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Master of Science in Business

Cultivate your business skills with Linfield's Master of Science in business. Whether you earned your undergraduate degree in business, or not, our program is designed for the critical thinkers, the creatives and the innovators. Join our School of Business faculty experts, visiting scholars and executives in residence to build strong skills in leadership, high-performing teams and emotional and cultural intelligence. Choose your specialization – design and innovation or sport leadership – and elevate your business expertise for a career in the public, private or nonprofit sectors.

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In Linfield's MS in business:

you might take:

Innovative Leadership & Design Thinking

Build management and leadership capabilities. Explore personal and organizational aspects of leadership and management. Examine theoretical perspectives and pathways for innovation. Study key tools for managing risks and challenges while building collaboration. (BNSS 500)

Designing & Developing High Impact Teams

Develop skills in team assessment, team development, team leadership, team coaching, facilitation of diverse teams, and project management skills. Learn to enhance the collective experience of teams to achieve greater levels of performance, productivity, flexibility and innovation. (BNSS 501)

Sport Leadership

Principles of leadership and management within the sports industry. Foundations of sport management and leadership, along with the functions of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling (or directing) as applied to a sports enterprise. (BNSL 530)

International Capstone Project

Gain real skills by doing real experience. Instead of a typical written thesis, the M.S. program ends with a capstone that applies your knowledge and expertise on a global scale. Consult directly with an international organization to solve one of its real-world problems, and then spend seven days at the international location to present your recommendations. Airfare is included in the cost of the program.

Learning outcomes

  • Innovation and design: deliberately innovate using human-centered design to develop solutions in the service of people
  • High performing teams: lead, manage and participate in teams, organizations and virtual groups that are highly focused on goals, achieve superior outcomes, and impact
  • Critical thinking: explore, evaluate, conceptualize, analyze, synthesize, understand and make connections with information from experience, observation, conceptualization or experimentation to guide ideation, belief and action
  • Solution finding and practical thinking: solve problems (current and those that don’t yet exist) and make informed decisions
  • Creativity and creative thinking: imagine and create unexpected approaches, ideas and interrelationships
  • Emotional intelligence: distill emotional and social competencies to develop personal and interpersonal capacity and the ability to understand, interpret and respond to the emotions of self and others
  • Cultural intelligence: develop the capability to relate and work effectively across cultures and effectively navigate organizational culture

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Now accepting applications for fall 2022. Apply before April 15 to qualify for our fellowship scholarship of up to $5,000!

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