The USF MS in Management is designed for those who want to be a force for good in business. We focus on three key areas: people, planet, and prosperity. This framework guides everything you will learn in your coursework.

The MIM curriculum is split into two main sections:

Core courses cover managing businesses in complex environments, financial management, data analytics, business enterprise systems, and transformative leadership.
Sustainable social impact (SSI) courses explore social entrepreneurship, technology for sustainable solutions, sustainable resilience, development ethics, strategic communication, sustainable impact investing, and sustainability reporting.

These are complemented by a two-course capstone where students ideate a business concept or solution and then transform that idea into a comprehensive business plan that they then present.

Every core and SSI course features a mix of asynchronous and synchronous coursework: you will log in each week to complete assignments and participate in discussion boards, and you have the option to join live sessions with your instructors and peers.

MS in Management Degree Overview

The total MIM curriculum is 30 units. This is structured as follows:

  • 6 core courses (12 units)
  • 7 sustainable social impact courses (14 units)
  • 2 capstone courses (4 units)

Course Descriptions

Core Courses (12 units)

This course delves into the dynamics of managing organizations in complex and rapidly changing environments. Students examine how managers function when faced with complex environments characterized by volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity, and unsustainability.

Through self-development exercises and case studies, students develop skills in communicating and listening, motivation, emotional intelligence, team building, creative problem-solving and decision-making, and negotiation and conflict resolution.

Students will learn to anticipate challenges, adapt strategies, and foster an environment of resilience and innovation, ensuring that organizations can thrive in the face of adversity and rapidly changing circumstances.

This course offers an exploration of financial management focusing on sustainable financial management strategies and practices. It delves into critical financial decisions related to working capital management, financing, capital budgeting, and distribution policy, highlighting their role in creating sustainable firm value.

Through practical sessions, simulations, and illustrative case studies, the course examines the ESG (environmental, social, and governance) issues associated with these financial decisions, equipping students for roles in financial analysis and strategic financial decision-making with a sustainability perspective.

This course uses data analytics to address business challenges. It focuses on essential methods in data analysis, predictive modeling, and strategic decision-making. The course covers the latest advancements and developments in data analytics, equipping students with various methods, tools, and approaches to tackle complex business challenges and meet organizational objectives.

Students will develop skills in identifying and capitalizing on business opportunities through data-driven insights. Practical case studies across various industries and business functions provide managerial insights and recommendations, preparing students to make well-informed decisions and suggestions in diverse business scenarios.

This course focuses on studying cloud-based systems integral to performing and facilitating various business functions across organizations. The course explores the integration of different business domains and contexts, highlighting the effective use of capabilities, features, modules, applications, and functionalities in enterprise systems.

Through in-depth case studies, students will learn how these systems manage critical aspects like data, products, services, personnel, projects, and finances.

The aim is to understand how enterprise platforms are leveraged to effectively meet business needs and achieve strategic and sustainable goals.

This course offers an in-depth exploration of advanced sustainable business practices, with a primary focus on strategic integration of people (social), planet (environmental), prosperity (economic), and participation (governance) principles in organizations across sectors.

The coursework focuses on understanding integrative SDGs, ESG, and DEI management strategies for shared sustainable value creation and sustainability reporting that follows the Global Reporting Initiative and other standards. Students engage with complex case studies, learning to devise and implement responsible and resilient strategies that promote long-term organizational and environmental well-being.

The course also emphasizes stakeholder engagement, transparent reporting, and practical application of sustainability tools to achieve measurable impact.

This course is tailored for aspiring leaders dedicated to ethical and inclusive global change. It emphasizes ethical decision-making and cross-cultural understanding, equipping students with skills to navigate and unite diverse and multi-sector perspectives.

The course focuses on developing leadership mindsets aligned with the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) principles and the global agenda for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Through theoretical and practical learning, this course prepares students to address complex global challenges through innovative, inclusive, sustainable, and resilient solutions that contribute significantly to the betterment of the world.

