Master's Degree in Management


Am I qualified to get into an online management master’s program?






2+ Letters

At least two letters of recommendation from professors or former employers

Writing Samples

Brief Statement

A brief statement of intent regarding your degree program timetable and career aspirations



The Graduate Record Examination is required for admission into some master's level degree programs in management. The average scores for students studying business administration and management are reported here.

  • Average Score:
    • 150 Verbal
    • 151 Quantitative
    • 3.6 Writing
  • Some programs also accept the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) instead of the GRE.

Additional Requirements


Many management programs also request a current resume or curriculum vitae, which includes details about academic accomplishments and extracurricular activities, as part of the application.

Past Experience

Management master's programs are typically designed for students who have limited work experience and recently completed their undergraduate degrees.

What undergraduate degrees do management master’s students typically hold?

  • Liberal Arts
  • EconomicsSports Therapy
  • Psychology

What can I do to better my chances of getting into an online master’s program in management?

  • Get involved with a national professional association or local business organization focused on management issues.
  • Participate in an internship or volunteer activity that includes tasks related to organizational management, marketing or finance.
  • Review program events and attend on-site or online orientations and networking events for prospective students.

Financial Aid

What scholarships and grants are available to online management master’s students?

  • Marketing EDGE: This non-profit organization awards undergraduate and graduate level scholarships to students interested in the marketing field; internships are also available.
  • Project Management Institute Educational Foundation: A variety of grants and scholarships, ranging from $1,000 to full tuition, are provided annually through this PMI foundation and its chapters located across the U.S.
  • Richard Metzler Scholarship: Offered through the Association of Management Consulting Firms, this opportunity supports graduate students who are pursuing careers as consultants.
  • American Management Association: This professional association provides partial and full scholarships to students annually; amounts vary based on funding availability.
  • James E. Webb Internship Program: Minority graduate students in business and public administration fields are eligible to apply for this research and study opportunity from the Smithsonian Institution.

Careers & Salary

Upon graduation from an online management master’s degree program, what skills will I have?

  • Foundational business skills in the areas of finance, statistics, marketing and accounting
  • The ability to conduct business projects in a real-world setting as part of a management team
  • An understanding of leadership issues related to areas such as strategic planning and institutional change

Once I’ve earned my online master’s in management, what will my job prospects look like?

  • Chief Executives

    • Annual Mean Wage

    • Total Jobs, 2013

    • Total Jobs, 2022

    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

    • State with Higest Pay

      Delaware — $211,850
    • City with Highest Pay

      Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT — $238,760
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Illinois — $165,020
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Decatur, IL — $128,730
  • Sales Managers

    • Annual Mean Wage

    • Total Jobs, 2013

    • Total Jobs, 2022

    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

    • State with Higest Pay

      New York — $169,980
    • City with Highest Pay

      New York-White Planes-Wayne, NY-NJ — $180,210
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Minnesota — $115,360
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI — $108,260
  • Public Relations and Fundraising Manager

    • Annual Mean Wage

    • Total Jobs, 2013

    • Total Jobs, 2022

    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

    • State with Higest Pay

      New York — $145,540
    • City with Highest Pay

      New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ — $156,820
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Massachusetts — $118,700
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV — $147,400
  • Financial Manager

    • Annual Mean Wage

    • Total Jobs, 2013

    • Total Jobs, 2022

    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

    • State with Higest Pay

      New York — $171,650
    • City with Highest Pay

      New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division — $182,960
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Connecticut — $135,760
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT — $165,350

Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook and Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor and Statistics; Collected July 2014

* Highest concentration of jobs refers to the location with the highest number of jobs (by field) for every thousand jobs. Average annual wage is then identified for the career in each location.


What are some of the most important publications in the management field today?

  • Journal of Consumer Research: This journal from the University of Chicago Press presents research related to psychology, marketing, sociology, economics and anthropology, with online access to current and past issues.
  • Harvard Business Review: Read feature articles from this magazine covering popular business topics, published by the Harvard Business School.
  • International Journal of Business and Management: Providing open access online, IJBM features topics ranging from corporate governance and entrepreneurship to e-business and managerial economics.
  • Workforce Magazine: This free online publication focuses on human resources, talent management and business strategy.
  • Marketing Interactive: An online publication featuring news and resources related to media, marketing and advertising for a global audience.

What RSS feeds related to management are worth subscribing to?

  • Journal of Management: Receive alerts about new articles, issues and podcasts from this publication of the Southern Management Association.
  • Academy of Management: Subscribe to news and information updates from this professional association for management and organization scholars.
  • Voices on Project Management: This blog from the Project Management Institute provides advice and resources from project managers working in a wide range of industries.
  • Wall Street Journal: Sign up for breaking news and feature articles, blogs and podcasts, focused primarily on U.S. business topics.
  • Seth’s Blog: Bestselling author Seth Godin provides short articles addressing a wide range of topics related to improving business practices.


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