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2023-24 Catalog 
2023-24 Catalog

Master in Management, MiM - SOU & UG Dual Degree

Rene Leo E. Ordonez, PhD, SOU Program Coordinator
Graduate Programs in Business
Division of Business, Communication, and the Environment
541-552-6720, ordonez@sou.edu
Erika Gonzalez, PhD, University of Guanajuato MiM Program Coordinator
Profesora Investigadora Titular A
Coordinadora de la Maestría de Doble Titulación
Alta Gestión UG/Master in Management SOU
División de Ciencias de Ciencias Económico Administrativas
Departamento de Gestión y Dirección de Empresas
Universidad de Guanajuato Campus Guanajuato
Fraccionamiento El Establo
CP 36250 Guanajuato, Gto.

052(473) 73 5 29 00 ext. 2651



Southern Oregon University (SOU) and the University of Guanajuato (UG) offer simultaneously the Master in Management at SOU, and the “Maestría en Alta Gestión” (Master in Management) at the University of Guanajuato to provide UG students with an educational option that allows them to obtain the degree of both institutions while living and working in Mexico. Participants completing the program earn a dual Master in Management degree (MiM) from Southern Oregon University and the University of Guanajuato. The dual degree agreement between SOU and the University of Guanajuato makes it possible for students to earn the Maestría en Alta Gestión from UG as they complete the MiM.

Students participating in this program are Mexican managers in private, public, and nonprofit sectors brought together to learn more about current best practices in management, and to compare and contrast practices that vary from sector to sector. The result is a rich, synergistic learning environment where an understanding of effective management practice is expanded in a variety of contexts, not bound into narrowly defined areas of technical specialization or academic theory.

The degree is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). NWCCU is the principal academic accrediting organization for all universities in the Pacific Northwest. NWCCU accreditation is recognized by all other regional accrediting bodies in the United States and internationally.  ACBSP is a specialized international accrediting organization that reviews the quality and integrity of business degree programs. ACBSP accredits all business programs at all degree levels such as associate degrees in accounting to doctorate degrees in management.

The MiM program is a 45 credit-hour course of study consisting of eight 3-credit core courses, one 3-credit seminar, a 3-credit capstone course, and 15 credits of elective courses.

Program Structure

Southern Oregon University will teach eight core courses in Guanajuato and UG will present two core courses and five elective courses over the duration of the program. Each course lasts approximately 10 weeks following the SOU academic calendar and will generally consist of three parts: pre-session assignments to be completed prior to the class sessions, four class sessions, and final projects to be completed after the last class session. Class sessions are held on Friday evening and all day Saturday on two consecutive weekends.  Instructors will use Moodle, an online instructional tool, to facilitate communication during all three phases of the course. The syllabus for each course will detail specific requirements for assignments and final projects.

Program Eligibility

The MiM program is designed to serve the educational needs of experienced managers. To qualify for admission to the program, candidates must have:

  1. Candidates must have earned a bachelor’s degree in any discipline, and

  2. Candidates must have completed at least three years of managerial experience or at least three years of service at UG.

  3. In addition, candidates must meet SOU’s English language proficiency standard for international students - minimum score of 76 on the TOEFL iBT (Internet-based test), or minimum of 6.0 on the IELTS with minimum score of 5.5 in each of the 4 sub-skills.

Application and Admission

Candidates must submit official transcripts (not copies) from the university that granted their bachelor’s degree. In addition, applicants must request official TOEFL iBT or IELTS scores be sent directly from the respective testing authority to SOU. Applicants must also complete the SOU online international graduate admission application, including the required application fee.

Candidates for admission will be pre-screened by the Master in Management Committee at UG created within the terms of the approved academic document. Applicants who are approved by the UG MiM Management Committee will then be evaluated by the SOU MiM administration. This evaluation process includes verification of compliance with the English language proficiency requirement by the SOU International Admissions Coordinator.

All admission materials must be received, reviewed and approved by SOU and UG before a student may enroll for coursework.  Only fully admitted students will be allowed to be a part of a cohort and take any MiM course.

Enrollment Procedure for UG Students at SOU

Students will be responsible for registering their courses each term with each institution from where they will be taking the classes.

Students are responsible for dropping a course. Students who need to drop a course must do so according to the policies and procedures in place at each institution.

Official transcripts and diplomas will not be issued until all program tuition and fees for both SOU and UG have been paid in full by the student.


The 45-credit MiM curriculum includes the following:

  1. A set of interdisciplinary core courses 27 credits. These courses and seminars are designed to impart universal management skills.

MM 512 - Budget and Finance  3 credits

MM 513 - Strategic Management  3 credits

MM 514 - Practical Research, Analysis, and Decision Making  3 credits

MM 515 - Management Information Systems  3 credits

MM 516 - Organizational Leadership and Communication  3 credits

MM 517 - The Human Resource Environment  3 credits

MM 518 - Marketing for Public and Private Organizations  3 credits

MM 519 - Legal Issues in Management  3 credits

MM 540 - Topics in Management  1 to 4 credits (3 credits required)

  1. At least 15 elective credits in an area of management specialization. Students determine appropriate courses in consultation with the program coordinator.
  2. A 3-credit capstone project (MM 598 - Capstone Project ) designed to demonstrate a comprehensive command of professional competencies developed in the program.

All courses are taught in English.

Awarding of Degree

The Dual degree - Maestría en Alta Gestión (MAG) from UG and the Master in Management degree from SOU - will be awarded to students who have satisfied the following:

  • Complete at least 7 courses of the dual degree program at UG’s Division of Economic and Administrative Sciences, and the 8 core courses at SOU.
  • Received a grade in all classes at least 8.5 (UG courses), or B- (SOU courses). Any MiM course receiving a grade below 8.5 or B- will need to be re-taken until the minimum grade requirement is met. Students will be responsible for paying the tuition and fees for courses that are re-taken.
  • Fulfill the degree requirements established by the Divisional Council of Economic and Administrative Sciences, Campus Guanajuato as well as by the SOU MiM Program.
  • Meet all other academic and administrative requirements set forth in the MAG (MIM).
  • Students must write and defend their thesis or capstone before a jury in accordance with UG and SOU regulations. An SOU MiM representative must be part of the jury either in person or via online.