Master of Science in Management Online

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Create the Management Degree You Need to Fit Your Goals

To be a truly transformative modern manager, you have to embrace a multidisciplinary approach to organizational management while honing your leadership skills to help teams reach their potential. Ohio University’s Online Master of Science in Management (MSM) will equip you with the managerial acumen, analytical strategies, and leadership skills to become a 21st-century management professional.

Our MSM curriculum even gives you the opportunity to earn up to two of the following stackable certificates so you can customize your MSM degree around your specific interests:

  • Business Analytics
  • Business Analytics Leadership
  • Business Venturing and Entrepreneurship
  • Human Resources Management
  • Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • Strategic Sales and Sales Leadership
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Graduate in as few as 2 years

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Coursework 100% Online

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Accelerated 12-month option available

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No GMAT Required

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

We offer three start dates per year (January, May, August).

Cohort Start Final Deadline
 May 2, 2022  April 15, 2022
 August 22, 2022  July 2022

How Can You Benefit From Our Online Master of Science in Management?

Our Master of Science in Management online will help you channel your entrepreneurial spirit and drive to lead into actionable, organization-wide management strategies. Our holistic MSM curriculum will help you become a more multidisciplinary professional, with courses in human resources, analytics, internal communications, and, of course, leadership.

Additionally, by selecting from our array of stackable certificates across a variety of skills and strategies, you can enhance your skills in:

  • Managing and motivating employees
  • Organizational decision-making
  • Operations and project management
  • Interpreting and leveraging data
  • Building customer relationships

What is an MSM degree?

Our MSM degree is a multidisciplinary degree that transforms rising business professionals into effective, 21st-century management candidates. Our MSM curriculum not only focuses on management strategies but also includes courses covering human resources, leadership, organizational decision-making, data analysis, supply chain management, and more.

Scholarship Opportunities

Ohio University’s College of Business is proud to offer scholarships to those seeking to continue their education. If you are an Ohio University alumni; student veteran or active military; or corporate partner you are automatically eligible to receive a scholarship. Learn more by reviewing our scholarship page, or please contact an enrollment advisor at 1-877-823-1113.

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Ranked #49 in Best Online Master’s in Business Programs (Excluding MBA) by U.S. News & World Report



Ohio University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Leadership Development Program: Online learning With a Personal Touch

A singular feature all of our online graduate business programs share is our unique Leadership Development Program (LDP). The LDP bridges the gap between classroom learning and real-world application. All online students are required to attend this event at least once, but we encourage you to participate more often if you are able to.

During your two days on campus in Athens, Ohio, you’ll hear from world-class speakers who will discuss various aspects of leadership, including how to lead yourself, how to lead and influence others, and how to effectively lead businesses and enterprises in today’s environment. You’ll have the opportunity to connect with classmates in your program, network with students enrolled in other online business programs, and meet the faculty you’ve learned from.

Industry Outlook and MSM Careers

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 9% increase in management jobs by 2030. Many mid-career professionals pursue an MSM degree because it is versatile enough to be applied to almost any industry or organization. On average, professionals holding an MSM degree earn a base salary of $82,000 a year, according to PayScale.

The average salary for Master of Science in Management graduates is $82,000. Here are eight management careers and their average salaries: supply chain manager ($84,100); business management analyst ($87,660); general and operations manager ($103,650); human resources manager ($121,220); compensation and benefits manager ($125,130); sales manager ($132,290); financial manager ($134,180); and chief executive officer ($185,950).

Average salaries for careers in management.

Explore the MSM Curriculum

The master’s in management online features a multidisciplinary curriculum designed to help you gain a holistic understanding of organizational management through a variety of business strategies and departments.

Throughout the program, you’ll take 12 3-credit courses, each seven weeks long, for a total of 36 credits.

We offer an accelerated 12-month option for full-time learners. To qualify, students must register for a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester.

In addition to a Management and Leadership Certificate, you can customize your MSM degree with two of the following stackable certificates: Business Analytics, Business Analytics Leadership, Business Venturing and Entrepreneurship, Human Resources Management, Operations and Supply Chain Management, and Strategic Sales and Sales Leadership

Management and Leadership Certificate

MGT 5001 Managing Individuals and Teams 3 Credits
MGT 5002 Researching the Business Environment 3 Credits
MGT 5003 Managerial Decisions & Challenges 3 Credits

Capstone Experience

MGT 5004 Managerial Effectiveness and Research 3 Credits
MGT 5006 Strategic Leadership and Communications 3 Credits
MGT 5940 Capstone Project 3 Credits

In addition to the Management and Leadership Certificate and Capstone Experience, you’ll choose two of the following six graduate business certificates:

