Master of Science in Management

MSM at Greenville University 

Develop skills to lead business teams and move organizations forward. The online master of science in management program focuses on the human side of an organization. You learn team building, collaboration, and skills that help you excel in business management. Learn from expert faculty with business management experience. Work closely with practicing managers and organizational leaders. For your capstone project, apply your management training to a problem or opportunity in your workplace, and effect change. This program is designed for working professionals. Complete the course all online in two years.

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Your pace
Earn your master’s degree online and on a schedule that works for you. Work at your own pace while engaging instructors and classmates through discussion boards, video, and other learning applications.
Gain experience
Interview business managers and organizational leaders, develop real-world case studies, and complete an action research project that effects change in your organization.
33 credits
The 33-credit master of science in management program is an affordable option that helps you gain business leadership skills and advance your career.

Why GU


Develop values-based leadership skills. Learn to apply faith-based values through a Christian lens to build successful teams, motivate and inspire employees, and help people and organizations achieve their potential.


Experienced faculty. Learn from top faculty with extensive business management and leadership experience. Enrich your learning with their real-world insights.


Faith-based. Learn to incorporate your faith into both your studies and your career. 

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Master of Science in Management Success Story

Sucess Stories

[Learning] change management was one of the greatest things we learned that helped me in my position. Few people like change, good or bad. The strategies for mitigating resistance to change, gaining staff engagement/buy-in, and implementing lasting change were very beneficial.

-Alyssa Schmidt, master of science in management

Program Requirements

MSM Program Requirements:

BUSN 501: Strategic Management                                        (3 credits, 8 weeks)

BUSN 510: Organization Theory and Practice                          (3 credits, 8 weeks)

BUSN 515: Group and Team Dynamics                                   (3 credits, 8 weeks)

BUSN 520: Christian Leadership for Managers                         (3 credits, 8 weeks)

BUSN 523: Emerging Trends in Organizational Management       (3 credits, 8 weeks)

BUSN 525: Human Resource Strategies                                 (3 credits, 8 weeks)

BUSN 530: Legal and Ethical Environments                            (3 credits, 8 weeks)

BUSN 545: Managing Change                                              (3 credits, 8 weeks)

BUSN 551: International Business & Global Environments          (3 credits, 8 weeks)

BUSN 583: Capstone Experience                                          (3 credits, 16 weeks)

FINA 508: Business Analysis and Valuation                             (3 credits, 8 weeks)

MSM Program Course Descriptions

BUSN 501 Strategic Management – Effective management practice is centered on attaining both long and short-term strategic goals and objectives. Strategic Management will help examine the strategy of organizations: it’s vision, mission and values and how it seeks to compete and remain relevant in a competitive market place. This course will help practicing mangers critically evaluate their organization’s strategic goals and objectives. Throughout the program you will be required to complete weekly assignments using the ideas from your reading and research to describe and analyze your organization. During the course, students will examine their organization’s strategic approach and predict possible problems and pitfalls that their organization might encounter during strategic implementation. Finally, managers will continue their program long reflection on Christian business ethics.

By the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  1. Critically examine their organization’s vision, mission and values.
  2. Conduct an environmental analysis for your organization.
  3. Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of strategic alternatives.
  4. Evaluate the fit between your organization’s strategy and culture.
  5. Critically reflect on Christian business ethics and calling.

Required Text: Hrebiniak, L. G. (2013). Making strategy work: Leading effective execution and change, 2nd ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson FT Press



BUSN 510 Organizational Theory –  This course provides an overview of how organizations work.  Theory, research, and application will be utilized to provide students with a deeper understanding of organizational structure, culture, communication, and strategic planning processes.  Students will engage in exercises and activities that will assist with the development of a mature, Christian perspective and analysis of their organization.

By the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  1. Evaluate their organization through the strengths and limitations of organizational theory.
  2. Evaluate the cultures and subcultures within their organization.
  3. Discuss how power and politics influence the day-to-day life of their organization.
  4. Reflect on how managers can utilize the principles of organizational theory to design and change their organizations to increase organizational effectiveness.
  5. Critically reflect on how to integrate a Christian and ethics-based perspective within an organization.

Required Text: Jones, G. R. (2013). Organizational theory, design and change (7th ed.).  New York:Pearson.


BUSN 515 Group and Team Dynamics –  More than ever, organizational leaders find themselves needing a deeper understanding of how teams develop, operate, and accomplish their goals. This course focuses on how teams develop, behave and function, and the ways in which teams impact, influence, and are influenced by organizational behavior. Emphasis will be placed on making sense of the inexplicable events and behaviors in organizations, including cascading problems, organizational miscommunication, covert behaviors, and counter-productive organizational attitudes and behaviors, as well as investigating conditions that support high performance teams.



