MSA Concentrations

The Master of Science in Administration is an interdisciplinary degree perfect for anyone in management or administration who wants to increase their skills sets and knowledge to advance in their profession. The MSA was developed to hone skills in leadership, management, and organization for professional administrators in both the public and nonprofit sectors. 

The MSA degree is a 36-credit-hour program, with 18 hours of core classes and 18 hours based on your selected concentration. Graduates must maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA in the course work.

Program Information

MSA 600: Foundations of Research Methods in Administration
MSA 601:Organizational Dynamics and Human Behavior
MSA 602: Financial Analysis, Planning and Control
MSA 603:Strategic Planning for the Administrator
MSA 604:Administration, Globalization and Multiculturalism

Some MSA administrative core courses have RECOMMENDED prerequisites. It is recommended that you have a background in statistics prior to taking MSA 600 and that you have some type of accounting background prior to taking MSA 602. These prerequisite courses are Accounting 201 or 203 and Statistics 282 or their equivalents. Students can satisfy the prerequisites for MSA 600 and MSA 602 in the following ways:

Pre-requisites are waived for students meeting the requirements for regular admission to the MSA program.

Students who receive regular, with stipulations, admission are reviewed on a case by case basis.  Prerequisite requirements, if any, will be addressed in the admission letter.

Select one of the following:

MSA 698: Directed Administrative Portfolio OR
MSA 699: Applied Research Project in Administration


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Effectively managing the digital transformation process is imperative to meeting organizational objectives. You will gain comprehensive knowledge about digital leadership, virtual communication, digital ethics, and how to foster an online culture. These enhanced digital management skills are currently needed in all sectors and industries. This is a STEM program. 18 credit hours.

Sample courses in this concentration:

Required:
Com 525 Virtual Team Communication
MSA 520 Ethics in Digital Transformation
MSA 521 Digital Culture & Social Media Strategies
MSA 522 Digital Leadership

Electives:
CPS 603 Computer Information Systems
CPS 510 Software Systems Engineering
CPS 612 Software Project Management
EDL 760 Leadership Theory and Practice
MSA 677 Disruption, Innovation, Transformation and Change
PAD 585 Public Sector Information Technology Management
PAD 785 Strategic Leadership
*For a specific academic plan, consult your MSA academic advisor.

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When disasters happen, whether natural, man-made, or technological, emergency managers are the coordinators, relief suppliers, and responders. If you’re ready to lead in this critical field, the MSA in integrated homeland security will give you the tools you need. This degree covers all aspects of crisis management, plus concentration courses dedicated to national and global homeland security in the public and private sectors. 18 credit hours. Courses are available online only. Not open to international students on an F1 VISA.
Sample courses in this concentration:

Required:

MSA 607 Program Management in Complex Organizations
MSA 623 Interagency Cooperation, Team Building, and Leadership
MSA 627 Concepts in Homeland Security Crisis and Response
PSC 676 Emergency and Crisis Prevention, Preparedness and Response
PSC 677 The Public Sector Role in Post-Disaster Recovery

Electives:

MSA 647 People and Project Administration
COM 511 Crisis Communication


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Build on your problem-solving savvy with courses designed for management in a variety of engineering fields with a focus on strategic planning and best practices. (International students will need some online coursework) This is a STEM program. 18 credit hours.

IET 500 Production Concepts
IET 501 Application of Industrial Management Principles
IET 524 Technology and Environment
IET 650 Project Management
IET 670 Lean Manufacturing & Six Sigma Quality
IET 680 Sustainability and Green Technology

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With the ability to select courses across multiple concentrations, the degree is easily customizable to align with your career goals. 15-18 credit hours

Sample courses in this concentration:

CPS 603 Computer Information Systems
EDL 760 Leadership Theory and Practice
IET 500 Production Concepts
MSA 510 The Culturally Intelligent Organization
MSA 609 Ethical and Legal Dimensions of Private Sector Organizations
CED 555 Human Relations Skills
MSA 501 Managing Change with Emotional Intelligence
MSA 502 Workforce Improvement Strategies in Corporate/Non-profit Organizations
MSA 503 Gender and Generational Supervision
MSA 647 People and Project Administration
PHL 518 Professional Ethics
PSC 514 American Public Policy Making


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As a student in the health services administration program, you will gain the skills and knowledge necessary for leadership within the rapidly growing health care sector. 15-18 credit hours.

Sample courses in this concentration:

Required:

HSC 520 Health Services Administration
HSL 611 Healthcare Administration and Ethical Compliance
HSL 631 Healthcare Law, Compliance and Risk Management
HSL 651 Fundamentals of Healthcare Finance

Electives:

HSC 572 Quality Improvement in Health Services
HSC 617 Community and Public Health
MSA 501 The Emotionally Intelligent Organization
MSA 608 Succession Planning


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Through the human resources concentration, you will master complex employment issues related to labor relations, staff, training and organizational development. 15-18 credit hours.

Those with a SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP, PHR, and SPHR may have earned 6 to 9 credits toward your MSA degree through CMU's Certification-to-Credit Program.

Sample courses in this concentration:

Required:

MGT 643 Human Resource Management
PAD 711 Public Personnel Management

Electives:

MSA 502 Workforce Improvement Strategies in Corporate/Non-profit Organizations
MSA 503 Gender and Generational Supervision
COM 561 Communication in Conflict Management
MSA 647 People and Project Administration
MGT 645 Personnel Compensation Practice and Process
MGT 647 Employee Selection and Evaluation


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In the international administration program, you will develop an advanced appreciation for cultural systems and global finance, marketing and law. 15-18 credit hours.

