Master of Science (MS) Degrees Introduction

Lincoln University offers the Master of Science in International Business (MS in IB) and the Master of Science in Finance Management (MS in FM) degrees. The programs are designed to develop broad competence and to enable graduates to operate in a wide variety of business situations appropriate to their specialty. The Lincoln University MS programs uphold a strong international focus. In order to fulfill the overall mission, emphasis is placed through­out on important disciplines and skills as well as specific subject areas.

The following objectives have been identified for the programs:

  1. Use of analytical tools from the quantitative and behavioral sciences;
  2. The building of flexible adaptabili­ty to changing environments;
  3. The development of the student's ability to evaluate social, political, and economic values;
  4. Advancement of skills in group cooperation and decision-making;
  5. Development of communication skills;
  6. Development of the student’s ability to carry out independent research, and enhancement of their ability to deliver their ideas, research methodology and findings by means of formal presentations with critiques of their analytical, written, oral and media presentation skills in business and professional environments.

MS Degrees General Requirements

The MS degrees are designed for those qualified students who have an undergraduate and/or graduate degree in business and desire to acquire professional-level skills and knowledge in a specific business discipline. The programs academic structure includes required core courses and a set of elective concentration courses, all of which support the student’s efforts to gain an in-depth and applied understanding of the business area they have chosen for their continuing professional and career growth. The availability of a broad selection of special elective courses provides students with the opportunity to tailor their degree program to their academic backgrounds and career interests. Students with undergraduate or graduate business degrees will be required to get 36 credits in semester units of courses in order to earn the MS degrees.  Students with an undergraduate and/or graduate degree in fields other than business will be required to complete foundation courses, which may add up to 18 additional units to the programs graduation requirements. Appropriate adjustments based on individual applicant backgrounds may lead to somewhat different requirements.

MS Degrees Enrollment Requirements

Students admitted to the MS degree programs must maintain continuous enrollment of a minimum of 9 units each academic semester (excluding Summer).  All students who are working on a Master’s level project, completing coursework in which the grade of “I” (incomplete) was given, or engaging in special research projects, must register in each successive semester (excluding Summer Session) until the degree requirements are completed.

MS Programs Course Structure

MS core courses on 300 level consist of 9 credit hours or three 3-unit courses given in a form of 45 hours of lectures each.

MS five 4-unit elective courses on 400 level and one 4-unit core course on 400 level consist of lecture and a faculty-supervised practicum research component. The lecture component consists of 45 hours of lectures and is classroom-based. The practicum component is based on an instructor-approved independent study project that should be research-based and consists of 45 hours of out-of-classroom work. Supervision of the study project by the instructor will include continuous monitoring of the student’s progress in terms of their study project’s stated objectives, evaluation of the student’s final written project report, and its oral presentation. This will give students consulting and presentation experiences. Graduate Internship and Report (BA 491, BA 492) courses are focused on a specific student internship and an analytical report about it with total supervised work of at least 180 hours. The course is finalized by a written document, reviewed by an instructor and its oral presentation.

Grade and Academic Progress Requirements

Students enrolled in the MS programs are expected to maintain their grades corresponding to the policy of satisfactory progress described in the University’s academic catalog and the following chart. The chart specifies the criteria for achieving satisfactory academic progress for full-time students (no transfers) in the University MS program based on the allowable maximum number of semester credit hours attempted (part-time students are evaluated proportionally to the taken part of a program; students who changed their program will be evaluated on all courses taken):


Program Maximum Units Attempted* Evaluation
Credit Units
Minimum  Cumulative GPA
18 25% of MTDC 6 2.7
36 End of 1st Academic Year 12 2.8
54 50% of MTDC 18 2.9
54 End of 2nd Academic Year 24 3.0
54 100% of MTDC (3 years) 36 3.0

*    Units attempted means courses’ units for which the students have incurred a financial obligation or for which any university scholarship funds have been disbursed.

Foundation Courses

Students with Bachelor's degrees in areas other than business or whose transcripts are short of some important courses may be required to complete foundation courses in the following areas: accounting, economics, statistics, finance, management, marketing, or computer science. Students, who have not completed these or similar courses before coming to Lincoln University, are required to do so during the first 18 credit units of their study. The courses will be individually determined on the basis of the initial assessment by the Program Director, Registrar, or an academic advisor.