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36 Credit Hours Required
$525 Cost Per Credit Hour
12–24 Mo. Time to Completion
100% Online Degree Program

Solve business problems through management and decision science

USF’s online M.S. in Management Science degree prepares you to take an analytical approach to solving business problems. Combine core business concepts with management and decision science—along with classes in your chosen concentration—for a customized education that helps you achieve your goals. As an MSMS graduate, you will stand out as a leader in any industry with the skills to successfully analyze complex business problems and develop optimal solutions.

Whether you’re looking to get ahead or start a new career, USF’s MSMS prepares you for a wide range of careers in such fields as consulting, finance, healthcare, higher education and technology.

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Guided by Franciscan values, USF MSMS graduates have a profound impact as they reverence each person’s unique dignity, serve society, and foster peace and justice in their workplace.

Taught by experienced business instructors, the MSMS program is structured to help you balance life and school obligations. USF’s Virtual Campus has up to six start dates during the year, and courses are offered in short, eight-week sessions. Add a concentration to customize your degree without increasing your cost or program length.

Graduates of the MSMS program are prepared to:

  • Maximize organizational efficiency through effective management
  • Solve business problems using informed decision-making processes
  • Develop strategies to optimize business performance using data analytics
  • Lead teams to identify potential issues and implement effective solutions

MSMS Program at a Glance

You must complete 36 credit hours to finish the MSMS program: 27 core course credit hours and nine credit hours in a concentration of your choice to customize your degree without increasing cost or program length.

Study management in other cultures

In the Global Business and Cultural Immersion course, you have the option to join your classmates in London and Paris to learn from business experts in other cultures. This eight-day, immersive, for-credit class is included in your coursework, so you won’t extend your program length. Talk to an enrollment coach for more details by calling 888-880-6893.

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$525 per credit

(2021–2022 academic year)

Save time—and money—through transfer credits and financial aid.

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Potential Careers

  • Director of Business Development
  • Operations Manager
  • Product Owner
  • Research Associate

National Median Salary

Management Occupations

$109,760

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2021

Projected New Jobs

Accountants and Auditors

906,800

Projected growth from 2020–2030
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2021


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Meet Your Program Director

Dr. Cliff Buttram

Dr. Buttram brings 20 years as a retired Army Officer and 16 years in post-secondary educational leadership to his position. Students and faculty appreciate his decisive leadership, mission-oriented focus, and his strengthening advice.

  • Doctor of Business Administration, University of Phoenix
  • MBA, Baker College
  • MA, Norwich University
  • BS, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Support Services at the University of Saint Francis Help Online Students Like You

Dedicated Success Coach

Each online student at the University of Saint Francis is assigned an experienced success coach. Your coach can assist you with resources to complete class projects, help you get in touch with instructors and staff, and connect you with career services.

Smarthinking Tutoring Service

Need a little extra help? Smarthinking is accessible online and offers video tutorials 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Live tutoring or writing sessions are available for any degree program every Sunday through Thursday.

USF Mentoring Program

Find and connect with a USF alumni and receive one-on-one mentoring in your career or program. Create your profile, get matched, schedule meeting times, and attend training workshops. The program is free and completely online.

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“Part of the reason I chose online was I wanted to keep learning, but the on-site learning environment was stressful. I have five kids and wanted the balance of family. I also have tons of evening meetings. The appeal was that class could be where and when I needed it.

—Dr. Joe LaRosa, USF Online Graduate

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