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Strategic Management, MS

Master of Science

US News and World Report - best grad business degree 2023

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 (21 credit hours) 
  • Elective courses (9 credit hours) 


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 up to three recommenders.
  • Submit GMAT or GRE scores.
  • Send official transcripts.
  • Submit TOEFL scores, IELTS scores, or Duolingo English Test scores (international students only). 



BUKD-C 562 Developing Strategic Capabilities 3 Credits
BUKD-U 701 Strategic Competitive Analysis 3 Credits
BUKD-U 702 Organizational Behavior & Decision-Making 3 Credits
BUKD-U 728 Leadership & People Management 3 Credits
BUKD-J 500 Corporate Governance 3 Credits
BUKD-J 502 Corporate Strategy 3 Credits
BUKD-J 525 Capstone Experience 3 Credits


BUKD-C 512 Leadership, Teams, & Inclusion 3 Credits
BUKD-C 524* Strategic Entrepreneurship 3 Credits
BUKD-C 526* Corporate Entrepreneurship and Innovation 3 Credits
BUKD-C 565 Thinking Strategically: Game Theory and Business Strategy 3 Credits
BUKD-J 541* Consulting Process & Management 3 Credits
BUKD-U 700 Power, Persuasion, Influence, & Negotiation 3 Credits
BUKD-U 714 International Competitive Strategy 3 Credits
BUKD-U 723 Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation 3 Credits
BUEX-C 525 Self Leadership 3 Credits
BUKD-X 571 Navigating the Global Business Environment 3 Credits
*Limited availability 

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Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $1521.45
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $4564.35

-Rate is determined by program of enrollment.

-Additional fees will apply.

Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $1521.45
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $4564.35