Prepare for new challenges in the world of business while advancing your organization and career.

Transform your management role into an organization-wide leadership career.  Successful corporate entities in every industry need sound business strategy. While many businesses understand overall strategy and the need for resource management, the combination of the two is often overlooked. It's a widening gap that costs businesses time and costs, but with the right strategy – and the right leader – businesses can thrive.

That’s where this hybrid master’s degree in strategic management program can make all the difference. In it, you’ll gain the leadership skills you need to bridge the gap between “just getting by” and “overwhelming success,” not only for your company, but also for your career!  

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Programs & Requirements

Programs & Requirements

The University of Cumberlands executive master’s in strategic management is a variation of our fully online program that includes a residency component, ideal for graduate students who are working professionals who want an MS strategic management program that works with their busy schedule but isn't completely online. Along with online coursework, your curriculum involves practical training designed to actively engage you in strategic management theory and practical tactics through real-world applications. By exploring core strategic leadership and management techniques, frameworks, and best practices, your master’s in strategic management online degree program builds on your educational experiences — in academia and in the workforce — to prepare you for success at any level. 

Upon completion of this executive format program, you’ll have advanced your understanding of strategic management practice. In this master's degree in strategic management program you will learn how to excel within management and leadership roles and develop relevant management strategies and organizational objectives. This hybrid-format master's in strategic management online program will also allow you to sharpen your analytical and critical thinking skills to make sound management decisions, and it will help you understand what your ethical and legal responsibilities are as a business leader. 

Course Requirements

  • BACC 532 Strategic Management Accounting
  • BADM 624 Competitive Strategy
  • BADM 625 Mergers and Acquisitions
  • BADM 626 Management Consulting
  • BADM 631 Managing in a Global Environment
  • BADM 632 Advanced HR Management
  • BADM 645 Strategic Leadership
  • BADM 652 Strategic Organizational Design
  • BADM 677 Business Ethics, Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility 
  • BADM 698 Strategic Management*

   * All candidates completing the Executive Master of Science in Strategic Management degree will complete a written Comprehensive Examination at or near the completion of BADM/BUOL 698 Strategic Management. Degree candidates must pass all sections of the comprehensive examination to complete the program.

  • BADM 699 Capstone (1 credit hour) or INTR 599 Applied Learning Practicum (1 hour)

**Executive format students can take the course or INTR 599 as part of their program degree requirements.  The Computer and Information Sciences Department, the School of Business, and the Leadership graduate (Masters and Doctorate) executive format programs have an applied learning component (internship/practicum) that is an integral (essential) part of the established curriculum.  Due to the applied learning component required for the degree program, executive format students must enroll in INTR every term of enrollment. 

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Executive Student Resources

UC's Department of International Graduate Services enjoys providing support resources for our international students. Find tutorials and information regarding offices and policies for the International Graduate Students and programs.

Executive Program Format

Our Executive Programs include hybrid course days designed for international graduate students studying in the U.S., or domestic students seeking a hybrid-format program.  We strive to incorporate professional experience and real-world application of course curriculum into our programs to enhance the learning experience.  Practical Training is an integral part of program coursework and available to all students.  At the University of the Cumberlands our degree programs focus on quality education at an affordable price.

Executive Program students take three (3) courses per semester.  The program semester is based on the existing UC semester calendar, with three (3) annual semesters: fall, spring, and summer.  Two of the courses each semester focus on the specific program content.  Additionally, students will be required to attend an intensive residency weekend as part of their course enrollment each term.  The third class includes an Applied Learning Practicum, in which students apply what they are learning in their other two courses to the real world via work or internship experiences.

Residency FAQs

Residency Session dates are determined by the course that you are registered for. It is very important that you make note of the class you registered for, as well as the designated residency weekend for that course as each course will only meet one weekend for the duration of the semester.

