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Requirements for admission to the Master of Science in Management include:

  • at least 3 years of appropriate full-time work experience
  • current resume/vita including names and contact information of 3 professional/business references
  • 1-2 page purpose statement
  • bachelors degree
  • undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 or above on a 4.0 scale (overall or in last 60 hours)
  • submission of a GRE, GMAT, LSAT, or MCAT score

If a Masters Degree has already been completed, the GMAT or GRE test can be waived.

Prerequisite Classes

  • MG301 Principles of Management (3 hrs)
  • PY271 Research Design and Analysis I (3 hrs)* OR PY571 Introductory Behavioral Statistics* (3 hrs)  QM257 Business Statistics is available to fulfill this requirement for online students.
  • Introducing a 1 credit hour class that students can take to fulfill the PY271 OR PY571 OR QM257 prerequisite: BA601 Graduate Business Statistical Essential

*If student has a statistics course in another area or in the area of business, the course may be accepted at the discretion of the Graduate Business Studies Director.

This degree may not be suitable for students on international visas or government scholarships from their home countries, due to the limited face-to-face availability of courses. A significant portion of this coursework is delivered online.

Residence Requirement and Transfer Credit

In all cases, over one-half of the coursework required in a degree program must be completed at the Cape Girardeau campus, the university's Regional Campuses and Center, or through Southeast Online. Students must work carefully with their advisor to insure that the residence requirement is met. Transfer courses do not count toward meeting the residence or 600-level requirements. No more than 12 hours of transfer credit or credit older than 6 years may be applied to a graduate program. Transfer credit must be accepted by the major advisor and is applied to a program at candidacy. Before enrolling for credit at another institution, prior approval must be obtained from the major advisor. Only credit in which a 'B' or better was earned will be accepted for transfer. Credit for transfer is only acceptable if earned from a regionally accredited institution. For programs in education, off-campus credit earned from a non-NCATE accredited institution will not be accepted. 

Second Master's Degree Transfer Credit

With approval of the advisor and the Dean of the Graduate Studies, prior credit is subject to the six year limit, and must have been completed with a B or better.


Dempster Hall 248
Office of Graduate Business Studies
One University Plaza, MS 5890
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701