Mercyhurst University



The master's degree in organizational leadership with a concentration in accounting will provide students with professional knowledge in the field, preparation to take the Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) exam, as well as leadership skills and knowledge. Learn the “language of business” at Mercyhurst University and rise to a leadership role in the accounting department at your organization.

Specific topics of study, include:

• Auditing and attestation
• Financial accounting and reporting
• Business environment and concepts
• Accounting and business regulations

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Higher Education Administration

The concentration in higher education administration will prepare students for a position or advancement in a higher education setting. The courses in the concentration focus on the practical and day-to-day running of a higher education institution, with students completing an invaluable internship in a higher education setting. The concentration will prepare students to work in any facet of higher education administration, including: student financial services, enrollment, student life, academics and advancement. The U.S. Department of Labor projects that job opportunities in the field of higher education administration should be “excellent” through 2018.

Specific topics of study, include:

• Governance and functions of higher education
• History and trends of American higher education
• Higher education law

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Human Resources

The concentration in human resources (HR) is specifically designed to prepare students to take on a managerial role in the HR field. This concentration provides a professional level of field knowledge and opportunities to discuss/apply practical applications. Combined with the organizational leadership core, successful graduates will enter a dynamic field with expert knowledge as accomplished HR managers at companies regardless of their size or industry.

Specific topics of study, include:

• HR management
• Labor management relations
• HR development
• Law for leaders

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NEW! OL 645: Special Topics in Leadership

Students can enroll in Professional Skills (628), which prepares students for either the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certificate exams using the SHRM Learning System®. Eligibility criteria available here.


Organizational Leadership

Students may choose to focus specifically on organizational leadership, which is designed to provide a theoretical and practical framework for professionals who currently hold leadership positions or are aspiring to leadership roles in organizations. The program views leadership as a process; for that reason, it emphasizes practical application while addressing leadership needs in both profit and nonprofit organizations, especially social service, business, government, education and manufacturing.

Specific topics of study, include:

• Leadership theory and practice
• Leadership and organizational behavior
• Organizational ethics

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Sports Leadership

The concentration in Sports Leadership provides a professional level of knowledge in the field, which prepares students for entry into or advancement in the field of sports leadership. Students are prepared for leadership roles in coaching and athletics, specifically in collegiate, scholastic or professional settings. The concentration focuses on applying theoretical knowledge to the practical day-to-day leadership needs of athletic teams and players.

Specific topics of study, include:

• Introduction to the sports industry
• Coaching leadership and psychology
• Higher education law and law for leaders
• Leadership and life management 

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Strategy and Innovation

Strategically innovative organizations are characterized by unique qualities exemplified in their people, culture, structure, systems, and processes.  This concentration focuses on the actions that leaders take to enable organizations to execute innovations for increased value and growth.  The program explores how leaders create and evaluate opportunities, develop analytical capabilities, and implement strategies to achieve success. Success depends on balancing the challenges of leading innovation to produce concrete results and applying decision making and planning tools to guide development of new products and services from idea to marketplace.

Specific topics of study, include:

  • Strategic Marketing
  • Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability
  • Strategic Management and Planning
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship