On Aug. 21, 2001, the Pennsylvania State Department of Education granted final approval to the third master’s program added to Mercyhurst College’s degree offerings.
The master’s of Organizational Leadership was granted preliminary approval three years ago after undergoing a rigorous application program and site visit.
Since then, the program has seen 20 people graduate and currently has nearly 100 students enrolled in the program.
The Organizational Leadership master’s program is administered by the Walker School of Business and Dr. Bruce Murphy. It was developed to provide a continuing education opportunity for professionals currently in or interested in leadership roles in the corporate world and their community.
The program focuses on leadership, written and oral communication, technology and ethics for leaders. Required core classes include: Leadership Theory and Practice, Leadership and Organizational Behavior, Research Methods, Organizational Ethics, Leaders and Information Technologies, and Decision-Making Tools for Leaders.
Students then choose from a variety of electives, such as Law for Leaders, Global and Cultural Perspectives in Organizations, Philanthropy and Marketing in Nonprofits, Entrepreneurial Leadership in U.S. Business History, Leadership Seminar in Organizing Communities and Public Policy, and Women and Leadership.