By the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  1. Identify common challenges of working in groups, and avoid common mistakes made by groups and teams.
  2. Understand the impact of overt and covert forces on the patterns of behavior that emerge in groups and teams.
  3. Understand inter-group issues such as diversity, conformity, power and hierarchy.
  4. Identify the importance of communication on interpersonal, intra-group and inter-group relations.
  5. Critically reflect on team and group dynamics from a Christian perspective.


Required Text: Dyer, W. G Jr., Dyer J. H., and Dyer W. G. (2013). Team building: proven strategies for improving team performance (5th ed.).  San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass Wiley.



BUSN 520 Value Based Leadership for Mangers –  Leadership can be developed. This course will focus on the development of Christian leadership skills including authenticity, inspiration, motivation, and development of trust within an organization.  This course will assist students in developing a solid understanding of the differences between leadership and management.  Major theories and models of leadership will be reviewed through a series of case studies and activities.


By the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  1. Explain how personal values and personal assets translate to effective leadership.
  2. Develop skills of self-reflection and self-discovery.
  3. Identify the key issues in developing high trust cultures necessary within organizations.
  4. Summarize your personal philosophy as it pertains to the foundational principles of leadership.
  5. Critically reflect on how to lead from a Christian and values-based perspective.


Required Text: Manz, C. (2011). Leadership Wisdom of Jesus. San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.


Humphrey, R. H. (2014). Effective Leadership: Theory, Cases and Applications. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.


BUSN 523 Emerging Trends in Organizational Management –  This course deals with fundamental issues and phenomena currently existing in organizations. The purpose of this course is to survey the major areas important to information technology such as: information technology management, HRIS, security, networking, Web, Media Literacy, database, programming, intellectual property, and outsourcing. Additionally, this course acts as a foundation toward a proper understanding of technology and media. In this course, students will engage critically with technology in the workplace and in their personal lives. Students will negotiate theory and practice, pulling in their own experiences from their everyday lives. Finally, students will develop a critical approach to business ethics and Christianity.



By the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  1. Uncover and learn media literacy skills to better understand the culture surrounding technology.
  2. Develop an informed opinion on the benefits or drawbacks of networked collaboration.
  3. Apply the essential principals that guide the design, implementation, and management of information technology systems.
  4. Create a plan for the integration or subtraction of information technology in your current organization for positive change.
  5. Critically reflect on what it means to be a Christian and do business.


Required Text: Reynolds, G. W. (2016). Information Technology for Managers (2nd edition). Cengage Learning. IBSN: 9781305389830



BUSN 525 Human Resource Strategies –  This course assists students with understanding the effective components of human resource use within their organizations from a Christian perspective.  Specific topics include alignment of human resource systems with organizational strategy; evaluation of effective employee motivation programs; staffing systems, rewards and compensation; employee development and performance management systems.


By the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  1. Compare the relationship between your organization’s strategic goals and human resource management function’s plans and goals.
  2. Hypothesize the ways HRM practices and sub-functions affect and interact with one another and with other business functions.
  3. Evaluate relative HRM strengths and weaknesses in your own organization both independently and in collaboration with others in class, and be able to recommend relevant HRM improvements supported by reference to academic literature.
  4. Compare and contrast course material to biblical insights and a Christian worldview in respect to HRM.


Required Text: Dessler, Gary. (2013). A framework for human resource management (7th ed.). New York: Pearson.



BUSN 530 Legal & Ethical Environments –  This course will identify the ethical and legal issues involved in the management of specific problem areas in business including employment issues, environmental, product liability, marketing and digital information; and provide an understanding of the ethical views, social responsibility, and legal environments from a Christian perspective within which these issues arise in today’s economy. Emphasis is placed on analytical problem solving and ethical decision-making.


By the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of ethical behavior and social responsibility in the global environment in which business operates.
  2. Apply regulatory provisions to business situations.
  3. Discuss basic strategies for avoiding and addressing legal problems in business.
  4. Apply critical thinking to the legal implications present in business activities.
  5. Critically reflect on how integrate a Christian perspective into ethical decision-making in an organization.



Required Text: Treviño, L.K. & Nelson, K.A. (2011). Managing business ethics (6th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.



