Master in Management
Designed for the working manager, Southern Oregon University's Master in Management degree program offers the rare opportunity to enhance your skills, broaden your horizons, and qualify for promotion in your chosen field—all without having to relocate or to take time out from your professional life.
- Develops management professionals working in governmental, commercial, health care, and nonprofit organizations.
- Offers an exceptional opportunity to acquire the skills necessary to advance professionally while working full-time.
- Provides a rich learning environment of dynamic management principles drawn from a broad range of theoretical and applied perspectives.
In addition to the growth that you can experience in this program, it also provides extensive networking and peer interactions with representatives of some of Southern Oregon's most successful and progressive organizations.
Flexible enough to work for you today, solid enough to work for you in the future... explore our site to learn more about this innovative program.
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What do MiM Grads Say?
“I apply elements gleaned from my educational experience in the MiM program on a daily basis. Not only does the degree make me more marketable in a competitive job market, the diverse MiM curiculum and cohort interaction helped shape how I think and manage in a professional environment.”
Rich Rosenthal - CPRP, CYSA Recreation Supt. City of Medford
Curriculum & Courses
The 45 credit MiM curriculum consists of the following components:
- A set of interdisciplinary core courses totaling 26 credits which all students will take. These courses are designed to impart universal management skills reflecting today's best practices. The core courses are:
- Budget and Finance
- Strategic Management
- Practical Research, Analysis, and Decision Making
- Management Information Systems
- Organizational Leadership and Communication
- The Human Resource Environment
- Marketing for Public and Private Organizations
- Legal Issues in Management
- Management Seminar Series
- At least 16 credits in a specialization area defined according to management sector (commercial, government, or nonprofit); discipline (arts, business, government, health, social services); or skill area (marketing, budgeting, personnel management, etc.). Courses that are appropriate to these specialization areas are determined in consultation with the program staff.
- Three credits in a capstone project designed to demonstrate a comprehensive command of the professional competencies learned in the program.
Transfer of credit for graduate study completed prior to entrance in the MiM program is evaluated for acceptance on a case-by-case basis consistent with existing SOU policy.
There are no course prerequisites for the core curriculum of the Master in Management program. Some supplementary course work may be suggested to individuals on a case-by-case basis. These competency enhancements are specified in the advising process. Some elective courses may have specific course prerequisites.
The MiM program is structured and scheduled to accommodate students who are working full-time. Core courses are offered in an evening and weekend schedule in Medford. Many elective courses are also available in evening sessions in Medford. Every effort is made to use technology to supplement in-class time. All students are required to have access to the Internet, which is the primary vehicle of program communication and is also used as an instructional vehicle.
This program is oriented toward people working, or aspiring to work, as managers in commercial, government, health care or nonprofit organizations. Admission to the program is based on criteria that best predict success within these career tracks.
Admissions requirements include:
- At least three years of increasingly responsible experience working full-time at the management level. Criteria considered include the number of people supervised, the size of the budget administered, and the degree of decision-making autonomy.
- A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in any field of study.
- Appropriate communication skills.
An admissions committee of senior administrators and core faculty reviews program applications. Evaluation is based on information provided in the program application form, three letters of reference, official transcripts, a written 400-word statement of purpose, and other relevant materials. There are no entrance examinations required for applicants who meet the experience requirement. A GRE or GMAT score may be substituted for work experience, at the discretion of the admissions committee.
Application to the MiM program involves four primary elements:
- Application for graduate admission at SOU
- Application for the Master in Management Program
- Personal evaluations from three individuals
- Current professional resume
The first three elements may be downloaded or you may apply online if you prefer. Printed copies of these materials are available at the RCC/SOU Higher Education Center in Medford or from the MiM program office in Central Hall on the SOU campus in Ashland.
Official transcripts are required for admission to graduate study at SOU. You must submit a transcript from every college-level institution that has granted you credit. Transcripts should be sent directly from the school you attended to SOU Admissions, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland, OR 97520. Faxed transcripts are not considered official for admission purposes.
The MiM program application solicits information about your prior college attendance and work experience. In addition, applicants are asked to provide a current professional resume and a 400-word personal statement detailing their qualifications and motivation for participating in this degree program.
In addition to applying for admission to SOU and the MiM program, you are also asked to submit reference forms from three individuals who are knowledgeable about your skills and potential. Consider requesting evaluations from people who know you in a variety of roles rather than obtaining them all from one organization, if possible. Completed references should be sent directly to the MiM program office by your evaluators.
Applications are reviewed only when every element has been received, including official transcripts, evaluation forms, and SOU application fee. For information on the status of your application, contact the MiM program office.
The MiM program enrolls participants through a "rolling admission" process: qualified applicants may be admitted for any term. For administrative purposes, it is helpful if applications are submitted 30 days prior to the beginning of the next term, i.e., by September 1, December 1, March 1 or May 15. When time does not permit a qualified applicant to be officially admitted to SOU, it is possible to enroll in MiM coursework as a nonadmitted student with the approval of the instructor and program staff. The MiM program staff will instruct you to complete this application for nonadmitted student status if necessary.
Download Application Forms
Application materials are also available in fillable PDF format for your convenience. Please note: In most cases, you will only be able to print a completed form; you will not be able to save it to your computer. If you encounter any difficulty in working with these forms, let us know!
The following links require Adobe Acrobat Reader to download. You will need to download all three forms in order to apply to the MiM program.
Download a fillable/printable copy of the MiM Application.
Download a fillable/printable copy of a reference form for the MiM Application.
Download a printable copy of the Graduate Application to SOU.
For your convenience, it is possible to complete an application online for admission to graduate study at SOU and to the MiM program. It is recommended that you transmit your personal statement to us by fax or e-mail, as well as submit it online, in case it should be truncated by field size limitations. Contact the MiM office if you need assistance in completing the online application.
Current SOU students click here to begin your online application.
Prospective students click here to begin your online application.