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Curriculum & Courses

Program Structure

The Master of Science in Management is a full-time program that takes 16 months (four terms) to complete*. Students complete the required course work in terms 1 and 2 of the program and write their thesis in terms 3 and 4. The oral defense of the thesis is scheduled in the last term of the program.

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* Some students take longer to finish. The maximum time students have to complete the program is three years or nine consecutive terms.

Typical program of study

Sample Curriculum 16 Month typical program of study

One (1) Core course and (2) Electives

Course Course Title & Descriptions Credit
Core Course

SM8103 Applied Research Methods I

Students are introduced to quantitative and qualitative research techniques, with particular emphasis on their application to the field of management.

Thesis Prep Student Supervisor Checklist, thesis planning, and elective courses selection. n/a
2 Elective Courses Students must consult with their supervisors in order to determine the elective courses that provide the best thesis preparation. Supervisors approve all course selections. 2

Two (2) Core courses and two (2) electives

Course Course Title & Descriptions Credit
Core Course

SM8104 Applied Research Methods II

Students refine their research question, develop expertise in the specific methodology to be used for their thesis research, and develop a research proposal.

Core Course

SM8000 Research Seminar

Students are exposed to research in TRSM in order to inform their understanding of management research questions and the paradigmatic approaches and methodologies employed to address them.

Pass /Fail
Thesis Prep Continue to regularly meet with supervisor to prepare for thesis and discuss progress in the program. n/a
2 Elective Courses Students must consult with their supervisors in order to determine the elective courses that provide the best thesis preparation. Supervisors approve all course selections. 2
Course Description
Thesis Milestone Thesis Work n/a
Course Description Credit
Thesis Milestone Thesis work, oral defense and submission of final thesis n/a

MScM Electives

For their electives, students are eligible to choose courses from the following list:

Course Couse Title & Descriptions Credit

Service Innovation Management (Tentatively Scheduled)

This course would be of interest for those in the service sector at large (banking and finance, technology, retail, hospitality and tourism, health, education, etc.). It prepares students for enlightened management: Outstanding service organizations are managed differently than their competitors. Their actions are based on a specific understanding of how success is achieved and about satisfying clients. The results show not only in terms of conventional measures of performance but also in the enthusiasm of the employees and level of customer satisfaction. Beginning with the service encounter, service managers must innovate to blend marketing, technology, people, and information to achieve a distinctive competitive advantage. This course will study service management from an integrated viewpoint with a focus on service design, service quality management, and customer satisfaction.



This course prepares graduate students in business and management to determine how changes in policy or strategy impact outcomes. Relying on the basic Regression model, this hands-on course prepares students to define the research question, identify counterfactual, estimate the empirical model, and make inferences about the efficacy of the strategy/policy.


Theories of Technology and Organizations

This course will offer graduate students the opportunity to read, under the guidance of senior research faculty, seminal research in the field of information systems. The expectation is that students will find this course an effective vehicle to develop broad and deep knowledge of their field of study upon which they can develop a research program and thesis.


Students may be eligible to take select electives from other graduate programs at TRSM. Please contact us to find out more information about elective courses.

Master’s Thesis

A student’s thesis embodies the results of their research program and exposes the work to scholarly criticism. It must represent a single body of work, with integrated material, and should not be solely a collection of published articles.

Although students are not required to start writing their thesis until Term 3, they can begin planning their project as soon as they enter the program. MScM core courses expose students to various research methodologies and help refine a student’s research question. Students work closely with their supervisors to ensure the elective courses they take expose them to topics and publications relevant to the area of a student’s research interest.

Once the required coursework is completed (usually by Term 3), students begin to work on their thesis. The methodologies used for data collection will vary from student to student based on their research interests and areas of study.

To prepare for  an oral defense in the final term of student’s studies (Term 4), the supervisor will appoint an examining committee. The examining committee will read the written thesis prior to the defense. The oral defense consists of a presentation by the student of the main contributions and conclusions of the work and a Q&A period.

The master’s thesis requirements are met when:

  • A student has passed the oral examination
  • A student’s written work receives a passing grade
  • A student submits the final copy of the thesis to the program in accordance with YSGS guidelines

MScM Directed Readings

In addition, students can take up to two Directed Readings courses as electives. Directed Readings offer students an opportunity to work on-one-one with their supervisor or another faculty member at TRSM on the area of research they are interested in. Students and their instructor will be required to come up with a syllabus that includes a list of readings and assignments to complete. Students can complete a Directed Readings course in the following areas:

Course Code
Directed Readings
SM8700 Directed Reading: Accounting
SM8701 Directed Reading: Bus Tech Mgmt
SM8702 Directed Reading: Econ & Mgmt Sci (Economics and Management Science)
SM8703 Directed Reading: Finance
SM8704 Directed Reading: Entrepreneurship & Strategy
SM8705 Directed Reading: Global Management Studies
SM8706 Directed Reading: Health Services
SM8708 Directed Reading: Hospitality and Tourism Management
SM8709 Directed Reading: HR Mgmt & Org Beh
SM8710 Directed Reading: Law Business
SM8711 Directed Reading: Marketing Management
SM8712 Directed Reading: Real Estate Management
SM8713 Directed Reading: Retail Management