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Hamline’s New Master of Management and Leadership Now Open to Future Business Leaders

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Starting in fall 2020, the Hamline School of Business will launch its brand-new Master of Management and Leadership, opening up a new path toward leadership skills to current and future managers.

In as few as 15 months, graduate students can complete the program on-campus, online, or in a combination format. With a focus on project management, business process improvement, critical thinking, and organizational leadership, the part-time master’s degree is ideal for professionals seeking the credentials to move into a management role or take their leadership to the next level.

The 32-credit program is shorter than Hamline’s MBA program. Along with 20-24 credits of required core courses (depending on format), students also customize their degree by taking 8-12 credits of electives in business administration, business analytics, nonprofit management, or public administration.

Hamline’s management and leadership degree is designed for students with a few years of workplace experience who want to learn the ins and outs of building and leading successful teams from a Belbin-informed approach.

“They’ll learn about the planning and leading of change, both from the human element as well as the practical, tactical steps one takes to think about efficient processes in planning and management,” said John Lochner, lecturer and program director in the Hamline School of Business.

Students will also graduate from the part-time master’s degree with new skills in data analytics, global supply chain management and business process improvement. Hamline’s distinctive critical thinking course will help students make smart, informed decisions within the teams they lead, while giving them an advantage over the competition: More than 90% of today’s employers list problem-solving as the top attribute they seek in candidates, along with the ability to work in a team (86%), communication (78%), and leadership (73%).

Innovation is another focus of the master’s in management, preparing students to guide teams in a constantly shifting business world.

“We take a theory-to-practice approach,” said Lochner. “It’s important to understand the background research and the theory behind what we do, but you also have to know how to apply it for the positive benefit of the organization.”

Students can apply to begin the program as soon as fall 2020.