An analysis of middle managers choice of graduate management curriculum
Kiefer, Donald Fred
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The thesis was intended to provide an insight into the curriculum desired of selected middle managers attending graduate management evening courses at Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, Illinois. The information contained in the study was based on the analysis of questionnaires distributed to selected graduate students enrolled in evening management courses. The questionnaire asked the respondent to evaluate a listing of the 38 management courses offered seat frequently by 21 selected colleges and universities. The survey indicated that middle managers attending evening management courses were not in complete agreement as to the choice of a curriculum. The survey further indicated a mark tendency toward the selection of a curriculum heavily laden with seminar courses. The courses should be designed to aid in solving current management problems. The study emphasized the perplexing problems involved in establishing a curriculum for a heterogeneous group of students. Northern Illinois University offered eight of the ten courses considered to be most useful by the respondents. It was possible to conclude that the graduate evening management courses offered by the University were meeting many of the desires of middle managers enrolled, in evening graduate level management courses.