Master of Science in Business Management and Leadership

Format: Online
Application Deadlines
  • Fall 2021 Priority Deadline: April 8, 2021
  • Fall 2021 Regular Deadline: May 20, 2021

Note: Applicants who submit their application and meet the Fall 2021 Priority Deadline listed above will be able to submit without being required to pay an application fee.

The MS in Business Management and Leadership online degree program inspires working professionals to become innovators, influencers, and decision-makers across all areas of business. With an emphasis on maintaining corporate ethical practices in a global environment, the program examines case studies and organizational models to help students solve timely issues related to diversity, sustainability, and consumer trust. Unlike the MBA, the MS degree provides versatility and flexibility to all students as they learn the core business functions in addition to the emerging industry areas. The program grounds itself in the ability to help students analyze numerical and non-numerical data alike so they can become better at explaining and justifying their decisions.

Studying closely with an experienced network of supportive faculty, industry experts, and peers from around the country and the world, students in the program enhance their abilities to leverage managerial skills, effectively execute business strategies, and remain competitive. Additionally, students have the opportunity to take advantage of the CUNY School of Professional Studies Entrepreneurship Network, which connects students and their business aspirations to the many activities supported by CUNY.

Career and Academic Prospects

The MS in Business Management and Leadership program is designed as a vehicle for promotion, entry into a new field at the management level, or the groundwork for further study.  Students and graduates can pursue careers as a strategy director, payroll manager, public relations director, business resiliency analyst, operations risk manager, data analyst, paid search campaign manager, e-business specialist, and human resources generalist.

Admissions Criteria

Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Applicants are required to write a personal statement, upload a resume, and provide two letters of recommendation which speaks to their academic and professional abilities. An individual interview may be necessary.

Transcripts from all institutions attended, both undergraduate and graduate, must be submitted. Work experience relevant to graduate study is strongly preferred.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall 2021 Priority Deadline: April 8, 2021
  • Fall 2021 Regular Deadline: May 20, 2021
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Student/Alumni Profiles

Kristen Clonan

MS in Business Management and Leadership 2013

"The curriculum gave me the bravery to be a solutions-oriented thinker. It also taught me about the importance of both stakeholders and shareholders, and the idea of maximizing value across sectors...”

Elaine Montilla

MS Business Management and Leadership 2015

"As an alumna, I continue to be involved and try to give back as much as I can to this community."

Patrycja Golinska

MS in Business Management and Leadership

"Get to know the people in your classes even though you don’t physically see them every day; don’t underestimate how much you might need each other’s support along the way."

Rianna Miller

MS in Business Management and Leadership 2017

"My amazing experience at CUNY SPS has influenced my current job because it opens the door for me to talk to prospective students about the experience I had.”

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