A new Master of Science in Management online degree program at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga will begin with the spring 2024 semester.
The UT board of trustees approved addition of the program, which will be housed within the Gary W. Rollins College of Business, June 30.
The program addresses workforce needs, UTC notes in a news release. Approximately 70,000 unique job postings for managerial positions in the state of Tennessee were listed in 2022, with an 11.4% expected growth of managerial jobs in the state from 2022 to 2027.
“Research we’ve done indicates there’s a lot of demand among students and employers for a more specialized business degree in management,” says Dr. Jerold Hale, UTC provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs. “This degree is unique because it’s focused on helping people develop interpersonal and leadership skills.”
UTC designed the MS Management online degree program to help graduates become skilled managers of people within any industry through personal career coaching and instruction on organizational planning, leadership dynamics, decision-making, business ethics, communication and other essential management skills.
The program will be taught online so students may be in the workforce while completing the degree. Full-time students can complete the degree in one calendar year, while part-time students can complete the program in five to six semesters. Four start dates throughout the year will enable students to begin in fall, spring or two start dates in summer.
The degree is open to students with undergraduate degrees in any discipline – not just those with business-related degrees. MS Management students will receive career coaching, mentoring, networking sessions and instruction on leadership and managerial skills that translate across various industries.
“If you’re a recent university graduate in the workplace or a technically proficient veteran in your industry who feels the need to upgrade your people skills in the workplace, this program can help you reach your career goals,” says Dr. Mark Mendenhall, J. Burton Frierson Chair of Excellence in Business Leadership. “The element that stands out in our program compared to other specialized management graduate programs is a designed-in emphasis to help students develop management and leadership skills through personalized coaching.”
Learn more about the MS Management degree, including enrollment information for spring 2024, at utc.edu/MSM.