Applicant FAQ

What is the difference between an MSOM degree and an MBA?

The MBA degree addresses at least four areas of business administration:  Accounting, Finance, Marketing, and Management.  The MSOM degree focuses on one area of organization studies (including both business and non-profit organizations) : Management.  So, the MSOM degree is narrower in its content, but broader in the organizations to which it can be applied.

Which degree is right for me – MBA or MSOM?

This is something you need to discuss with people at your place of employment (or desired place of employment).  If your employer wants you to have accounting, finance, or marketing classes, the MSOM degree is not for you.  The MSOM degree is designed for people who are already managers or supervisors and want to be better managers or supervisors.  Some students have also used the degree to help them move from non-supervisory positions into supervisory positions. 

Are there any online courses?

No.  The program’s distinctive competency is the on-ground, in-person interactions in small classes.  Faculty often supplement the on-ground experience with online materials, but none of our courses are offered online. Students may take a limited number of online courses at other institutions and request transfer credit.

Do I have to take the GMAT or GRE?

No tests are required unless you are not a native speaker of English, in which case you have to take the TOEFL.

Who should write my letters of recommendation?

A supervisor or former professor would be appropriate letter-writers.  Co-workers or subordinates can also write letters, if they have special knowledge of your suitability for graduate study.

What should I say in my essay?

Be honest.  Tell us how you see this degree fitting into your career plans.  Make sure you’ve read about the program before you write your essay.

What does it cost (tuition and fees)?

Part time student tuition and fees are found here.  Full-time student tuition and fees are found here.

What are the deadlines to apply?

We practice rolling admissions, which means that the earlier your application materials are received, the sooner you will hear about our decision.  It often takes a month or more for transcripts and recommendation letters to be received, so we encourage you to submit your application no later than the dates outlined here for each semester.  In some cases, we are able to process applications received after those dates, but your admission may be deferred to a later semester.

Can I transfer courses I took elsewhere?

Maybe.  They have to be graduate level courses from an accredited university, appropriate for the MSOM degree.  You have to have earned at least a B in the course.  There is a limit on the number of credits you can transfer.

Can I take a course just to try it out?

Yes, you may apply as a non-degree student. We recommend that you take one of the core courses.