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College of Continuing & Professional Studies

Master of Science in Organizational Leadership

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The world's best organizational leaders are skilled, innovative, principled, and ethical leaders who understand the foundations of organizational leadership and build on those to contribute to the effective functioning of society at all levels. They 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. Top organizational 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.


The M.S. in Organizational Leadership 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. 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 the workplace setting, and prepare them for professional longevity. The course work challenges students to think critically and to respond reflectively in an intensive learning environment. The degree will provide students with the tools and best practices they need in order to excel in today's complex 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. Core curriculum topics include:

  • Conceptual and theoretical leadership models
  • Leadership development
  • The challenges of leading change
  • Strategic planning
  • Organizational theory and behavior


Students will be able to tailor their degree to their own professional situation by selecting one of these concentrations:


Dr. Lynn Clemons, Chair of the Department of Leadership Studies


Phone: 678-547-6486


For additional program information or an application packet contact:


Phone: 678-547-6417