The Master in Management (MiM) degree targets students whose first degree is outside a business field or who have a degree in a business field but would like to enhance their knowledge of the business. The program is designed primarily for individuals in one (1) of the following three (3) groups:
- Students who have just completed a nonbusiness undergraduate degree whose first job prospects would be enhanced with the completion of a graduate degree in management.
- Full-time employees with a nonbusiness undergraduate degree who are entering or hope to soon enter a management position.
- Full-time employees who have a business degree but find themselves underemployed or who have not been employed in a management position.
The MiM Program’s curriculum is designed to meet the following goals:
- Provide an innovative, high-level, focused program in response to employer needs for managerial level employees with a sound knowledge of business theory and practices.
- Improve student opportunities to either gain employment or increase their chance of a level promotion at their current employer by offering a degree that is suitable for current and potential lower-level managers whose first degree was not in a business field.
- Provide a unique program for students who are seeking to complete their nonbusiness bachelor’s degree with a management graduate degree that can be completed in twelve (12) months.
MiM Proposed Rotation (pdf)
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Admission to the Master of Science in Management Degree
Applicants will be evaluated on academic ability as evidenced by the undergraduate record, the ability to display the aptitude, scholarship, and analytical skills necessary to successfully complete the program, and performance on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), if required.
Unconditional admission may be granted to applicants who meet the following criteria:
- Have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
- Meet one (1) of the following conditions:
- Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 on all undergraduate coursework to date; or
- Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 in the last sixty (60) hours of coursework; or
- Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 on at least nine (9) hours of graduate coursework.
- Have a minimum combined verbal and quantitative reasoning score of 300, with a minimum of 150 on the verbal reasoning section of the GRE. *If the cumulative GPA is 3.25 on all undergraduate coursework the GRE requirement may be waived.
- Non-native English speaking students must have a minimum of 79 Internet-based, 213 computer-based, or 550 paper-based TOEFL score or a minimum 6.5 IELTS score.
- Have acceptable program application documents (references, resume, essay questions, etc.)
Conditional admission may be granted to an applicant who has met the GPA and TOEFL/IELTS requirements for unconditional admission, but has not submitted all other required documentation and/or completed the testing (if required). The acceptable program documentation and satisfactory completion of the GRE (if required) must be completed and processed before the student may enroll in the second semester.
Applicants not meeting the GPA or GRE requirements for unconditional admission may be considered for provisional admission by the program. No more than nine (9) hours of graduate credit earned while on provisional admission status will count toward a degree. To gain unconditional status, the student must complete a minimum of nine (9) hours approved graduate work with a minimum GPA of 3.00 in all courses taken, meet all other admission criteria, and meet all provisions set by the program.
A senior student who lacks less than a full normal study load and who has completed a minimum of one hundred (100) credit hours, and meets the GPA requirements, may be permitted to enroll in MiM courses, subject to the study load provisions and semester hour provisions of the School of Graduate Studies.
The applicant must complete the following steps:
- Complete the ECU Application for Admission/ Readmission process;
- Complete the following MiM admission requirements:
- Provide transcripts of all work completed (baccalaureate and graduate).
- Provide a name, mailing address, and email address of two professional references.
- Submit an up-to-date resume.
- Provide responses to posed questions.
- Submit GRE scores (if required).
The MiM program requires completion of thirty (30) hours of applicable work above the bachelor’s degree. Courses which may apply to the MiM program are those 5000 level courses and appropriate graduate level courses transferred from accredited institutions.
Planning the Program
The student’s study program leading to the MiM degree is developed in consultation with his/her faculty adviser and is carefully related to the student’s individual needs. Needs are identified through consideration of undergraduate preparation and immediate and prospective career goals.
No thesis is required in the MiM program.
A maximum of nine (9) semester hours of graduate credit earned at other colleges or universities may be accepted as partial fulfillment of the requirements for the MiM. The transfer of all graduate hours must receive prior approval of the Harland C. Stonecipher School of Business MiM adviser. To be eligible for transfer, the graduate credit must meet the following three (3) requirements:
- The college or university at which the credit was obtained must offer a graduate degree in business;
- The content of the course involved must be consistent with the career goals of the student as determined by the student’s advisor; and
- The student must have received an “A” or “B” (or the equivalent) in the course involved.
The student who plans to transfer credit is responsible for assembling sufficient supporting material to allow the MiM adviser and graduate dean to make an adequate evaluation of the transfer credit request.
The grades of A, B, C, D, P, F, N, W, AW, WF, and I may be assigned to graduate students. The grade mark “P” indicates pass without exact grade; the grade mark “W” indicates withdrawn; the grade mark “AW” indicates administrative withdrawal; the grade mark “WF” indicates withdrawn while failing; the temporary grade mark “N” indicates the semester grade was not submitted by the instructor by the appropriate deadline. Grade marks have grade point values per semester hour as follows: A – 4, B – 3, C – 2, D – 1, F – 0, and WF – 0. Grade marks of “P” and “W” are disregarded with respect to grade points and hours attempted in computing grade averages.
An incomplete grade (“I”) may be used at the instructor's discretion to indicate that additional work is necessary to complete a course. It is not a substitute for an “F” and no student may be failing a course at the time an “I” grade is awarded. To receive an “I” grade, the student should have satisfactorily completed a substantial portion of the required coursework for the semester. “I” grades must be changed by the instructor within one (1) year from the end of the semester in which the “I” was assigned or they will remain as a permanent “I” and not contribute to the student’s GPA.
Students can earn no more than two (2) C's in graduate courses and must maintain an overall minimum graduate GPA of 3.00 to remain academically in good standing with the School of Graduate Studies. Students earning more than two (2) C's or a grade of D or F in a course may not count that course toward their graduate degree requirements. See the School of Graduate Studies Academic Probation and Suspension sections in this catalog for more information.
Financial Aid Regulations for Graduate Students
Students, please be advised that the courses you choose to enroll in MUST be a required course or an elective course in your degree program. Financial Aid regulations dictate that any graduate student who is seeking financial aid must be enrolled in AT LEAST five (5) credit hours during the fall, spring, or summer semester and the courses MUST be in the degree program.
*Certificate Programs do not qualify for financial aid.