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2010-2011 Catalog 
2010-2011 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master in Management, MiM

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Hart Wilson, Program Manager
541-552-8283  wilsonh@sou.edu  

Southern Oregon University’s Master in Management program (MiM) is designed to enhance the skills of management professionals working in government, business, health care, and nonprofit organizations. Participants acquire the skills necessary to advance in their fields while continuing to work. The program offers a rich academic environment that combines fundamental leadership principles and specific management skills with a broad range of conceptual and applied perspectives.

Admission Criteria

This program is oriented toward people who are working or aspiring to work as leaders and managers in business, government, health care, or nonprofit organizations. Admission to the program is based on criteria that best predict success within these career tracks.

Admission Requirements Include:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. No specific academic or technical field is stipulated.
  2. At least three years of increasingly responsible experience working full time at the management level. This is measured by such criteria as the number of people supervised, the size of budget for which the applicant has been responsible, and the degree of decision-making autonomy.
  3. Evidence of writing skills appropriate to the graduate level.

Program applications are reviewed by an admissions committee comprised of senior administrators and faculty. Evaluation is based on the program application form, three letters of reference, transcripts, a written 400-word statement of purpose, and other relevant materials. There are no entrance examinations required for applicants who meet the experience requirement.

An appropriate score on the GRE or GMAT may be accepted in lieu of managerial experience at the discretion of the MiM Admissions Committee.


The 45–51 credit MiM curriculum includes the following:


At least 16 elective credits in an area of management specialization. Students determine appropriate courses in consultation with the program manager.


A 3-credit capstone project designed to demonstrate a comprehensive command of professional competencies developed in the program.


At the discretion of the program manager, 3 to 6 credits in supplementary coursework beyond the 45-credit minimum may be added to the participant’s course of study.


The Master in Management program is structured and scheduled to accommodate students who are working full time. Core courses are offered in the evenings in Medford with occasional Saturday sessions held in Medford and on the Ashland campus. Many elective courses are also available as evening sessions in Medford. Online technology is used to supplement class sessions and all students are expected to have access to the Internet.

The MiM program is also offered as a dual degree with the Universidad de Guanajuato (U-G) in Guanajuato, Mexico. SOU presents ten core courses at the U-G campus and U-G offers five electives. Courses are taught in English. Participants in Mexico are welcome to attend classes in Medford and participants in Medford are welcome to attend classes in Guanajuato. Contact the MiM Program Manager for details about this intercultural opportunity.


Course prerequisites for the MiM core curriculum are in effect for three courses. MM 520 - Orientation to Graduate Study for the Management Professional  is a prerequisite for MM 522 - Orientation to Capstone Experience . MM 514 - Practical Research, Analysis, and Decision Making  requires the successful completion of at least 15 credits of MiM coursework. MM 514 - Practical Research, Analysis, and Decision Making  is a prerequisite for MM 598 - Capstone Project . Supplementary coursework may be recommended on a case-by-case basis through the advising process. Some electives may have specific course prerequisites.

Transfer of credit for graduate coursework completed prior to admission to the MiM program is evaluated for acceptance on a case-by-case basis, consistent with existing SOU policy. Up to 15 credits of graduate work may be applied toward the degree as transfer credits from an accredited institution.

Application and Admission

Candidates for the MiM program must complete a program application and apply to SOU for graduate admission. Applications are available at the RCC/SOU Higher Education Center in Medford or the MiM Program Office on the Ashland campus. A combined University and program application is available online at the Master in Management website (sou.edu/mim).

Application to the MiM program may be made for any term. It is recommended that candidates apply at least thirty days prior to the beginning of the term for which they wish to enroll. Qualified candidates may be enrolled as nonadmitted students at the discretion of the program administration and individual course instructor. A maximum of 7 credits of MiM-sponsored courses may be taken by a nonadmitted student.

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