Our Master of Science degree in Management (MS MGT) was established in 1995. This was a significant event for the greater Rochester area as we were the first school to offer an alternative to the traditional MBA.
The response to the MS MGT program was tremendous. The enrollment quickly reached 100+ students during the first five years. It was primarily students who worked full-time and attended classes at night.
This segment of the education market was all ours for a long time. However, as time passed, the other Rochester colleges responded and the market now has a variety of graduate degree options.
The competition motivated us to make our MS MGT curriculum even more distinctive from the traditional MBA and the other degree choices in the area. We also created a new graduate program in human resource management (MS HRM).
The MS MGT redesign was a challenge but an excellent revision emerged from a series of thoughtful and spirited discussions. The revisions, recently approved by the New York State Education Department, take effect this fall 2013.
Dr. Lorraine Henderson directs the MS MGT program and was the primary architect of the redesign. In addition to her leadership there was significant involvement from our SOM Advisory Council.
The Advisory Council consists of prominent local business executives and alumni. They serve as the primary advisory group to me (SOM dean).
The Difference – MS vs MBA
Most graduate business programs (the MBA) develop a broad range of business knowledge and skills and place little emphasis on managing, leading and human relations. The revised MS in Management places much greater emphasis on these competencies
There is no doubt that as you ascend the career ladder you rely more on these skills. The ability to inspire, work with, and guide others will play a greater role in your long-term success.
During the process we were greatly influenced by Henry Mintzberg and his book "Managers Not MBAs". Mintzberg delivers harsh criticism of the MBA programs that offer "specialized training in the functions of business" and "not general education in the practice of managing".
The MS in MGT revisions change all that and address much of the criticism aimed at traditional MBA programs. The new curriculum is an elegant mix of the “hard” and “soft” skills required for effective leadership and management.