Online Master’s in Management and Leadership Curriculum

Take Your Next Brave Step

Receive information about the benefits of our programs, the courses you'll take, and what you need to apply.

. What Management and Leadership concentration do you hope to pursue?
What Management and Leadership concentration do you hope to pursue?
We value your privacy.

Maryville’s online Master of Arts in Management and Leadership program comprises 36-39 credit hours, including your management and leadership core courses, electives, and optional concentration courses. Tailor your education to your personal and professional ambitions by choosing to pursue the general management and leadership track, or pick one of eight specialized concentrations: Cybersecurity, Health Administration, Human Resource Management, Information Technology, Marketing, Project Management, Software Development, or Data Analytics. The program is designed to be highly flexible, so you can tailor it to fit your professional and personal goals.

Master’s Degree in Management and Leadership:
The Curriculum

Businesses don’t grow by standing still: They have to create innovative strategies not only to remain relevant in their industries but also to stay ahead of the competition. While organizations can set specific goals to achieve growth, it takes the knowledge and skills of individual leaders to inspire others to rise to that challenge.

Strong leaders are essential in shaping an organization’s direction. Yet business leaders aren’t born; they’re shaped through gaining knowledge, experience, and refining their skills. One of the most effective ways to acquire this foundation is by earning an advanced degree, such as a master’s in management and leadership. The typical curriculum of a management and leadership program is designed to teach students how to lead teams toward common goals and guide businesses to the top of their fields.

Management and Leadership Core Courses (27 Credit Hours)

Admission Prerequisite: Depending on your background, a foundational course in accounting or statistics may be required. BUS-501, Survey of Business, will be required if your GPA is below a 3.0 and/or if your undergraduate degree was outside the area of business; however, credits earned in foundational courses (such as ACCT 509 and BUS 501) are considered prerequisites to courses required for the graduate degree.

BUS 643Business Ethics3 Credits
MGMT 647Organizational Behavior and Development3 Credits
MGMT 670Interpersonal Management Skills3 Credits
ISYS 650Information Technology Management3 Credits
BUS 640Project Management3 Credits
MGMT 687Leadership3 Credits
HRMG 640Human Resources Management3 Credits
ACCT 610Accounting for Managers3 Credits
MGMT 691Management Policies3 Credits

Cybersecurity Concentration Courses (12 Credit Hours)

ISYS 600Controls for Effective Cyber Defense3 Credits
ISYS 670Ethical Hacking3 Credits
ISYS 686Cybersecurity Incident Response and Examination3 Credits
ISYS 691Legal Aspects of Privacy and Compliance3 Credits

Health Administration Concentration Courses (12 Credit Hours)

MHA 610Healthcare industry and Its Impact on Healthcare Management3 Credits
MHA 615Healthcare Operations3 Credits
MHA 651Healthcare Law, Ethics, and Risk Management3 Credits
MHA 656Population Health Management3 Credits

Human Resource Management Concentration Courses (12 Credit Hours)

HRMG 640Human Resources Management3 Credits
HRMG 650Workforce Management3 Credits
HRMG 655Employment Law and Compliance3 Credits
HRMG 660Compensation and Benefits3 Credits

Information Technology Concentration Courses (12 Credit Hours)

ISYS 650Information Technology Management3 Credits
ISYS 620Agile Analysis and Design3 Credits
ISYS 605Database Principles3 Credits
ISYS 660Data Analysis3 Credits

Marketing Concentration Courses (12 Credit Hours)

MKT 660Strategic Marketing3 Credits
MKT 673Social Networking and Search Engine Optimization3 Credits
MKT 680Branding3 Credits
MKT 681Integrated Marketing Communications3 Credits

Project Management Concentration Courses (12 Credit Hours)

The Project Management Concentration includes BUS 617 and 3 of the following courses: BUS 614, BUS 625, ISYS 620, MKT 660, and COMM 571

BUS 617Process and Operations Management3 Credits
BUS 614Supply Chain Management3 Credits
BUS 625Enterprise Planning & Control3 Credits
ISYS 620Agile Analysis and Design3 Credits
MKT 660Strategic Marketing3 Credits
COMM 571Integrated Marketing Campaigns3 Credits

Data Analytics Concentration Courses (12 Credit Hours)

DATA 600Data Analytics Foundation3 Credits
BDAT 615Data Analytics II3 Credits
DATA 630Data Visualization3 Credits
DATA 640Predictive Models3 Credits

Software Development Concentration Courses (12 Credit Hours)

SWDV 600Software Development I3 Credits
SWDV 610Software Development II3 Credits
SWDV 620Web Application Development3 Credits
SWDV 650Software Development Processes, Procedures and Methodologies3 Credits

To ensure the best possible educational experience for our students, we may update our curriculum to reflect emerging and changing employer and industry trends.

