Launch and sustain a successful career with a Master of Arts in management from Rockhurst University’s nationally recognized Helzberg School of Management.

This unique degree program focuses on managerial issues such as leadership, human resources, functional decision-making, and team dynamics, helping you lead more effectively, efficiently and ethically.

The program is specifically designed for students from diverse educational backgrounds, including mid-level professionals looking to assume management duties and concentrate on their organizational management skills, as well as specialists in fields such as nursing, IT, human resources and education.

The Program

The foundation of the Helzberg MA consists of a 25-credit-hour foundation and management core curriculum, along with a minimum of 10 credit hours of electives. And you can choose from three concentrations:

  • Organizational leadership and development
  • Health care management
  • Nonprofit administration

Not looking to concentrate in one area? Take a mixture of electives from all three concentrations.

The program takes about two years to complete. Most courses are two-credit hours taken in eight-week terms. Classes are held one evening per week on the Rockhurst campus. The program requires a total of 35-37 credit hours.

Foundation Courses, 10 credit hours
  • Managerial communications, BUS 6000 (2 credit hours)
  • Project management, MG 6320 (2 credit hours)
  • Corporate social responsibility, BUS 6110 (2 credit hours)
  • Technological perspectives for managers, BUS 6225 (2 credit hours)
  • Financial decision making for managers, ACFN 6300 (2 credit hours)
Management Core Courses, 15 credit hours
  • Leadership and organizational behavior, MG 6310 (2 credit hours)
  • Organizational change, MG 6680 (2 credit hours)
  • Business and management capstone, MG 6490 (3 credit hours)
  • Human resources and managing people, MG 6380 (2 credit hours)
  • Conflict management and negotiation, MG 6390 (2 credit hours)
  • Leadership, MG 6375 (2 credit hours)
  • Operational planning and budgeting, BUS 6325 (2 credit hours)

Focus your skills even further by selecting one of the following MA concentrations: 

  • Organizational leadership and development
  • Health care management
  • Nonprofit administration

You can also choose to take 10 hours from any concentration area to be awarded a Master of Arts in management without a concentration.

Organizational Leadership and Development, 10 credit hours
  • Developing Leaders in Organizations, MG 6275 (2 credit hours)
  • Spirituality and Values in Leadership, MG 6001 (2 credit hours)
  • Innovation, MG 6460 (2 credit hours)
  • Organizational Development and Consulting, MG 6420 (2 credit hours)
  • Organizational Theory and Design, MG 6430 (2 credit hours)
Health Care Management, 10 credit hours
  • Health Systems, HC 6150 (2 credit hours)
  • Cost Management and Control, HC 6200 (2 credit hours)
  • Health Information Technology, HC 6400 (2 credit hours)
  • Health Care Policy, HC 6300 (2 credit hours)
  • Quality Improvement in Health Care, HC 6350 (2 credit hours)

*Can also include options from nonprofit administration or organizational leadership tracks.

Nonprofit Administration, 11-12 credit hours
  • Administration of Nonprofit Organizations, NP 6010 (3 credit hours)
  • Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations, NP 6060 (3 credit hours)
  • Developing Annual Sustainability, FD 6000 (3 credit hours)
  • Major Gifts and Capital Campaigns, FD 6100 (3 credit hours)
  • Technology and Marketing Trends in Fundraising, FD 6200 (3 credit hours)
  • Prospect Research and Proposal Writing, FD 6300 (3 credit hours)
  • Social Entrepreneurship, BUS 6170 (2 credit hours)
Experienced Faculty

Gaining experience starts with experienced faculty. Here, you’ll learn from former business and c-suite professionals from companies such as Hallmark, KCP&L and Encompass. They are well connected to the Kansas City business community and beyond.

This experience goes well beyond our campus in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri. Our faculty members have taught in Switzerland, India, Singapore, China and Dubai, and are ready to help you think globally.

Professional Coaching and Personal Development

When you begin the program, you are paired with a professional coach to create a development plan and establish goals. The program culminates with a capstone course where you’ll partner with a local business to solve a real-world issue. Mentoring from alumni, faculty and regional executives is also available.

Points of Entry

With five points of entry, you may begin the program in January, March, June, August or October.

Join the Top Five Percent

Employers take notice of applicants from AACSB-accredited programs. To earn this prestigious accreditation, Rockhurst met rigorous, relevant and carefully reviewed standards. With fewer than five percent of the world’s 13,000 business programs earning AASCB accreditation, graduating from an accredited program is a powerful differentiator around the globe. In fact, Rockhurst’s Helzberg School of Management is the region’s only private, AACSB accredited school. Learn more about the importance of AACSB accreditation.