Master of Science (MS) Degrees Introduction
Lincoln University offers the Master of Science in International Business (MS in IB) and the Master of Science in Finance Management (MS in FM) degrees. The programs are designed to develop broad competence and to enable graduates to operate in a wide variety of business situations appropriate to their specialty. The Lincoln University MS programs uphold a strong international focus. In order to fulfill the overall mission, emphasis is placed throughout on important disciplines and skills as well as specific subject areas.
The following objectives have been identified for the programs:
- Use of analytical tools from the quantitative and behavioral sciences;
- The building of flexible adaptability to changing environments;
- The development of the student's ability to evaluate social, political, and economic values;
- Advancement of skills in group cooperation and decision-making;
- Development of communication skills;
- Development of the student’s ability to carry out independent research, and enhancement of their ability to deliver their ideas, research methodology and findings by means of formal presentations with critiques of their analytical, written, oral and media presentation skills in business and professional environments.
MS Degrees General Requirements
The MS degrees are designed for those qualified students who have an undergraduate and/or graduate degree in business and desire to acquire professional-level skills and knowledge in a specific business discipline. The programs academic structure includes required core courses and a set of elective concentration courses, all of which support the student’s efforts to gain an in-depth and applied understanding of the business area they have chosen for their continuing professional and career growth.
The availability of a broad selection of special elective courses provides students with the opportunity to tailor their degree program to their academic backgrounds and career interests. Students with undergraduate or graduate business degrees will be required to get 36 credits in semester units of courses in order to earn the MS degrees. Students with an undergraduate and/or graduate degree in fields other than business will be required to complete foundation courses, which may add up to 18 additional units to the programs graduation requirements. Appropriate adjustments based on individual applicant backgrounds may lead to somewhat different requirements.
Students with Bachelor's degrees in areas other than business or whose transcripts are short of some important courses may be required to complete foundation courses in the following areas: accounting, economics, statistics, finance, management, marketing, or computer science. Students, who have not completed these or similar courses before coming to Lincoln University, are required to do so during the first 18 credit units of their study. The courses will be individually determined on the basis of the initial assessment by the Program Director, Registrar, or an academic advisor.
MS PROGRAMS COURSE STRUCTURE
MS core courses on 300 level consist of 9 credit hours or three 3-unit courses given in a form of 45 hours of lectures each.
MS five 4-unit elective courses on 400 level and one 4-unit core course on 400 level consist of lecture and a faculty-supervised practicum research component. The lecture component consists of 45 hours of lectures and is classroom-based. The practicum component is based on an instructor-approved independent study project that should be research-based and consists of 45 hours of out-of-classroom work. Supervision of the study project by the instructor will include continuous monitoring of the student’s progress in terms of their study project’s stated objectives, evaluation of the student’s final written project report, and its oral presentation.
This will give students consulting and presentation experiences. Graduate Internship and Report (BA 491, BA 492) courses are focused on a specific student internship and an analytical report about it with total supervised work of at least 180 hours. The course is finalized by a written document, reviewed by an instructor and its oral presentation.
MASTER OF SCIENCE IN FINANCE MANAGEMENT DEGREE
The MS in Finance Management degree program enables students with undergraduate and/or graduate degrees in business to gain an in-depth and applied understanding of the complexities and functions of finance professionals in a globally competitive and rapidly changing business and economic environment. This specialized degree program is designed to address major financial issues facing multinational firms such as capital sourcing, foreign and domestic investment risk, financial performance assessment, and financial forecasting and planning. The coursework supporting this program draws heavily on actual business firms’ financial practice and experience and the distinctive differences between operating a purely domestic versus a global or international business.
This program prepares students upon graduation to assume management-level positions, which require an understanding of the tools and techniques used in a sophisticated financial analysis, planning, and forecasting as well as current business financial functions and practice. Students graduating from this degree program are expected to have a demonstrable set of skills and knowledge that makes them very attractive employment candidates for business firms seeking new financial management-level talent.
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS FOR MS DEGREES
To receive the MS degree, students should satisfy the grade and GPA requirements described in the chart above and course requirements summarized in the program chart for each degree (a maximum of 9 credit units can be transferred from other institutions of higher education and a maximum of 18 units from a different graduate program at Lincoln University). A grade of C or better is required in all courses to fulfill degree requirements for graduate programs. Academic credit received six (6) years or more before the program completion will be deemed “no longer applicable”.
ACADEMIC PROGRESS REQUIREMENTS
Students enrolled in the MS programs are expected to maintain their grades corresponding to the policy of satisfactory progress and the following chart. The chart specifies the criteria for achieving satisfactory academic progress for full-time students (no transfers) in the University MS program based on the allowable maximum number of semester credit hours attempted (part-time students are evaluated proportionally to the taken part of a program; students who changed their program will be evaluated on all courses taken):
- Units attempted means courses’ units for which the students have incurred a financial obligation or for which any university scholarship funds have been disbursed.
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