Master of Science in Management & Leadership


in Management and Leadership

Every industry has one thing in common: a need for strong leaders.

Coker University invites current and future leaders to enroll in this online graduate program focusing on 21st-century management and leadership. Deepen your knowledge and expand your skills to become the competent and authentic influencer that today’s thriving companies desire.

Students explore topics such as motivating others, mobilizing teams, and leading individuals toward a shared goal. Every course in this 30-hour program is taught from a real-world perspective, preparing leaders who can address today’s unique challenges.

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Leadership & Team Management

This course provides students with the social science tools needed to solve organizational problems and influence the actions of individuals, groups and organizations. It prepares managers to understand how to best organize and motivate the human capital of the firm, manage social networks and alliances, and execute strategic change. This is accomplished through knowledge of competitive decision making, reward system design, team building, strategic negotiation, political dynamics, corporate culture and strategic organizational design.


Global Initiatives in Management

This course is an international business course designed to provide students with an introduction to the unique business opportunities, management practices and market dynamics of a specific country or region of the world. This course is focused on gaining knowledge of how a multinational corporation competes successfully in the marketplace, with a particular emphasis on the MNC’s global strategy levers and organizational factors within the context of its industry globalization drivers.



This course is designed to improve students’ skills in all phases of negotiation: understanding prescriptive and descriptive negotiation theory as it applies to dyadic and multiparty negotiations, to buyer-seller transactions and the resolution of disputes, to the development of negotiation strategy and to the management of integrative and distributive aspects of the negotiation process.


Why Choose Coker University For Your Master’s Degree?

  • 100% online program — further your education without pausing your career.
  • Flexible format — complete your coursework on your schedule.
  • Passionate professors — learn from a close-knit community of seasoned instructors.
  • Collaborative nature — group projects provide hands-on leadership experience.
  • A comprehensive approach — earn valuable credentials across functional areas.
  • Competitive cost — because quality education should be affordable and accessible.
  • Cost & Aid

    Estimated Total Tuition Cost (15 months)

    Total Credit Hours 30 Hours
    Tuition Per Credit Hour $690
    TOTAL $20,700*

    Additional Expenses (per year)

    Coker Technology Fee $455 ($50 per term)

    *Estimated total costs are based upon current year figures and do not include the cost of course materials or possible increases for courses offered in a new fiscal year.

    Graduate Program students are offered the Direct Loans Graduate Unsubsidized Loan funding to help pay for their educational expenses. Students are offered up to $20,500 per academic year in the Direct Loans Graduate Unsubsidized Loan. Students would complete the FAFSA each year to be considered for the loan. The FAFSA site address is Based on the student’s needs, the student may reduce the yearly offered amount of the loan by contacting the Office of Financial Aid at

  • Learn About Admissions Requirements

    To gain admission to the Master of Science in Management and Leadership program, an applicant must hold a bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by an agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation with an overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Students with a lower undergraduate grade point average may be reviewed for admission by the program faculty.

    Additionally, students will be required to submit a portfolio of materials including the following:

    • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and/or graduate institutions attended.
    • A one-page personal statement explaining the student’s educational and career goals.
    • Resume
    • Two professional letters of recommendation. Electronic signatures accepted.

    Admission documents may be submitted electronically and should be sent to If you have questions, please feel free to call 843.857.4139.

  • Course Sequence

    The Coker College Master of Science in Management and Leadership program will build upon an undergraduate education by adding core business management and leadership skills. Students work in groups, developing a keen appreciation for collaboration in academic and real-world settings. All students move through the program together, taking the following classes:

    The MSML program has two entry points per year, each August and February. Graduate students will take one course at a time in a cohort model. For more information, please email

    Below is a sample course sequence. (Actual course sequence may vary.)

    BUS 510 Accounting for Decision Making
    BUS 520 Financial Management
    BUS 530 Marketing Strategy
    BUS 540 Fundamentals of Management
    BUS 610 Leadership and Team Management
    BUS 620 Global Initiatives in Management
    BUS 630 Management Communications
    BUS 640 Creating an Ethical Organization
    BUS 650 Negotiations
    BUS 660 Business Strategy & Decision Making

Corporate & Community Partner’s

Gold & Blue Scholarships

Coker offers the Corporate and Community Partners Gold Graduate Scholarship (25% off tuition) to employees of five local organizations:

  • Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center
  • Duke Energy
  • McLeod Health
  • North Industrial Machine
  • Sonoco Products Company
  • Hope Health

Coker offers the Corporate and Community Partners Blue Graduate Scholarship (10% off tuition) to employees of three local technical colleges:

  • Florence-Darlington Technical College
  • Midlands Technical College
  • Northeastern Technical College
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Are you a Coker alum?

Alumni of Coker University get $5000 off of their degree when they return to Coker, starting in 2021, to complete a Master’s degree.

All alumni qualify automatically, and no additional application is required.

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