Sustainable Social Impact Courses (14 units)

This course delves into the multifaceted world of social entrepreneurship and ecopreneurship, highlighting innovative approaches to tackle social and environmental issues. It explores the creation of sustainable business models and the processes of innovation that drive societal change. The course emphasizes systemic solutions that contribute to the social and circular economies.

Students engage with real-world examples of innovative practices and are guided to design their own solutions using a hybrid approach combining Design Thinking and the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm (IPP).

This course equips students with critical competencies in open and frugal innovation, sustainability-focused solutions, human-centered design, and complex problem-solving, essential for addressing modern-day sustainability challenges.

This course investigates the critical role of technology, including digital solutions and data analytics, in achieving sustainability goals. It examines cutting-edge technologies such as Blockchain, AI, and IoT applications in sustainability.

It emphasizes data-driven decision-making and analytics for enhancing the impact of sustainable initiatives internationally and across diverse industry sectors. Students study various cases of technology integration and innovation that lead to significant sustainability outcomes, focusing on solutions that leapfrog traditional methods.

This course bridges the concepts of resilience — the capacity to recover from disturbances and maintain functionality in the face of change — with regenerative sustainability, which focuses on systems that restore, renew, and revitalize their own sources of energy and materials.

Students learn from cutting-edge theories and real-world applications for impactful strategies enhancing green infrastructure, promoting biodiversity conservation, and fostering robust community involvement.

This course offers an in-depth exploration of sustainable development through the lens of ethics and human rights. It examines the responsibilities of different sectors in adhering to a human rights-based approach and the business imperative to respect Indigenous rights and the “protect, respect, and remedy” framework.

International case studies are reviewed, focusing on the rights of nature, animals, and future generations, and how these rights influence business operations within various legal contexts.

This course is designed to enhance students’ strategic communication skills for effective stakeholder engagement in sustainability contexts. Students learn how to write compelling sustainability narratives for diverse audiences, including investors, customers, employees, and the community. It covers best practices and reporting tools such as UNGC Communication on Progress (CoP), the BIA assessment for B-Corps, the STARS reporting for AASHE, and Sharing in Progress (SiP) for PRME.

Students will learn to communicate complex sustainability issues effectively, strengthening stakeholder relationships and driving sustainable corporate strategies.

This course delves into specific sustainable finance innovative approaches, with a focus on the principles and practices of impact investing. It covers strategies for investments that yield social and environmental impact and examines the role of finance in driving sustainable innovation.

The course goes beyond ESG factors, exploring real-world cases of microfinance and community impact investing with the measurable outcomes.

This course focuses on the technical aspects of sustainability reporting, providing aspiring chief sustainability officers and sustainability professionals with an in-depth understanding of various reporting frameworks and regulations.

This course covers essential metrics and standards in sustainability reporting, including detailed examinations of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD), and other emerging standards. Through case analyses and practical exercises, students will become proficient in the nuances of these frameworks, understanding how to effectively utilize them in real-world corporate contexts.

The course aims to equip students with the expertise needed to navigate the complex landscape of sustainability reporting, ensuring they can accurately reflect a company’s sustainability performance and compliance with global standards.

Capstone (4 units)

This course marks the beginning of the capstone sequence in the MIM program, focusing on developing sustainable business solutions. It challenges students to critically engage with existing literature and field practices, fostering an in-depth understanding of sustainable business approaches.

Leveraging the design thinking methodology, the course emphasizes creative and analytical skills to design innovative, sustainable solutions. Students will develop their own concepts, integrating sustainability with systemic innovation, preparing them for the complexities of real-world environmental and social challenges.

The concluding course of the MIM program builds upon the innovative concepts developed in "Solution Project Ideation." Students are tasked with transforming their sustainable solution ideas into comprehensive business plans.

The course covers advanced aspects of business analysis, strategic planning, and presentation skills. The ultimate goal is to equip students to craft detailed, viable business plans and effectively communicate them, showcasing their potential for sustainable impact in the business world.

The program culminates with a capstone presentation, allowing students to exhibit their mastery in sustainable business solution design to a panel of experts.