Master of Science in Management: Interdisciplinary Studies in Management

Interdisciplinary Studies in Management Specialization

The Interdisciplinary Studies in Management specialization is intended for students who want a broad exposure to major areas of study that are essential for managers in every organization. The curriculum covers fundamentals in human resources, project management, marketing, and information systems.

Career Path

The MSM program prepares graduates for a number of entry-, mid-, and high- level positions, as determined by a student's work experience.

Depending on a student's background and an employer's criteria, graduates of the Interdisciplinary Studies in Management specialization may qualify for these positions:

  • Human Resource Manager
  • Marketing Manager
  • Board Director
  • General or Regional Manager



Students who have not taken a finance course recently are strongly encouraged to take UCSP 620 and UCSP 621 prior to taking MGMT 640.

Students who have not had any recent statistics use should take UCSP 630 prior to taking MGMT 650.

Students who wish to improve their graduate writing skills may take UCSP 605, Effective Graduate Writing (0).

Core Required Courses

UCSP 615* Orientation to Graduate Studies at UMUC (0), to be taken within the first 6 credits of study

  • MGMT 610 Organizational Theory (3)
  • MGMT 615 Intercultural Communication and Leadership (3)
  • MGMT 640 Financial Decision Making for Managers (3)
  • MGMT 650 Statistics for Managerial Decision Making (3)
Capstone Course

MGMT 670 Strategic Management Capstone (3)

Clustered Course Option

MGMT 630 Organizational Theory and Behavior in a Global Environment (6) is a six-credit course. Students who receive credit for MGMT 630 may not receive credit for MGMT 610 or MGMT 615.

Core Rules

  1. MGMT 610 must be taken within the first 6 credits of the MS in Management program.
  2. Students must complete 24 credits, including other core requirements, before enrolling in MGMT 670.
  3. MGMT 640 and MGMT 650 should not be completed simultaneously.

Interdisciplinary Studies in Management (ISM) Specialization Required Courses

  • HRMD 620 Employee and Labor Relations (3)
  • MRKT 600 Marketing Management (3)
  • ISAS 600 Information Systems for Managers (3)
  • HRMD 610 Issues and Practices in Human Resources Management (3)
  • HRMD 650 Organizational Development and Change (3)
  • MRKT 601 Legal and Ethical Issues in Global Communications (3)
  • PMAN 634 Foundations of Project Management (3)

Clustered Course Option

MRKT 620 Marketing Principles, Regulation, and Ethical Issues (6)
This is a six-credit course. Students who receive credit for MRKT 620 may not receive credit for MRKT 600 or MRKT 601.

Note: Some course titles and numbers were revised beginning with the fall 2007 semester. If you began your program prior to fall 2007 and have chosen to follow the pre-fall 2007 curriculum, please refer to the pre-fall 2007 Study Plan to determine your degree requirements.

* The UCSP 615 requirement may be waived if you previously earned a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

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