Master of Science in Management and Administrative Sciences

Do you want to acquire highly marketable technical expertise in just 24 months? The MS in Management and Administrative Sciences degree may fit your needs. This degree program has:

  • A focused set of required management courses that form a foundation for all students
  • Flexibility that allows students to choose elective courses from a variety of concentrations
  • Convenient class scheduling, including online classes
  • High value for the money; similar programs charge higher tuition

Note: To apply for this degree program, an undergrad business degrees is not required (all undergraduate majors welcome).

The MS in Management and Administrative Sciences degree program’s flexibility allows students to design a program of study that fits their specific needs. Students complete a 36 credit hour program, including 10 hours of basic core courses, and 26 semester credit hours of graduate-level electives. Students must maintain a 3.0 grade-point average in both core courses and in aggregate courses to qualify for the MS degree.

Unlike most of the MS degree programs, which have specific elective requirements, the MS MAS degree program allows students to choose their own course of study, pulling courses from the Jindal School of Management graduate catalog to satisfy elective requirements. The goal of the program is to help students acquire principles and techniques needed to develop creative solutions in a changing business environment, and contribute quickly to company success within their area of specialization.


The Naveen Jindal School of Management requires only one prerequisite for the MS in Management and Administrative Sciences program which is business calculus or its equivalent. Students who have not satisfied this requirement may be admitted but will need to satisfy the prerequisite within the first semester of UT Dallas class work, by taking OPRE 6303 (Quantitative Foundations of Business). Degree credit is not earned for program prerequisites, although all grades earned in graduate courses impact the cumulative GPA.

Degree Plan

The Master of Science degree in Management and Administrative Sciences involves completing a 36-hour program consisting of 10 hours of basic core courses (see below).

Basic Core Courses (10 hours)

Each candidate must satisfactorily complete the following 10 hour basic core:

  • ACCT 6201 Financial Accounting
  • MECO 6303 Business Economics
  • MIS 6204 Information Technology and MIS Fundamentals
  • OPRE 6301 Quantitative Introduction to Risk and Uncertainty in Business

Elective Courses: (26 semester credit hours)

A student’s course of study beyond the core can be determined in consultation with faculty members, area coordinators, or the Advising Office. A student can continue to generalize in management courses or choose to concentrate in a given subject.

Students may choose to concentrate in one of the areas listed below that have historically been offered as defined specialties in the masters programs. Concentrations are informal collections of electives that address a student’s educational goals. A concentration may be aligned with functional area specialties, or may cut across functional areas. Typical concentrations have a minimum of 15 semester credit hours in a given area, and include:



Accounting In today’s global and technology-driven environment, managers need skills to effectively analyze accounting information and make value-enhancing decisions. Students may select accounting courses to concentrate in financial analysis, consulting, corporate governance and tax management.
Finance Students can prepare for careers in corporate finance, investment management or the management of financial institutions. Courses in this area emphasize creative solutions to business financing problems, the development of value-maximizing investment and financing strategies, and the analysis and management of fixed-income and equity investments. Students may choose to concentrate in either corporate financial planning or the analysis of financial securities and investment portfolios.
Healthcare Administration The primary goal of this concentration is to prepare students for leadership positions in healthcare organizations. The healthcare concentration is cross-functional and industry-focused. Courses will contain cases, projects and assignments that are centered on applying management skills to healthcare issues and organizations. Classes are taught by faculty and healthcare executives who bring special expertise and experience to the program.
Information Technology Management Information Technology permeates all aspects of modern business, and our courses will enable you to make the most of information technology to solve business problems and gain strategic advantage. We also provide advanced courses for students who wish to be on the “supply” side of information technology in the areas of IT consulting, software management and e-business.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Focused on the processes of technological innovation in both large and small organizations, a set of multidisciplinary courses prepares students for successful careers either as principals or as key functional managers in emerging growth firms, or as leaders of technological innovation in established firms.
International Management In this concentration, students can take a multidisciplinary approach to the study of international management, with courses in finance, marketing, strategic management, and the legal and cross-cultural differences that affect business.
Leadership in Organizations The leadership concentration prepares students for upper-management positions through the study of the psychological, sociological and organizational behavior disciplines. The program provides a foundation of leadership theory, building and problem solving in interpersonal work relationships, group dynamics, organizational decision making and change, and ethics.
Marketing Students learn to understand customers’ needs and purchase behaviors, how to satisfy those needs, and how to make a profit in competitive industries and markets. Topics include: developing an effective marketing strategy, developing new products, and managing different brands and product categories. Students can also acquire expertise in pricing, advertising and promotions, market research, and retailing strategies.
Supply Chain/Operations Management Firms can use effective and innovative supply chain to create and sustain competitive advantages. Students in these courses gain a deep analytical understanding of how challenges posed by fast-developing business environments can become profit-making opportunities. Integration of various parties (suppliers, factories, stores) and various functional areas (marketing, finance, procurement) is an important theme. In particular, incentives, contracts and information technologies fostering collaboration among financially independent parties are emphasized.
Organizations This concentration emphasizes organizational behavior and theory, and human resources management. Students learn how to effectively integrate and leverage human resources to create sustainable advantages in a competitive marketplace. Courses chosen in this area integrate a wide variety of disciplines, including economics, organization theory, finance, psychology and sociology.
Real Estate This concentration includes courses in real estate finance and capital markets; covering real estate loans, syndication, securitization and regulation; investment and analysis, combining lectures and case studies to explore the sources of real estate value, project feasibility, strategies for financing, and portfolio management; and development, covering market analysis, government approvals, financing and risk management.
Strategy This concentration focuses on corporate-level strategic management, including implementation of strategic designs; top-management team leadership; strategic implications of social, governmental, technological and international environments; organization structuring; and strategic alliances. Students will learn how to integrate accounting, finance, economics, and organization theory to create sustainable competitive advantage.