According to 2020 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, wages increase and unemployment drops with more education. This is especially true in rapidly growing management jobs. In fact, careers in business and management rank among the most lucrative, with salaries that often exceed six figures.
However, the right training is critical to excelling in these roles. Your education can also help you break through career ceilings, opening more doors in your current job or supporting a transition to another company.
SNU’s programs for adult learners can help you turn the page to a newer, more rewarding chapter of your career. But there are many paths to a management job and several educational trajectories. For example, a Master of Business Administration focuses on practical management skills, whereas a Master of Science in Management emphasizes theory. Conversely, a Master of Leadership caters to visionary leaders, prioritizing change management and human potential.
So which degree is right for you? Each of these three programs offers a rich foundation for your future career. But the best program for you depends on your career goals and educational preferences. Here’s what you should consider as you compare your options:
No matter which management program you choose, you will graduate ready to lead people at every level of an organization. You will also gain a keen understanding of business management and an appreciation for the legal and theoretical concerns that color business decisions.
Master of Business Administration
The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program focuses on management and business administration, with a firm foundation in both theory and practical management skills. It boasts a broad overview of the many concerns involved in running a business and managing people, with courses including:
This is the most math-intensive of the three degrees, with a strong focus on accounting and finance. Ideal for aspiring chief executive officers, the MBA offers the widest survey of business administration, including operating principles and common challenges. This is also ideal for people who plan to pursue a path of entrepreneurship.
The MBA concludes with a capstone project that prepares you for the real-world challenges of operating a business.
SNU’s MBA program requires 34 credit hours and offers 12 start dates per year. Courses are offered one class at a time in six-week intervals at $575 per credit hour. You can complete your MBA one night a week at our Bethany campus, Tulsa campus or Del City location, or 100% online.
Master of Science in Management
The Master of Science in Management (MSM) program is the most theoretical of the three programs, diving into theories of management and leadership. In this program, you will take some of the same classes you would with an MBA, including Ethics and Law, Global Business and Management Analytics. Additionally, you will take courses such as:
The MSM program does not share any classes with the Master of Leadership program, highlighting the contrast between them. The program requires some math, but less than the MBA. Its focus is more theoretical than financial.
This is a great degree path for someone aiming for a career in management, such as an aspiring chief operating officer. You will graduate well-prepared to lead people, oversee operations and manage an organization’s vision and culture.
SNU’s MSM program requires 34 credit hours and offers 12 start dates per year. Courses are offered one class at a time in six-week intervals at $575 per credit hour. You can complete your MSM one night a week at our Bethany campus, Tulsa campus or Del City location, or 100% online.
Master of Leadership
The Master of Leadership program is ideal for aspiring managers who focus on people, not systems or accounting. And with little math required, it’s also a great choice for people with math anxiety. It does not share any courses with either the MSM or MBA, making it the most distinct of the three programs. Instead, you will take courses such as:
You will complete a leadership capstone project that puts the theories and skills you learn in the program to use in the real world.
This is an ideal program for leaders whose primary concern is people, especially those who want to manage change, embrace transformative roles and spearhead new corporate visions, such as a rebranding or merger.
SNU’s Master of Leadership program requires 33 credit hours and offers two start dates per year. Courses are offered one class at a time in six-week intervals at $475 per credit hour. You can complete your Master of Leadership 100% online.
Which Program Is Right for You?
With well-rounded programs in which you learn from expert professors, there’s no wrong choice at SNU. But it’s critical to find the right fit for your aspirations. To decide which is right for you, try asking yourself these questions:
SNU’s management programs take an innovative approach to training tomorrow’s leaders. We value our adult learners and know that the real-world experience they bring to their education will serve them well in their careers. That’s why we offer flexible degree programs that fit seamlessly into their lives.
A supportive environment with expert advisors, caring professors and a school community that values diversity and inclusion.
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A management degree is an exceptionally good investment for aspiring leaders, no matter what path they hope to pursue. In 2020, master’s degree holders had median weekly earnings of $1,545. Graduates with management training typically earn much more. MBA salaries are particularly high because this degree offers access to diverse roles. However, no matter the program you choose, you will graduate ready to climb the corporate ladder.
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