OHIO’s Online Master of Science in Management Overview

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Transcript

Kari Lehman:
Hi everybody, and welcome to our online session today about the Online Master of Science in Management. I’m very glad to see you this morning, this afternoon, and wanted to introduce myself and a couple of my colleagues. My name is Kari Lehman. I’m the Assistant Dean of Graduate and Professional Programs Administration. And really it’s my role to assist our graduate students clear through the process, from admissions clear through operations and going through your classes. Also on the line with me today, I have Dr. Amy Taylor-Bianco, who is a professor within our College of Business and within the Walter Center for Strategic Leadership, and she also happens to be the program director for the Masters of Science in Management. And I have Natalie Whittmann, who is the Assistant Director of Graduate Programs Recruiting, and you probably have all seen Natalie’s name in the emails that we sent out inviting you to this information session and letting you know about the Online Master of Science in Management.
Kari Lehman:
If you would take a moment and find the group chat that is on your screen and type in something to introduce yourself. So in particular, I would like to know if you are an Ohio University alum or if you graduated from another institution, when you graduated and what your major was. So please go ahead and type in the chat box for us. Hi, Amanda. Super. While you’re all typing in the chat box your institution and your major, as well as when you graduated, I’m going to keep on and talk a little bit about housekeeping items today. So in terms of housekeeping, if you have a question, there is a Q&A box. Please go ahead and type in that for private questions. Continue to use the group chat. The group chat, everybody on the line can see that, so that’s our conversation. And we’re going to leave some time at the end for Q&A. So if we don’t get to respond to your question privately in the Q&A box, we’ll see if we can’t answer that for you at the end of the session. Hello, Angela. Hello, Morgan. Nice to meet you all.
Kari Lehman:
In terms our agenda today, we’ve already done our introductions. So we’re going to spend some time specifically on the program itself, the Master’s of Science in Management, and then talk about how you would join the program should you wish to do so in terms of the tuition for the program, available scholarships and admissions information. And like I said before, we’ll leave a little bit of time for Q&A. So in terms of the online Master’s of Science in Management, I wanted to ask you all since you’re now getting comfortable with the chat box, if you have also considered an MBA and what you think the differences are as you’re coming into this info session, what the differences are between an MBA and a Master’s of Science in Management? So if you could go ahead, keep typing in the chat box and let me know your thoughts around that question, that would be great. In terms of the Master’s of Science in Management, I wanted to give you a few highlights.
Kari Lehman:
So from our perspective, the Master’s of Science in Management really is a deep dive into management and leadership skills. And these skills are essential in any industry. So whether you’re going into healthcare, whether you’re going into financial services, whether you’re going into social services, public service, et cetera, these leadership and management skills are important in any industry. The program itself equips you with analytical skills and managerial acumen you need to manage resources, lead teams and apply solutions to all sorts of different types of organizational challenge. You also have the opportunity in this program to participate in what we call the leadership development program, which is a two day world-class conference that happens here on the Athens campus, and it’s produced by the Walter Center for Strategic Leadership. The program itself is designed based on the concept of stackable certificates. So while you’re in the degree program, you’re going to earn of course your master’s degree, but while you’re in the program, you’re also going to earn three graduate level certificates as part of that program. So it’s a very unique program.
Kari Lehman:
Some more highlights. You can pursue the program on your time and at your own pace. So we’ve just introduced a pathway that will allow you to complete the program in as few as 12 months. So think about that, you could start the program this fall, and by this time next year be pretty much done with the program. Should your employment situation change over the course of the year, let’s say that you get a job this fall, you begin working full-time in January, you can change the pace of your program. So you could shift very easily from a full-time student to a part-time student or vice versa. You could start as part-time and finish the program full-time. So that is a really nice, flexible benefit of the program. The way the program is structured, if you begin the program in fall semester, you will have already earned your first graduate certificate. And in this case it would be the Management and Leadership Certificate. The courses are taught by our Athens based College of Business faculty.
Kari Lehman:
So these are our faculty who teach on the Athens campus, They teach in our graduate programs, and they’re really world class. And they’re specific to their discipline. So Dr. Amy Taylor-Bianco, who is our program director, of course has led the Management Leadership Certificate and is just exceptional in this field. This program is open to students from all majors, and no work experience is required either. So no matter what your major was as an undergraduate, this is a program that could work for you. In terms of curriculum and experience, I wanted to talk through a little bit about what is in this curriculum and how you pursue it. So I mentioned earlier that the program is based on the concept of stackable certificates. So in the program, you would pursue three stackable certificates, and then finish with a capstone experience. Everybody in the program completes the management and leadership certificate, which I mentioned earlier, you would actually finish this fall. So you would start and finish it in one semester.
Kari Lehman:
All of these certificates are three courses in duration, and so a total of nine credit hours. And the degree is very flexible and allows you to focus on particular areas of interest to you. So the elective certificates, you actually choose two of this list. So Business Analytics, Business Venturing and Entrepreneurship, Human Resources Management, Operations and Supply Chain Management, or Strategic Sales and Sales Leadership. So you have the opportunity within this program to choose two of those to customize your degrees. I want to talk a little bit more about the format of this program. So this is an online program. The classes are designed to accommodate busy schedules. The coursework and assignments are posted online for you to self study and self paced. So I imagine that some of you might have completed your bachelor’s degree online this spring. These courses are actually designed to be online. So it’s very much attuned to what you might be experiencing in your day to day life.
