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Master of Science in

Virtual Management

M.S. in Virtual Management is no longer accepting degree candidates. This program has been discontinued effective Summer 2014.

The M.S in Virtual Management is No Longer Available

This program has been discontinued effective Summer 2014.

Click here to learn more about the retirement of the Virtual Management Program

Rapid changes in global communications technology and increasingly globalized business ventures have made virtual team projects ever more prominent in today’s businesses and institutions. As organizations turn to virtual teams to harness the expertise of employees and consultants scattered across the globe, they require managers capable of directing productive, positive team interactions in virtual conditions. These managers need to navigate regulatory, sociocultural, and technological differences across national and regional boundaries even as they effectively motivate a geographically dispersed team to achieve organizational goals.

Experts in virtual management, versed in communication theory and techniques and able to exploit emerging communication technology, provide valuable leadership for businesses and organizations competing in a global environment.

The Master's Program

Cultivating modern professionals for virtual environments

Today’s organizations are obliged to use virtual communication technology to achieve their goals. Whether teams consist of members working in the same city or across the globe, businesses routinely form teams with the assumption that virtual communication tools of growing complexity will drive team interaction. These teams need leaders and members proficient in the use of communication technology, adept at navigating diverse global business environments and skilled in creating positive work environments for team achievement.

The Virtual Management program in the Division of Graduate Professional Studies prepares graduates to lead projects in a virtual environment, maximizing efficiency by resolving conflict and motivating team members using communication technology. Students gain expertise in the communication dynamics of organizations, the differences in global business standards, the expectations of diverse legal and ethical environments, and the effective use of technology for virtual communication.

Graduates with a Master of Science in Virtual Management are prepared to:

  • Apply knowledge of virtual team-leadership techniques and worldwide environments to foster better virtual team-building and direction.
  • Apply communication theory and methods to create effective communication, team-building and mutual confidence for virtual teams.
  • Apply knowledge of the virtual-communication tools and technology to establish successful ongoing team interaction, communication and exchange of information.
  • Formulate and implement strategies for managing distributed employees and teams to maximize their productivity.
  • Negotiate and manage contracts in various environments and identify and resolve conflicts in a virtual environment.

There are many options to fund your education. Please note that tuition is subject to change annually. With 30 credits required to graduate, the program tuition is currently anticipated to be $30,700.

Tuition and Fees 2013-2014 Academic Year  

Graduate course (three credits)

$3,070

Late Registration Fee

$70

Application fee  

$50
Application to graduate fee $100

Featured Faculty

Experts In Virtual Management dedicated to your success

Ari Davidow
Ari Davidow
MS
Ari Davidow is an experienced information technology and services professional with a demonstrated track record in successful virtual team management. His more than 20 years of work as an IT and information systems project manager, including his recent work as Director of Online Strategy at the Jewish Women’s Archive, has included software/web development, project management, content management and online community development, cloud computing and multilingual typography.
Amy Todd
Amy Todd
PhD
Amy Todd is both a Sociocultural Anthropologist with an active scholarly agenda and an expert in cultural exchange and virtual communication. Her experiences approaching diverse global culture with a first-hand scholarly research approach have given her the kind of perspective that virtual managers need to function in geographically dispersed groups.  Her excellent communication skills and capacity to understand and navigate cultural differences is an invaluable asset for GPS students seeking to understand best practices of virtual management.
Ian Rifkin
Ian Rifkin
MS
Ian Rifkin currently works as a Software Systems Manager at Brandeis University within the office of Library and Technology Services (LTS) where he architects and implements various Web technologies and applications using current tools and standards. His current work is primarily in LAMP environments (Linux, Apache, MySQL, Perl/PHP).  Despite extensive and focused practical expertise in the field, Ian’s diverse intellectual background make him an adaptable thinker and teacher. His approach to anthropology is closely tied to behaviors of the online world.

How We Teach

A student-centered approach

Graduate Professional Studies has been applying online course development and delivery best practices for more than a decade.  

