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M.A. in Management

With a Master of Arts in Management from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, you’ll develop the knowledge, perspectives, and skills needed to serve as a leader who promotes effective performance in today’s changing business environment.

Unlike a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), the M.A. in Management curriculum is intentionally designed to build analytical and interpersonal skills, providing broad exposure to the topics managers most encounter—finance, marketing, project management, communication, human resources, legal issues, and ethics.

As with all Saint Mary’s programs, students who enroll in the M.A. in Management program will receive instruction from professors who are leaders in the field and will build a professional network that will support them in their educational journeys and beyond.

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From Start to Finish

The M.A. in Management program is a 30-credit program consisting of 9 3-credit courses and a 3-credit capstone.

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Applicants must submit the following:

  1. Completed application form with the nonrefundable application fee (fee not required for alumni or students seeking readmission or veterans and active military personnel), and
  2. An official transcript issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from the institution posting the applicant’s completed bachelor degree and other relevant transcripts documenting program prerequisites and potential transfer credits.(An official transcript is one that is sent to the university by the credit-granting institution. Transcripts from countries other than the U.S. must be evaluated by a university accepted evaluation source, such as World Education Services, Educational Credential Evaluators, Educational Perspectives, or One Earth International Credential Evaluators and be deemed equivalent to accredited U.S. university standards).
  3. A reflective essay which includes the following:
    • brief description of the applicant’s background, training, and experience; and
    • statement indicating the career goals of the applicant and his or her reasons for seeking admission to the program; and
    • description of the areas the applicant considers to be his or her strengths and areas in which the applicant wishes to develop greater strengths and abilities; and
    • personal information the applicant wishes to share.
  4. Two letters of recommendation that verify professional and/or volunteer experience and academic ability; and
  5. A current résumé listing educational background and work experience.
  6. Applicants with international transcripts may require an English language proficiency exam (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or MELAB accepted.)

Please Note: Application materials should be sent to the attention of the Office of Admission on the Twin Cities campus.

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This program is offered at our Twin Cities and Rochester locations.

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

Required Management Courses 27 cr.
Required Capstone Course 3 cr.
Total 30 cr.

Required Management Courses: 27 cr.

GM600 Management Principles (3 cr.)

This course provides an overview of key organizational and behavioral concepts, which underlie effective management practice in diverse organizations. Management strategies are examined and compared. Special attention is given to defining and interpreting cross-cultural differences and influences. The course gives attention to the trends, both existing and emerging, that influence organizational structure, and change management.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Synthesize and build creatively on concepts about management roles in planning, organizing, leading, and oversight.
  2. Analyze the management challenges of organizations in today's interconnected marketplace.
  3. Evaluate and apply management strategies to real world problems.
  4. Outline a rationale for integrating corporate responsibility into the organization.
  5. Identify personal management skills and competencies.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to articulate, and analyze opportunities for applying cultural competencies in order to create greater organizational inclusion.

GM605 Creative Problem Solving and Critical Thinking (3 cr.)

This course gives students the opportunity to learn and practice higher level thinking skills such as curiosity and imagination, divergent thinking, idea generation, creative problem solving, evaluation, synthesis, critical thinking and analysis. Students develop strategies to identify challenges and problems, produce creative ideas, and design innovative solutions.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Understand the importance of creativity and the need for creative leadership in business and society today.
  2. Understand concepts, principles, and definitions of creative problem solving and analytical thinking.
  3. Analyze techniques and skills of relating to creative problem solving and analytical thinking.
  4. Apply both creative and analytical skills in problem-solving situations.
  5. Use problem-solving models to address issues in organizations.

GM623 Academic Research and Writing (3 cr.)

This course focuses on graduate academic writing skills, including voice and style, writing that incorporate source material, ethical use of source material, APA writing guidelines, and the revision process.  Students learn to locate and evaluate resources relevant to the research and writing process.

Upon completion of this course students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Develop a research question delineating the complexity of an issue.
  2. Use information from a variety of sources relevant to a question.
  3. Evaluate information for relevance and credibility.
  4. Analyze and synthesize content of scholarly sources.
  5. Present writing in an unbiased manner, representing diverse points of view on the topics.
  6. Incorporate source material into academic writing, including correct use of summary, paraphrase, and quotation, along with proper citation.
  7. Write clearly and concisely.
  8. Develop skills in rewriting, editing, and proofreading.

