College of management - graduate programs

Graduate Programs

Melding theory and practice with the creation of “real world” workshops is the primary focus of the College’s graduate programs. Our accredited graduate programs were developed with input from industry advisory boards to provide students with the pragmatic tools needed in a competitive environment and are offered in the evenings and Saturday mornings.

Lawrence Tech’s College of Management offers these master's degree programs:

 

Management is concerned with the planning, implementation, and monitoring activities undertaken by private sector and public sector organizations which serve society.

Lawrence Tech’s College of Management endeavors to (1) offer graduate students an appreciation of contemporary issues, challenges, and opportunities facing the management community; and (2) provide an in-depth understanding of the processes, systems, and operations of profit and not-for-profit organizations. In doing so, the graduate programs of the College of Management are designed to offer students the concepts, skills, and knowledge needed to function effectively in technical, administrative, and managerial positions including abilities which not only assist in securing employment but lead to steady progress within the organization.

It is the College’s goal to develop and enhance leadership capabilities in graduates while instilling in them the importance of education as a life-long process that leads to professional achievement and personal satisfaction. The College recognizes that today’s manager faces challenges from strong and growing global economic forces, conflicting values, changing technology in products and processes, and demographic diversity among employees and customers. Therefore, the College is concerned with students’ intellectual and cultural growth as well as their educational progress in administrative fields of study.

Lawrence Technological University’s College of Management has three primary operational objectives with respect to the information, knowledge, skills, and insights necessary to compete in contemporary organizations:

  • To instill and develop these skills/insight in graduate students;
  • To demonstrate unique applications to managerial problem-solving issues; and
  • To contribute to further theoretical/practical developments through applied research.

Foremost is the College of Management’s intent to provide a quality learning environment that is rooted in the tradition of teaching and scholarship based on relevant “real world” situations.

More than ever, organizations find themselves operating in a highly competitive and ever-changing social, political, and economic/technological environment. Continued pressures on profit margins, fewer people responsible for maintaining work schedules, relentless global competition, and the pace of technological innovation are but four challenges facing many organizations today. Establishing long-term objectives and articulating innovative, highly targeted strategies for success are skills which every contemporary manager and leader must possess.

The Lawrence Tech College of Management’s graduate programs are designed to enable the student to develop and demonstrate proficiency in these personal and organizational strategies. The seminar-style format utilized at Lawrence Tech allows an open dialogue between the teaching professionals and the predominantly working student. Faculty understand the conflicting demands of balancing academic preparedness, family needs, and full-time employment. This understanding leads to the use of relevant case studies, simulations/class exercises, and guest speakers who can add a greater dimension of expertise to the course materials.

Perhaps the strongest competitive advantage of the Lawrence Tech graduate business programs are their singular focus on the melding of theory and practice. The graduate candidate need look no further than Lawrence Tech to find a highly motivated faculty discussing accounting, marketing, or management challenges with students who average 8 years of business experience and will accept nothing less than the best. In addition to the faculty’s continued commitment to excellence and their focus on real world situations, the graduating student survey gave high marks to small class sizes (leading to frequent student-faculty interaction) and unique approaches to problem-solving and team-building as primary reasons to seek a College of Management masters at Lawrence Tech.

 

Accreditation

The College of Management's master's programs are accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and the International Assembly of Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). Lawrence Technological University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).

 

Admissions Requirements

 Unless indicated elsewhere, applicants to the College of Management graduate degree programs are expected to be either working or work experienced. Applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Have earned a masters degree from a regionally accredited institution; or
  • Have earned a baccalaureate degree with a GPA of 3.00 or higher (MBA, MSIS) from regionally accredited institutions; or
  • Have earned a baccalaureate degree and be satisfactorily endorsed by their employer because of their significant work experience; or
  • Have earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited undergraduate program and present an acceptable GMAT score.

Accepted applicants may be required to satisfactorily complete courses fundamental to the graduate degree program they have selected. Classifications of graduate students are: Unclassified, Special Student, and Probationary.

Special students are allowed to take up to 6 semester hours. Probationary students are students conditionally admitted but required to meet a certain performance level to remain in the program.

 

Transfer Procedure: Non-Specialty Programs

A petition for transfer of credits should be initiated by the student in the form of a letter addressed to Director, Graduate Programs, and made prior to completion of the first semester of the graduate program. Twelve semester credits are the maximum accepted by Lawrence Tech’s College of Management for the M.B.A. program and nine semester credits for the other graduate programs. These courses must be graduate-level courses taken at an accredited college/ university. Each course generally must have been taken within seven years of application for admission. Transfer students should apply for admission through the Office of Admissions. A grade of 3.00 or better must have been earned — “passed/ not passed,” “pass/fail,” or “pass/no entry” grades are not acceptable.

Students may be required to submit additional evidence (e.g., course syllabi, catalog descriptions and tests/examinations) in order to justify transfer of credits. The Management Graduate Admissions Committee may require the applicant to demonstrate proficiency in the subject either through an interview or written examination prepared by faculty members who have expertise in the subject/discipline.

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