July 29, 2015

You’ll like the view from the corner office, but will you like yourself if you use cutthroat methods to get there? Let’s be honest, that’s not the type of behavior that’ll make mom proud. 

But the harsh reality is people will break the rules to get ahead. In a recent survey of financial services professionals, 20 percent felt it was sometimes necessary to engage in illegal or unethical activities to succeed.

An alternative to unscrupulous behavior: learn to be a leader who balances business acumen with ethics and morals.

Challenging? Absolutely. Rewarding? Indeed.

By combining a master’s degree with real-world experience, you’ll get ahead of the competition and hone the skills today’s businesses are looking for.  Plus, you’ll make a difference in your life and the world around you.

But before you jump feet first into a master’s degree, take stock of your career plans. Ask yourself, “How can I best set myself up to advance my career and achieve my goals?” Because you’ve got options, friend. And Regis University can help. 

Take a look at two of our graduate degrees and how you can benefit from each program.

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

In Regis’ MBA program, you’ll focus on the theory and application of business and management. That means you’ll study organizational behavior, strategy, finance, marketing and operations. Our MBA allows you to grow your business foundation with the option of specializing in a high-demand discipline. You’ll have to complete the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) to enter Regis’ MBA program. The program is offered in an accelerated, working-professional-friendly format that typically takes two years to complete.

Degree specializations:

  • Finance and Accounting
  • Health Industry Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • Operational Performance Management
  • Strategic Management

For people who want careers in: Executive and senior management positions in finance, accounting, health care, marketing, and operations; management consulting; and investment banking among other roles. 

Degree cost: $28,080

Average salary with a degree: $109,200

Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL)

Regis’ MSOL program prepares you to manage, lead and train people. How? You’ll develop your skills in communicating, conflict management, strategic planning, process improvement, problem-solving and critical thinking. You’ll be prepared to impact change within an organization through the people who make it work. You don’t have to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) to enter Regis’ MSOL program. Our MSOL program typically takes five semesters or about a year and a half to complete.

Degree specializations:

  • Enterprise Resource Leadership and Planning
  • Human Resource Management and Leadership
  • Organizational Leadership and Management
  • Project Leadership and Management

For people who want careers in: Executive and senior management positions in sales, human resources, training and development; consulting; and leadership training among other roles.

Degree cost: $23,400

Average salary with a degree: Salaries vary – human resource roles average $80,000, sales roles average $91,000 and organizational development roles average $110,000.

Learn more about Regis' graduate degrees in business.