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We are all familiar with the changing landscape of today’s working world: fast-paced, change-filled, globalized and diverse. Leaders are now faced with the challenge of being more sensitive, flexible and adaptable to the demands and expectations of stakeholders. Because of these changes, many organizations have abandoned the traditional top- down hierarchical management structures to more “organic” and fluid forms. 

Leadership development through the Organizational Leadership (OL) program helps students adapt to this new paradigm better than most M.B.A. programs because of the nature of the courses offered. The OL program empowers its students with leadership skills that prepares them to create vision, direction and alignment within an organization in order to achieve shared objectives.

Our 33-credit graduate program is designed to meet the needs and schedules of working professionals who currently hold leadership positions or are aspiring to achieve leadership roles in organizations. The program challenges students to synthesize contemporary scholarship with insights from our service-oriented, ethically based heritage. We aim to inspire and equip our students to become exemplary leaders in service to others.

We believe leadership is a process that creates direction, alignment and commitment in groups of people in order to achieve shared objectives. We believe exemplary leadership in organizations is evident when shared organizational objectives are achieved; organizational participants at all levels are growing; and people in communities outside the organization are benefited as a result of the organization’s activities.

Download the OL graduate program brochure to learn more.

OL vs MBA

So, what's the difference between a master’s of Business Administration (MBA) and a master’s of Organizational Leadership (OL)?

The landscape of today's working world is fast-paced, change-filled, globalized and diverse. Leaders are now faced with new challenges: They need to be more sensitive, flexible and able to adapt to the demands and expectations of stakeholders. Because of these changes, many organizations have abandoned the traditional top-down structures of management, and instead, are incorporating more “organic” and fluid forms.

What if you could better communicate your vision, empower/motivate colleagues or hone your knowledge in a given field?

This is exactly what leadership training through the Organizational Leadership program does — it prepares students to manage the aforementioned paradigm better than most MBA programs by focusing on strengthening the following skills that can be applied as the workplace evolves:

  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Problem-solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Research and Analysis
  • People management
  • Professional development

Leadership guru Peter Drucker put it best:

“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.”

The MBA degree will prepare you for management; a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership prepares you to lead in practically any setting.

Comparison of Focus

The MBA degree emphasizes the management and administrative functions in organizations; management and administration functions produce order and consistency. The Master of Science in Organizational Leadership degree emphasizes leading in organizations; leadership produces change and movement.

 

MBA Degree  Master of Science in OL 
Planning and budgeting by setting time tables and allocating resources Establishing direction by creating a vision and setting strategies 
Organizing and staffing by providing structure, establishing rules and procedures Aligning people by communicating, seeking commitment and building teams 
Controlling and problem solving  Motivating and inspiring by energizing, empowering others and satisfying unmet needs

Comparison of Curricula

MBA Curriculum SAMPLE Organizational Leadership Curriculum 
  • Survey of Financial Accounting
  • Statistical Applications
  • Mathematical Tools in Business
  • Survey of Economics
  • Organizational Behavior I
  • Management of Marketing
  • Financial Management
  • Managerial Price Theory
  • Management Information Systems
  • Legal/Ethical Environment of Business
  • Production Management
  • Buyer Behavior
  • Strategic Financial Management
  • International Accounting Practice
  • Management of International Operations
  • International Finance
  • Leadership and Change
  • Management Accounting Concepts
  • Business Policy  

Core Courses

  • Leadership Theory and Practice
  • Leadership and Organizational Behavior
  • Research Methods
  • Organizational Ethics
  • Organizational Communications for Leaders
  • Financial Operations and Analysis
  • Thesis or Research-Based Project

Elective Examples

  • Law for Leaders
  • Human Resource Management
  • Marketing for Leaders
  • Entrepreneurial Leadership
  • Internship 
  • Governance in Higher Education
  • Leadership in Sustainability
  • Coaching Leadership and Psychology
  • Grant Writing
  • Financial Accounting and Reporting

A degree from Mercyhurst prepares you for this exciting and dynamic career.

Masters Organizational Leadership
   
Concentration(s) Accounting
  Entrepreneurship
  Higher Education Administration
  Human Resources
  Nonprofit Management
  Organizational Leadership
  Sports Leadership
  Sustainability

Apply online today -- it's free and getting your application started takes only a few brief minutes.  Interested students may also consult graduate admissions or the graduate course catalog for more information. 