GM630 Quantitative Methods (3 cr.)

This course focuses on statistical analysis of data for professional applications or research with an emphasis on quantitative methodologies. The course covers populations, sample selection, and descriptive and inferential statistics. Significance, Chi Square, correlations, analysis of variance and simple regression, and concepts of reliability, validity, and levels of measurement are addressed.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Apply statistical ideas and practicalities to real-world quantitative situations within organizations.
  2. Read and interpret the statistical content of literature relating to management of people and resources.
  3. Analyze statistics through performing basic computation both by hand and with computer software.
  4. Determine and apply the appropriate inferential analysis for different types of data and derive correct conclusions.

GM640 Legal Issues for Managers (3 cr.)

This course is an overview of the American legal system and its impact on organizational decision making.  It emphasizes identifying legal issues in management in the areas of torts, contracts, employment, environmental, real estate and discrimination law.  In addition, this course surveys and discuss impact on current trends and issues in business law.

Upon completion of the course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Explain the fundamental components and processes of the American legal and governmental systems.
  2. Analyze the legal rights and liabilities of public and private employers and employees.
  3. Define and apply the basic principles of business law relevant to management.
  4. Analyze state and federal legal issues addressed by business and industry, including wage and overtime, safety in the workplace, social media in the workplace, and employee right to privacy.
  5. Identify legal issues critical to managers and strategies for appropriately responding.



GM645 Marketing Management (3 cr.)

This course emphasizes a practical and comprehensive application of key marketing concepts as they apply to businesses and organizations. Major marketing principles and strategies are explored from a managerial perspective as they apply to the marketplace.

Upon completion of the course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Apply key marketing concepts, models, theory and tools in a strategic marketing approach to business situations.
  2. Analyze the role of the marketing and its complex nature in organizational management.
  3. Develop a marketing plan for a product or service.
  4. Analyze appropriate strategies for effective social media marketing.
  5. Survey the constantly changing conditions in the larger marketplace.
  6. Analyze and communicate marketing issues facing the organization and the range of solutions available.

GM660 Financial Management (3 cr.)

This course introduces, discusses, and analyzes financial issues facing diverse organizations in today's business environment.  Included is examination of various financial areas: types of organizations; sources of capital; capital management; financial statement analysis; time value of money; risk management; and asset valuation.

Upon completion of the course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Identify the various forms of business entities and the different ways of financing them.
  2. Analyze the financial reporting requirements of diverse entities.
  3. Apply the principles of managing current assets and current liabilities.
  4. Assess the existence of management problems and/or opportunities through analysis of financial statements and making industry comparisons.
  5. Compute present values and use them in financial decision making.
  6. Analyze relevant issues present in the larger economic environment.
  7. Identify the characteristics and impact of ethical behavior by an organization's.
  8. Outline the risk management strategies for organizations.

GM675 Managerial Ethics and Issues (3 cr.)

This course examines philosophical theories and ethical practices that can be used to resolve organizational dilemmas. The course emphasizes the role of managers to strengthen the ethical culture of the organization. Focus is given to application of ethical principles and models to deal with complex organizational issues. Students develop skills in values-based decision making built upon integrity and accountability.


Upon completion of the course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Identify and assess the extent of ethical issues that face organizations, communities and stakeholder groups.
  2. Recognize how ethical theories, principles, and models provide options for examining complex ethical issues.
  3. Analyze how organizational and cultural norms affect the ability of people within it to act ethically.
  4. Consider value-based decision making to select options that are congruent with business.
  5. Develop a framework for resolving complex ethical dilemmas.
  6. Apply ethical theories, models and principles.
  7. Analyze personal cultural identity, background, and biases and how they may influence interaction with diverse stakeholders


GM680 Leadership and Strategic Management (3 cr.)

This course introduces selected models and practices in the exploration of what effective leadership is including understanding one's own leadership style. The course also examines both the theory and application of strategic management tasks of leaders, including conducting a strategic analysis, developing a strategic plan, designing the organization, and implementing strategic change.