Kari Lehman:
The virtual experiences that you do have are at least weekly, and they occur in the evenings and are recorded to provide you with maximum flexibility. All of the courses are seven weeks. So this is another benefit of the program in that you’re focusing very, very much on one or two courses at a time. They move quickly, and then you’re moving on to the next course. And we like to give you an idea of what makes a successful student in this program. So generally, successful students are self motivated, they have very effective time management skills, they create a good working environment for themselves, and they’re not afraid to ask questions. Online doesn’t mean out of touch. We design our courses so that not only are you’re doing the coursework online, you have ample opportunity to connect live with your faculty members, as well as with your colleagues.
Kari Lehman:
And I wanted to bring Natalie into the conversation here for a moment. Natalie is actually in the midst of one of the certificates that was listed on the previous slide. She is finishing up her second course, I believe in the Business Venturing and Entrepreneurship Certificate. And Natalie, I wonder if you could talk a little bit about your experience in this type of an online course, and maybe even a little bit about the content of the certificate program? Natalie.
Natalie Whittmann:
Of course, I’m happy to talk about my experience. So as Kari said, I am in my third course for the Business Venturing and Entrepreneurship Certificate, so I am in it is Innovation and Corporate Entrepreneurship right now. And I actually just started the class on Monday with a virtual experience through Adobe Connect. But throughout this semester we’re going to be using a lot of different platforms to connect with one another. The professors I’ve worked with in the Business Venturing classes have all been incredibly available, and I think that that is common throughout the College of Business in general. But they all have made a huge effort to be really connected to the students and to give us opportunity to talk with one another, whether that is in breakout rooms during an online course, whether it is through platforms, such as voice threads that allows us to comment on our peers projects, and pitches and things like that.
Natalie Whittmann:
With our voices and even videos, you feel like you’re in a classroom setting a lot of the time, even though you’re sitting at home because they have this experience of presenting online and they’ve designed these courses to work around our schedules. But you do still get kind of that intimate connection, you get to speak up and ask questions in whatever way you feel comfortable, whether that’s in a text box or through your mic or on video. And I would say that the content of the courses have worked really well with an online format as well. In one of the courses we designed pitches for our own businesses that we got to come up with, and we were able to create presentations and record ourselves doing a five minute pitch through voice thread. And it was a really interesting experience of doing a presentation for everyone, but getting to practice it, getting to watch your peers and rewind to get more information. I mean, it’s just been a really awesome experience and I’ve enjoyed it a lot. The faculty definitely make it more interactive than you might think an online course could be.
Kari Lehman:
Thank you so much Natalie. [crosstalk 00:13:52].
Natalie Whittmann:
Absolutely.
Kari Lehman:
No, it’s always good to have that firsthand experience of our students in the courses, so thank you so much. I wanted to spend just a couple of minutes talking about the conference that I mentioned previously. So our online students are invited to join our Leadership Development Program. Our Leadership Development Program is hosted twice per year, once in August and once in April on our Athens campus. And it’s two days in length, so generally it’s a Friday and a Saturday. And we typically have about 200 people, 200 students that come to campus for this event. And they’re coming from across the country, they’re in all stages of their career. And we bring in speakers from around the country and industry, and of course from our own faculty as well, to really talk about leadership topics, not only general leadership, but diving into some of the content of the certificates as well.
Kari Lehman:
So, as I mentioned, during your two days on campus you’ll hear from world-class speakers, including how to lead yourself, lead and influence others, and how to effectively lead businesses and enterprises in today’s modern environment. You have the opportunity to network, of course, with the other students coming to campus, and spend time on campus and just stay connected to the university as you’re going through your online program. What we hear from our students is that this is one of the parts of our online programs that they really enjoy the most. And while students are required to attend one of these Leadership Development Programs, they are invited to join up to three. And in some cases we’ve had students come back for two, three, four sessions, and even come back later on as ambassadors, as part of the Leadership Development Program. So this is a really fabulous benefit and attribute of our online programs.
Kari Lehman:
And with that, I’m going to turn it back to Natalie to talk a little bit more about tuition, scholarships, and admissions information. And again, I would encourage you if you’ve got questions to go ahead and type them into the Q&A box, and we’ll make sure that we answer them before the end of our time today.
Natalie Whittmann:
All right. Thank you, Kari. So let’s talk about this nitty gritty stuff. I know that as someone who talks with a lot of potential students, this is where a lot of questions come up. So diving right into it, the tuition is up on the screen right now. So it’s by credit hour, and you can see the total cost for Ohio residents is 29,700, and it’s just a little bit more for non Ohio residents. And that’s the total cost of the program. That’s not per semester, per year, that is the total cost of the program. We also offer a few scholarship opportunities for students who are enrolling in the MSM. There is a $5,000 scholarship, and you can actually qualify for it in a couple of different ways. So if you are an Ohio grad you qualify for the scholarship. If you’re not an Ohio grad, you can also qualify for the scholarship by being a veteran or through a corporate partnership that we have. So if that applies to you, feel free to let us know and we can talk a little bit more about how that is applied.