Business Venturing Certificate

MGT 5070 Managing Innovation and Corporate Entrepreneurship 3 Credits
MGT 5071 Ideation, Concept Development and Business Models 3 Credits
MGT 5072 New Venture Creation 3 Credits

Human Resources Management Certificate

MGT 5030 Employee Relations, Ethics & Legal Aspects of HRM 3 Credits
MGT 5031 Talent Acquisition and Strategic Management 3 Credits
MGT 5032 Performance Management & Total Rewards 3 Credits

Operations and Supply Chain Management Certificate

MGT 5020 Operations & Project Management (certificate course only) 3 Credits
MGT 5021 Management of Lean Six Sigma Programs 3 Credits
MGT 5023 Supply Chain Risk Management 3 Credits

Business Analytics Certificate

Our Business Analytics certificate is 3 total courses. Core courses are MBA 6320 Descriptive Analytics and MBA 6390 Predictive Analytics. Choose between MBA 6325 Prescriptive Analytics or MBA 6395 Business Intelligence.

MBA 6320 Descriptive Analytics 3 Credits
MBA 6325 Prescriptive Analytics 3 Credits
MBA 6390 Predictive Analytics 3 Credits
MBA 6395 Business Intelligence 3 Credits

Strategic Sales and Sales Leadership Certificate

MBA 6300 Building & Developing Customer Relationships 3 Credits
MBA 6400 Sales Leadership 3 Credits
MBA 6500 Sales Analytics 3 Credits

Business Analytics Leadership Certificate

MBA 6360 Strategic Use of Information Systems 3 Credits
MBA 6460 Strategic Use of Analytics 3 Credits
MBA 6560 Analytics for Executives 3 Credits

Dr Amy Taylor-Bianco

Meet the Online Master of Science in Management Faculty

Students who aspire to lead people and organizations through change will learn a lot from Dr. Amy Taylor-Bianco, the director of the Online Master of Science in Management (MSM) and co-director of two certificates at Ohio University.

An expert on strategic leadership and organizational change, Dr. Taylor-Bianco (Dr. B.) earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in organizational psychology from Columbia University in New York and worked in the United Kingdom, India, and Italy prior to joining the OHIO faculty in 2002. Dr. B.’s research interests include organizational transformation and change management in public and nonprofit organizations.

What do you consider the most significant challenges facing businesses as they emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic?

We’re seeing issues now that were lurking before but were accelerated by the pandemic. People don’t know how to define themselves in relation to work. Is it place-based? How do we create community and stay in touch as a remote workforce? We need to think more deeply about what makes someone become affiliated with and committed to their work. The “Great Resignation” tells me that people were unhappy or unfulfilled at work before and that the pandemic dialed it up.

What are some key strategies that managers can use to connect with their remote employees?

One of the best techniques for managers is to have a lot of short, regularly scheduled connections for the purpose of checking in to see how employees are doing –– not necessarily to get work done. It helps managers see where an employee is and then how to motivate that employee based on what they find.

How has working in other countries shaped your career and approach to training future managers?

It has had an incredible impact. I was able to meet people from all over and gain an appreciation for the differences in the way they work and get things done. In India, I saw the beauty of working as a collective. In Italy, I saw the value of taking breaks during the day, going to a long meal, and taking that time to rejuvenate and share — not just always driving to get things done. Italians have a much more integrated view of life and work.

As the inaugural director of Ohio University’s MSM program, what are your key goals for the curriculum and graduates?

There’s a real need for a deep dive into management that offers some degree of flexibility and is certificate-based. While an MBA is a really important degree that has its place, it’s a generalist business degree. In the MSM program, we look at managing people and the process of managing. We designed a flexible, certificate-based program for people who may be out there working, have some experience, and are great individual performers at whatever they do but need to work with people to move to the next level.

How do the certificates enhance the MSM program?

All of our students earn the foundational Management and Leadership Certificate and then choose from two certificate options, so they’re building credentials as they go. We recommend pairing things that are somewhat opposed — such as business analytics with human resources management, or sales with operations — so our students combine something they love with something they need to know more about.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I do with an Online Master of Science in Management?

Earning an MSM degree will make you a much more desirable candidate for mid- and upper-management positions, such as operations manager, business development manager, and human resources manager.

What is the typical salary for Online Master of Science in Management degree graduates?

On average, professionals who have an MSM degree earn a base salary of $81,000 a year, according to PayScale.

Is the Online MSM program accredited?

The Master of Science in Management online is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

How long is the Online Master of Science in Management degree program?

Our full MSM curriculum takes around two years to complete; however, an accelerated option allows you to earn your MSM degree in 12 months.