Upon completion of the course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Analyze personal leadership style in order to adapt and develop effective leadership behaviors.
  2. Apply the foundations of leadership and decision-making required when dealing with situations marked by change and transition.
  3. Apply one or more processes for developing a strategic plan.
  4. Identify the distinct challenges of strategic planning and strategic management.
  5. Evaluate an organization's business model and develop of a set of action steps for improving its strategy.
  6. Identify and apply the steps required to lead change effectively.

Required Capstone Course: 3 cr.

GM689 Management Capstone (3 cr.)

This course focuses on integrating management knowledge, skills, and tools developed in previous management courses. It emphasizes critical analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of the theories and application of management. It includes a major research paper and presentation on a management topic of the student's choice.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Critically assess common assumptions about management organizations.
  2. Make meaningful and creative use of resources available to an organization.
  3. Assess and synthesize relevant knowledge and skills of management studies and practices.
  4. Integrate and synthesize knowledge and skills gained from the graduate program.
  5. Evaluate the outcome of graduate education related to personal and professional goals.
  6. Write and present a major research paper on a topic within the management field.

Requirements for Double Major

For those students seeking both the Human Resource Management/Management, M.A. please see the dual program requirements.

Human Resource Management/Management, M.A. 

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Nicole Coppersmith, M.A.

SGPP Admission - Senior Enrollment and Transfer Counselor

Oakdale Center, OC

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 238-4561

Nicole Coppersmith M.A.
Carlie Derouin

SGPP Admission - Enrollment Counselor, Graduate School of Business and Technology

LaSalle Hall-TC Campus, LSH112

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 728-5198

Carlie Derouin


Robert Andersen, M.S.

Director of Instructional Technology

Martin DePorres Hall-TC Campus, MDP116

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 728-5206

Robert Andersen M.S.
Richard Bernardo, M.A.

Bachelor's Completion Program - Adjunct Assistant Professor

George Brophy, M.S.

Management Program - Adjunct Associate Professor

Michael Brown, M.A.

MA in Management - Adjunct Instructor

Jeffrey Cookson, M.F.A.

Human Resource Management - Adjunct Instructor

Adrian Dingley, M.A.

Human Resource Management - Adjunct Instructor

John Forde, M.A.

Business Ethics - Adjunct Instructor

Robert Frie, Ed.D.

Adjunct Faculty

(507) 255-1452

Keith Halperin, Ph.D.

Arts & Cultural Management Program - Adjunct Assistant Professor

Daniel Heuel, J.D.

Grad Management - Adjunct Program Assistant Professor

(507) 289-4041

Hassen Hussein, M.B.A.

MA in Management - Adjunct Assistant Professor

Peggy Kennedy, M.Ed.

MA in Management - Adjunct Instructor

(651) 604-3771

Paul Kotz, Ph.D.

Ed.D. in Leadership - Core Associate Professor

Brother Louis Hall, BLH213

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 728-5130

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Patrick McKee, M.B.A.

MA in Management - Adjunct Associate Professor

(507) 293-3765

John Mutschelknaus, Ed.D.

Bachelor of Science Program - Adjunct Program Instructor

(507) 280-3510

Katrina Neckuty-Fodness, M.A.

Management - Adjunct Assistant Professor

Chandrasekhar Papisetty, M.B.A.

MA in Management - Adjunct Instructor

(763) 202-0619

Christina Pierre, Ed.D.

Master of Management Program - Adjunct Assistant Professor

(651) 407-7600 x 1073

Eric Reeve, M.B.A.

Arts & Cultural Management Program - Adjunct Instructor

Annette Scotti, M.A.

Human Resource Management - Adjunct Program Instructor

Vincent Trovato, M.B.A.

MA in Management - Adjunct Instructor

(651) 999-8984

Vincent Trovato M.B.A.
Kristin Tupa, M.B.A.

MIB - Adjunct Program Instructor

Kristin Tupa M.B.A.
Alex Urquhart, B.A.

Writing Center - Consultant

LaSalle Hall-TC Campus, LSH128

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 728-5101

Alex Urquhart B.A.
Chester VanBlaricum, M.B.A.

MA in Human Development Program - Adjunct Instructor

Donald Wodek, J.D.

MA in Management - Adjunct Assistant Professor

Rustin Wolfe, Ph.D.

Ed.D. in Leadership Program - Core Professor

Brother Louis Hall, BLH222

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 728-5182

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