Management Courses

Both the MS in Management (36 credits) and the Master of Business Administration (45 credits) are rigorous programs built on a foundation of core business coursework. In their six core classes, students master essential analytical tools such as financial literacy, project management, and systems thinking, and also hone critical interpersonal skills such as clear communication, effective collaboration, and emotional intelligence.

Students in both the MSM and the MBA program go on to complete an additional 14 credits working with expert faculty-practitioners in their chosen concentration area. These concentration courses develop a student’s confidence and expertise in a career field, while also encouraging them to seek real-world applications for their theoretical knowledge. MSM students complete their studies with a 6-credit Capstone Project, while MBA students advance to a yearlong sequence of executive leadership seminars and an independent ‘masterwork.’

All of the required management classes and electives follow a blended model, with a mix of required face-to-face meetings supported by an online learning platform. In a 2009 review of research by the US Department of Education, blended learning models were found to be more effective than either wholly face-to-face or wholly online models. Learn more at "Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning: A Meta-Analysis and Review of Online Learning Studies."

Required Courses

Required Core Courses for all management degrees (16 credits):

  • MSM501 - Thriving in Teams and Organizations (3 credits)
  • MSM505 - Personal Leadership Development I, II, and III (3 credits)
  • MSM521 - Foundations of Systems Thinking (2 credit)
  • MSM522 - Foundations of Financial Decision-Making (2 credits)
  • MSM631 - Foundations of Systems Leadership (1 credit)
  • MSM602 - Foundations of Project Management (3 credits)
  • MSM635 - Clear Communications (2 credits)

In addition to the common required management courses above, the MSM and MBA degree have the following separate requirements:


  • MSM609 Capstone I: Planning (2 credits)
  • MSM699 Capstone II: Implementing (4 credits)


  • MBA640 Performance Management and Analytics Driven Decision-Making (3 credits)
  • MBA641 Ideation, Design Thinking and Strategy (3 credits)
  • MBA642 Applied Systems Leadership for Complex Problem-Solving (3 credits)
  • MBA650 Master Workshop I: Problem Definition/ Needs Assessment (1 credit)
  • MBA651 Master Workshop II: Research Phase (1 credit)
  • MBA652 Master Workshop III: Value Creation and Thought Leadership (4 credits)

Concentration Requirements (10 credits)

Project Management

  • Advanced Project Management (3 credits)
  • Project Cost and Schedule (2 credits)
  • Organizational Change Management (1 credit)
  • Project Governance and Oversight (2 credits)
  • Principles of Lean Management (1 credit)
  • Strategic Planning (1 credit)

Social Innovation

  • Foundations of Social Innovation (3 credits)
  • Triple Strength Impact (2 credits)
  • Start-up Garage (2 credits)
  • Social Innovation Field Course (2 credits)
  • Corporate Law and Ethics (1 credit)

Conscious Business

  • Advanced Business Concepts: Finance and Multi-Capitalism (3 credits)
  • Equality, Equity and Inclusion (2 credits)
  • Ecological Economics, Political Economy, Institutions and Markets (2 credits)
  • Operations and Production Systems (2 credits)
  • Corporate Law and Ethics (1 credits)

Sustainable Food Systems

  • Foundations of Food Systems (3 credits)
  • Start-up Garage (2 credits)
  • Operations and Production Systems (2 credits)
  • Corporate Law and Ethics (1 credits)
  • Equality, Equity and Inclusion (2 credits)

Mission Driven Organizations

  • Good to Great (1 credit)
  • Outcomes and Evaluation (2 credits)
  • Fundraising and Philanthropy (2 credits)
  • Triple Strength Impact (2 credits)
  • Marketing (2 credits)
  • Nonprofit Legal and Ethical (1 credit)

Collaborative Leadership

  • Facilitative Leadership (2 credits)
  • Organizational Change Management (1 credit)
  • Good to Great (1 credit)
  • Equality, Equity and Inclusion (2 credits)
  • Triple Strength Impact (2 credits)
  • Caring for the Human Organization (2 credits)

Electives (4 Credits)

Students are able to choose a total of 4 credits as electives from all management program concentrations.


  • A completed BA or BS degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Basic Excel and Powerpoint skills (or equivalent knowledge in Google Apps).

Marlboro College does not recognize the GRE as an indicator of likely success in professional programs and does not require it. Decisions on admission will be based on your transcripts, letters of recommendation and personal essay. The application process and details are available online.


Weekend Residency Schedule

All required master's courses meet for one weekend "residency" a month, three to four times per trimester, for a total of 11 months a year, at our bucolic campus in Marlboro, Vermont. Many of our students commute from afar and choose to spend the entire class weekend in southern Vermont. Residency weekends may begin with an elective class on Friday followed by a social gathering, a community lunch on Saturday, and advising and community circle time Saturday afternoon.

The residency weekends are listed under our Academic Calendar.

Sample Study Plans

The degree chair works with each student to craft an individualized study plan reflective of the student's interests and needs. Contact admissions for a study plan based on your concentration interests.


MS in Management

Required Courses

Master in Business Administration

Required Courses