Online Master’s Degree in Organization Management

imgresThe School of Management at The Sage Colleges proudly offers its MS in Organization Management through Russell Sage Online. The school and program are fully accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). The OM program is designed to create knowledgeable and highly skilled managers in important operational areas, and in closely related areas of management.

The organization management student will gain skills and knowledge within a framework of 30 credit hours, or 10 courses. With an MS in Organization Management from The Sage Colleges, graduates will be able to assume leadership positions in many different types of organizations to include firms, government, service provision agencies, or community organizations. The MS in Organization Management is the perfect degree for someone who wants a challenging yet rewarding academic experience, and plans on assuming a leadership role in his or her current or future organization.


* Students must take all of the core courses listed below as well as one graduate-level elective (not listed below).

This course is one of two introductory classes in the Russell Sage MBA Program. The purpose of this course is to improve critical and creative thinking among students as well as inspire freedom of thought. The course facilitates a learning environment where critical thinking and incisive judgment are developed by students through clear communication of problem analysis. Students will also improve in their ability to develop unique ideas, overcome objections, and persuade others. It will aid the student in thinking outside of the box, and to become more effective writers, speakers and communicators.

This course focuses on the strategies and best practices required to create and sustain competitive advantage in the evolving global environment. Students explore the value chain product, process innovation methods, and other dynamic industry.

The basic purpose of the course is to provide the student with broad overview of the vast and varied literature concerned with the nature of organizations and theory and research pertaining to management in organizations. Since management approaches are ultimately linked to their organizational context, the first part of the courses focuses on the theory of organizations and is geared toward the development of an understanding of organizations in terms of structure, function, process, and environment. The second half of the course concerns behavior in organizations and focuses on the individual within the organization. Topics covered and linked to theory include leadership, motivation, interpersonal relationships, decision making, and problem solving. The course will prepare students to face supervisory management problems, organizational dynamics, work design and ethical confederations for working with people within organization systems.

Students explore the utility or organization theory and research for improving organizational effectiveness. Both theory and application are emphasized in addressing the central question of how to design effective organizational systems including communication, decision making authority autonomy and participation, influence models, leadership, and motivation. Approaches to planned change such as quality management will be considered. Students will apply problem solving, systems concepts, and environmental analysis to develop skills in the analysis, planning, and evolution of organizational change.

This course entails a comprehensive review and analysis of the complex issues which affect an organizations utilization of its human resources; improvement of productivity, enhancement of the quality of work life, and legal compliance. In addition, the major objectives of human resource management attractive, maintaining, and motivating as they relate to specific activities (.., recruitment, selection, compensation, and training are examined.

In this course, students develop an appreciation of the scope and content of managerial work by examining the personal attributes, skills, and behaviors necessary for success. Through class activities and application assignments students will explore their personal strengths and weaknesses and begin development of competency in a range of activities. In addition, we will look at the theoretical and practical understanding of leadership for business practitioners.

Students will learn computer and technology based controls of information for organizations in business, government, nonprofit, and health environments. The course will apply software applications such as databases, internet inter- faces, and related software and hardware issues. Emphasis will be placed on students advancing their skills through online experiences and working directly with applications in an information technology environment Various software packages such as databases, spreadsheets, an related software are required.

This course offers students a basis for a comprehensive understanding of management practices and concepts aimed at enhancing organizational quality and productivity. Literature in health and management is reviewed and analyzed for quality approaches, quality best practices, quality initiatives, and perspectives from selected organizations. Topics include statistical measurement techniques, system analysis, work design, and root cause analysis.

The course is a culminating experience in the master’s program in Organization Management. Major issues of theory and practice of management in the context of contemporary organizations are discussed. Students identify and analyze aspects of management, administration, decision making and problem solving in a particular organization and design and implement a plan addressing the identified problem or issue.


The Russell Sage Online Graduate Schools use a student-managed application procedure. Your application, transcripts and letters of recommendation should be submitted in a single envelope. This will allow Russell Sage Online Graduate Schools to process your application and to make decisions in a timelier manner.

Application Procedures for Admission to Degree Study


  • Apply Online! The application fee ($40) is waived for all online applicants.
  • Download a paper application form.


  • Submit an official transcript from each post-secondary institution attended since high school. To do this, complete and print the Official Transcript Request Form (located on the last page of this document) and fax it to 800-473-2512.

**If you graduated more than seven years ago from one of The Sage Colleges, you will need to request transcripts from all other institutions.


  • Download recommendation form (PDF).
  • Give each person preparing your recommendation a form and an envelope. Request each to enclose the completed recommendation form in the envelope, seal it and mail the envelope to you. DO NOT BREAK THE SEAL. If we receive a recommendation that has been opened, the contents will not be accepted. Two recommendations are required for admission.


  • Write a one- to three-page typed statement of your personal and professional goals as they relate to your graduate studies.


  • Enclose a copy of your current resume.



  • Dayna M. Maniccia, DrPh, MS
    Assistant Professor; Director – Health Services Administration Program; Coordinator – Public Health at The Sage Colleges


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