An MSSL degree focuses on the theories and practices of leadership. The curriculum is similar to the MBA. The major difference is that the MBA requires quantitative courses, such as economics and accounting, whereas the Master of Science in Strategic Leadership emphasizes leadership courses, such as coaching & mentoring, negotiation/deal making. Master of Science in Strategic Leadership students learn skills that are applicable to all industries. The MSSL at CMU requires a total of 13 courses, equivalent to 39 units.
The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is designed to provide students with the general business knowledge and skills to apply the principles and management practices within a technology-driven world. This program prepares students for advanced and executive level careers in various fields of business and technology. Students will learn how to develop mission statements, and assess both the external and internal environments in order to determine organizational strengths and weaknesses for entrepreneurial ventures, businesses of all sizes, and not-for-profit organizations. CMU offers all prerequisite courses in an accelerated manner. Students that don’t have the undergraduate background in accounting, finance, marketing, economics, and management, may be required to take prerequisite courses in preparation for the corresponding core course. Contact admissions for details about accelerated prerequisite courses.
The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program prepares students for leadership positions in the 21st-century global marketplace. The faculty members and staff of CMU understand that the future leaders will need to balance the goals of economic success with the constraints of greater social and environmental responsibility. They work together to achieve that goal and support the students to reach their desired career paths.