU. In particular, the essay should be as specific as possible in describing the student’s interests, and relevant educational, research, commercial, government, or teaching experiences. If applying for more than one program, submit a separate Statement of Purpose for each program.
  7. International Applicants ONLY: Submit a declaration of finances. See Graduate School Admissions information (above) for more details.
  8. Students who have not completed previous courses in accounting, finance, and statistics, will be required to complete and submit Peregrine Academic certification of such for the Business Ready modules in Accounting and Finance prior to registering for FIN 545 and the Statistics module prior to registering for BADM 550. It is highly recommended that students who have had these courses but are not current in their knowledge in these topics also complete these modules, as appropriate, although Peregrine Academic certification is not required. These modules can be purchased as a package at a greatly reduced rate. Purchase information can be found at https://micro.peregrineacademics.com/minotstate/login.php; the registrations password is MSU-ALC. 

Required Courses

BADM 535Management Principles and Practices3
BIT 510Managerial Communication3
BADM 550Statistical and Quantitative Applications/A Managerial Approach3
FIN 545Financial Management and Accounting3
BADM 525Strategic Marketing3
BADM 565Strategic Management3
BIT 562Management Information Systems3
BADM 537Human Resource Management3
BADM 555International Management3
BADM 595Capstone Course3
or BADM 598 Project
or BADM 599 Thesis
Total Hours30



Dr. Andy Bertsch

Dr. Linda Cresap

Dr. Deanna Klein

Dr. James Ondracek

Dr. Gary Ross

Dr. M. Saeed

Dr. Lori Willoughby

Assistant Professors

Dr. Tracey Mays

Mr. Jerry Stai


Dr. Megan Fixen