2018-2019 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
    Sep 20, 2020  
2018-2019 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Organizational Management MS

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Business Programs (Undergraduate and Graduate)

College of Business
Department Chair David Gargone, EdD


Soumendra N. Banerjee, Assistant Professor of Business, BSc University of Calcutta; MA Jawaharlal Nehru University; MA, PhD Clark University

Mary B. Carden, Professor Emerita of Business, BS College Misericordia; MA New York University; MBA University of Scranton

Fred J. Croop, Professor of Business, BS, MBA Wilkes University; EdD Northcentral University

David Gargone, Associate Professor of Business, BS University of Scranton; MAT Rockford College; EdD United States Sports Academy

Zhen Ma, Associate Professor of Business, BA City University of New York Queens College; PhD City University of New York Graduate Center

Charles J. Makar, Instructor of Business, BA, BS, MBA Wilkes University

John Mellon, Associate Professor of Business, BS The Pennsylvania State University; MBA University of New Haven; EdD George Washington University

Allen C. Minor, Associate Professor of Business, BS University of Baltimore; MS University of South Carolina; DBA Nova Southeastern University

Ronald V. Petrilla, Assistant Professor of Business, BA Bloomsburg State College; MS University of Scranton; PhD University of Pennsylvania

Corina Slaff, Associate Professor of Business, BS, MBA Wilkes University; PhD Capella University

Thomas J. Sweetz, Instructor of Business, BA Moravian College; MS College Misericordia

Joshua D. Winneker, Assistant Professor of Business, BA Muhlenberg College; JD Seton Hall University School of Law

David F. Zinn, Instructor of Business, BS West Virginia University; MS University of Tennessee; MA Cumberland College

Goals and Objectives

The business department aims to prepare students for success in both their careers and life. This is accomplished through a holistic and integrated approach to learning which enable students to adapt to new and changing business paradigms. The deparment aims to develop students analytical, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills to help them to integrate real-world based learning experiences with business concepts and practices. Importantly, the department emphasizes the development of a framework for ethical decision-making, and strives to give students the ability to recognize and understand awareness of social and ethical issues relevant to business. Consequently, students should develop the ability to recognize and understand the values of mercy, justice, and hospitality.

Upon completion of any business program (accounting, business administration, health care management, management, marketing, sport management, MBA, master of science in organizational management), graduates will:

  • Demonstrate the ability to use a holistic and integrated approach to learning
  • Demonstrate the ability to transfer knowledge across courses
  • Demonstrate the ability to approach decision making with analytical problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • Demonstrate the ability to integrate real world based learning experiences with business concepts and practices
  • Demonstrate the ability to use a variety of communication media
  • Demonstrate the ability to use relevant technology
  • Demonstrate awareness of social and ethical issues relevant to business
  • Demonstrate awareness of the need to pursue life long learning

Master of Science in Organizational Management

Department Chair David Gargone, EdD
Program Advisor Corina Slaff, PhD


The master of science degree in organizational management educates individuals for successful careers as managers in for-profit and not-for-profit organizations in both public and private spheres. The program reflects a management perspective, which assumes that the professional manager is able to analyze problems, synthesize solutions, communicate decisions and understand the organizational impact of those decisions.


The program prepares students for responsible organizational leadership. Faculty encourages students to think deeply and broadly from a systems viewpoint about the roles, functions, and tasks of a manager and to develop and use a variety of management skills and prescriptions in organizational environments. The program stresses not only management theory, but also the application of that theory in various managerial situations.

Admission Criteria

Full Admission - Applicants are eligible for full admission to the graduate program if they either have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Conditional Admission - Applicants who have a GPA of less than 3.0 may be conditionally accepted into the program and restricted to taking a maximum of six (6) OM credits. Students accepted conditionally will be required to receive a grade of B or better in each one of the two courses and an overall GPA of minimum 3.0. At the completion of these first six credits their file will be reviewed and if all these conditions will not be met, they will not be able to continue in the program and will be dismissed. The decision for the conditional accept rests with the graduate admissions committee.

English Language Proficiency

For applicants for whom English is not the first language spoken, or if English is not the primary language spoken in the applicant’s home, the applican must submit the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The following are the minimum score requirements:

Internet-based TOEFL exam (iBT): The Internet-based TOEFL has four subsections, with a grading scale for each section from 1 to 30 (30 being the highest score). Misericordia University will look closely at the score for each section rather than the total score. The minimum scores for each section are as follows:

  Writing: 22
  Speaking: 22
  Reading: 22
  Listening: 22

Students should indicate on the registration form that they wish the test results to be sent directly to Misericordia University. The TOEFL code for Misericordia University is 2087.

Completion and Degree Requirements

Please see the Graduate Program Standing  and Graduation Requirements for Graduate Students  sections of the catalog (in the “Policies and Procedures” section under Graduate Academics at Misericordia University).


The program consists of 36 credits of study that can be completed on a part-time basis. Students must complete a core curriculum of 24 credits and a specialization area of 12 credits.


The program offers an opportunity for students to concentrate their elective courses in one of four areas of special interest: human resource management, management, healthcare management, or sport management.

Track I: Human Resource Management (12 credits)

Clearly a need exists for the development of professional competencies and skills in human resource management that deal with management issues that arise or relate to the people-side of the organization. The program provides opportunities to develop skills and a knowledge base necessary to exert effective leadership in the management of human resources in a variety of organizational settings including corporations; health and health-related facilities; local, regional, and state governments; and other complex organizations.

Track II: Management (12 credits)

The management specialization provides students with opportunities to acquire and practice the functions of management and to understand the characteristics of leadership, particularly within for-profit private and publicly traded organizations.

Track III: Healthcare Management (12 credits)

Track IV: Sport Management (12 credits)

Other Options

Dual Degree Options

Those interested should refer to the corresponding undergraduate program section for further details on the program.

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