Sample courses in this concentration:

COM 667 Seminar in Intercultural Communication
FIN 573 International Finance
MGT 667 International Business
MKT 560 International Marketing
PSC 551 Seminar in International Relations
PSC 555 International Law I
MSA 510 The Culturally Intelligent Organization

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You will learn to leverage group dynamics, organizational change, conflict management, negotiations, cultural diversity and communications to efficiently meet organizational objectives. 15-18 credit hours.

Sample courses in this concentration:

Required:
MSA 677 Disruption, Innovation, Transformation and Change OR
PAD 785 Strategic Leadership

Electives:
MSA 501 The Emotionally Intelligent Organization
MSA 510 The Culturally Intelligent Organization
MSA 502 Workforce Improvement Strategies in Corporate/Non-profit Organizations
MSA 503 Gender and Generational Supervision
MSA 510 The Culturally Intelligent Organization
MSA 573WI Workplace Violence: Awareness and Prevention
MSA 647 People and Project Administration
COM 561 Communication in Conflict Management
CED 555 Human Relations Skills
COM 667 Seminar in Intercultural Communication
MGT 646 Labor Relations Issues

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Become an invaluable asset to employers with your enhanced knowledge in logistics, purchasing, regulatory concepts, administrative law, strategic planning and acquisitions best practices. (hybrid only, not available for International Students) 18 credit hours.

Sample courses in this concentration:

Required:
MGT 533 Purchasing Strategy
MKT 631 Lean Logistics Operations
MSA 611 Contract Administration

Electives:
MSA 504 Strategies and Proposals in Government Acquisitions
MSA 540 Legal Considerations of Contract Administration
IET 500 Production Concepts
MGT 542 Inventory and Materials Management
MGT 543 Management and Control of Quality
MKT 555 Market and Sales Forecasting
MKT 632 Integrated Logistics Strategy
PSC 514 American Public Policy Making


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Make a difference and become an invaluable asset to your organization with the skills and knowledge necessary to lead in the nonprofit sector. (hybrid only, not available for International Students) 18 credit hours.

Sample courses in this concentration:

Required:
MSA 612 Grants Fiscal Administration
MSA 643 Administration of Annual, Capital Campaigns and Major Gifts
PAD 523WI Fundamentals of Grant Writing and Management
PAD 620 Nonprofit Management
PAD 621 Board Governance and Executive Leadership

Electives:
EDL 610 Grants and Fund Procurement
EDL 751 Program Evaluation and Review
RPL 521 Fund Development & Grant Writing for Public & Non-profit Organizations


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Hone your multitasking, analytical thinking, leadership and communication skills to become an effective manager. 15-18 credit hours.

Sample courses in this concentration:

Required:
BUS 501 Project Management Fundamentals
BUS 505 Application of Project Management Principles
BUS 507 Advanced Project Management Methodologies
MSA 647 People and Project Administration

Electives:
COM 560 Communication and Social/Organizational Change
COM 667 Seminar in Intercultural Communication
MSA 609 Ethical and Legal Dimensions of Private sector Organization
MSA 611 Contract Administration


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Develop an advanced understanding of the political, social and economic environments surrounding public service through a focus on public policy, strategic planning, fiscal management and leadership. 15-18 credit hours.

Sample courses in this concentration:

PAD 610 Foundations of Public Administration
PAD 711 Public Personnel Management
PAD 713 Public Budgeting and Finance
PAD 714 Program Analysis and Evaluation
PAD 622 Strategic Planning for Public/Non-Profit Organizations
PAD 785 Strategic Leadership
PSC 514 American Public Policy Making
PSC 522 Regulatory Processes and Administrative Law
PSC 566 Intergovernmental Relations in the United States

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Take your research to the next level with the leadership and administration skills necessary to effectively monitor, support and facilitate research programs. (hybrid only, not available for International Students) 18 credit hours.

Sample courses in this concentration:

Required:
MSA 611 Contract Administration
MSA 613 Project Administration
MSA 612 Grants Fiscal Administration
MSA 614 Ethics in Research Administration

Electives:
MSA 617 Clinical Research Administration
MSA 622 Research Facilities Administration and Cost


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Learn effective ways to train and inspire employees and make sound, knowledge-based decisions to evolve the workforce. 18 credit hours.

Sample courses in this concentration:

Required:
EDL 612 Methods and Techniques of Training and Development
EDL 624 Planning for Instruction in Nontraditional Settings
MSA 502 Workforce Improvement Strategies in Corporate/Non-profit Organizations
MSA 503 Gender and Generational Supervision

Electives:
EDL 620 Administration within Diverse Populations
EDL 626 The Adult Learner
MSA 501 The Emotionally Intelligent Organization
MSA 573WI Workplace Violence: Awareness and Prevention


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Graduate Certificate only:  all MSA concentrations have a matching graduate certificate (15-18 credits)


Ensures that administrators are prepared to be effective leaders in the corporate and non-profit worlds. It can be earned as a stand-alone certificate and also forms the base of a unique "stackable" program where you can transfer credits into a Master of Science in Administration (MSA) degree program. 18 credit hours.

MSA 601 Organizational Dynamics and Human Behavior
MSA 602 Financial Analysis, Planning and Control
MSA 603 Strategic Planning for the Administrator
MSA 604 Administration, Globalization and multiculturalism
MSA 501 Managing Change with Emotional Intelligence
MSA 609 Ethical and Legal Dimensions of Private Sector Organizations

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