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Master of Science in Management (Online)

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No matter your industry, organizations need innovative, efficient managers and inspiring leadership. It’s time to rise and meet your professional potential.

Why Study Management?

Every industry benefits from effective, innovative managers and leaders. Management occupations are projected to grow faster than the national average for all occupations from 2022 to 2032, leading to approximately 1.1. million job openings annually*. This gives graduates ample opportunity to discover their career and income potential: the median annual wage for management positions, as of May 2022, was $107,360*.

Eastern offers you the opportunity to complete your M.S. in Management in 12 months as an accelerated online (asynchronous) program with seven-week-long academic terms.* The master’s in management features a holistic, practical curriculum designed for professionals seeking to advance in a leadership role or improve their leadership and management skills within their current position.

  • Change Management: From navigating resistance to change to working in collaboration with others, learn how to best overcome resistance and initiate necessary and beneficial change within your organization.
  • Strategic Management: Learn how to effectively manage and allocate resources, including talent, and examine the broader organizational structures for optimal results.
  • Healthcare Concentration: Gain an in-depth understanding of operations, economics, analytics and more to manage various types of healthcare organizations.
  • Talent Management: Study best practices in talent selection and training, performance management, succession planning and other skills that impact employee retention and organizational success.
  • DEI Management: Prepare to become a stronger leader through discussions of prejudice and stereotypes, as well as by examining current diversity, equity and inclusion best practices.

Source: “Management Occupations” Occupational Outlook Handbook, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, September 2022, at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/ (accessed September 6, 2023)
National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth. Degree program options do not guarantee career or salary outcomes. Students should conduct independent research for specific employment information.

*You must enroll with full-time status with no breaks in attendance to complete this program in 12 months. Full-time status may vary based on the program and term. This timeline may vary depending on your individual circumstances and course availability. For more information about this opportunity, please contact a student success representative.

  • These are some of the basic requirements for admission into the M.S. in Management program:

    • Completed application for admission with a $50 non-refundable application fee. Apply Online.
    • Bachelor’s degree from an approved/accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 2.7. Work experience will be part of the assessment if your GPA is below 2.7.
    • A résumé/CV addressing your professional history, educational, and career interests.
    • Official college transcript(s) for all non-Eastern colleges/universities attended.
    • Two recommendation surveys completed by individuals knowledgeable about your ability to complete graduate work.
    • Statement of professional goals.
  • The following links contain course and credit requirements for the M.S. in Management program at Eastern. Please use them to help plan your course of study but be aware that course offerings may change in the future.

    Graduate Plan of Study (PDF Download)

  • Eastern’s asynchronous management graduate degree program is designed for professionals wanting to hone their skills and expand their career potential while balancing work and personal life.

    • 100% Online Coursework
      Coursework can be completed online and is hosted in a rich virtual classroom environment.
    • Quality Education
      Course curriculum is designed to teach the latest theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary to successfully lead and manage organizations across all industries.
    • Expert Faculty
      Students receive personalized instruction from management and leadership experts. Eastern’s renowned faculty includes active researchers who want to inspire students to pursue innovation as organizational leaders and managers.
  • The cost of the program is $714 per credit hour. The program is 30 credits total. Additional non-refundable fees may apply.

Meet the Faculty

Dr. Sukeshini Grandhi

Professor, Business Administration Program Coordinator

Dr. Grandhi is interested in user experience (UX) and consumer behavior; specifically, she looks to gain an understanding of how people use products and services. She draws on theories from several disciplines such as communication, social psychology, cognitive science, computer science and semiotics.

Dr. Fatma Pakdil

Professor, Business Administration Program Faculty

Dr. Pakdil’s research interests span statistical process control, quality engineering, Six Sigma, lean production and management, and quality improvement in healthcare. She wrote the book Performance Leadership with Dr. Leonard by Business Expert Press and the textbook titled Six Sigma for Students: A Problem Solving Methodology published by Palgrave-Macmillan and Springer in December 2020.

Nahyun Oh

Assistant Professor, Business Administration Program Faculty

Before coming to Eastern, Dr. Oh worked at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a postdoctoral research associate after receiving her Ph.D. in Business Administration (Concentration: Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship) from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2018. Dr. Oh is interested in exploring the organizational design and structure of hybrid organizations. Her primary research area is social entrepreneurship, which investigates the entrepreneurial activities of social ventures and social entrepreneurs. Additional research areas include entrepreneurial finance and sustainability.  

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Linda Ferraro

Lecturer, Business Administration Program Faculty

Linda W. Ferraro has extensive talent, HR, and leadership development experience – internal to and consulting with – manufacturing, technology, financial, aerospace and pharmaceutical organizations. As an educator, she has a passion for encouraging students to “stretch yourself to grow” as an HR driver, community member and next-generation learner through self-reflection, curiosity and attention to equitable treatment in organizations. She is also a board leader for the Society for Human Resources (SHRM) Leadership Association of Eastern Connecticut (2020-present), serving as Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) VP. 

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Dana Dowdell

Lecturer, Business Administration Program Faculty

Dana Dowdell has been an experienced educator and entrepreneur in the human resources field since 2011. She earned her bachelor’s in Business Administration and master’s in Human Resources and Labor Relations from the University of Rhode Island, as well as received her SHRM-CP certification from the Society of Human Resource Management. In addition to being an educator at both Eastern Connecticut State University and the University of Rhode Island, she is the owner of Boss Consulting HR, LLC and host of the Quirky HR podcast.

Who Should Apply?

Working professionals across all industries who seek to develop and enhance management skills. With its focus on processes and structures central to all workplaces, this program is appropriate for any vertical as graduates learn to navigate the dynamics of complex organizations.

The healthcare concentration has been tailored to the management needs of healthcare organizations and is appropriate for working professionals currently in healthcare who want to move into a management role or those who have an interest in moving into the healthcare sector.

Curriculum

Cultivate your understanding of critical leadership and management skills like conflict resolution, communication, and change management in courses designed to be valuable and applicable across all industries.

Core Courses

  • MGT 501 Evidence-based Decisions
  • MGT 502 Talent Management
  • MGT 503 DEI Management
  • MGT 504 Leading Change
  • MGT 505 Conflict and Negotiations
  • MGT 506 Organizational Design
  • MGT 507 Global Management
  • MGT 508 Design Thinking
  • MGT 509 Strategic Management
  • MGT 510 Strategic Communication

Healthcare Management Concentration
(take any 5 courses from the required course list and the 5 courses listed below)

  • MGT 511 Healthcare Economics and Finance
  • MGT 512 Healthcare Systems and Operations
  • MGT 513 Analytic Methods in Healthcare
  • MGT 514 Healthcare Services Management
  • MGT 515 Quality in Healthcare

Download our program guide for full course descriptions.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Eastern is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).

  • The cost per credit hour is $714 with a per semester fee of $60. Supplemental material including textbooks must be purchased separately.

  • As an online student with Eastern, you should expect to devote 6-8 hours per week per course toward earning your degree. This includes watching your pre-recorded lectures and completing relevant coursework. Additional time may be spent participating in online discussions, meeting with faculty members during their office hours or completing elective practicum work in your local community.

  • Yes, students who qualify may be able to receive support for their Eastern graduate degree program. Potential options include student loans, military savings, veteran’s benefits and employer tuition assistance.

  • Eastern’s online programs have no application deadline. Three (3) start dates are offered each year and it is recommended that applications be submitted at least six (6) weeks in advance of a student’s preferred start date.

  • Potential careers include:

    • Project manager
    • Management consultant
    • Hospital administrator
    • Human resources manager
    • Director of operations