Learning online with GPS means that you will:

  • Engage in Small Classes with professionals in your field, discussing and applying practical techniques you can bring back to your job. 
  • Collaborate with Experienced Instructors who also work in your fields, bringing their experiences directly into the online classroom
  • Participate when Convenient for you. You will not be required to participate or "attend class" on a particular day or time.  There is a weekly pace, and discussion posts and other assignments are due through the course week. 
  • Learn Online with Confidence. Before your first online course begins, you will complete an orientation course through which you will become comfortable with our approach, our standard course structure, and the learning management system (Moodle).
  • Experience Brandeis Standards of Excellence.  Your courses and program go through layers of reviews as part of our quality infrastructure, including course & instructor reviews, internal reviews by faculty, and external reviews by Professional Advisory Boards.
  • Receive Personal Support  from your assigned Student Advisor who will help you navigate your graduate experience, serving as your main point of contact from admission through graduation.

Our Graduates

Their success stories

As an online learner at Brandeis GPS, I found the coursework and support resources convenient and accommodating. In fact, I rarely felt as though my studies were an interruption. What I learned was immediately applicable, and I continue every day to benefit from the understanding the courses gave me. I was offered a new job during coursework, and I later discovered that one of the primary reasons I received the offer was because I was enrolled in the program. I've found that, when making new connections, having a degree from Brandeis earns you a great amount of initial trust. Scott Paddock
The curriculum was challenging and real-world related. The principles of project management I learned can really be applied to almost any field and aspect of life, but my new knowledge gave me the confidence to start my own business and apply Project Management tools and techniques to non-traditional fields. I loved the flexibility of the classes. I was able to complete my degree from across the country while working and starting a family, and the distance learning requirements created a highly structured and engaging format, requiring students to be involved in the subject matter almost daily.   Michelle Welsh
When I started to look for graduate programs, I had been out of school for 11 years. I have a very demanding job, so I needed a program that fit into my already busy lifestyle. The curriculum was complete! They covered everything I could ask for as an aspiring Project/Program Manager, and I was able to use materials taken directly from the courses at my current position. During my time in the program, I was impressed with the level of dedication of the staff and instructors. I have never experience the level of commitment instructors showed helping me learn and improve from my mistakes. My experience at Brandeis GPS laid out a professional path I didn’t even know was there.   Lydia Vanessa Cotto Cora
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How to Apply

Admission Requirements

  1. Completed online master's degree application
    New applicants should use the "Create an Account" option to begin your application process. If you can’t complete your application in one sitting, use the “Save and Complete Later” function. When you have more time, log in (returning users) to finish your application. You will receive a confirmation number when the application is submitted. 

    If you have applied for admissions to a master's degree program, you may login to view the progress of your application file.  You may also contact your Enrollment Advisor or the GPS admissions office. 
  2. Nonrefundable application fee of $50: The application fee may be paid online during the online application process via the university's secured server. The university accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express credit cards. You may also mail a check to the GPS office.

  3. A four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or equivalent.

  4. Official transcript(s) from every college or university attended: Transcript(s) must be submitted in sealed, signed envelopes and mailed directly from your institution to the Division of Graduation Professional Studies admissions office.

  5. Resumé or curriculum vitae

  6. Statement of Goals

  7. Letter of recommendation

  8. TOEFL, IELTS or PTE (for non-native English speakers)

    Applicants whose first language is not English or who have not graduated with a bachelor’s degree from an English-speaking institution in Australia, Belize, the British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), Great Britain, Guyana, Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, or South Africa must take and submit scores for the TOEFL or IELTS, with guidelines and exceptions noted below. Test scores should be no more than five years old.

    Strong communication skills including the abilities to read and write effectively in English are essential for student success in our programs, particularly our distance learning programs. The purpose of these requirements is to ensure that students are equipped to participate in and perform the work required by their courses.

    TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): Applicants must achieve a minimum score of 100 on the Internet-based (iBT) TOEFL, with a minimum of 24 on each of the four sub-scores; (or 600 on the paper-based (PBT) TOEFL with a minimum of 58 on the reading and writing sub-scores, and a 4.5 or higher on the essay writing score (TWE).

    IELTS (International English language Testing System): Applicants must achieve a minimum score of 7.0 on the individual band scores for academic reading and academic writing.

    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic): Applicants must achieve a minimum score of 68 on the PTE Academic English Language Proficiency test. 

    All submitted score records must include the segmented point distribution among the parts of the test, along with the total. Scores should be sent directly to the Division of Graduate Professional Studies, using the institutional code 0253.

