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

University of the Cumberlands’ master’s in strategic management and leadership program teaches a tactical approach to business leadership and management. While many businesses understand overall strategy and the need for resource management, combining the two is often overlooked — a gap that can add time and costs to any leadership or business initiative.  

Earning your master’s degree in strategic management at UC will give you the knowledge and skills to help organizations achieve their goals profitably and efficiently. Through strategic management courses in areas ranging from human resources management to strategic management accounting, you’ll be ready to optimize your organization from top to bottom.

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Programs & Requirements

Programs & Requirements

Master of Science in Strategic Management

This master’s in strategic management online program is intended for working professionals seeking advanced credentials and expertise to achieve long-term business success. Designed for candidates with a current undergraduate degree in business or a relevant field, this master’s degree in strategic management will build on your past experiences and business acumen to help you prepare for new challenges. The curriculum features strategic management courses in subjects such as project management, mergers and acquisitions, and managing in a global environment.

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 698     Strategic Management (Capstone)* 

* All candidates completing the Master of Science in Strategic Management degree will complete a written Comprehensive Examination in the last semester of their academic program as a graduation requirement. 

BADM 652     Strategic Organizational Design 

BADM 677     Business Ethics, Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility 

BADM 699     Capstone

Mission & Goals

Our mission is to foster academic excellence and student achievement. The master’s in strategic management and leadership provided with a strong academic foundation in business and be prepared to work as a competent and ethical professional.

Acquire relevant knowledge and competencies for the business world.
Evaluate your personal values and connect them to ethical behaviors appropriate to their intended endeavors.
Utilize advanced knowledge of management and newly acquired professional skills.
Develop advanced analytical and critical-thinking skills to evaluate information, solve problems, and make sound decisions.
Formulate management strategies designed to help the organization achieves its objectives.
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Strategic Management Careers & Outcomes

All stats from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Operations Research Analyst: $82,360

Operations Research Analyst: $82,360

Operations research analysts use mathematics and logic to help solve complex issues.

Logistician: $77,030

Logistician: $77,030

Logisticians analyze and coordinate an organization’s supply chain.

Financial Manager: $131,710

Financial Manager: $131,710

Financial managers create financial reports, direct investment activities, and develop plans for the long-term financial goals of their organization.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO): $189,520

Chief Executive Officer (CEO): $189,520

Determine and formulate policies and provide overall direction of companies or private and public sector organizations within guidelines set up by a board of directors or similar governing body. Plan, direct, or coordinate operational activities at the highest level of management with the help of subordinate executives and staff managers.

Development Manager: $120,130

Development Manager: $120,130

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

Administrative Services Manager: $99,290

Administrative Services Manager: $99,290

Administrative services and facilities managers plan, direct, and coordinate activities that help an organization run efficiently.

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Common Questions

On its own, strategic management is a discipline focusing on managing business resources more effectively. An online master’s in strategic management and leadership is designed to teach a tactical approach to business leadership and management.  

Are you trying to decide which graduate business degree is the best path for you? While every program is different, a general rule is that the Master of Science focuses on building strong theoretical foundations in strategic management. Meanwhile, the MBA offers a general business core with several courses in your concentration of choice. In this case, that means fewer courses in strategic management. Those who prefer to take the bulk of their coursework in strategic management rather than general business subjects should consider a master’s in strategic management and leadership. 

With a master’s in strategic management online, you’ll be prepared to pursue a number of career paths that call for a graduate business degree and advanced leadership skills, such as top executive positions, including chief executive officers, chief operating officers, and chief financial officers. You may also choose to work as an operations manager, leader of a government or educational organization, or operations research analyst. 

The master’s in strategic management and leadership program will prepare you to boost your management expertise and leadership skills, develop strategies to help your organization achieve short-term and long-term objectives, use analytical and critical thinking skills to evaluate data, troubleshoot issues, and make decisions, identify your ethical and legal responsibilities as a manager and leader, and graduate ready to pursue a management or leadership position within any organization.

For many, earning a master’s in strategic management is a valuable professional investment, one that proves worthy of the time and work put into earning a master's in strategic management degree. Some reasons you may find it worthwhile to pursue a graduate degree in strategic management are career advancement, higher earnings, and greater job opportunities.

Yes! As the need for accessible graduate degrees in business continues to grow, Cumberlands has created programs to match it. You can work a full-time job while fitting in online coursework as your schedule permits. Within as little as 1-2 years, you could have an education and credentials that boost your résumé, get you a pay raise, and open new career opportunities.

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Faculty Experts

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Stacy Swafford

Dr. Stacy J. Swafford

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Business Administration

Dr. Stacy J. Swafford

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stacy.swafford [at] ucumberlands.edu
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Dr. Matt Keogh

Dr. Matt Keogh

Adjunct Professor
Business Administration

Dr. Matt Keogh

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matthew.keogh [at] ucumberlands.edu
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Dr. Michael Tabone

Dr. Michael Tabone

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Business Administration

Dr. Michael Tabone

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michael.tabone [at] ucumberlands.edu
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Program Accreditation

The Hutton School of Business at University of the Cumberlands has received specialized accreditations for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11960 Quivira Road in Overland Park, Kansas, USA. For a list of accredited programs please refer to our IACBE member status page.

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