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Master of Interdisciplinary Studies with a Leadership Learning Block Online

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Program Overview

Deepen your strategic business knowledge while also developing essential people management skills applicable to a variety of organizations. The Master of Interdisciplinary Studies with a Leadership Learning Block online program from Southern Utah University is designed for students who value flexibility, enabling you to create a degree that fits your unique interests while ensuring your degree plan supports your next professional steps. With no GRE requirement, it also provides an efficient pathway to completing your master’s degree as entering students may transfer up to 9 previous graduate credit hours into the program.

$12,900 Total Tuition
As few as 12 months Program Duration
30 Credit Hours

In this 100 percent online program, you will prepare for cross-functional leadership roles with the ability to interact across multiple departments in any organization. Supplement foundational business and communication abilities with an in-depth study of strategic management and coaching techniques.

The curriculum incorporates business, communication, social media and more—and includes an integrated capstone course—to help you build a personal leadership vision plan. Throughout the program, you can choose from elective courses in multiple subject areas to tailor your degree to your personal interests and professional goals.

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As a student in this program, you will:

  • Explore the psychological aspects of leadership, including culture, ethics and gender
  • Study basic leadership approaches and traits and gain a foundational knowledge of leadership by identifying skills and styles of leadership
  • Choose from multiple business electives including finance, accounting, marketing and strategy
  • Study the strategic use of “new media,” including blogging, search engine optimization, content creation, corporate messaging, and visual content and develop a sample integrated social media plan
  • Explore advanced issues in advertising and public relations and how practitioners respond to and manage events
  • Experience innovative, experience-based learning and research opportunities while working with highly qualified faculty from a variety of SUU colleges

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SUU offers a variety of specialized learning blocks in the Master of Interdisciplinary Studies program. Check out all of our online MIS options.

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Tuition

SUU offers students the opportunity to earn their online degree with affordable, pay-as-you-go tuition, which includes all fees.

Tuition breakdown:

$430 Per Credit Hour
$12,900 Total Tuition

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Program Per Credit Hour Per Course Per Program
MIS $430 $1,290 $12,900

Calendar

MIS online programs are delivered in an online format ideal for working professionals, conveniently featuring multiple start dates each year. Choose the start date that's best for you.

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Term Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline Last Class Day
Fall A 09/07/20 08/24/20 08/31/20 09/02/20 09/07/20 11/01/20
Fall B 11/02/20 10/19/20 10/26/20 10/28/20 11/02/20 12/27/20
Spring A 01/04/21 12/21/20 12/28/20 12/30/20 01/04/21 02/28/21
Spring B 03/01/21 02/15/21 02/22/21 02/24/21 03/01/21 05/02/21
Summer A 05/10/21 04/26/21 05/03/21 05/05/21 05/10/21 07/04/21
Summer B 07/05/21 06/21/21 06/28/21 06/30/21 07/05/21 08/29/21

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Admissions

At SUU, we’ve streamlined the admission process to help you get started quickly and easily. Please read the requirements for entering the MIS online program; this section also covers required documents and where you should send them.

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Minimum 3.0 GPA
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You must meet the following requirements for admission to the MIS online program.

  • Submit graduate application and $60 non-refundable application fee
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university
  • Minimum 3.0 overall undergraduate GPA
    • *If your GPA is lower than 3.0, please still apply as you could be admitted on a provisional basis. Please contact an Enrollment Services representative at 833-994-0043 for more information.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • Statement of Intent (will be submitted directly on the application form)
  • Submit a professional resume that includes employment history, academic accomplishments, and highlights professional experience
  • You must enter the contact information for three references on your application form. Please select people who can provide details about your academic and/or professional work, and ability to be successful in the MIS program

Official transcripts, test scores and other documents should be sent directly from the granting institution(s) to:

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Southern Utah University
PO Box 8008
Cedar City, Utah 84720

Courses

The MIS – Leadership Learning Block online curriculum is comprised of 10 courses (30 credit hours), including 3 credit hours of introductory coursework, 9 credit hours of leadership core courses, 6 credit hours of business/leadership electives, 9 credit hours of social media courses and a 3-credit-hour capstone course. Students may transfer up to 9 previous graduate credit hours based on advisement.

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All MIS students must take this introductory course.

INDS 6000: Introduction to Interdisciplinary Research & Studies

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will analyze the concepts of interdisciplinary study. Students draft their interdisciplinary degree plan and gain the ability to describe their interdisciplinary degree to multiple audiences. Introduction to fundamental research evaluations methods.

Students will take the following courses.