Ready for your next step?

Why Leadership Matters

It’s been said that all leaders are managers, but not all managers are leaders. Effective leadership requires a deft mix of well-developed interpersonal characteristics ― “people skills” ― and knowing how to apply the right style for the right situation. Once a leader sets a goal and an associated vision, the leader’s ability to inspire others to follow that goal and vision and deliver their best work is what puts an organization on the path to success. Without effective leadership, ideas idle and businesses stagnate as competition passes them by.

Quality leadership also helps to instill a sense of value and self-worth in a workplace. This is a complex process that goes beyond an individual cheering for progress toward a distant goal. Strong leaders break down the rationale behind why that goal is important, creating a sense of transparency that enables employees to know that their actions make a tangible difference. This also allows leaders to reach out to individuals to offer motivation, guidance, and support in a way that feels genuine and real, as opposed to distant and corporate.

This connection between leaders and employees demonstrates the true importance of leadership. A motivated staff working step by step toward a common cause can achieve strategy-driven goals more efficiently.

The Skills of Effective Leadership

What makes an effective leader? An old Chinese proverb might say it best: “Not the cry, but the flight of a wild duck, leads the flock to fly and follow.” The best leaders are those who lead by their actions, not their words; those actions are informed by their expertise. It’s critical for those in leadership roles to develop a robust skill set that enables them to motivate a workforce.

Effective leaders master a number of fundamental skills that, when used in combination, enable them to seamlessly motivate and encourage others. One of the most important is strong communication and listening skills. Interpersonal characteristics, such as empathy and honesty, are also essential, as they can help leaders to support their employees.

Successful leaders should also incorporate skills, such as critical thinking and decision-making, which can help them develop organizational goals and devise the strategies needed to achieve objectives. Other key skills, such as work flexibility and adaptability toward evolving, tech-driven methods of communication, can allow leaders to become more approachable and be an active part of the teams they’re leading.

These skills have to be developed and nurtured to be effective, which is why an advanced leadership degree, such as Maryville University’s online Master of Arts in Management and Leadership program, can be such a fundamental step. These programs are typically designed to help students gain a deeper understanding of the competencies needed to lead others in ways that allow businesses to accomplish their goals.

A Look at a Management and Leadership Curriculum

Developing real-world leadership skills is the goal of Maryville University’s online Master of Arts in Management and Leadership program. The flexible curriculum is carefully designed to offer expertise in the core competencies of effective leadership, such as communication, critical thinking, and team building. It also prepares graduates to meet the challenges of the evolving business landscape head-on, such as the growing influx of Generation Z employees and evolving technological advances.

Maryville University’s online Master of Arts in Management and Leadership offers eight optional concentrations including:

  • Cybersecurity, focusing on protecting information systems, computer networks, and tech-driven data from cyber attacks.
  • Health Administration, which teaches students how to oversee healthcare system operations in a range of professional environments.
  • Human Resource Management, offering students expertise on managing an organization’s workforce, from recruiting talent to devising employee satisfaction strategies.
  • Information Technology, focusing on information technology management, database principles, and data analysis.
  • Marketing, teaching students how to create, promote, and maintain campaigns publicizing a company and its products.
  • Project Management, addressing methodologies of achieving objectives associated with business projects and processes.
  • Software Development, focusing on the creation, development, implementation, and support of operational software.
  • Data Analytics, teaching students how to integrate computer science and big data into business strategies.

Prepare to Lead the Way

Businesses can’t progress without quality leaders. Those who understand how to develop strategies, set goals, and use the right motivational tactics can be catalysts who move organizations forward.

Maryville University’s online Master of Arts in Management and Leadership program can teach you the necessary skills to be that catalyst. Its eight concentrations allow you the option to specialize in an area that aligns with your interests and graduate with specific expertise that employers are seeking. Learn how our dynamic program can help you embark on a rewarding new stage of your career today.

Recommended Reading

Effective Business Communication for Millennials & Gen Z

The Future of Business Ideas for 2020 and Beyond: Where Creativity Meets Data Analysis

Workforce Trends of Today and Tomorrow: A Changing Landscape


Boss Magazine, “The Importance of Leadership in Business”

Business News Daily, “4 Ways to Define Leadership”

Entrepreneur, “22 Qualities That Make a Great Leader”

Forbes, “100 Best Quotes on Leadership”

Houston Chronicle, “The Importance of Leadership in Business”

Houston Chronicle, “The Top 10 Leadership Skills”