Natalie Whittmann:
So going on to the admissions information, the deadline to apply for the MSM is July 31st for the fall start. So you have a little bit of time if you’re still considering it, but we want to get applications in by the end of July so that you can be all set to go on the 24th. We do not require the GRE or the GMAT to apply for this program, which is a great benefit because that can take a lot of time and it can be very stressful. So we don’t require that test at all. If you have taken that test, you can submit both scores, but it’s certainly not required. You do need to, of course have a bachelor’s degree in order to apply for a master’s program. And we like to see your GPA to be 3.0 or higher, which is slightly flexible, but overall that is the minimum score to remain in a master’s program. So we like to see that in your undergrad as well. As Kari said earlier, there is no work experience required to join this program, and we welcome people from all majors.
Natalie Whittmann:
When you’re looking at the application online, which we can send out the link for that in case you’re interested, you’ll have to fill out the online application. You do need to submit your transcripts from the universities that you attended as an undergrad. If you transferred as an undergraduate student, we would need the transcripts from both institutions, or however many institutions you attended. We ask that students submit a current resume. And we also require a short essay, which we call our personal statement or statement of goals. That does not need to be very long, we like to see it around two pages. But it’s just a good opportunity for you to tell us a little bit more about yourself, give us sort of more insight beyond your resume. And we like to always hear about your goals, what you’d like to do in the future in that essay.
Natalie Whittmann:
And then the last piece of the puzzle is three letters of recommendation, and those can be from faculty, people that you’ve worked with as an undergrad, or they can also be a work contact, your supervisor or someone that you’ve worked with in a professional capacity. And so those are the requirements, that’s all we need. It comes together really quickly. And if you have any questions about the requirements to apply or the application requirements, please let us know. You can type in the Q&A box, or you can ask in the group chat if you feel comfortable with that. I think we are into the Q&A portion, so please let us know what more you’d like to know about, what can we help you understand?
Kari Lehman:
We’re watching the chat box and we’re watching the Q&A box. I’m curious if any of you are interested in applying for fall? Oh, good. Amanda asked, “When do fall classes begin?” They begin on August 24th. In addition to our fall start, we also have a spring start and a summer start. But yes, our next start is fall and we’re still accepting applications for a fall. Thanks, Morgan. Do you have a sense of which elective certificates you might be interested in? Super. Human resources. Oh, excellent. Excellent. We have exceptional faculty, of course in all of our courses, but the faculty who teach in our Human Resources Certificate are Tim Reynolds, Tammy Reynolds, and Rob Full, all of whom have extensive industry human resources backgrounds. Two at Whirlpool Corp and one at Target. And Morgan, you’ve got time to decide as well. Everybody starts out with the Management and Leadership Certificate, so you’ve got a little bit of time to decide on which certificate to pursue next.
Kari Lehman:
And our enrollment advisors also can have some conversations with you about which certificate might be a good fit for you. And I believe Amanda, our colleague, has put up a link to the Master’s of Science in Management webpage. There’s also information on that page about the courses that live in each of the certificates. So I would encourage you to have a look at the courses and each of the certificates and really think about which ones interests you the most, because those are the ones that you may enjoy the most. Awesome. Angela, we’ve got a question also about, I think Natalie’s answered that one already about who. And maybe Natalie, you want to answer this one anyway is, what types of recommenders do we look for in our letters of recommendation? Do you want to handle that one, Natalie?
Natalie Whittmann:
Sure. So what I always say to students who are applying to one of our programs is that we are very interested in the quality of the letter. So what we want to see is a letter from someone who can speak to your capacity for success in a graduate program. We’re not as interested in the title of the person who’s writing the letter, but really how well do they know you? What potential do they see in you? Can they speak about your work ethic, your leadership capabilities? Things like that. So, if you have three professors from your undergrad degree who know you really well and can write you amazing letters, that’s great. If you have three supervisors that can write you great letters, that’s great too. But just choose someone who can really speak about you as a person, as a student and as a professional.
Kari Lehman:
What other questions do you all have? Okay, well, you’ve got our contact information, feel free to reach us. And you all receive emails from Natalie, so feel free to respond to her in addition to the contact information that’s on the screen here. And with that, thank you again for … Let’s see. I was having a hard time finding online where I apply. Natalie, maybe you could describe this better than I can, ease of getting to the application.
Natalie Whittmann:
Well, it’s not always that easy. But if you go to our Graduate Program’s web page, which is business@ohio.edu/graduate, I believe, you can click on a button that says “start application” right there on the first page. And I’m actually going to put the link in the chat box as well so that you can all find it and it can be really easy. Let’s see, [crosstalk 00:27:06] … that should take you right to it. Yep.
Kari Lehman:
Super. Awesome. Let us know if you have any additional questions, reach out to us and we’ll help you through the process. Thank you everybody, and have a great rest of your Wednesday. And we hope to be hearing from you all soon.