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Learning to Lead: Which degree matches your career goals—the MBA or the MSM?

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Wilmington University’s Master of Business Administration offers a career-focused, experience-driven degree that fits your schedule as well as your budget. But the MBA isn’t the only path to leadership excellence.

The Master of Science in Management also delivers the skills you’ll need to rise in your field. “Students come to WilmU’s College of Business because they’re looking to advance their careers,” says Dr. Kenneth Morlino, MBA program chair. “The master’s degree they choose to pursue depends on where they’re aiming to be.”

Where is your ambition leading you? WilmU’s MBA or MSM can help you get there.


Both degree programs are available 100% online, for education at your convenience. Both can be completed in one or two academic years and for less than $20,000. WilmU’s small class sizes allow individual access to and attention from your instructors, working professionals who bring a world of business experience into the classroom. And both programs’ cutting-edge coursework, endorsed by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education, enables students to immediately put the lessons they’re learning to work on the job.

What makes the MBA and the MSM unique educational experiences, however, is their differing approaches to the leadership experience. The quantitative MBA focuses on the financial and analytical aspects of business with emphasis on strategy, managerial accounting, marketing, and organizational behavior.

The MSM’s qualitative approach prepares skilled leaders and change agents through an emphasis on strategic thinking and artful communication. Candidates learn to successfully manage diverse teams while nurturing creativity and harnessing new technologies.

While entry into the MBA program requires the prior completion of accounting, economics, finance, and mathematics courses, the MSM has no prerequisite requirements.

“The difference between the two master’s degrees is meant to convey the range of opportunity in our leadership learning,” says Dr. Sheryl Scanlon, who chairs the MSM program. “We follow through on that opportunity with a choice of concentrations, which allow students to customize their degrees to their specific areas of interest.”

WilmU’s 13 MBA and 11 MSM degree concentrations include the following:

Chart of careers like Accounting for MBA and Marketing for MSM

“As an MBA graduate of Wilmington University, I am very proud of the programs we offer,” says Dr. Kathy Kennedy-Ratajack, dean of the College of Business. “I have had the opportunity to use the skills that I learned in the program to help me grow both professionally and personally. Now and in the future, our focus is on ensuring that we’re meeting the career needs of our students, and the businesses that employ them.”

Accessible. Affordable. Adaptable. WilmU’s MBA and MSM degrees work for working adults. For more information or to apply, please visit the College of Business online at

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