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Management of Innovation, Sustainability and Technology, M.M.

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Program Description
Contact: Leroy Westerling Graduate Group Chair,

The Master of Management (M.M) 12-month program offered by MIST faculty will provide students with fluency in managerial thinking and practice, enhancing their readiness to fit and succeed in an organization within the private or public sector. The M.M. curriculum is designed for recent graduates looking to complement their undergraduate degree with real-world management knowledge and skills and draws on concepts from business, engineering, natural and social sciences, computing, and data analytics. Particular focus is paid to management problems associated with the San Joaquin Valley. In consultation with regional employers, this program is designed around relevant case studies and integrative team projects that foster valuable discussion, oral presentation, professional writing, and leadership skills for solving complex problems about sustaining our environment, society, and economy. Along these lines, the curriculum will highlight the challenges of finding solutions that simultaneously balance corporate profitability and stewardship of natural resources.

Prospective applicants must hold the equivalent of a B.S. degree as determined by the university.

Master’s Program Requirements

The principal requirements for a M.M. degree are (1) ten courses in a single cohort and (2) two capstone courses with a summer capstone team project. To apply for the graduate studies in MIST, applicants must follow the application procedure of the UC Merced Graduate Division.

Master’s Program Learning Outcomes

  • Apply traditional functional concepts and theories from business, including marketing, management, operations, strategy, accounting, and finance, in complex organizational, managerial, and technical situations.
  • Identify and use appropriate analytical, quantitative, and data-oriented techniques to evaluate case studies for strategic planning and decision-making in complex organizational, managerial, and technical situations.
  • Communicate effectively with experts and non-experts in business, community, and government settings, preparing and delivering clear, concise, persuasive, and professional presentations.
  • Apply principles and practices of effective conflict and diversity management in and outside of a team context in order to lead change in both legacy organizations and new startups.
  • Understand the structure of organizations and apply ethical and legal requirements to global management activities in complex organizational situations, including applications for policy and risk management.
  • Synthesize theory and practice from a wide array of disciplines, leveraging real-world team settings to design innovative solutions that tackle strategic, organizational, and technical challenges. Gain practical experience coupling natural and environmental systems with private and public sector resource management.

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