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Degree Requirements | MS in Management and Organization

Your MS in Management and Organization degree from the University of Colorado Denver Business School consists of the set of management core courses and electives. You may use your electives to in a specialization to further develop the area of management you are interested in.

A comprehensive exam or thesis is not required to complete the MS in management degree.

Management Core Courses

​You will complete a selection of core courses including required and elective courses. Courses may cover subjects such as:

  • Managing Individuals and Teams
  • Organizational Development
  • Designing Effective Organizations
  • Managing People for Competitive Advantage

Management Electives or Specialization courses

You may choose from any Management, International Business or Entrepreneurship courses for your electives or you may use your electives to add a specialization​ to your degree.


Business strategy examines the development of firm strategic plans and implementation including careful resource allocation and leadership skills essential for organizations to effectively meet their objectives. With this specialization, you get the necessary skills and knowledge used to develop and implement business strategy.

The MS management core covers skills and perspectives you need to effectively identify, design and implement organizational change initiatives. Build on that foundation by developing specific skills used to implement change or by learning more about key areas that generate the need for change.

Information technology is the prime driver of business strategy. You will focus on the strategic, technological, financial and organizational issues involved with the effective management of information technology within an enterprise. Learn more about

  • Emerging technologies and the evolving roles and importance of IT in modern organizations
  • IT-enabled organizational processes and knowledge management
  • Methods to develop, acquire and implement information systems
  • Implementing and managing complex IT projects
  • Security and privacy issues associated with IT

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

The Entrepreneurship specialization provides a wide range of entrepreneurship courses, all taught at the Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship located in the heart of downtown Denver. Complete three entrepreneurship courses to receive a certificate in entrepreneurial studies. Additionally, you have opportunities to participate in a number of center programs; including the annual business plan competition, internships in area businesses, a bioscience internship program, speaker programs with local entrepreneurs, and connection with new ventures.

Global Management

International Business is quickly becoming simply business. Adding a specialization in International Business to your degree will help you to work internationally, and with international companies. From cross cultural management to legal aspects to marketing internationally. Prepare yourself for the future of business.


Become a more effective leader with this specialization as you concentrate on developing key leadership skills and learn about areas where leadership matters most.

Managing Human Resources

A company is a group of people working toward a common goal. Add the Human Resources Management specialization to your degree, you get advanced knowledge, tools and techniques you can use in recruiting, hiring, developing, motivating and rewarding managerial and non-managerial employees. Also learn about technology solutions such as designing and delivering online training and performance management programs.

Managing for Sustainability

More than ever before, major companies and entrepreneurial ventures are seeking competitive advantage and success by embracing sustainability — social and environmental responsibility — as a core business strategy. Farsighted leaders recognize that this new way of doing business requires skills in sustainable management including social entrepreneurialism, eco-efficiency, inter-disciplinary problem solving and a triple bottom line approach of economics, environment and society.

Make your degree a sustainable MS by adding the Managing for Sustainability specialization and learn what businesses are facing in a world where resources are scarce, social safety nets are declining, and customers and commentators are concerned about a company's investment in corporate responsibility.

There are alternative ways to reduce the negative impact of economic activities through:

  • Sustainable finance and accounting
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Green marketing
  • Carbon and climate management

Examine the role of business in fostering the long-term health and viability of communities, the environment and the company

Sports and Entertainment Management

The Sports industry is the sixth largest industry in the U.S. and the Sports and Entertainment industries are converging. To become a professional in these industries, you need special skills. A Sports and Entertainment Management specialization gives you the tools to get ahead in this growing industry.

Our industry needs leaders. This program can groom the leaders we need to take professional sports to the next level.

Keli McGregor, President,
Colorado Rockies

Business Strategy examines the development of firm strategic plans and implementation including careful resource allocation and leadership skills essential for organizations to effectively meet their objectives. This specialization concentrates on the skills and knowledge areas used to develop and implement business strategy.


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