INDS 6510: Leadership Essentials

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students will study and analyze basic leadership approaches, processes, and traits. Students will gain a foundational knowledge of leadership by identifying skills and styles of leadership. Students will draft a vision plan to include communication and innovation. The first section of a portfolio will be initiated in this course and expanding across all three courses in this leadership series will be produced.

INDS 6511: Strategic Leadership

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students will delve deeper into interpersonal portions of leadership knowledge, skills, and abilities. Students will begin to develop and apply their own individual expertise. This course will continue development of the portfolio from the first course in the series.

INDS 6512: Leadership Coaching Strategies

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students will be introduced to the psychological aspects of leadership including culture, ethics, and gender. Students will create and lead effective groups and teams. Students will build an ongoing continuous improvement plan. This course will continue development of the portfolio from the first course in the series.

Students will choose two of the following courses. Students who do not hold a business undergraduate degree from an AACSB-accredited institution may be required to take BA 6000 as one of the two courses.

BA 6000: Business Foundations

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides an accelerated overview of the basic fundamentals of accounting, finance, marketing and the use of Excel that MBA students will require for success in the program. This course is waived for students with an undergraduate business degree from an AACSB-accredited institution.

ACCT 6100: Advanced Managerial Accounting

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course reviews the development and use of management accounting information systems in planning and control activities. Using case studies of actual companies, its focus is on new management accounting practices adopted by the innovative companies around the world.

ECON 6200: Managerial Economics

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Application of microeconomic principles to business management and strategy. Includes fundamental topics in microeconomic theory, industrial organization, and organizational economics. Uses business case analysis.

FIN 6100: Managerial Finance

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course examines the capital budgeting process, including estimating the cost of capital and cash flows, correct application of decision rules, and ways of analyzing and dealing with uncertainty in your forecasts. It also discusses key topics in financial management, such as optimal leverage, raising capital for the firm, and equity payout policies.

MGMT 6100: Managing People and Organizations

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course examines the principles of organizational behavior involved in managing people and organizations in a business environment. Topics include leadership, motivation, effective teams, conflict and negotiations, power and influence, organizational culture, and change management. This course focuses on the practical application of these principles in a meaningful and ethical manner.

MGMT 6140: Operations and Supply Chain Management

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The management of operations and supply chain, including such topics as competitive strategy, product and service design, quality management, process improvements, supply chain management, work design management, logistics, and selected areas of operations research.

MGMT 6150: Leadership

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The purpose of the course is to enable students to prepare themselves to become leaders of organizations and to embark on paths of personal leadership development. The course requires personal curiosity and reflection from students as well as personal openness and sharing in class discussions. Leadership development concepts used in the course will be immediately applicable for students and useful for the rest of their lives.

MGMT 6400: Strategy

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is the capstone course for the MBA, and as such, it will integrate the methods and tools developed in the curriculum to solve the strategic positioning and management issues of the organization. This course is usually taken in the student's final semester.

MKTG 6200: Marketing

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on reinforcing, extending, and applying marketing concepts, principles, and techniques through readings, case studies, and secondary research.

Students will choose two of the following courses.

COMM 6210: Advertising and Public Relations Strategies

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Discusses advanced issues in advertising and public relations and how practitioners respond to and manage issues and events, with emphasis on recent research and theoretical developments, case studies, and experimental approaches.

COMM 6230: Professional Social Media

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Examines the strategic use of major social media platforms. Topics include blogging, search engine optimization, content creation, storytelling, corporate messaging, and uses and development of visual content. Students will complete an integrated social media plan with objectives, strategies, and tactics with key performance indicators and measurement.

COMM 6010: Applied Communication Theory

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Using communication theory in real life. Introduction, research, and written articulation of both basic and advanced concepts of theories examining the role of applied and professional communication in human, organizational, social media, strategic, and mass media contexts.

All MIS students will choose one of the following capstone courses.

INDS 6890: MIS Capstone Internship

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1 (must complete 3 credits)

Provides the student with hands-on experience related to their chosen two or three disciplines from the student’s degree plan of study under the direct supervision of a qualified field expert. Only three (3) credit hours may count toward the degree.

INDS 6900: MIS Capstone Project

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

In this course MIS students plan and complete a professional project as a required capstone experience. Learners will research and address a professional problem, then report the results. The project is practitioner-based and culminates learning from each of the three coursework-based learning blocks. Students will study and apply project management skills including proposal and assessment techniques, then carry out their project. A comprehensive report and presentation will serve as final deliverables.

INDS 6910: MIS Capstone Thesis

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A capstone experience demonstrating the ability to complete a professional thesis in consultation with the graduate committee. Students conceive, research, and produce a thesis in a relevant area of their interdisciplinary degree plan.

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