Master of Management at Aquinas College

Master in Management: About

Mission Statement

The mission of the Master of Management program is to develop professionals who are able to provide meaningful leadership within their organizations through the application of advanced management practices. The program focus is dedicated to examining both functional and strategic managerial issues, with a special emphasis on the cultural and behavioral dynamics that occur within an organization. Our mission is accomplished by integrating a global perspective where managerial communication and leadership effectiveness are incorporated into an adaptive learning sequence of theory, practice, application, reflection and growth.

Values

Our mission is further expressed and supported through several core values that ensure relevance, rigor and consistency, while maintaining the needed flexibility and convenience typically associated with graduate studies.

  • We value an applied and collaborative learning environment where the classroom experience serves as the foundation for content learning, student engagement, personal growth, and professional development.
  • We value multi-modal learning to further augment the traditional graduate experience by offering a flexible learning atmosphere that promotes inquiry and exploration by incorporating technology, field research opportunities, and independent study components into the core curriculum.  
  • We value an empirical approach to problem-solving that emphasizes the value of data-driven decision making that is supported by extensive research and analysis.   
  • We value a broad discipline exposure with a global perspective to foster practical learning by incorporating the use of teams, mentors, guest speakers, clinics, workshops, shadowing and graduate internships.
  • We value the integration of ethics into everyday business decision-making, and encourage corporate social responsibility at all levels, among all stakeholders, at all times.
  • We value industry relationships, and encourage on-going engagement among local corporations, not-for-profit organizations, and governmental agencies.

All graduates from the Master of Management program will be able to successfully:

Research, analyze and identify key management issues by:

  • Demonstrating an awareness of the role, responsibilities and expectations of a manager 
  • Researching, analyzing & deconstructing relevant information to advance organizational goals
  • Comparing the past, current & expected performance of individuals, products, organizations & industries
  • Contrasting expectations and resources with realized performance to validate areas of concern or opportunity

Think critically, assess and respond appropriately to functional and strategic management issues by:

  • Objectively critiquing the credibility and relevance of information, and identifying deficiencies  
  • Evaluating the potential risk, cost and effectiveness of managerial options
  • Contrasting the resource-input against the value-output for various alternatives
  • Summarizing preferred alternatives that address all aspects of a management issue

Plan strategically by:

  • Discussing the advantages of proactive decision-making
  • Explaining the risks and opportunity-costs involved when planning initiatives
  • Designing a strategy to mitigate potential associated risks 
  • Composing a contingency plan to implement if the scenario or planning variables change
  • Performing a regular review of the plan, and adjusting as needed based on the plan dynamics

Manage decisively by:

  • Demonstrating a thorough understanding of behavioral science and the impact on the organizational environment as it relates to advancing productivity, morale, interaction & culture
  • Organizing the factors involved in situational managerial decision-making
  • Demonstrating consistency, logic and equitable decision-making when establishing policy
  • Applying the appropriate management theory and method to control management situations

Communicate effectively by:

  • Identifying the appropriate audiences to communicate with and actively listening
  • Deciding on the message, level of detail needed, and appropriate timing
  • Classifying approaches based on the situation, expectations and communication goals
  • Demonstrating clear, concise and proper communication etiquette in all situations  
  • Engaging with teams as both a facilitative team-leader, and a collaborative team-member
  • Enhancing individual presentation skills in large and small audience settings  

Lead successfully by:

  • Interacting with employees, engaging with teams, being accessible and approachable
  • Inspiring others to take ownership and explain how their individual role adds bona-fide value
  • Positively influencing work behavior while always recognizing others for their contributions    
  • Illustrating the value in performing above expectations, and always leading by example