Master of Science in Management

In our Master of Science in Management (MSM) program, you’ll combine business foundations with leadership courses and focus on an area of interest to you with a concentration or certificate. In just 10 months, you’ll be prepared to take the next step in your career and drive change in your organization.

Master’s in Management Program Snapshot

Academic Term

10-week quarters

Entry Points

Fall quarter (September)

Program Length

10 months

Graduate Certificate Options

Digital Marketing
HR Employment Relations
Strategic Leadership in Healthcare Organizations
Supply Chain Management

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Master’s in Management Program Tuition

Base tuition (2022–2023): $69,075   |   Typical scholarship range (% of tuition): 10-60%*

* Scholarships are based on academic record, testing and employment credentials, and are not guaranteed. Contact or 303-871-3416 for more information.

Master’s in Management Curriculum

At Daniels, you’ll learn by doing! Your journey will start using the Colorado Rockies as your classroom. You’ll finish your journey using the skills and knowledge learned in the classroom by solving a challenge provided by a Denver corporation.

The first courses in the MSM degree program curriculum provide a strong grounding in business fundamentals like marketing concepts, finance, business analytics and accounting. Then, you’ll develop specialized knowledge in the industry that most interests you by earning a graduate certificate. Finally, you’ll learn to use your knowledge to lead, with courses focused on leading teams and organizations.

Students don’t need to have a background in business to excel in this program — see how an MSM degree took one alumna from psychology major to project manager.

Capstone Project

Get hands-on experience with Denver organizations and businesses. Students will have the opportunity to consult with a business or nonprofit in order to meet their problems with solutions suitable to pass the market test. For example, you may develop a market feasibility for a manufacturer, HR processes for talent retention for a service company, or a strategic growth plan for a nonprofit.

You’ll graduate having completed a consulting project for an organization. This real-world experience is something you’ll want to share with prospective employers.

Launching Your Career

The MSM program includes a partnership between Daniels Career Services and Denver companies to teach you the business critical tools that are used today to make important decisions. In addition, each student will work one-on-one with Daniels Career Services to define their own career path and go-to-market plan.

Some MSM graduates go on to work in a variety of management positions, while others become analysts or consultants, or even join the public or nonprofit sectors.

Real-World Work With BONA

All MSM students complement their in-class work by solving business problems with a Denver company.

For example, in Spring 2021 the MSM students engaged with Bona U.S. headquarters to learn about an opportunity the company wanted to explore that involved a new product and new markets.

Students researched and developed a market feasibility report and presented their findings and recommendations to executives of Bona.

The students got first-hand experience in problem-solving, product and market research, and presenting to an executive-level audience, which included getting immediate feedback on their work.

Why The Daniels College of Business

Consulting Projects.
Your classroom time is balanced with hands-on work in local and worldwide businesses.

Customize your learning experience and delve deep into the industry that interests you by selecting one of many available graduate certificates.

Springboard Tools and Career Services.
You’ll gain the critical tools you need to thrive in today’s business world. You’ll also work one-on-one with Daniels Career Services to define your own go-to-market plan.

You’re in a thriving, entrepreneurial city with a huge business and alumni network.

Graduate Certificates

The Master’s in Management program is unique in that it not only allows you to specialize in a particular industry, but also lets you earn a formal academic credential as you do.

There are 12 graduate certificates offered by Daniels and many offered by DU’s University College, with both in-person and online options. Examples of eligible certificates include:

Digital Marketing (in person)
Corporate Finance (in person)
Digital Transformation (online)
Supply Chain Management (online)

Earn a formal academic credential while specializing in a specific industry

Career Opportunities with a Master’s in Management

The management and business skills provided by an MSM degree can be applied in nearly any industry. You can apply the skills you’ve learned to advance your career and take the next step into leadership roles. Alternatively, some graduates become analysts and consultants.

Companies That Hired Recent MSM Degree Graduates

How to Apply to the Master of Science in Management

We welcome applicants from all professional backgrounds and academic disciplines. No prior work experience—or background in business—is required. To apply, you must submit:

  • Official college transcript(s)
  • Professional resume
  • Essays
  • $100 application fee
  • A completed application

GMAT or GRE scores are optional. Visit our Graduate Admissions page for more information about application requirements.

Connect with a Management Master’s Student

Our graduate student ambassadors are happy to talk with you about their experience in the MSM degree program. Feel free to email them with your questions—or arrange a time to come to the beautiful University of Denver campus and meet them.

Master of Science in Management
Graduate Student Ambassador
Master of Science in Management
Graduate Student Ambassador

MSM Degree Program FAQs

What is a master’s in management degree?

A Master of Science in Management (MSM) is a specialized master’s degree that balances business and leadership skills with expertise in a specific space, such as supply chain management or digital marketing. In the process of completing the degree, students also earn a graduate certificate in their chosen area of focus.

What can I do with a master’s in management?

Graduates with a master’s degree in management can go on to work in nearly any industry. Graduates can take on roles such as human resources manager, advertising manager, public relations manager, general operations manager, sales manager and many more.

Many students find it beneficial to overlay this degree with a specific industry focus or background. For example, we often see undergraduate engineers complete this degree to gain leadership and business skills that enhance their overall performance as they enter the job market.

How is the Master of Science in Management different than an MBA?

A master’s in Management is a shorter specialized degree in leadership and organizational management. It doesn’t cover the breadth of knowledge found in a generalist degree like the MBA. Learn more about the difference between an MSM and an MBA.

If you’re deciding between both programs, we encourage you to reach out to a graduate admissions advisor at We can help you make the best decision to fit your career goals.

What types of leadership training will I receive?

You’ll take courses dedicated to leading teams and organizations. These courses, in combination with the strong foundation you’ll receive in fundamental business concepts, will prepare you to be a well-rounded, ethical leader.

Can you tell me more about the consulting project I’ll do in the program?

You’ll consult with a Denver business or nonprofit to find solutions to their problems that will pass the market test.

For example, recent projects have included:

  • improving customer service for Frontier Airlines
  • improving processes for Comcast Effectv
  • Developing a DEI strategy for Western Union
  • Helping Crocs hire the right talent

Have other questions? Contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at or 303-871-3416.