Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a Master of Arts in Management (MAM) and a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)?

The Master of Arts in Management is designed for students interested in entering leadership roles. As such, the degree attracts applicants from diverse academic disciplines. The curriculum does not assume significant work experience and offers a broad exposure to management topics over the academic years.

Standard MBA programs require significant work experience (typically, four to six years) and take two years. An MBA curriculum builds off that work experience, and students have significant opportunities to specialize in different academic areas. The goal of an MBA degree is to prepare students for upper-level positions.

Do I need a background in business?

No, that is not required or indicative of your success in this program. Students come from all areas of the world, professional fields, and career level with a desire to be better, be more, and do more.

This diversity provides exposure to different problems, solutions, and ways of thinking that will challenge you in surprising ways and expand your repertoire of skills. 

What competencies can a graduate of the Master of Arts in Management (MAM) program expect to receive?

Graduates of the program will clearly understand the relevancy and vital components of management and will be able to take a leadership role inside a variety of existing organizations that have committed to the movement.  

What types of careers are available to students with a MAM?

Principles and practices of management are applicable for virtually every type of organization - management of people, resources, risk, identifying new opportunities, organizational management, and strategy skills, for-profit and non-profit; entrepreneurial; and all levels of government. A graduate of this program is qualified for productive employment in any of these sectors.  

Why is there a required visit to Baltimore for Residency?

We believe the best learning is experiential and occurs in the context of community. The residency is designed to be taken during your graduate journey so that you can come to campus, meet fellow classmates, get to know faculty, and ground yourself in a sense of what it means to be a Goucher Gopher. All of our students say that this is one of the best parts of the program. We think you will find this to be true!  

Can I attend the graduate program part-time?

 Yes, with graduation times extended accordingly.

Do I need to take the GRE or other graduate-level entrance exam for admission to the program?

No. We do not require GRE scores, though if you would like to submit them with your application, you may. Our admissions are based on past academic history, your essay, and your overall goals.

How large are classes?

Both residency and online classes range between 6 - 15 people, which is often split into smaller discussion groups.  Class sizes are kept small to allow more one-on-one time with individual students.  

How long will it take to get my degree?

Most students take three years to complete the required 39 credit hours to graduate. Students must take at least one course per semester, and have a maximum of five years in which to complete all requirements.  

Are graduate student scholarships available?