Organizational Management

College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences

Degree MS, Organizational Management

Department Chair Timothy Kearney, PhD


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 higher than 2.79 or a score on the MAT or GRE of at least the 35th percentile.

Conditional Admission - Applicants who have a GPA of less than 2.80 and an MAT or GRE score below the 35th percentile will be conditionally accepted to the program and restricted to taking a maximum of six (6) OM credits. At the completion of the first six (6) credits their file will be reviewed and if their GPA is less than 3.00 they will not be able to continue in the program and will be dismissed.

Completion and Degree Requirements

A student whose graduate level GPA falls below 3.00 after the completion of a total of 12 credits will be placed on probation. If a student's graduate level GPA falls below 3.00 a second time the student will be terminated from the OM program.

A student receiving a grade of "F" will be placed on probation and will have to retake the course the first time it is offered. This can only be done once. Exceptions are made only for those classes that are no longer part of the student's curriculum due to a change in concentration. A second grade of "F" will result in the student's dismissal from the program.

To be eligible for an OM degree, a student must have a 3.00 or better graduate level GPA at the time of completing all graduate course work, complete all required course work at both the graduate and undergraduate level, and satisfy the experiential learning requirement.


A student can appeal a probation and/or dismissal decision by writing an appeal letter to the Chair of the Business Department. The chair will take the case to the Business Graduate Review and Appeals Committee that will render a final decision. The student needs to submit this letter no later than two (2) calendar weeks after he/she receives the decision letter from 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 or OM 516 Qualitative Research

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 two areas of special interest: human resource management or management.