CSU expands online management degree program
Charleston Southern University has added four concentrations, designed to prepare graduates for leadership in the manufacturing and industrial sectors, to its innovative master of science in organizational management.
The master of science in organizational management is an online, accelerated program in CSU’s College of Adult and Professional Studies which emphasizes critical thinking, problem solving, servant leadership and multicultural understanding.
Gary Vance, dean of the College of Adult and Professional Studies, said, “We partnered with Hanover Research to conduct a thorough market study and found significant interest in each of these four concentration areas: supply chain management, analytics, project management and operations management.”
Manufacturing management executives were also surveyed and indicated interest in these four areas. Survey results were added to the market research which uncovered competition, demand for degrees, Internet search activity and occupational projections. Vance said, “The research and survey results confirmed that these were disciplines that would definitely benefit from graduate-level educational opportunities.”
He said, “Without question, these concentrations are intended to address specific needs right here in the Charleston area. The manufacturing and industrial base continues to grow locally, and there are many professionals within these disciplines that would see their skills sets and credentials enhanced by pursuing one of these opportunities.” Vance said, “Many parts of South Carolina are experiencing a manufacturing renaissance, so the concentrations would also have great appeal across the state. And, because the concentrations are offered completely online, there is no reason why professionals across the country and throughout the world couldn’t pursue these relevant studies.”
For students interested in a specific focus, the new concentrations focus on high-demand areas and will begin in summer 2014:
• Supply Chain Management: The supply chain management concentration gives managers the higher-order skills and abilities to think about the people, processes and technologies required for world-class integrated supply chain management to synchronize the flow of products, information and funds between organizations, suppliers and customers. As logistics and supply chain networks become increasingly complex, with tighter deadlines and greater financial risk from disruption, additional education and credentials can benefit supply chain professionals in their current position or in career advancement.
• Analytics: The analytics concentration immerses students in a comprehensive and applied curriculum exploring the underlying data science, information technology and business of analytics. Graduates will be well-equipped to harness and communicate the full value of data to the organizations they serve. Especially valuable in areas rich with recorded information, analytics relies on the simultaneous application of statistics, computer programming and operations research to quantify performance.
• Project Management: As more organizations use project-based methods to accomplish tasks, experienced project managers are in high demand. CSU’s project management concentration provides a skill set valued by virtually every industry. The successful project manager possesses technical skills and knowledge, organizational skills and financial knowledge along with excellent communication and people skills to complete an organization’s projects within scope, on time and on budget.
• Operations Management: In today’s turbocharged competitive environment, operations managers are increasingly part of their organization’s strategic management teams working to competitively position their organization in a global marketplace. The operations management concentration helps managers develop specialized expertise and leadership skills in the production of goods and services while providing the training needed to manage personnel and inventory efficiently, ultimately increasing a company’s cash flow through streamlined operations.