    Exceptions are made for applicants whose bachelor’s degree was earned in many “American Universities”, such as American University in Cairo or AU in Paris, among others.

  9. Education Credential Evaluation (if bachelor's degree was earned outside the United States)
    Applicants who earned their bachelor's degree outside the United States must submit their records for a course-by-course evaluation (official transcripts/mark sheets) by Education Credential Evaluators (ECE) of Madison, Wisc. Information regarding the evaluation process is detailed at the ECE Web site. Applicants are responsible for the evaluation fee.

Upcoming Registration and Application Deadlines 
  • April 15- May 11, 2014
Open Registration
  • July 15, 2014
Fall Start Application Deadline (Suggested)

 

Upcoming Program Specific Virtual Open Houses (VOH) 
  • April 7, 2014, 7pm EDT         
Stategic Analytics, Virtual Open House
  • April 8, 2014, 7pm EDT
Health and Medical Informatics, Virtual Open House
  • April 9, 2014, 7pm EDT
Software Engineering, Virtual Open House
  • April 15, 2014, 7pm EDT
Bioinformatics, Virtual Open House
  • June 3, 2014, 7pm EDT 
Health and Medical Informatics, Virtual Open House
  • June 4, 2014, 7pm EDT
Software Engineeing, Virtual Open House
  • June 5, 2014, 7pm EDT
Strategic Analytics, Virtual Open House
  • June 10, 2014, 7pm EDT
Bioinformatics, Virtual Open House
  • August 4, 2014, 7pm EDT
Strategic Analytics, Virtual Open House
  • August 5, 2014, 7pm EDT
Health and Medical Informatics, Virtual Open House
  • August 6, 2014, 7pm EDT
Software Engineering, Virtual Open House
  • August 12, 2014, 7pm EDT
Bioinformatics, Virtual Open House

 

 

Tuition & Payment Options

2013-2014 Academic Year Tuition and Fees (Fall 2013 - Summer 2014)

Tuition and Fees  

Graduate course (three credits)    

$3,070

Late Registration Fee

$70

Application fee

$50
Application to graduate fee $100

Payment Options

Acceptable forms of payment include:

  • Personal check
  • Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express credit cards
  • Electronic bank draft

Students must be prepared to pay tuition in full. Student registration will not be considered complete unless full payment of tuition and fees is received.

Course Withdrawal and Refund Policy

Students who wish to cancel their registration and receive a tuition refund must state their intention to withdraw by withdrawing from their course online using SAGE or by completing a course Drop Form and submitting it to the Division of Graduate Professional Studies. Tuition will be refunded according to the following schedule:

  • Withdrawal before the first Wednesday of the term, 100 percent refund
  • Withdrawal between the first Wednesday and following Tuesday of the term, 75 percent refund
  • Withdrawal on or after the second Wednesday of the term, no refund
  • Late Registration Fees are nonrefundable in all cases

Students who wish to receive a refund must submit a request using the Credit Release form. Otherwise, the amount will remain on the student's account and be applied toward a future tuition payment. Refunds will be in the form of a check and processed within 10 business days. When applicable, refund policies of the state where online learning students reside will be used to calculate any applicable refunds. Click here for state policies.

Tax Deductions

Some students may be eligible for an income-tax deduction or a tax credit. Consult the appropriate state or federal agency or your own tax adviser for further information.

Financial Aid

Federal Loans:

GPS students may be eligible for federal loans as long as they are enrolled in a master's program, registered for at least two courses each term and actively working toward completing their degree requirements. We do not offer financial assistance in the form of Federal Work-Study, teaching assistantships or other grants. A variety of federal loan programs, including the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan and the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan, may be available to GPS students who meet the above enrollment criteria. The Unsubsidized Stafford loan is not need or credit based, however, the Graduate PLUS loan is credit based.

All students who wish to apply for financial aid must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov, and notify GPS in writing of the date on which the FAFSA form is submitted. When completing the FAFSA form, students should list Brandeis University (federal code 002133) as a recipient of the data.

Students requesting financial aid also must complete a Federal Direct Stafford Loan Application for Graduate Professional Studies. This form must be submitted to the Office of Student Financial Services before the start of the term so that loan funds may be applied.

