2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
    
    May 24, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog

Management and Leadership, M.A.


The Master of Arts (MA) in Management and Leadership aims to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to succeed in leadership roles in a variety of industries and sectors, including business, government, non-profit organizations, and healthcare.

Through a comprehensive curriculum, students learn to think strategically, communicate effectively, and make sound business decisions. The program covers essential topics such as organizational behavior, team management, decision-making, and strategic planning, giving students a solid foundation in the principles of management. Hands-on learning is embedded throughout the program through case studies, team projects, and leadership analysis. By working on real-world problems, students gain valuable experience in applying management concepts to solve complex business challenges.

Students are encouraged to choose elective coursework that aligns with their career goals and interests. Students can opt to specialize with a concentration in Health Administration, Human Resources Management, Marketing, or Software Development.

Students can enhance their credentials with a graduate certificate in Cybersecurity Incident Response, Cybersecurity Penetration Testing, Data Analytics, or Project Management.

Coursework is available online. Students can select a flexible part-time or a full-time accelerated format. The MA in Management and Leadership is accredited by ACBSP (Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs).

Program Outcomes

A graduate of the Maryville University MA in Management and Leadership should be able to:

  • Explain the skills that steer organizational change as well as those that foster the human element driving organizational performance.  
  • Describe 21st century leadership competencies that increase stakeholder engagement factoring in a mix of complicating situational factors.
  • Organize and lead project teams.
  • Apply ethical principles to business activities and leadership situations.
  • Articulate, orally and in writing, the unique value contributed by management to organizational performance and achievement of strategic outcomes
  • Use process analysis and desktop data visualization skills required of managers in modern organizations.

The MA in Management and Leadership requires at least 36 graduate credit hours, including 27 credit hours of core coursework plus 9 elective credit hours. Students may select a concentration or a certificate for 12 credit hours.

Depending upon the student’s academic background, prerequisite coursework may be required. Students with an undergraduate degree outside the area of business must take BUS-501, Survey of Business. Students without undergraduate coursework in accounting must take ACCT 509 Financial Accounting. Credit hours earned for ACCT 509 and BUS 501 may be required for the program but do not count toward the credit hours required for the degree.

Students who complete a concentration or certificate in Cybersecurity Threat Detection, Cybersecurity Penetration Testing, Data Analytics, Health Administration, or Software Development and later choose to earn a second master’s degree or certificate in their completed concentration area may only use 6 hours of credit toward fulfillment of requirements for the second degree. Students who complete the MA in Management and Leadership degree may not later choose to earn an MBA and vice versa.

General Program


(9 credits)

Select any three electives from the concentrations or certificates below. This may be completed simultaneously with a concentration or certificate. 

Concentration Options


(12 credits)