Program Overview

Designed for students with an interest in the development of organizations, the Master of Science in Management (MSM) from Cardinal Stritch University is a great opportunity. Focusing on individual and group relationships in organizations and the dynamics of teamwork, this MSM provides students with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in leadership roles in the business world. This flexible online-based degree from Cardinal Stritch is such that combines peer-discussion, critical thinking, and an emphasis on community service to give students a wide scope with which to approach their current or desired career.

In order to earn this MSM, students must complete a total of 33 credits of required graduate-level courses, as well as a Capstone project. The core of this program focuses on the ideal that ethical and effective human resource management promotes productivity quality, and the achievement of goals. Students will complete a community service project to learn first-hand the importance of socioeconomic and cultural contexts in dealing with staff and customers. Applied case studies will help those enrolled to develop critical thinking skills necessary to manage and adapt to any environment.

Core subjects include an introduction to economics, statistics, managing and motivating teams, organizational behavior, managing technology, ethical issues and social responsibility, and more. The Capstone project tests the students’ ability to fulfill all aspects of a research and development project, from proposal to execution. Using the case study method, students will incorporate the knowledge gained from the program and apply it to challenges faced by organizations in a constantly-shifting field.

To qualify for admission into this MSM program, students must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited college or university, while having maintained at least an overall 2.5 GPA on all undergraduate work. In addition, three years of full-time work experience is required, with exposure to aspects of management such as planning, budgeting, staffing, training, or leading. Prerequisites include the completion of undergraduate statistics, microeconomics, financial or managerial accounting, and finance within the last 10 years. The statistics course must have provided sufficient instruction in computer methods.

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    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    The University is approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for initial and continuing licensure. The College of Education and Leadership is also accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the most rigorous standard of quality awarded to teacher education programs. Cardinal Stritch University has been approved by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) to offer the Master of Education (M.E. Online) graduate program.


    Students must have earned a Bachelor's degree with a minimum 2.5 overall GPA, have three years of full-time work experience relating to some aspects of management, and have completed courses in statistics, microeconomics, finance, and financial or managerial accounting.

    School Overview

    Initially an all-girls school, the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi founded St. Clair College in 1937, quickly establishing The Literacy Centers, a reading clinic for struggling children. As the century progressed, so too, did the school. The college was renamed Cardinal Stritch University, and achieved regional accreditation, along with developing graduate programs by the mid-1950s. Then in 1970, the University became co-educational. Stritch University continued to expand, introducing associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in nursing followed by a business degree program to meet the needs of adult students, and a distance education program for graduate studies. In 2006, the University offered degree programs fully implemented online.

    Cardinal Stritch University houses four colleges, awarding associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in more than 60 fields of study.​ Furthermore, undergraduate online programs and coursework offers necessary flexibility for professionals and students with busy lifestyles.


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