The Board of Governors at Missouri Southern State University has given its approval to a plan to offer a new master’s degree program through the Robert W. Plaster School of Business.

During a meeting on Friday, Sept. 19, the board learned the school is seeking permission from Missouri’s Higher Education Commission to launch a Master of Science in Management degree beginning in the fall of 2015.

The degree will be comprised of two tracks – human resource management and general management, said Dr. John Groesbeck, dean of the business school. Part-time students will be able to complete the degree in a minimum of five semesters, while full-time students can complete it in three.

“It’s a good next step for us given our strength in human resource management,” he said. “It will be a 30 credit-hour degree, with 21 hours of required core and 9 hours of flexibility. Students could get their master’s in management and develop their own tailor-made emphasis track in any number of subjects.”