The Masters of Science degree in Organizational Management (MSOM) is a degree for supervisors and mid-level managers. Professional work experience is a pre-/co requisite for the program. Sharing and reflecting on that work experience with classmates is integral to the educational experience. Therefore, the program is designed for working adults, offering classes mainly in the evenings and sequenced for the student who takes one or two courses per semester. Click here for examples of possible 2, 3, and 4-year programs.
The MSOM program focuses on individual behavior, group dynamics, organizational processes and structure, and the interactions of all of these within an organization. Its small-classroom environment develops the student’s capacity for transformative leadership. Students acquire leadership and partnership skills through the program’s reflective practice that places them outside their “comfort zone.” The MSOM program is designed especially for those in supervisory and management positions, enabling them to deal better with the dynamics of complex organizations. Click here for more information on competencies developed in the program.
ECSU’s MSOM Admission is offered on a limited, competitive basis; no more than 25 students will be admitted per semester. All applicants must provide evidence of a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 2.7 GPA, two letters of recommendation, and evidence of extensive work experience. These three elements must demonstrate that the student has professional promise and ability to do graduate-level study. Click here for additional information about application procedures.
The 36-credit program includes 5 core courses and 7 electives, drawn from the disciplines of Organizational Management, Business Administration, Communication, and Psychology. Students interested in pursuing a PhD after completing our program are encouraged to complete a thesis in place of two of the electives. Click here for more detail on the program completion requirements.
Faculty in the Organizational Management program have strong academic and professional credentials. They are drawn from Eastern’s Business Administration, Psychology, and Communication Departments. Click here for additional information about our faculty.
MSOM students come from a wide variety of backgrounds, both academically and professionally. Most are employed full-time as supervisors or mid-level managers and take one or two classes per semester. Click here for descriptions of our students and the comments of program alumni.
Classes in the MSOM program are small and interactive. Many involve group projects; all assume regular attendance and participation. While there are no online courses in the program, faculty take full advantage of Blackboard (http://www.easternct.edu/its/webct/), Eastern’s online course delivery interface, to provide assignments, discussion boards, links to resources, and other course materials. In general classes are offered once a week on weeknights to allow for in-depth class discussion, to accommodate working adults’ work schedules, and to minimize commuting time for students. Most classes are offered on our Willimantic campus, but when demand dictates, we offer classes at other locations. Click here for catalog descriptions of our courses.