We are all familiar with the changing landscape of today’s working world: fast-paced, globalized and complex. 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 for more “organic” and fluid forms.
What if you could better communicate your vision, empower and motivate your colleagues and have cutting edge knowledge of your field?
Leadership development through the Organizational Leadership (OL) program helps students adapt to this new paradigm better than most M.B.A. programs. The M.B.A. degree will prepare you for management; a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership prepares you to lead in practically any setting. The OL program empowers its students with leadership skills that prepare 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. We believe exemplary leadership in organizations is evident when organizational participants at all levels are growing, and people in communities outside the organization are benefited as a result of the organization’s activities. We aim to inspire and equip our students to become exemplary leaders in service to others.
The OL program focuses on strengthening our students' skills and competencies in:
Download the OL graduate program brochure to learn more.
So what's the difference between an M.B.A and M.S. in Organizational Leadership?
The M.B.A. 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.
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Our M.S. in Organizational Leadership will provide you with the latest leadership theory as well as the opportunity to specialize in your personal area of interest. Each specialization below is available as both a four course graduate certificate and four course concentration in the master's degree. Select a concentration/certificate below to learn more about the specialization including the required coursework. Current undergraduate students at Mercyhurst University may be able to begin working on their master's degree early. Learn more about OL's 4+1 Program, which allows MU undergrads earn two degrees in five years, saving both time and money!
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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.
Prospective applicants for the Master of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership 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 the conditions of the acceptance prescribed by the director.
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.
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.
Should you have any questions regarding this program, the admissions process, graduate financial aid or to set up a campus tour, please contact us via the information below:
Office of Graduate & Continuing Education
501 East 38th St
Erie, PA 16546
Phone: (814) 824-3351
Mary Breckenridge, D.Ed.