BUSN 545 Managing Change –  Action learning in organizations typically results in planned organization change. This might include changes to strategy, structure, processes and people. This course helps managers learn theories and techniques for managing planned change in their organizations. It begins by helping managers to diagnose what needs to be changed in their organization. It then helps managers to identify the individual, organizational and environmental forces for and against their planned change and to estimate the relative strength of each force. It introduces managers to a number of practical models that can guide them in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating planned organization change. It helps managers to examine both first order and second order change and discusses ways to avoid and/or manage resistance to change. The course will help managers to consider what needs to be done to ‘refreeze’ their organization in their new state, while at the same time keeping it responsive to continuous change. Finally, students will critically reflect on how Christianity might influence/inform these change models.


By the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  1. Identify the skills of an effective change agent.
  2. Suggest appropriate strategies for overcoming resistance to change.
  3. Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of various change maps and models.
  4. Develop strategies to implement planned organization change.
  5. Critically reflect on how Christianity might influence change models.



Required Text: Cawsey, C.F., Deszca, G., and Ingols, C. (2012). Organizational change: An Action Oriented Toolkit (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.


Johnson, Spencer (1998). Who Moved My Cheese: An Amazing Way To Deal With Change. Penguin Publishing.


BUSN 551 International Business & Global Strategies –  The study of International Business is a strategic decision today for any MBA student.  There are few businesses and few individuals in the world that are not impacted by globalization. This 8-week course is designed to help give you the tools and foundational knowledge you need to be successful in navigating the complexities, challenges, and opportunities in the global marketplace. This course will provide practical insight into what you can do better in your job tomorrow, as well as the tools you need to adapt to the coming changes in the global village.  Understanding IQ (Intelligence Quotient) and EQ (Emotional Quotient) are things you may have studied in the past, but in this course, you will begin the process of developing your CQ (Cultural Quotient) or your ability to adapt and seek to understand those of different cultures.  This skill is increasingly a differentiator in today’s marketplace.



By the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  1. Display a high level of CQ comprehension and a basic understanding of how to develop this skill in your workplace.
  2. Express the pros and cons of a company’s global business strategy and impact.
  3. Determine the best practices for navigating cultural, political and social differences in today’s “dispersed team” work environment.
  4. Gain confidence in navigating the geo political, business cultures and social issues facing societies around the world.
  5. Determine whether to enter a given market (country) based upon measureable key indicators.
  6. Identify and differentiate between cultural and ethical dilemmas facing westerners doing business in the two-thirds world.



Required Text: Peng, M. W. (2014). Global (3rd ed.). Mason, Ohio: South-Western Cengage Learning.


BUSN 583 Capstone Experience –  In this capstone course, students will integrate knowledge and skills gained through their program of study as they develop an applied research project.  Students will demonstrate the knowledge and skills gained by leading the design and implementation of an improvement effort in an organization of their choice. This capstone project is carried out over the period of one term with a team selected by the student and involves the implementation and application of management theory. Students are expected to complete a master’s level project demonstrating competency in management theory, the individual area of emphasis, as well as faith integration.


By the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  1. Effectively analyze multiple designs to develop and implement action research in a work place.
  2. Apply management and leadership concepts learned throughout the program.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to compile and analyze results to make recommendations, write reports, and inform business decisions.
  4. Discuss insights gained from leading a team to design and implement an improvement effort in an organization.
  5. Critically reflect on how to integrate Christian faith into the world of work


Required Text: James, E. A., Slater, T. and Bucknam, A. (2012). Action Research for Business, Nonprofit, and Public Administration: Sage Publications.


FINA 508 Business Analysis & Valuation–  Financial statements are the basis for a wide range of business analysis, and effective management practice is impossible without an understanding of how to analyze and interpret these statements. This course helps students analyze any company’s financial statements to reveal its true condition and value. This course introduces a four-step framework for analyzing a company’s financial statements. It begins with business strategy analysis, focusing on understanding the firm’s competitive position within its industry, its key success factor, and risks. The second stage is accounting analysis examining how effectively the company’s financial statements reflect business economics and strategy. Next, the course explores financial ratios and cash flow measures to examine operations and financial performance. Managers will learn how to conduct prospective analysis to construct meaningful forecast and valuations. Finally, managers will reflect critically on Christian ethics in finance and accounting.


By the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  1. Understand the framework for evaluating capacity and sustainability of a nonprofit organization.
  2. Identify and describe the documents and financial statements included in a nonprofit organization’s financial report.
  3. Describe the nature of business enterprises and nonprofit organizations, as reflected by the statement of financial position.
  4. Define financial (ratio) analysis and explain its objectives and limitations.
  5. Critically reflect on how to integrate a Christian and values-based perspective within an organization.


Required Text: Palepu, K. and Healy, P. (2013). Business Analysis Valuation Using Financial Statements (5th Edition). Cengage Learning

Visit the Online Graduate Catalog for an explanation of graduation requirements.