Master of Science in Management –Online Program

Offered by: Wilmington University

College credits: 36 Credits

Course length: 7-15 Weeks



About this Program

The purpose of the M.S.M. program is to provide the management practitioner with scholastic depth and contemporary skills to meet the challenges of today’s global organizations. By focusing on the role of the manager at the micro and macro levels, and embracing the manager-as-leader paradigm, this program recognizes the reality and challenging nature of contemporary organizational systems that require change and innovation for organizations to remain competitive in a global environment.

Program Competencies

This program offers a variety of concentrations so you can tailor your degree to meet your career goals. Concentrations include:
  • Health Care Administration
  • Homeland Security
  • Human Resource Management*
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Military Leadership
  • Non-profit Management
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Public Administration
  • Sports Management**
In addition to the University’s graduate graduation competencies; students will have an advanced level of applicable knowledge in the following areas as appropriate to one’s field of study:
  1. Apply contemporary leadership and management models and theories.
  2. Apply change frameworks and models.
  3. Apply legal principles to guide professional behavior and decisions.
  4. Articulate personal values and goals as guideposts for professional behavior.

Program Design

The program incorporates a methodology that provides students with a deep appreciation of the skills and knowledge required for decision-making and problem solving. Streams of emphasis include today’s contemporary organization, strategy, global realities of diversity and culture, management for innovation and change, creativity, leadership, technology, the global market, and the management of teams. The program is designed for individuals who are seeking to make a strong contribution to their organization, profession, and global society while advancing and promoting their careers. The culminating independent project serves to provide students the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge. Classes are offered online, at the Wilson Graduate Center and Brandywine campuses on weeknights, at Dover on weeknights, at Dover Air Force Base on weekends, and at Georgetown on weeknights.

M.S.M. Program Requirements

The M.S.M. program is based upon the students working in a wide range of organizations; they must be adept at understanding the relationship of one’s self to the organization in a way that brings them to a level of mastery. The program consists of twelve 3-credit hour courses. Two of the courses (6 credit hours) pertain to the student’s graduate integrative independent study project. The other ten courses (30 credit hours) provide an in-depth exposure to core management areas that are applicable to a wide range of situations and organizations. For some concentrations, students select elective course(s) to complement the core requirements; these students may select any graduate-level course offered by the College of Business for their elective, with the exception of MBA6000, as long as existing prerequisite requirements are met. Students should consult with the program Chair when selecting program electives.

As an alternative to the standard M.S.M. program, students may select a program with one of the following concentrations: Health Care Administration, Homeland Security, Human Resource Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Military Leadership*, Nonprofit Management, Organizational Leadership, Public Administration, or Sports Management.

*Enrollment in the M.S.M. with a concentration in Military Leadership is restricted to selected members of the Delaware National Guard. 


It is highly recommended that students take either MGT 6501 or MGT 6503 as the first two courses in the M.S.M. program.

Prior to registering for your second M.S.M. course students should:

  1. Submit official transcript(s) from an accredited college, university, or other degree-granting institution, verifying completion of a bachelor’s degree. Send official transcript(s) directly from the identified college or university to the Wilmington University Graduate Admissions office or email [email protected]
  2. Meet with a program chair or advisor for a program planning conference if not completed earlier. Official transcripts should be on file prior to the conference. Students may bring unofficial transcript(s) to this meeting if official transcript(s) are not yet on file.

Advancement to Degree Candidacy

Students who have met the M.S.M. admission requirements are advanced to degree candidacy after completing four courses with a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0, provided they have met the following requirements:

  1. Official undergraduate transcript(s) are on file with the Graduate Admissions office.
  2. Successfully completed MGT 6501 as one of the first four courses in the program.
  3. Completed a program planning conference.
Students who have not completed all of the above requirements prior to completing 12 graduate credits will not advance to candidacy status.

*Recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

SHRM has acknowledged that our Human Resource Management Concentration fully aligns with SHRM's HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. Throughout the world, 450 programs in 340 educational institutions have been acknowledged by SHRM as being in alignment with its suggested guides and templates.

**Certified Athletic Administrator

Wilmington University will be offering the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) approved courses for the Certified Athletic Administrator exam and certification. The courses can be taken as a stand-alone certificate or the certificate can be achieved as a part of the Masters of Science in Management (Sports Management Concentration), where they have been embedded in MSP 7510 CAA I and MSP 7511 CAA II.

Wilmington University has chosen to embed the program into the graduate master's degree since the eligibility requirements to sit for the Certified Athletic Administrator (CAA) requires a bachelor's degree. The attainment of professional certification demonstrates the completion of a comprehensive plan for self-improvement that will enhance the ability of the Athletic Administrator to better serve the school, community, and profession.

This is an exciting opportunity for those who may need the CAA Certification in order to fulfill employment requirements and advancement opportunities.


You will take courses such as:
  • MBA 7600 Global Marketing Management
  • MGT 6501 Organization Theory and Design
  • MGT 6503 Leadership Development and Change Management
  • MGT 7400 Analysis of Decision Making
  • MGT 7591 Leadership and Communication
  • MGT 7710 Integrative Independent Study Project A
  • MGT 7800 Strategy in Organizations
  • MGT 8800 Integrative Independent Study Project B
  • MHR 7830 Finance and Accounting for Managers
  • MOL 6600 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Organizations
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Cost and Schedule

Guild provides reduced cost education for working adults. We’ll help you have an affordable path to move your education forward.


With financial aid, Guild students attending Wilmington University may be eligible to pay a fraction of the published cost to advance their education. For example, Guild students may pay as little as 10% of the published course or program cost to earn their bachelor's degree when taking advantage of:

●      Federal financial aid funds
●      Tuition assistance benefits from your employer.
●      The $2,500 American Opportunity Tax Credit.
●      Guild's tuition discount, and no out-of-state tuition costs.
Active Military or Veteran? If so, talk to your coach or Wilmington University about your eligibility for additional tuition benefits.


●      WilmU’s online classes are primarily offered in 15-week and 7-week formats and you can start every other month.
●      Take your classes online, with flexibility to balance work, school, family, and personal life.
●      Gain knowledge and skills that are career-relevant and can be applied tomorrow.
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