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2012-2013 CU Denver Catalog 
2012-2013 CU Denver Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Management and Organization MS

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Program Director: Kenneth L. Bettenhausen
Telephone: 303-315-8425
E-mail: Kenneth.Bettenhausen@ucdenver.edu



Heidi Boerstler, PhD/JD, Yale University/University of Denver
Wayne Cascio, PhD, University of Rochester
C. Marlena Fiol, PhD, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign
Edward O’Connor, PhD, University of Akron
John Ruhnka, JD/LLM, Yale School of Law/Cambridge University

Associate Professors:
Kenneth Bettenhausen, PhD, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign
Blair Gifford, PhD, University of Chicago
Sarah Koovor-Misra, PhD, University of Southern California

Assistant Professors:

David Chandler, PhD, University of Texas-Austin
Vinit Desai, PhD, University of California at Berkeley
Stephanie Johnson, PhD, Rice University
Traci Sitzmann, PhD, University of Tulsa

Linda Fried, JD/LLM, University of Miami
Barry McConnell, MBA, University of Colorado
Jeffrey Nystrom, MS, University of Colorado
David Ruderman, MBA, University of Colorado

Ira Selkowitz, JD, University of Denver


The MS Management program prepares students for significant managerial responsibilities in the private and public sectors. Core course requirements provide students with an advanced understanding of how to manage interpersonal dynamics, effectively design organizations, implement planned change and organizational transformations and develop human resources.  Students build on this foundation with any four electives in MGMT, ENTP or INTB, or with the courses that comprise one of 12 career-focused specializations.

The specializations include: business strategy, change and innovation, communications management, enterprise technology management, entrepreneurship and innovation, human resources management, global management, leadership, strategic management, managing for sustainability, quantitative decision methods and sports and entertainment management. These specializations will help students master the tools and knowledge to be successful in each focused competency.

The MS management and organization degree requirements are met by the following:

Management MS Core

Total: 12 Hours

Management Emphasis (or elective) courses (12-18 semester hours)

A student may choose to complete the program by taking any four MGMT, INTB or ENTP elective courses.

Choose from one of the following emphasis areas:

  • communications management
  • enterprise technology management
  • entrepreneurship and innovation
  • global management
  • human resources management
  • leadership
  • quantitative decision methods
  • sports and entertainment management
  • strategic management
  • sustainability management

Communications Management

For the communications management specialization you must complete six courses from the Business School, five of which must be within the MGMT course curriculum. You are allowed no more than four communications courses (three required and one free elective).

Approved COMM Elective Courses

Choose one

Enterprise Technology Management

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Total: 12 Hours

Global Management

Required Courses

Total: 12 Hours


Change and Innovation

Managing Human Resources

Managing for Sustainability

Quantitative Decision Methods


(completion of prerequisite is in addition to the 30-hour MS in management and organization)

Total: 12 Hours

Note: One of two free electives must be aMGMT, ENTP or INTB course.

Total: 12 Hours

Strategic Management

Students pursuing a dual MBA/MS in organization and management are not eligible for this emphasis.

Free Electives (6 semester hours)

Free electives can be anything in the Business School (graduate level), except BUSN prefix courses below 6800. Any 6000-level or higher ACCT, FNCE, ENTP, MKTG, MGMT, ISMG, INTB or HLTH course can count as your free elective requirement.

*For the communications emphasis, the student is allowed to use an approved COMM course as the free elective.

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