Organizational Management

College of Business

Degree MS, Organizational Management

Department Chair Corina Slaff, PhD

Program Advisor John L. Kachurick, DBA


The master of science degree in organizational management educates individuals for successful careers as managers in for-profit and not-for-profit organizations in both public and private spheres. The program reflects a management perspective, which assumes that the professional manager is able to analyze problems, synthesize solutions, communicate decisions and understand the organizational impact of those decisions.


The program prepares students for responsible organizational leadership. Faculty encourages students to think deeply and broadly from a systems viewpoint about the roles, functions, and tasks of a manager and to develop and use a variety of management skills and prescriptions in organizational environments. The program stresses not only management theory, but also the application of that theory in various managerial situations.

Admission Criteria

Full Admission - Applicants are eligible for full admission to the graduate program if they either have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Conditional Admission - Applicants who have a GPA of less than 3.0 may be conditionally accepted into the program and restricted to taking a maximum of six (6) OM credits. Students accepted conditionally will be required to receive a grade of B or better in each one of the two courses and an overall GPA of minimum 3.0. At the completion of these first six credits their file will be reviewed and if all these conditions will not be met, they will not be able to continue in the program and will be dismissed. The decision for the conditional accept rests with the graduate admissions committee.

English Language Proficiency

For applicants for whom English is not the first language spoken, or if English is not the primary language spoken in the applicant's home, the applican must submit the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The following are the minimum score requirements:

Internet-based TOEFL exam (iBT): The Internet-based TOEFL has four subsections, with a grading scale for each section from 1 to 30 (30 being the highest score). Misericordia University will look closely at the score for each section rather than the total score. The minimum scores for each section are as follows:

Writing: 22

Speaking: 22

Reading: 22

Listening: 22

Students should indicate on the registration form that they wish the test results to be sent directly to Misericordia University. The TOEFL code for Misericordia University is 2087.

Completion and Degree Requirements

Please see the Graduate Program Standing and Graduation Requirements for Graduate Students sections of the catalog (in the "Policies and Procedures" section under Graduate Academics at Misericordia University).


The program consists of 36 credits of study that can be completed on a part-time basis. Students must complete a core curriculum of 24 credits and a specialization area of 12 credits.

Core Courses (24 Credits)

OM 500

Organizational Behavior

OM 509

Financial Management

OM 515

Research Methods

OM 530

Legal Aspects of Administration

OM 538

Perspectives in Management or OM 595 Professional Contribution or OM 596 Administrative Practicum

OM 545

Introduction to Human Resources (IT substitutes OM 520 Introduction to Management Information Systems)

OM 551

Organizational Communication

OM 586

Strategic Planning and Management of Change (IT substitutes OM 587 MIS Policy and Management of Technology)


The program offers an opportunity for students to concentrate their elective courses in one of five areas of special interest: human resource management, management, or healthcare management.