MS in Management

The Marlboro MSM prepares students to be purpose-driven managers with strong skills in problem-solving, collaboration, business analytics and innovation. Our students go on to excel as project or organizational leaders, launch new ventures, or serve as sought-after consultants.

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We live in a time of troubling complexity and vexing social problems. At the heart of our management programs is the belief that to make positive change in the world, we need bold and innovative systems leaders able to see and understand the big picture, commit to their own ongoing development, and engage others in the co-creation of a positive future.

Our curriculum balances analytical and interpersonal skills, visionary ideas and practical implementation, individual leadership development and collective community building. In our highly-collaborative and intentionally-small classes, faculty work closely with students to build their fluency and confidence in written communication, financial analysis, and public speaking so they can be effective change leaders. 

Designed with working adults in mind, the Marlboro MSM has a low-residency design complemented by field-based learning in the workplace or community. Students gather in Brattleboro for face-to-face classes and community activities one weekend a month. In between residencies, we sustain the conversations and intellectual exploration in a virtual learning community.

Sustainable Food Lab

I Teach Change Through Agriculture

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The Curriculum

The 36-credit MSM program has three levels. The degree can be completed in five trimesters.


Core Coursework: Foundational skill-building

Engaged in the Marlboro core, students solidify the essential skills of good business management. To sharpen their analytical capacities, they learn project management, systems thinking, and financial decision-making. To hone their collaborative skills and deepen their emotional intelligence, they engage in team-building, enlarge their leadership capacity, and learn to be better communicators.

Concentration Coursework: Specialization

Building from the strong foundation in cross-sector analytical and interpersonal skills, each student selects a concentration area: conscious business, collaborative leadership, mission-driven organizations, social innovation, project management or sustainable food systems. Students take 14 credits in the concentration area, allowing for a deep dive into more specialized skills and content areas. Learn more about the management concentrations.

Capstone: Synthesis and thought leadership

The culmination of our MSM degree is a capstone project in which each student designs an innovative response to a real-world problem or opportunity. Students work with a faculty advisor to develop a strong project that creates business and social value. Marking the end of their Marlboro journey, students share their capstone project with a broad audience in a TED-style presentation, reflect in writing on their most significant personal and professional insights, and engage in an hour-long retrospective conversation with the degree chair, faculty advisor and capstone coordinator.