 

Admission Requirements

Acceptance Criterion

Prospective applicants for the Master of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership Program must fulfill the following admission requirements. At the discretion of the Director of the Organizational Leadership Graduate Program, acceptance may be granted to applicants who have not fulfilled all the admission requirements provided they agree to fulfill the remaining requirements before the completion of their first semester in the program.

  • Bachelor’s degree in any discipline
  • Undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or above
  • GMAT, GRE, MAT, MCAT, or LSAT score. Note: waiver of the GMAT, GRE, MAT, MCAT, or LSAT score may be requested by applicants with five or more years of professional work experience.
  • Completed application on file with the Office of Graduate Admissions
  • Official transcripts from ALL degree granting institutions
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A personal essay explaining the applicants reasons for studying organizational leadership
  • Professional Resume
  • International applicants whose primary language is not English must attain a TOEFL Score of 550 on the paper-based exam, 213 on the computer–based exam, or 79-80 on the Internet-based exam or a score of at least 6.5 on the IELTS
  • International applicants must provide their transcripts through World Education Services (WES) for authentication and a WES evaluation report. International applicants can do this by ordering the WES ICAP service. www.wes.org

The Organizational Leadership major prepares students to become exemplary leaders and scholars who exercise leadership in service to others. Our goals are to challenge students to synthesize foundational and contemporary scholarship with insights from our service-oriented, ethically based heritage. We emphasize the 'scientific-practitioner' model in which leadership strategies are learned through applied practice.

Envisioned Future

We will become the region’s preeminent center for leadership education, development and research.

Core Purpose

To inspire and equip people to become exemplary leaders and scholars who exercise leadership in service to others.

Operating Principles

We aim to:

  • Know and understand the leadership development needs of the people in our region
  • Create and provide learning resources that address those needs
  • Emphasize the “Scientific-Practitioner” model in which leadership practices are learned through applied practice
  • Create an enduring organization that is a great place to work and can effectively meet the ongoing leadership development and research needs in our region

Our Core Values

We believe leadership is a process that creates direction, alignment and commitment in groups of people in order to achieve shared objectives. We believe exemplary leadership in organizations is evident when shared organizational objectives are achieved; organizational participants at all levels are growing; and people in communities outside the organization are benefited as a result of the organization’s activities.
 

Exemplary leaders exhibit Mercy values by being:

  • Socially Merciful: Mercy restores human dignity, expands social relations and empowers us to reach out in compassion to others
  • Globally Responsible: Globalization challenges us to learn how to steward the resources of the earth wisely and to act in solidarity with its diverse people
  • Compassionately Hospitable: Mercy hospitality begins with self-acceptance, welcomes peoples of different faith, ethnic and cultural traditions, and thus builds communities that transcend mere tolerance
  • Intellectually Creative: Generous, inquiring and critical habits of mind, which support the aspirations for excellence manifested within the academic community, encourages us in our lifelong search for what is true, good and beautiful
  • Reflectively Aware: Our Christian environment encourages self-reflection and the contemplation of human behavior as it promotes balance of mind, body and spirit, and ultimately offers the opportunity to develop a moral compass
  • Ambassador of Service: Our mercy values inspire us to exercise leadership in service toward a just world

The Organizational Leadership faculty has developed seven broad-based learning outcomes that serve as the framework for the program’s curriculum.  Upon completion of the Organizational Leadership program, graduates will be able to:

1.   Consistently demonstrate exemplary written and oral communication, interpersonal, and presentation skills.

2.   Distinguish contemporary leadership theories and models; articulate a personal leadership philosophy; and apply appropriate models to an organizational setting.

3.   Assess the characteristics of self, others, groups, and organizations as an integral part of the process of leadership.

4.   Demonstrate personal ethical and professional standards; apply standards to the organizational setting.

5.   Reflect on and assess communication-based skills required for effective participation in organizational life.

6.   Apply basic financial and budgeting techniques in an organizational setting.

7.   Demonstrate ability to engage in independent research by applying critical thinking and inquiry skills in data gathering, synthesis, problem solving and decision-making.  

Anne Zaphiris Ph.D. Office: Old Main 200 Phone: (814) 824-3382

Gil Jacobs Ph.D., CPA Dean Graduate Studies, Director Organizational Leadership Graduate Program Office: Old Main 200C Phone: (814) 824-2390

Mary Breckenridge Associate Professor Office: Main 200B Phone: (814) 824-2738

Meredith Bollheimer J.D. Assistant Professor Office: Old Main 300 Phone: (814) 824-3363