Mercer University

M.S. Organizational Leadership


The M.S. in Organizational Leadership is designed for aspiring or existing leaders from diverse professions and backgrounds who have at least eight or more years of work experience, who are interested in advanced leadership positions in the public or private sectors.  Top organizational leaders understand that leadership is not solely a matter of formal authority or power but rather of influence, integrity, spirit, and respect regardless of one’s power or authority. Effective leaders demonstrate proficiency in inquiry, creative problem solving, and examining values in decision-making. They communicate effectively using various forms of expression, such as logical, statistical, and visual. Mercer University prepares such leaders.

Students work collaboratively with faculty advisors who will help them assess and develop their leadership skills, facilitate the transfer of their academic knowledge and research designs into workplace settings, and prepare them for professional longevity. The course work challenges students to think critically and to respond reflectively in an intensive learning environment.

Advantages of Mercer’s Master of Science in Organizational Leadership:

  • Flexible hybrid-formatted program (50% online)
  • Three degree concentrations to meet your professional goals
  • Personalized, interactive teaching by accessible faculty
  • Leader-to-Leader Symposium


The Nonprofit Sector’s Leadership Deficit White Paper states that the nonprofit sector will likely need nearly 80,000 new leaders by 2016.  The degree will provide students with the tools and best practices they need in order to excel in today’s complex organizations, both non-profit  and profit organizations. The curriculum combines a leadership studies core with a concentration area that together create a graduate-level program that can be tailored to specific needs. 

Topics include:

  • Conceptual and theoretical leadership models,
  • Leadership development,
  • The challenges of leading change
  • Strategic planning
  • Organizational theory and behavior
  • Topics that impact healthcare, nonprofit organizations and organizational development

Location(s) where program is delivered include:

Delivery Format

Full-time status in the program is nine credit hours per semester. Students may attend on a part-time basis by taking less than nine credit hours. The hybrid-formatted program means that students meet 50% of the time face-to-face on Saturdays, and 50% of the time online. Each summer, in June, students in the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership program are expected to attend the Leader-to- Leader Symposium.