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SUNY Potsdam Launches Flexible Master of Science Degree in Management

October 30, 2018

Lindsey Pound (center), a lacrosse coach and graduate student at SUNY Potsdam, works on a project in his research techniques class, which is part of the College’s new management master’s program.

The State University of New York at Potsdam will soon launch an interdisciplinary graduate program leading to a Master of Science degree in management. The flexible degree will prepare students to be leaders in a broad range of careers and industries, giving them a strong knowledge base in management and organizational principles.

Beginning in Spring 2019, the master’s program will be offered in two locations—the College’s campus in Potsdam, N.Y., and at the Jefferson Higher Education Center, located on the Jefferson Community College campus in Watertown, N.Y. All classes will be offered at night or online, to accommodate working professionals.

“SUNY Potsdam is proud to announce our newest graduate program in management. This flexible master’s degree will allow students to pick a concentration and hone their skills through in-depth projects with real-world clients, giving them a leg up in practically any industry or field,” said President Dr. Kristin G. Esterberg.

All management students will benefit from core coursework in policy, ethics, data management, financial oversight, organizational development, leadership principles and research techniques. They will also be challenged to put their knowledge into practice, by tackling pressing issues for actual businesses and organizations, including through culminating professional projects.

“The MS management program is not just for business students, or those who want to manage a business, but rather, for anyone who wants to know how to bring people and resources together to efficiently and effectively reach a goal. This includes those with career aspirations in the military, government, non-profit organizations, higher education or entrepreneurs in any field. I can speak for everyone in our department in saying that we are both excited and proud to offer a new and innovative Master of Science graduate program in management at SUNY Potsdam,” said Dr. Anthony Betrus, a professor of business administration, who will oversee the new program.

Depending on their career interests, students in SUNY Potsdam’s management program will be able to choose from in-demand three tracks:

  • Information technology: A key factor in any institution’s success today is the effective implementation of technology to drive initiatives and spur growth. This program will equip students with sought-after skillsets, thanks to coursework in cybersecurity, information architecture, computer programming for performance support, network management and advanced web development.
  • Organizational leadership: This program will prepare students to take the lead in an array of fields, with coursework in teambuilding, organizational communications, project management, conflict resolution, change processes, entrepreneurship, innovation, social media strategy and delivering professional presentations. Students may also elect to complete the St. Lawrence Leadership Institute as part of this program.
  • Training & human capital development: Students will learn how to guide others to reach their fullest potential, through coursework in staff development, human resources, critical issues in leadership, technology coaching, principles of performance, systematic instructional design, instructional development and program evaluation.

Students in the management graduate program will benefit from working closely with the College’s full-time faculty, all of whom have years of professional working experience to draw upon, Betrus said. Internship opportunities are also available, through the Lougheed Center for Applied Learning.

“The business administration department has worked for a number of years in laying the groundwork for this program, building a solid foundation from which to grow. Our program faculty each have advanced terminal degrees, in areas such as human resources, cybersecurity, marketing, entrepreneurship and leadership. Each of our faculty members also brings significant practical experience to the classroom, and we have structured the program so that student projects are centered around real-world clients,” Betrus said.

The management program consists of 36 credits and takes two years for a full-time student to complete. Admission is on a rolling basis, and students can start in either the spring, fall or summer semesters. To find out more, visit

SUNY Potsdam’s graduate programs seek to encourage academic achievement and to provide each student with a sense of personal and social responsibility, while providing the best possible preparation for specific professional and vocational goals. To learn more, visit

SUNY Potsdam’s Department of Business Administration offers flexible bachelor’s and master’s degrees in competitive fields, and provides students with an understanding of how for-profit and non-profit organizations function efficiently and effectively. The College offers its business administration programs both at the Potsdam campus and in Watertown, N.Y., at the SUNY Jefferson Higher Education Center. For more information, visit

About SUNY Potsdam:

Founded in 1816, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges—and the oldest institution within SUNY. Now in its third century, SUNY Potsdam is distinguished by a legacy of pioneering programs and educational excellence. The College currently enrolls approximately 3,600 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its challenging liberal arts and sciences core, distinction in teacher training and culture of creativity. To learn more, visit

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