     2013-2014 Federal Direct Stafford Loan Application for Graduate Professional Studies (PDF)

If a student would like to apply for a Graduate PLUS loan in addition to the Stafford loan, you can follow the instructions on the Office of Student Financial Services webpage: http://www.brandeis.edu/sfs/loans/GradPLUSAppIns.html.

Private Loans:

Students who are enrolled in only one class a semester, or who take classes as a non-degree student, may still be eligible for private loans. Private loans are always credit based. To see which loan programs you could be eligible for, we recommend using the website https://borrowsmart.afford.com/brs/ to compare loan options.  We strongly suggest that students also do their own research on private loans as well.

Contact Information:

For more information about loan options and eligibility, please contact Francine Davis in the Office of Student Financial Services at (781)736-3713. We also highly suggest reviewing the Graduate and Professional Studies Financial Aid Instruction Sheet form for detailed loan application instructions.

Additional Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirement for Students Receiving Financial Aid

Federal regulations require that a student receiving federal assistance make satisfactory academic progress in accordance with standards set by the university. The Division of Graduate Professional Studies is responsible for monitoring academic progress within its graduate programs. To receive federal funding, students must successfully complete two courses (B- or higher) in each semester in which they receive federal loans. If they fail to successfully complete two courses in a semester in which they receive federal loans, they will be allowed to receive federal loans for the next semester but will be placed on probation. If they fail to successfully complete two courses during the probationary semester, they will lose eligibility for federal loans from this point forward. Students may submit an appeal if there are extenuating circumstances that prevented them from successfully completing coursework for two subsequent semesters.

Employer Reimbursement

Many employers offer some form of tuition reimbursement to their employees. Contact your company to determine tuition benefits. Please be advised that tuition reimbursement constitutes a private arrangement between employer and employee. Full payment of tuition and fees must be received upon registration, regardless of the terms of such an arrangement between the employee and employer. If you need a financial statement for reimbursement purposes, you may submit a request online using the Request Itemized Statement form.

Once you have submitted an application for admission, your application will be processed within 24 to 48 hours of receipt. However, your application file will not be reviewed for admission until the Graduate Professional Studies (GPS) office has received all required documents.

If you have applied for admissions to a master's degree program, you may login to GPS Application Management Center to view the progress of your application.  You may also contact your Enrollment Advisor or the GPS admissions office.

The admissions committee typically makes admissions decisions within four to six weeks of receiving a completed file. Decision letters are mailed to all applicants.

How many letters of recommendation are required?

Only one letter of recommendation from an employer/supervisor or instructor is required. You may submit additional letters of recommendation if you wish.

Are the GREs or GMATs required for admission?

No.

When can I apply for admission?

GPS offers rolling admission, so apply anytime. However, we do have recommended deadlines for each semester: July 15th for Fall, Nov. 15th for Spring and March 15th for Summer.

If you decide to take courses without enrolling, you can wait until the end of the second course to apply for a degree program.

Do I have to enroll in a GPS course prior to applying to a program?

No, you may apply for admission without enrolling in a GPS course. Please refer to the Apply for a Master's Degree page for eligibility requirements.

I completed my undergraduate degree outside the United States. Must I have my marksheets/transcripts evaluated?

Yes, all students who studied outside of the United States must complete a course-by-course evaluation through Educational Credential Evaluators. If you completed a graduate degree at a U.S.-accredited institution, you will not be required to complete a course-by-course evaluation of your undergraduate degree.

I have my own copy of my transcripts. Is this acceptable to submit for admission?

No, only official copies of transcripts sent directly from your college/university in sealed, signed envelopes to the Graduate Professional Studies offices are acceptable. If you studied outside of the United States, notarized copies of your official transcript may be accepted.

Are the programs offered by GPS full-time or part-time?

GPS programs are only offered part time, with courses available in the evenings (on campus) or online.

How long does it take to receive an admissions decision?

Admissions decisions are typically reached by the Admissions Committee within four to six weeks of receiving a completed application.

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Please join us for our next Virtual Open House (VOH). Check out our Admissions Events to see a listing of program-specific Virtual Open Houses. Connect with Brandeis GPS Program Chairs and Staff.

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