Even though we will only be meeting one weekend per semester, we will have the same number of contact hours with you. This will enable the instructors to make residency weekends much more valuable. This change will allow us to have meaningful projects on residency weekends.

You can view your semester schedule in your self-service portal in your Student Profile. Once you log into your MyUC account, click on Academics, then click on Current Schedule. Your schedule details will indicate the date and location of your residency weekend.

You can find information on the residency site locations on our website.

Yes, all three days are mandatory, and requests to arrive late or leave early will not be approved. Should you not be in attendance for the full session, you will be counted absent for the entire session. Please plan travel accordingly!

Attendance to each executive residency class session is mandatory. Students may make up no more than one (1) residency session throughout the duration of their academic program. Missing a second residency will result in the student being dismissed from the university.

A missed session will result in the student attending a make-up session, and paying a $300 residency make-up fee. In addition, the student may be asked for documentation from the program department providing an explanation as to why the scheduled residency session was missed. Make-up sessions must be completed prior to the end of the term. Noncompliance with this policy will result in dismissal from the executive program.

Make-up residency sessions will be held at our campus in Williamsburg, KY. You will be contacted with the time and dates after your absence is reported. There will only be one (1) residency make-up session offered each semester. Failure to attend all days of the makeup session will result in receiving a failing grade for the course, as well as potential dismissal from the University, and SEVIS termination. 

If you cannot be in attendance for all three days then you will be counted absent for the entire residency weekend and be required to attend the make-up residency and pay the $300 make-up fee.

The Department of International Graduate Services will contact you via your UC student email as registration for the next term approaches. Please remember that you are required to register for (one) main class, (one) online class, and Applied Learning Practicum each semester in order to maintain your F1 status – late registration will not be accepted and can result in the termination of your student status. 

Once you register for a class you will want to make note of the residency weekend that your class is scheduled, as that is the only session for that class that will be scheduled for the semester. You will need to be sure to plan your travel accordingly to ensure that you are in attendance for the full residency session.

Registration is done on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once a course is full, there will not be additional seats added, as we cannot exceed classroom seating capacity; therefore, it is advised that you register for classes as much in advance as possible. As a reminder, students cannot register for future semesters until their current tuition balance is paid in full.

*Please note all times are in local time zone*


Facility will open at 4:00 p.m.


Facility will open at 7:00 a.m.


Facility will open at 7:00 a.m.

We ask that you please take note of the above-mentioned times and schedule your travel accordingly.

*These dates have been set; however, if any changes are made, they will be made prior to registration for that semester. Not all dates are available at each residency location.

Fall 2023 (August 28 – December 15)

  • September 29 – October 1
  • October 6 – 8
  • October 13 – 15
  • October 20 – 22
  • November 3 – 5
  • November 10 – 12
  • November 17 – 19

Spring 2024 (January 8th – April 26th)

  • February 9 – 11
  • February 16 – 18
  • February 23 – 25
  • March 1 – 3
  • March 8 – 10
  • March 15 – 17
  • March 22 – 24
  • April 5 – 7

Summer 2024 (May 6th – August 23rd)

  • May 31 – June 2
  • June 7 – 9
  • June 14 – 16
  • June 21 – 23
  • June 28 – 30
  • July 12 – 14
  • July 19 – 21
  • July 26 – 28
  • August 2 – 4

Fall 2024 (August 26th – December 13th)

  • September 27 – 29
  • October 4 – 6
  • October 11 – 13
  • October 18 – 20
  • October 25 – 27
  • November 1 – 3
  • November 8 – 10
  • November 15 – 17
  • November 22 – 24 
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Program Mission

Our mission for our executive programs is to foster academic excellence and student achievement. You will be provided with a strong academic foundation in business and be prepared to work as a competent and ethical professional.

