School of Professional Programs

Management Studies and Organizational Communication (MOC)

The School of Professional Programs has designed the Management Studies and Organizational Communication (MOC) program for adult learners motivated to advance their careers. Concentrations in Management Studies and Organizational Communication form the heart of this accelerated Professional Studies bachelor’s degree completion program. This multidisciplinary program is designed to combine the insights of our faculty with guidance from practicing professionals. The blended program includes courses that combine four evening classes and additional online components over an eight-week schedule.

Students graduate from the program with a foundation in key management disciplines, leadership, communication, problem solving, and critical thinking skills sought by virtually all professions, industries, and organizations.  Students work in a highly collaborative environment with learning support provided by faculty facilitators through face-to-face and web-based communications.  MOC students complete 16 three-credit course modules in 24 months, including research projects related to their work environments. All courses are eight weeks in length and have a required four-hour class session meeting each week.  In addition, there is a required online component administered through the iLearn web platform. The online component of the program makes it essential that students have access to the latest computer and web capabilities. 


The distinctiveness of the MOC program really comes from the combination of several key benefits. First, each of the classes within the program is designed around a blended format in which students meet face-to-face with classmates and professors in a classroom setting and then supplement that learning experience with interactive online components for each course. This blended design provides students with the best of both worlds: a familiar and effective classroom learning process combined with enhanced schedule flexibility by using online course components to allow studying even while traveling or at home.

The second distinctive element of the MOC program is the use of a cohort model. While still allowing for some degree of flexibility for personal or job responsibilities, the group of participants who start the program together continue as a cohort throughout the experience. This creates a great network for support and peer-to-peer learning.

Finally, the students in the MOC program receive exceptional student service in advising, registration, billing, and a variety of other services administered either online or face-to-face, allowing busy adults to focus on their primary objective - completing their education.


Over two academic years, students complete a five-course concentration in Management Studies, a five-course concentration in Organizational Communication, and a six-course sequence that fulfills most of the general core requirements of the BA/BS in Professional Studies, including a final capping project. (Note: MOC students enter with varying numbers of transferable credits. If applicable, they will work closely with an academic advisor to satisfy any remaining credits to reach the 120 credits required for graduation.)

The MOC curriculum is based upon four key components:

  • Awareness: The MOC curriculum challenges students to critically explore the complexity of their lives by identifying and strategically framing both obstacles and challenges as opportunities for personal development.
  • Strengths: The MOC curriculum is strengths-based and provides students with opportunities to discover and develop their own, unique way of learning, living, and leading. We do not approach teaching and learning as a one-size-fits-all experience.
  • Engagement: The MOC curriculum fosters cutting-edge leadership skills that promote employee well-being, while also ensuring the enduring health and profitability of the organization. 
  • Transformation: The MOC curriculum is a distinctive fusion of theoretical and practical approaches to learning. Each week, students are exposed to leading-edge tools and concepts that can be immediately used to positively impact their organizations.


The schedule for the MOC program is paced over two academic years. Each academic year has four 8-week terms: Fall I and Fall II, which run from late August to December; Spring I and Spring II that run from January to early May. In each of these 8-week terms, students are enrolled in two courses. For students who need additional courses to complete their degree requirements, an optional 8-week summer term running from June to August is also available, as well as optional 4-week winter terms running from December to January.

Each 8-week course in the MOC program meets for 3.5 hours on weekday evenings on alternating weeks. These evening sessions (four per course) constitute the classroom-based portion of these blended courses. In addition, students are expected to complete substantial coursework online through Marist’s interactive iLearn online learning platform. Students should expect to spend about 10 hours per week in the online learning platform plus additional time for reading, writing papers and group projects.

Based on this schedule, students are registered for 12 credits (four courses) in each of the fall and spring semesters, thus ensuring their eligibility for full-time financial assistance during the academic year. Students are encouraged to save or accumulate surpluses from this financial assistance in order to cover tuition for the summer term if additional credits are needed outside the MOC curriculum.

Based on enrollments, a new cohort in the MOC program begins in late August (the Fall I semester) and January (the Spring I semester) of each year. Students may, however, start taking classes before the official start of the MOC program. This may be useful for students who, depending on their transfer credits, needs additional courses beyond the MOC in order to complete their degree requirements. 

Full Course Descriptions

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum of two years of previous work experience
  • Minimum of 48 transferable credits

Application Process & Documents

  • Completed undergraduate admissions application form
  • $50 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Official transcript(s) from all previous institutions
  • Official high school transcript (or GED documentation)
  • Personal essay
  • Current résumé

Tuition & Costs

  • Tuition: $700.00 per credit (frozen for the duration of the program)
  • Tuition Deposit: $100.00