The Master of Science in Management Practice (MScMP) is a graduate program designed to train future leaders to run organizations with a focus on applied research and analysis of business data that inform evidence-based decision making. The program pays special attention to research methods and is developed by the School of Administrative Studies to be offered at York University’s new Markham Centre Campus in partnership with organizations such as IBM, Nielsen, York Region, and others. The program is designed to serve full-time students as well as professionals who desire to obtain a graduate degree in management while continuing full-time employment. The program can be completed within three terms (one year), provided that the candidate has an undergraduate business degree and adequate quantitative preparation at the time of admission to the program. Candidates without an adequate business and/or quantitative background will be required to complete preparatory courses. Part-time students may take longer time to complete the program. The program is offered year-round with one admission point in the Fall.
The proposed designation, Master of Science, reflects the program’s focus on both scientific knowledge and analysis. As such, the program requires quantitative skills, generally the statistics obtained in an undergraduate business program, as an entry prerequisite. The program provides the students with a solid conceptual and methodological foundation for research design and data collection. It will introduce the latest analytical techniques and will require a major applied research paper or work placement with a strong applied research component to complete the program. This design follows an emerging trend in the business discipline to use applied research and quantitative methods to train future organizational leaders.
In particular, the program will train students to:
- understand the importance of evidence-based decision-making for improving an organization’s performance and understand the limitations of particular types of data and analytical tools;
- be familiar with key methods of qualitative and quantitative research, data collection and analysis needed to provide evidence to decision-makers;
- be familiar with emerging trends and tools in the cognitive technology of data analytics;
- be able to apply relevant theories, methodologies, and critical thinking skills to identify and solve organizational/management problems and issues;
- be able to identify sources of information and data best suited to inform managerial decisions in selected specialization while understanding ethical considerations in using personal data for research;
- be able to work efficiently in groups and teams and to effectively communicate analyses, outcomes and conclusions to a range of audiences.
The program offers five areas of focus:
- Applied Accounting Research
- Applied Marketing Research
- Entrepreneurship and Innovation (Future option, not offered in 2021)
- Managing in Professional Contexts (Future option, not offered in 2021)
- Supply Chain Management
The Master of Science in Management Practice’s courses combine theoretical knowledge with practical application. The program is highly experiential, culminating with a program milestone where students employ their knowledge and skills to identify organizational problems and suggest solutions to them based on appropriate analysis of available data.
The program can be completed in three terms. In the first term, the students take two mandatory foundational courses common for all focus areas. The third course can be within their focus area. The second term is dedicated to courses in selected focus area, and the third term involves the work on the Major Research Project.