The Master of Science in Management (MSM) is designed for professionals who are assuming or want to assume greater management responsibilities within their organizations or are planning to pursue management positions at new organizations. Throughout the curriculum, emphasis is on the effects rapid technological change has on organizations and administrative processes and the consequent ethical and moral responsibilities of managers to society at large. The goal of the program is to provide students with the skills and technical expertise that are the basis for success in modern organizations.

Program Flier: A summary of the program

Program Objectives

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Utilize methods of and conduct organizational assessments.
  • Evaluate the organization/environment relationship.
  • Direct strategic planning.
  • Demonstrate organizational communication and leadership.
  • Budget and allocate resources.
  • Manage organizational decision making.


The MSM degree program offers two specializations, each covering subject areas relevant to today’s career fields. Each specialization helps prepare students for one of several possible career paths, depending on the student’s background and the employer’s criteria.

Criminal Justice Management

The criminal justice management specialization helps provide the foundation necessary for graduates to assume roles of increasing responsibility within the criminal justice system in both private and public settings, as well as to continue studies at the doctoral or professional level. The curriculum covers the entire criminal justice system and the management of organizations within that system and emphasizes leadership, cross-agency collaboration, research, data analysis, policy development, and operational decision making. Coursework explores crime and criminal justice issues and examines topics such as law enforcement leadership, physical security, corrections, and legal and judicial perspectives.

Career Paths

  • Police administrator
  • Correctional administrator
  • Security manager
  • Intelligence analyst supervisor
  • Federal, state, or local government manager
  • Court/law-related practitioner or administrator
  • Juvenile corrections manager
  • Parole or probations supervisor
  • Private corrections administrator
  • Border patrol supervisor

Required Specialization Courses

  • CJMS 600 Critical Analysis of the Criminal Justice System (3)
  • CJMS 610 Perspectives in Law Enforcement Management (3)
  • CJMS 620 Issues in Correctional Administration (3)
  • CJMS 630 Seminar in Security Management (3)
  • CJMS 640 Criminal Justice Intelligence Systems and Approaches (3)
  • CJMS 650 Legal Aspects Within the Criminal Justice System (3)
  • CJMS 660 Issues in Criminal Justice Leadership (3)

Homeland Security Management

The homeland security management specialization is designed to provide managers and practitioners with the background to prepare for and deal with a wide range of human-made and natural threats and vulnerabilities at community and organizational levels. The curriculum helps prepare students to perform security risk assessments and develop strategies to mitigate threats to people, physical facilities, and information-dependent critical infrastructure, as well as plan for and manage operational recovery. Courses also explore the evolving roles within various first-responder communities regarding pre-event planning and post-event response.

Career Paths

  • Enterprise chief operation officer
  • Facility and plant manager
  • Facility security officer
  • Military planner
  • Federal, state, or local government emergency planner and policy maker
  • Law enforcement, emergency, or medical practitioner or administrator

Specialization Courses

  • HSMN 610 Concepts in Homeland Security (3)
  • HSMN 625 Critical Infrastructures (3)
  • HSMN 630 Resilience Planning and Preparedness for Disaster Response and Recovery (3)
  • INFA 660 Security Policy, Ethics, and the Legal Environment (3)
  • BSBD 641 Biosecurity and Bioterrorism (3)
  • HSMN 640 Energy Infrastructure Security(3)
  • HSMN 670 Seminar in Homeland Security (3)

Program Overview

The degree program requires 36 credits of coursework including 9 credits in core courses, 21 credits in specialization courses, a 3-credit research methods core course, and a 3-credit capstone course.

Initial Requirement

UCSP 615 Orientation to Graduate Studies at UMUC (0) (to be taken within the first 6 credits of study)

Required Core Courses

  • MGMT 610 Organizational Theory (3)
  • MGMT 615 Intercultural Communication and Leadership (3)
  • MGMT 640 Financial Decision Making for Managers (3)

Required Research Methods Core Course

  • MGMT 650 Statistics for Managerial Decision Making (3)

Required Capstone Course 

Alternate Course

Bachelor's to Master's Fast Track

Articulation Agreement

Students who complete their undergraduate degree at UMUC with a major in criminal justice or a minor in homeland security can reduce the total coursework for the respective graduate degree by up to 6 credits (two courses) and complete both degrees with a total of 150 credits of coursework.

The Graduate School will accept toward graduate requirements the following UMUC undergraduate courses for a maximum of 6 credits. Note that a minimum grade of B must be earned in each undergraduate course for the credits to be accepted at the graduate level. Credits eligible for sharing must have been completed no earlier than four years before the beginning of graduate studies.

Criminal Justice Management

  • CCJS 495 Issues in Criminal Justice in lieu of CJMS 600 Critical Analysis of the Criminal Justice System
  • CCJS 497 Correctional Administration in lieu of CJMS 620 Issues in Correctional Administration

Toward the graduate certificate in criminal justice, The Graduate School will accept:

  • CCJS 495 Issues in Criminal Justice in lieu of CJMS 600 Critical Analysis of the Criminal Justice System

Homeland Security Management

  • HMLS 302 Introduction to Homeland Security in lieu of HSMN 610 Concepts in Homeland Security
  • HMLS 408 Infrastructure Security Issues in lieu of HSMN 625 Critical Infrastructures