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Master of Science in Systems Management

Jordan Holtzman
Program Director
(650) 508-3637
(510) 375-1348

The Master of Science in Systems Management (MSSM) curriculum provides students with a broad understanding of the role and use of managerial analysis models and technologies in the various functional areas of modern organizations. Students focus on the management and evaluation of technology within organizations and in the development and use of information in decision-making and control. To become effective organizational agents of change, students gain problem-solving skills necessary to translate business needs into system specifications and propose solutions that add bottom-line value to the organization.

The MSSM offers an articulated agreement with NDNU’s undergraduate Business Administration program. Qualified undergraduate students are able to apply in advance of their last semester to enroll in up to 6 units of selected MSSM graduate courses that fulfill undergraduate major requirements and count toward the master’s degree.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will develop abilities to analyze the creation of value through the integrated production and distribution of goods, services, and information.
  • Students will learn the stages of group development, communicate the role systems serve in an organization, and use systematic problem-solving to efficiently and effectively achieve the goals of the organization.
  • Students will learn essential issues of sustainability, systems theory, and organizational behavior to make decisions that achieve organizational efficiency and promote social responsibility.
  • Students will be able to utilize digital media to research management issues, communicate management decisions, collaborate across the organization, and manage workflow.
  • Students will be able to present management leadership concepts and techniques with reference to general management and management specialties clearly, concisely, and professionally through written, oral, and visual means.
  • Students will develop information literacy and technological competencies by utilizing electronic media to research management issues, communicate management decisions, and optimally manage workflow.
  • Students apply the NDNU Hallmarks (community engagement and social justice) to course curriculum.

Admission Information

Fully admitted students will need to meet the following requirements:

  1. A four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  2. A cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better
  3. Two academic and/or professional recommendations
  4. Work experience is preferred.
  5. A personal interview with the Program Director may be required.
  6. The satisfactory completion of undergraduate course work in introductory statistics

International students should also refer to the general graduate admission requirements.

Program Requirements

The MSSM program requires 36 semester units of graduate course credit:

  • Core — 24 units
  • Concentration — 12 units
  • Foundation — no credit

Foundational Knowledge

Students in the MSSM program are required to have a foundational knowledge that will facilitate learning advanced concepts. The Statistics foundation course may have been taken in an undergraduate degree program or subsequent to the completion of the bachelor’s degree and must be completed with a grade of C or better. If the course has not been completed prior to admission, students can still be admitted conditionally but must complete the undergraduate equivalent of this requirement early in their program of study.

The following is the only foundation course required for MSSM:

  • Introductory Statistics

MSSM Core Courses

These courses are designed to prepare students to manage business using a modern-day systems-based approach. Students must complete all of the Core Courses.

Core Courses
BUS4000 Organizational and Management Theory 3
BUS4200 Enterprise Information Management Systems 3
BUS4216 Enterprise Performance Management 3
BUS4300 Systems Management 3
BUS4308 Business Systems Modeling 3
BUS4316 Sustainability: Local and Global Management 3
BUS4332 Decision Support: Forecasting and Optimization 3
BUS4982 Project Systems Analysis (Capstone) 3
Total Core Units 24


General Electives

In addition to Core courses, all MSSM students are required to take an additional 12 graduate units from the following list of courses:*

BUS4208 Global Operations Management 3
BUS4240 Project Management 3
BUS4248 Global Management of Virtual Teams 3
BUS4256 Technology and Innovation 3
BUS4324 Distribution and Supply Chain Management 3
*Students may elect other courses with approval of the graduate Program Director.


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