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  • Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics, and Government 

    Master's Degree in Management: Operational Excellence

    In the Master of Science in Management: Operational Excellence (MSMOE) program, students will take their business knowledge to the next level by experiencing a curriculum focused on preparing future and current managers for major challenges that they will face in today’s turbulent environment. In providing students with the tools they need to minimize waste in their organizations while increasing quality, improving efficiency and fostering employee commitment, classes in the MSMOE program are concentrated in three interrelated areas that managers must understand in order to be effective: people, organizations and processes. Saint Vincent College works in cooperation with the Kennametal Center for Operational Excellence to ensure that the MSMOE degree is focused, flexible and applicable in today's business world.

    How will the Master of Science in Management: Operational Excellence degree benefit you professionally?

    • Broaden your knowledge of core management and operational excellence theories and apply them to a variety of situations
    • Discover the critical role that culture plays in the management of organizations
    • Learn to document processes, identify problems, understand key metrics and develop effective countermeasures to improve organizational performance
    • Formulate the strategic direction of your organization to compete in a dynamic environment
    • Influence employee performance by leveraging proper motivation, commitment and human resource practices
    • Prepare for leadership roles by examining best practices in management 
    • Understand the three most important considerations of management: people, organizations and processes
    • Demonstrate superior skills in oral and written communications, critical thinking, and creative problem-solving appropriate to top management

    What is the focus of the Master of Science in Management: Operational Excellence curriculum?

    Faculty in the Master of Science in Management: Operational Excellence program define “management” as focusing on three interrelated areas: people, organizations and processes. Each course in the program addresses at least one of these overlapping considerations.

    • People. People are the most important part of your organization and managers must not lose sight of this fact. Without a dedicated, motivated and inspired workforce, organizations would not be able to offer quality products and services. Furthermore, only by building a culture of trust and collaboration will managers see truly excellent results from employees. Faculty in the MSMOE program are recognized experts in the areas of managing people and leverage their experience in courses related to leadership, ethics, organizational culture and human resources.
    • Organizations. Managers also must think strategically and implement a vision for how their organization, whether a two-person team or large corporation, will achieve success within their environment. Without a plan and knowledge of context, organizations will fail in their quest to achieve excellence. The MSMOE program develops skills related to managing organizations through courses related to strategy, supply chain and research issues.
    • Process. The best employees and plans can still fail without processes to help get work done. Through constant collaboration with employees, managers need to know how to develop standardized operations so that customers will receive the quality that they demand in their products and services. While understanding the goals of the organization, managers also need to know how to measure the key controls crucial to achieving high productivity, output and efficiency. The MSMOE program offers students the knowledge to implement tools to help measure these areas through courses and hands-on seminars related to operations, information systems, quantitative analysis and financial management.

    Admission to the program is competitive and the program is cohort-based. Once all spaces in the cohort are filled, no additional applicants can be admitted even if they meet the minimum requirements. New cohorts begin each semester. If you meet the minimum requirements but are not admitted in a particular semester due to no available space in the cohort, you are encouraged to reapply in a subsequent semester. The following are the minimum requirements for admission to the program:

    1. Completed Application for Graduate Admission in Master of Science in Management: Operational Excellence 
    2. Possess an earned bachelor’s degree* from an accredited institution. Official transcripts must be submitted from each institution attended.
    3. Have a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 on a 4-point scale. For a GPA lower than 3.0, applicants will be required to sit for the Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT).
    4. Submit three recommendations – at least one recommendation from a professional work supervisor, at least one recommendation from a college professor and one recommendation that may be either academic or professional. All references should clearly state the relationship between the individual and the applicant.
    5. Personal statement explaining your desire to obtain a graduate degree in Management and/or Operational Excellence.
    6. Submission of curriculum vitae or resume (showing evidence of at least three years’ applicable work experience).
    7. For international applicants, a TOEFL-ibt score of 90-91, 232 on the CBT, or 6.5 on IELTS or higher is required. Some exceptions may be made for those international students from English-speaking countries and who have completed undergraduate degrees in the United States.

    Mail the above to:

    Office of Graduate & Continuing Education
    Saint Vincent College
    300 Fraser Purchase Road
    Latrobe, PA 15650-2690

    All admission decisions are at the sole discretion of the Graduate Director of the program.

    Provisional Acceptance  

    If a student does not meet the above requirements for regular admission to the MSMOE program, consideration may be given for acceptance on a provisional basis (students may be asked for further information to consider their application to the program). A student accepted on a provisional basis will be required to maintain a 3.33 GPA over the course of completing nine graduate credits. If the student is able to maintain a 3.33 grade point average she/he will be reviewed for regular admission. A student with provisional status will not be allowed to take more than nine credits of graduate coursework per semester. If the student is not able to maintain a 3.33 GPA after completing nine credits of graduate coursework, regular admission will be denied. Students will be removed from the program after two consecutive provisional semesters. Provisional acceptance will still allow a student to qualify for financial aid if needed.

    Graduate Non-Degree Status  

    If a student does not want acceptance to the MSMOE graduate program but would like to register for graduate classes, the student may apply as a graduate non-degree seeking student. This allows the student to register for up to nine graduate credits without applying or being accepted to a program. In order to register under this status a student must complete the graduate non-degree application and submit official transcripts to the Office of Graduate and Continuing Education. Once this information is received the student will be contacted regarding registration for classes. A student with this status is not eligible for financial aid.

    * This is a Master of Science degree in Management with a focus on Operational Excellence. As such, the candidate must meet certain core competencies in general business areas over and above the MSMOE’s graduate curriculum to be awarded the Master of Science in Management: Operational Excellence degree. Those students with undergraduate degrees in business from accredited institutions will meet these competencies. Those possessing undergraduate degrees in other areas of concentration may be required to pass an exam testing for these competencies or take additional undergraduate level business courses. These courses are in addition to the MSMOE curriculum and can be completed prior to or during the period in which you are seeking your Master’s. Please discuss your ability to meet the core competencies with the Graduate Director if you have any questions. The Master of Science in Management: Operational Excellence cannot be conferred to an individual unless core competencies are satisfactorily met.