Increase knowledge and understanding of the practice of management
Develop management strategies designed to allow an organization to achieve its objectives
Apply advanced analytical and critical thinking skills to evaluate information, solve problems, and make sound decisions
Identify the ethical and legal responsibilities of managers
Understand strategic management in accounting, consulting, and leadership
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Strategic Management Careers & Outcomes

All stats from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Top Executive $100,090

Top Executive $100,090

Top Executives work to make sure organizations meet its goals by planning strageties and policies. 

Management Analysis $95,290

Management Analysis $95,290

Management Analysts offer recommendation for improvement in an organization's efficiently. 

Human Resource Managers $130,000

Human Resource Managers $130,000

Human Resource Managers plan, coordinate, and direct the administrative functions within an organization. 

Administrative Services and Facilities Manager $101,870

Administrative Services and Facilities Manager $101,870

Administrative Services and Facilities Managers help organizations run efficiently by planning, coordinating, and directing activities. 

Social and Community Service Manager $74,240

Social and Community Service Manager $74,240

Social and community service managers coordinate and supervise programs and organizations that support public well-being.

Training and Development Manager $120,000

Training and Development Manager $120,000

Training and development managers plan, coordinate, and direct skills- and knowledge-enhancement programs for an organization’s staff.

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Common Questions

Yes, absolutely! Advancing to an executive master's in strategic management can allow you more job opportunities and better leadership roles such as top executive, and lead to higher earnings. 

Strategic management is managing an organization's resources to ensure the goals and objectives are acieved. This can include tasks such as, analyzing enviroment, setting objectives, implementing strategies, or ensuring strategies are being rolled out correvtly by management. 

  • Application
  • A completed Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Submit official transcripts from all applicable colleges/universities attended; must be received directly from the issuing college or university.
  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of a 2.5 or above on a 4.0 scale
  • Any international course work completed must have official transcript evaluations completed and submitted to the University by the evaluation firm. Evaluations MUST include GPA for admission. Approved Evaluation Firms are:
    • World Education Services (WES)
    • Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE)
    • International Education Research Foundation (IERF)
    • Educational Perspectives (EP)
    • SpanTran
  • Documentation of language fluency for non-native speakers of English, such as a score report from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the 8 International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or a report from Duolingo. This requirement is waived for students who have completed bachelor’s or master’s level coursework in the U.S. at an accredited institution. The minimum acceptable TOEFL or IELTS scores for admission are: 
    • Paper-based TOEFL (PBT) - 550 
    • Internet-based TOEFL (IBT) - 79 
    • IELTS - 6
    • Duolingo - 100
  • International students applying for executive-format and seeking F1 VISA status must provide a copy of their current passport
  • Admission to the Executive Program is completed by a review of the above documents
  • Upon admittance into the Executive Program, a non-refundable $300 processing fee is required for course registration

All admissions materials should be submitted to International Graduate Admissions:

University of the Cumberlands
International Graduate Services
649 S. 10th Street Suite B
Williamsburg, KY 40769
Phone 606.539.3577
Toll Free 833.953.0382

An executive master's in strategic management offers higher up roles in management such as top executive, human resources manager, development manager, etc. 

This program his hybrid and includes in-person dates along with online learning. This program is flexible through online learning while also being ideal for individuals that like in-person, hands-on learning. 

A group of Graduate students entering during the processional at Commencement.

Executive Program Admission Requirements

All students in our executive programs are required to meet a standard set of admissions requirements for graduate students.

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Dr. Gary Moss

Dr. Gary Moss

Associate Professor
Business Administration
Doctor of Business Administration
Master's in Strategic Management
MBA - Master Business Administration
PhD Business

Dr. Gary Moss

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Margaret Combs

Margaret Combs

Business Administration
Doctor of Business Administration
PhD Business
MBA - Master Business Administration
Master's in Strategic Management

Margaret Combs

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Dr. Jake Brock

Dr. Jake Brock

Associate Professor
Business Administration
Doctor of Business Administration
Master's in Strategic Management
MBA - Master Business Administration

Dr. Jake Brock

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Hutton School of Business

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