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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Management (MAN)

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Master of Science (M.S.)
CIP Code: 52.0101
College of Business Administration (BA)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 30

Contact Information:
College of Business Administration
Information Systems and Decision Sciences Department (MAN)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue BSN3403
Tampa FL  22630

Program Director or Coordinator:
Stacee Bender
Phone: 813-974-4516


Faculty Search: Business Administration Faculty List

Program Information

Contemporary organizations widely recognize the strategic impact of project management. Project Management provides a system for aligning strategic and business goals that focus on meeting client expectations and producing desired outcomes. The foundation of this program is project management theory, project applications, manager skills and methods, and the tools required to successfully manage and navigate organization projects.

The purpose of this program is to provide project management leaders with principles of project management; leadership and strategic analysis; creativity and analytics; organizational behavior, decision making, design and change; collaboration; agile development and scrum methodology. The program specifically focuses on project management leadership requirements, such as facilitating teamwork in diverse groups; empowering others; recognize and adapt to the constraints and opportunities of a global economy, and develop centers of excellence.

This dynamic, well-focused, progressive program provides a broad range of project management concepts and skills. Much of the curriculum is delivered through case studies, class discussion, exercise, group project, videotaped role-playing, simulations, and prominent guest speakers from local and national business and non-profit organizations. Emphasis is placed on student participation and teamwork. All courses include writing, presentations, critical thinking, analytics and creativity.

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools. AACSB International-The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: July 1
Spring: October 15
Summer: ---

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: February 1
Spring: July 1
Summer: ---

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements
Students are admitted to the M.S. in Management program based on the evaluation of their application in its entirety, including:

  • earned bachelors degree with 3.00 GPA
  • GMAT or GRE scores,
  • TOEFL scores (for international students only),with a minimum of a score of 79
  • letters of recommendation,
  • resume,
  • statement of purpose, and
  • relevant work experience. Students with 5 years of relevant work experience may request waiving the GMAT/GRE requirement.

Admissions Status: Open; consult deadlines - Apply


Program Degree Requirements

Total Minimum Hours 30
Core -14 hours
Concentration or Electives 16 hours
The Program requires a minimum of 30 hours of coursework and may be taken either full-time or part-time. Early in the first semester, a student and the program advisor will work together to complete a formal Program of Study that will define a coherent sequence of courses to satisfy the students objectives. Students may choose the concentration or the general path with completion of electives.

Core - 14 credit hours
The following four courses provide a solid understanding of state-of-the-art research and practice covering the primary areas in the domain of Management.
MAN 6055       2       Organizational Behavior and Leadership
MAN 6289       3       Organizational Change and Development
MAN 6930        3       Selected Topics: People Analytics
ISM 6316        3       Project Management
Capstone Course
MAN 6950        3       Capstone Experience in Leading Organizations
This course is considered to be the capstone of the M.S. in Management program and as such it must be taken during one of the last two semesters of the students program. It integrates the topics covered in the four other core courses.

Project Management Concentration (16 hours)
In addition to the core courses (14 credits) students can get a concentration in project management by taking 4 of the following courses from the list below, and additional electives for 4 credit hours from the list of electives previously listed.

List of courses for the Project Management concentration (students select 12 credit hours from this list)
MAN 6448        3       Negotiating Agreement and Resolving Conflict
MAN 6607       3       Managing International Cultural Differences
MAN 6930       3       Selected Topics: Principles of Collaboration
MAN 6930       3       Selected Topics: Managing Creative Projects
MAN 6930       3       Selected Topics: Contract Management
ACG 6026       3       Accounting Concepts for Managers

Electives - 16 credit hours
Elective courses may be selected from additional management courses or (with prior approval by the academic advisor) other areas of specialization such as sociology, information systems, psychology, or communication. The following courses are potential electives, depending on semester and offerings.
MAN 6147       2       Leadership Concepts
MAN 6149       3       Leadership and Teams
MAN 6204       3       Organization Design and Structure
MAR 6216       3       Logistics and Physical Distribution Management
MAN 6256       3       Politics and Control in Organization
MAN 6305       3       Human Resource Management
MAN 6448       3       Negotiating Agreement and Resolving Conflict
MAN 6601       3       International Management
MAN 6607       3       Managing International Cultural Differences
MAN 6726       3       Strategic Planning
MAN 6903       3       Independent Study
MAN 6930       3       Selected Topics: Contract Management
MAN 6930       3       Selected Topics: Principles of Collaboration
MAN 6930       3       Selected Topics: Managing Creative Projects
ISM 6156       3       ERP & Business Processs Management
ISM 6328       3       Information Security and Risk Management
ISM 6436       3       Operations and Supply Chain Management
ACG 6026       3       Accounting Concepts for Managers
MAR 6936       3       Logistics Systems & Analytics
GEB 6445       2       Social, Ethical, Legal Systems
GEB 6457       3       Ethics, Law, and Sustainable Business Practices

Practicum Option (1 to 3 hours.)
The practicum option requires students to work on an applied project related to management / project management. Typically this can occur at the students place of employment and is jointly supervised by a faculty member and a manager in the company. One credit of ISM 6905 would be taken for each semester to a maximum of three credits over three semesters. The practicum would count for 1-3 hours of electives.

College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.


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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at Then go to the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.


Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

GEB6445, MAN6147, MAN6107, MAN6748, MAN6055, MAN6448, MAN6746, MAN6116, MAN6256, MAN6950, MAN6518, GEB6457,