• Course Delivery
    80% to 99% Online
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Strategic Management, MS

Master Of Science

US News and World Report - best grad business degree 2022

Strategic managers analyze the external and internal environments of a business, with the objective of making the business competitive, productive, and profitable. They identify and clarify the development needs and objectives of the business, and monitor its progress within the competitive marketplace to ensure the business meets important benchmarks.

The IU Online Master of Science in Strategic Management explores management topics, including organizational development and change, strategic thinking, operations management, competitive analysis, and entrepreneurship.

As a student in the program, you sharpen your problem-solving capabilities and analytical expertise, and develop a deeper understanding of the corporate landscape. You also acquire knowledge of the functions of a business enterprise, including a working knowledge of theories and concepts used for assessing competitive conditions, evaluating corporate capabilities, and identifying means for establishing a competitive advantage.

Your IU Online MS in Strategic Management prepares you to advance in careers such as:

  • Director of strategic programs 
  • Chief operating officer 
  • General manager 
  • Strategy consultant 
  • Management analyst 
  • Strategic planning analyst 
  • Business development manager 
  • Director of operations 
  • Director of strategic marketing 
  • Program management specialist 

Degree Requirements

To graduate with the MS in Strategic Management, you must complete 30 credit hours. 

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • Strategic management core courses (24 credit hours) 
  • Elective courses (6 credit hours) 

Before starting your MS in Strategic Management, you can opt to combine it with an online MBA. With our dual-degree option, you can add general management to your skill portfolio in just 66 credit hours versus the 84 credit hours required if the two degrees are earned separately.


To be accepted to this program, you must have:
  1. A bachelor's degree 

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program: 
  • Complete the Kelley Direct Program Application Form.
  • Look for an invitation to interview.
  • Complete the Indiana University Graduate School Application Form, which includes a personal statement (500 words or less), resume, and three recommenders.
  • Submit GMAT or GRE scores.
  • Send official transcripts.
  • Submit TOEFL or IELTS scores (international students only). 



BUKD-C 549Decision-Making and Leadership3 Credits
BUKD-C 562Developing Strategic Capabilities3 Credits
BUKD-C 570Strategic Marketing Management3 Credits
BUKD-C 580Operations Management3 Credits
BUKD-U 701Strategic Competitive Analysis3 Credits
BUKD-U 702Organizational Designs for Strategic Advantage3 Credits
BUKD-U 710Strategic Management and Leadership3 Credits
BUKD-U 714International Competitive Strategy3 Credits


BUKD-C 524Strategic Entrepreneurship3 Credits
BUKD-C 526Corporate Entrepreneurship and Innovation3 Credits
BUKD-C 565Thinking Strategically: Game Theory and Business Strategy3 Credits
BUKD-U 723Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation3 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $1449.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $4347.00

-Rate is determined by program of enrollment.

-Additional fees will apply.

Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $1449.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $4347.00
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