Companies are in constant search of value. How can we manufacture this product a little less expensively? How can we deliver it faster? How can we help employees be a little more productive? These questions, and many others, are central to the M.S. in Strategic Management at the UW-Platteville School of Business.

This program will prepare you to systematically evaluate an organization’s operating environment and exert leadership to produce value-generating responses. You’ll learn why some organizations fail and why others not only succeed but completely dominate their competitive markets. More than an MBA which tend to over-focus on finance, the strategic management program emphasizes value in all of its forms (human, social, environmental, financial, and others).

Choose how your career needs will best be suited by selecting an area of emphasis.

  • Strategic Human Resources: Today’s dynamic labor environment demands that human resources professionals apply strategic thinking to attract, train, and retain top talent. This track will help you to transform organizational strategy into practices that build competitive advantages.
  • Strategic Marketing: The rules for managing a successful marketing operation are in constant flux as market pressure from local, international, and online competitors evolves. This track introduces many new strategies, business models, and tactics for capturing value in a competitive environment.
  • Strategic Sourcing: The need for an innovative and robust supply chain strategy has never been more important. Small disruptions cost tens of thousands of dollars; consumers expect unprecedented responsiveness; and instability in international trade rules means that companies must constantly adapt their networks to maximize value. With the strategic sourcing track, you will learn to analyze each of these challenges, and more, to develop a responsive global supply chain.

The Master of Science in Strategic Management is offered fully online and its accelerated 8-week courses mean that you can complete your degree in as little as two years. Apply today and learn to build immediate value in your organization

Transfer up to 12 credits toward your degree. Credits need to have been earned from a nationally or regionally accredited institution recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. You’ll want to be sure to let your Admission Specialist know if you have earned credits previously.

The Master of Science in Strategic Management is earned by completing 30 graduate credits.

Core Courses

  • Capstone
  • International Supply Chain Management
  • Introduction to Strategic Management
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Marketing Management
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Organizational Change Leadership
  • Organizational Development

Tailor your education to best suit your career goals with courses based on your selected area of emphasis.

Strategic Human Resources

  • Current Issues in Human Resources
  • Employee Training and Development
  • Strategic Human Resources

Strategic Marketing

  • Consumer Behavior
  • eMarketing Applications
  • Customer Relationship Management

Strategic Sourcing

  • Outsourcing
  • Purchasing Management
  • Warehousing and Distribution Management

To be considered for admission, you'll need:

  • Bachelor's degree in business administration, industrial technology management, industrial engineering, or a related field, or a baccalaureate degree (not identified above) from a regionally or nationally accredited institution and demonstrate extensive experience in one of the areas of emphasis.
  • Overall undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or above or 2.90 on the last 60 credits from the degree-granting institution.
  • No GRE or GMAT is required.

Applicants not meeting minimum requirements may gain admission through the comprehensive review process. International degrees are considered on an individual basis. For complete information, view the full admission requirements.

To ensure an admission decision for the semester you intend to start on your degree, you’ll want to submit your application and supporting materials by:

  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer: April 15
  • Fall: July 15

You may be eligible to receive one of the following scholarships.