The Master of Science in Management (MSM) program prepares professionals to be effective leaders in supply chain, innovation, and information technology management. Graduates will have the advanced technical, entrepreneurial, and leadership skills necessary to succeed as mid- or upper-level managers in manufacturing, service, and consulting organizations. The MSM program also prepares qualified students for further doctoral study in the fields of supply chain and operations management, as well as information systems management. MSM students benefit immensely from the focused curriculum, close coordination of courses with the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program, and small class sizes.
To learn more about the program, please contact Janis Miller.
More information can be found in this graduate handbook.
The MSM program requires a business discipline undergraduate or graduate degree. The curriculum requires 30 credit hours, including seven core management discipline courses (Information Systems, Managerial Decision Modeling, Operations Management, Organizational Behavior/Human Resources Management, Project Management, Statistical Analysis of Business Operations, and Strategic Management) and three elective courses. Elective courses can cover a broad range of topics in supply chain and information technology management as well as entrepreneurship and innovation management. A thesis or comprehensive final examination is required once all coursework has been completed. The Graduate Programs Committee will approve the final program for each student based on his/her background, interests and availability of courses. Students can complete the program in ten months; however, there are a limited number of graduate courses offered by the Department of Management during summer sessions (It is possible for students to take an independent study or directed readings course within their area of interest during the summer).
MSM courses are offered in Greenville (35 miles from the main campus), although students may take elective courses offered on the main Clemson campus. All MSM students have high-speed access to the Internet and campus-wide networks containing the latest business applications. The Department of Management has a dedicated Enterprise Management Laboratory that provides access to industrial manufacturing resource planning software. The mission of the laboratory is to promote operations management by attracting talented students to the field and uniquely preparing them for career challenges in the profession. This is accomplished through active learning involving modern principles of manufacturing management, leading-edge enterprise resource planning software, teamwork, and leadership.
Students are admitted to the MSM program only in the fall semester. The deadline for applications is January 15, approximately seven months prior to admittance. Applications may be completed on the Web at www.clemson.edu/graduate/admissions/apply/. Complete applications, including the nonrefundable fee, will be considered soon after the January 15 deadline. In addition to materials required by the Graduate School, the Department of Management requires a short (no more than two pages long) essay in English, giving the reasons for seeking the MSM degree from Clemson University. Every required item in support of the application must be on file before an application may be considered.
The admission decision is based on all information in the applicant’s file. In general, applicants for admission to the Ph.D. program are expected to have a master’s degree (with at least a 3.0 grade point average in their Masters Degree work) and score at or above the 70th percentile in each section of the GMAT (quantitative and verbal) or GRE (analytical, quantitative, and verbal). The department tries to communicate admissions decisions to students before March 15.
The Department does not offer any financial assistance packages or tuition/fee waivers to any student enrolled in the Masters of Science program.