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.

MSA Required Core:

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

Capstone (select one of the following):

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

Choose the concentration that best suits your career goals:

Acquisitions Administration

Become an invaluable asset to employers with your enhanced knowledge in purchasing, regulatory concepts, administrative law, strategic planning and acquisitions best practices. (hybrid only, not available for International Students) 15-18 credit hours.         

Sample courses in this concentration:         

  • MGT 533 Purchasing Strategy
  • MSA 611 Contract Administration
  • MSA 504 Strategies and Proposals in Government Acquisitions
  • MSA 540 Legal Considerations of Contract Administration
  • IET 500 Production Concepts
  • IET 527 Industrial Safety Management
  • MGT 542 Inventory and Materials Management
  • MGT 543 Management and Control of Quality
  • PSC 514 American Public Policy Making

*For a specific academic plan, consult your MSA academic advisor.         


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Engineering Management

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. (hybrid only, not available for International Students) 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

*For a specific academic plan, consult your MSA academic advisor.         


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General Administration

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
  • IET 500 Production Concepts
  • MSA 510 Global Leadership Perspectives
  • 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
  • JRN 670 Public Relations Management
  • PHL 518 Professional Ethics

*For a specific academic plan, consult your MSA academic advisor.         


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Health Services Administration

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:         

  • HSC 520 Health Services Administration
  • HSC 570 Financial Aspects of Health Services Organizations
  • HSC 571 Legal Aspects of Health Services Organizations
  • HSC 507 Introduction to Health Service Organizations and Systems
  • HSC 572 Quality Improvement in Health Services
  • HSC 617 Community and Public Health

*For a specific academic plan, consult your MSA academic advisor.         


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Human Resource Administration

Through the human resources administration 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:         

  • 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
  • MGT 643 Human Resource Management
  • PAD 711 Public Personnel Management
  • ECO 515 Collective Bargaining and Labor Law

*For a specific academic plan, consult your MSA academic advisor.         


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Information Resource Management

You will gain comprehensive knowledge of information systems in regard to identification of sources, processing and storage with enhanced skills in strategic planning, fiscal management, best practice and leadership employers desire. 15-18 credit hours.         

Sample courses in this concentration:         

  • BIS 634 Seminar in Information Systems Issues
  • CPS 603 Computer Information Systems
  • BIS 630 Systems Analysis and Design
  • CPS 510 Software Systems Engineering
  • BIS 635 Business Systems Applications
  • CPS 612 Software Project Management

*For a specific academic plan, consult your MSA academic advisor.         


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International Administration

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:         

  • FIN 573 International Finance
  • COM 667 Seminar in Intercultural Communication
  • MGT 667 International Business
  • MKT 560 International Marketing
  • PSC 551 Seminar in International Relations
  • PSC 555 International Law I
  • MSA 510 Global Leadership Perspectives

*For a specific academic plan, consult your MSA academic advisor.         


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Leadership

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:         

  • PAD 785 Strategic Leadership
  • MSA 501 Managing Change with Emotional Intelligence
  • MSA 510 Global Leadership Perspectives
  • MSA 502 Workforce Improvement Strategies in Corporate/Non-profit Organizations
  • MSA 503 Gender and Generational Supervision
  • MSA 609 Ethical and Legal Dimensions of Private Sector Organizations
  • 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

*For a specific academic plan, consult your MSA academic advisor.         


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Philanthropy and Fundraising

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:         

  • MSA 612 Grants Fiscal Administration
  • MSA 644 Philanthropy: The Role of Foundations, Non Profit Organizations in Society
  • MSA 645 Strategic Philanthropy: Corporations, Foundations, Individuals and Bequests
  • MSA 643 Administration of Annual, Capital Campaigns and Major Gifts
  • MSA 646 Foundations of Philanthropic Organizations
  • EDL 610 Grants and Fund Procurement
  • RPL 521 Fund Development & Grant Writing for Public & Non-profit Organizations
  • MSA 642 Principles, Theory and Ethical Practices in Fundraising and Grant Making
  • MSA 641 Historical and Cultural Perspectives on Philanthropy

*For a specific academic plan, consult your MSA academic advisor.         


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Project Management

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

Sample courses in this concentration:         

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

*For a specific academic plan, consult your MSA academic advisor.         


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Public Administration

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:         

  • ECO 515 Collective Bargaining and Labor Law
  • PSC 514 American Public Policy Making
  • PSC 522 Regulatory Processes and Administrative Law
  • PSC 566 Intergovernmental Relations in the United States
  • 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

*For a specific academic plan, consult your MSA academic advisor.         


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Research Administration

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:         

  • MSA 611 Contract Administration
  • MSA 613 Project Administration
  • MSA 612 Grants Fiscal Administration
  • MSA 614 Ethics in Research Administration
  • MSA 615 Sponsored Project Administration
  • MSA 616 The Practice of Research Administration
  • MSA 617 Clinical Research Administration
  • MSA 622 Research Facilities Administration and Cost

*For a specific academic plan, consult your MSA academic advisor.         


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Recreation and Park Administration

Prepare for leadership with enhanced competencies in strategic planning, fiscal management, grant writing, facilities and personnel. (hybrid only, not available for International Students) 18 credit hours.         

Sample courses in this concentration:         

  • RPL 611 Evaluation in Recreation and Leisure Services
  • RPL 618 Issues in Leisure
  • MSA 660 Marketing Administration
  • RPL 511 Liability and Risk Management in Leisure Services
  • RPL 521 Fund Development & Grant Writing for Public & Non-profit Organizations
  • RPL 545 Marketing of Leisure Services
  • RPL 636 Recreation Facility Operations and Management
  • RPL 640 Recreation Program and Event Administration

*For a specific academic plan, consult your MSA academic advisor.         


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Training & Development

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

Sample courses in this concentration:         

  • 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
  • EDL 620 Administration within Diverse Populations
  • EDL 626 The Adult Learner
  • MSA 501 Managing Change with Emotional Intelligence

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Graduate Certificate only:

Administrative Essentials

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