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Graduate Catalog | 2018-2019 
Graduate Catalog | 2018-2019 Previous Edition

Management, M.S.

The Master of Science in Management is a full-time, one-year, 30 credit hour program.  The fifth-year M.S. in Management program is designed for recent graduates without a business background who are interested in gaining marketable skills in functional areas of business.  The curriculum provides students with a comprehensive overview of key business topics, making graduates marketable in today’s business world.  Students learn the fundamentals of business in areas such as finance, business analytics, marketing, operations, accounting, economics, information technology, ethics, organizational behavior, and leadership.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School, the following are required for graduate study in the M.S. in Management program:

  • An earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in a non-business field
  • One letter of recommendation
  • A satisfactory score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
  • A professional résumé

Students are admitted to the program by the Dean of the Graduate School based on the recommendation of the Belk College of Business M.S. in Management Program Director, in consultation with the Belk College of Business M.S. in Management Program Committee.  Recommendations are based on the assessments of the Program Director and Program Committee of the candidate’s ability to complete the program, as supported by the application materials.  If there are more candidates than can be accommodated, candidates are recommended in order of their perceived ability, promise of success, and suitability to the program.


The GMAT/GRE application requirement may be waived for applicants meeting the following criteria:

  • Cumulative minimum UGPA of 3.2
  • Grade of B or above in at least three college-level Math or Statistics courses (or equivalent) taken within the last five years

The waiver must be requested from the M.S. in Management Graduate Program Director when submitting the completed application.  All GMAT/GRE waiver decisions are made on a case-by case basis at the discretion of the Graduate Program Director.  If candidates are unable to secure the GMAT/GRE waiver, they will be required to submit official GMAT/GRE test scores in their M.S. in Management application.  Offer of a waiver does not guarantee admission to the program.

Prerequisite Course Requirement

Students are required to complete a college algebra course earning a grade of B or above prior to enrolling in the program.

Degree Requirements

The M.S. in Management degree program is comprised of 30 credit hours of coursework.  The M.S. in Management is a one year, lockstep program consisting of ten 3-credit hour courses.  Up to 6 credit hours of coursework may be transferred from an AACSB-accredited institution of equivalent, based on the recommendation of the relevant academic department, approval of the Director of the M.S. in Management Program, and approval of the Graduate School.  All students in the program must meet the Graduate School’s requirements for a master’s degree.

Degree Total = 30 Credit Hours

Grade Requirements

Students are expected to earn an A or B in all courses included in the program and must maintain a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) to graduate.  An accumulation of three marginal C grades in any graduate coursework will result in suspension of the student’s enrollment.  If a student earns a U in any course, their enrollment will be suspended and the student cannot take further coursework without being readmitted to the program.  Readmission to the program requires approval of the Dean of the Graduate School upon the recommendation of the Program Director.

Admission to Candidacy

Students should consult the Degree Requirements and Academic Policies  section of the Graduate Catalog for deadlines and processes related to admission to candidacy.

Application for Degree

Students should consult Degree Requirements and Academic Policies  section of the Graduate Catalog for deadlines and processes related to application for degree.


Academic Advising is provided by both the Director of the M.S. in Management program and Belk College Graduate Programs staff.

Transfer Credit

Up to 6 credit hours of appropriate graduate credit may be accepted for transfer from another AACSB-accredited (or equivalent) Master’s program.  Only courses where grades of B or above have been earned will be considered.  Approval from the Director of the M.S. in Management program and the Graduate School is also required.  All other Graduate School policies regarding transfer credit apply.

Program Certifications/Accreditation

The Belk College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).