What is the focus of the program?

The program has an interdisciplinary focus, which provides a targeted study of leadership along with the development of conceptual, interpersonal, and technical administrative and organization skills. Courses provide a practical, real world approach to administration, emphasizing leadership, interpersonal relations, and implementation of change in a global environment. The degree program is designed with a keen appreciation of the leader's critical and evolving role in the change process and dynamic environment of 21st Century organizations.

What career options are available to this major?

If you choose this program, you’ll focus on leadership skills that can be used in any organization. In addition to studying standard business topics such as finance and communication, you’ll explore leadership dynamics, team building, and conflict resolution and mediation.The program is designed for aspiring or existing leaders from diverse professions and backgrounds who are interested in advanced leadership positions in the public or private sectors.  The program is appropriate for students wishing to advance their current careers as well as those planning a career change.

Are any of the courses offered online?

Many classes are offered completely online, and some classes are offered in a hybrid format - a combination of online and face-to-face meetings.

Where are the classes offered?

All courses are available online or on campus at Mercer locations in Atlanta, Douglas County (Lithia Springs), Henry County (McDonough), and Macon.

When do the classes meet?

Mercer University’s Regional Academic Centers are designed to meet the needs of working adults. Classes meet on weekday evenings or on Saturdays, once a week for eight weeks. There are two eight-week sessions during each of the Fall and Spring Semesters, as well as one eight-week and one four-week session during the Summer Semester.  Most enrolled students take two classes per session for full time enrollment for the semester, meeting two different days of the week. 

Can I work and go to school?

Most of our students work, take care of families, and attend classes.

How many credit hours can I transfer into Mercer?

The University Registrar determines which courses taken at other institutions are directly comparable to Mercer’s courses and will be credited toward completion of degree requirements at Mercer University.  Course work with a grade of C- or better earned at regionally accredited institutions will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis and considered for transfer as an equivalent Mercer course or as elective credit.  Remedial or sub collegiate credits will not be transferred.  The maximum credit allowed from all two-year colleges attended is 64 semester hours (96 quarter hours) including all courses taken as a transient student, and no more than 96 semester hours of credit can be transferred from all regionally accredited colleges/universities.  A minimum of 32 credits must be earned in residence at Mercer University for graduation regardless of the number of credits accepted in transfer.

Why do I have to provide immunization records?

Mercer’s immunization policy is a University policy and not an admissions policy, which is designed for the safety of our students.  If immunization records are not released to Mercer before the first semester, you will need to provide them before the end of your first session or it will affect your future enrollment.

How much is tuition?

May I apply for financial assistance?

Financial assistance is offered on a case-by-case basis.  Students may be eligible for federal and/or private loan programs. The Mercer University Office of Student Financial Planning is equipped to provide up-to-date information on financial assistance available to students via federal loan programs.  The first step to apply for federal loans is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) form, available online. You may complete this form as soon as you apply to the program, but eligibility will be determined only after you have been accepted by Mercer University. Please note that federal loans are available to U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents only.