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Master's in Management Programs

The Master's in Management programs at Gies offer the curriculum, resources, and expertise you need to become a future business leader. No matter your undergraduate degree or level of work experience, Gies has a master's program that can prepare you to solve critical business problems and lead across a variety of industries. 

Gies offers four management programs:

MS in Management (MSM)

Gain a competitive edge before you enter the job market. The one-year residential MSM program teaches recent graduates not only fundamental business skills but allows them to specialize in areas like data analytics, marketing, global business, finance, and management to build upon their education.

Online MS in Management (iMSM)

The iMSM is a flexible, fully online program that helps early-career professionals build a foundation of business skills from team leadership to budget management. It’s a smart investment because it delivers high-quality content that gives you a competitive edge.

MS in Technology Management (MSTM)

The one-year residential MSTM program is designed for students from a business or technical background. The leading-edge curriculum helps elevate the management expertise of scientists and engineers and amplifies business leaders' analytical decision-making skills.

Online MBA (iMBA)

The iMBA is a highly engaging, fully online program that delivers practical business mastery along with leadership vision. The program offers carefully curated content and experiences that will elevate your future-forward leadership capacity in fields such as globalization, innovation, and shaping the digital future.

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Those who can, teach: bringing real-world experience, right to the front of the class

Oct 23, 2020, 08:35 AM by Aaron Bennett
Sue Pachera is a clinical assistant professor of accountancy. Prior to joining Gies, Sue served as director of accounting policy and research at Exelon for nearly 12 years and spent more than 15 years as an auditor at Deloitte.

From auditing clients like Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley for Deloitte to guiding accounting policy for one of the country’s largest utility companies, Sue Pachera has had a fascinating career. And she owes much of it to a teacher who inspired her. “Like a lot of other people, I went into accounting because I had a dynamic accounting professor, and it just made it seem like something I could envision myself actually doing,” said Pachera. Now she hopes to return the favor, using her experience to inspire a new generation of accounting leaders at Gies.

Pachera says it wasn’t only a professor who gave her the teaching bug. She also has an uncle and a brother who chose the noble profession. But after graduating with a BA in economics from Albion College, she chose a different path, accepting a job at Deloitte.

It was the start of a long and satisfying career with the firm, which included stints in Detroit, the Czech Republic and finally Chicago, where she currently calls home. It was in Chicago that she eventually made the leap to Exelon, becoming the director of accounting policy and research for the largest regulated utility company in the country with more than $33 billion in annual revenues.

For the next 10 years, she helped guide Exelon’s accounting decisions, working through major mergers, implementing new accounting guidance, and developing the accounting required for significant transactions. That’s where she learned one of the key lessons that she hopes to impart to students at Gies — accounting choices aren’t always cut and dried.

“I think one of the things that surprises people about accounting is how much judgment needs to be applied,” said Pachera. “I want to emphasize that to students and work with them on how to do good research and how to support making those judgments, because there’s a lot of ambiguity. I think it’s a skill to get comfortable working in those ambiguous places and developing a good, consistent rationale for how you make decisions.”

She also hopes to equip her students with solid communication skills. “Being able to communicate clearly with people, understand where they’re coming from and have respect for their viewpoints when they don’t agree with you — I think those are really important skills,” said Pachera.

Pachera will be teaching ACCY 303: Accounting Institutions and Regulation at Gies while also helping develop new materials for the school’s online offerings. “I’m really looking forward to that too,” said Pachera. “Obviously the pandemic is very challenging for higher education, but when you’ve got a program like that that’s designed to be online, I think it’s extremely attractive.”

Pachera says she was drawn to Gies both by its reputation and by all the people she worked with in Chicago who were graduates of the program. That positive impression was reinforced when she visited the school earlier this spring. “I really liked the atmosphere on campus and the energy in the accounting department,” said Pachera, adding that she was “blown away” by the welcome she received from the faculty.  In the end, she said her decision to join Gies wasn’t a difficult one. “When you have the chance to be part of a program of that caliber, it’s a no-brainer.”