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  • M.S. in Organizational Leadership

    Learn to manage and lead with our 1-year master's degree
    Master what it takes to be a cutting-edge leader in today's rapidly changing business world.
    School of Business
    Dobbs Ferry & Online

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Organizational Leadership M.S. Curriculum


Required Courses 33 Credits
Total 33 Credits

Required Courses

  • ORGL 510 Becoming Transformational Ldr
  • ORGL 515 Practicing Ethical Leadership
  • ORGL 520 Aligning Meaning and Purpose
  • ORGL 540 Collaborative Communication
  • ORGL 545 Leading Diverse Teams
  • ORGL 550 Leading Team Projects
  • ORGL 570 Build Sustainable Organization
  • ORGL 575 Developing Learning Systems
  • ORGL 580 Implementing Change Initiative
  • ORGL 589 Capstone Preparation Seminar
  • ORGL 590 Professional Development Plan/Research Project

Maintenance of Matriculation

Registration is accomplished by either enrolling in classes or maintaining matriculation. The Maintaining Matriculation fee is $100 per term and is processed as a registration. Students who have not maintained matriculation and wish to return to their program within one year after their last course will be charged the Maintaining Matriculation fee of $100 for each missed term. Maintenance of matriculation without attending classes is limited to one year. Activated U.S. Military Reservists are not required to pay the Maintenance of Matriculation fee.

Capstone Advisement

It is expected that Capstone students shall make satisfactory progress with their program’s culminating activity. After the student registers for all of their Capstone requirements, they will be given one subsequent term to complete their work. Maintaining Matriculation registration must be completed for this subsequent term if no other courses are taken. After this period, a Capstone Continuation fee (equal to the cost of one graduate credit) will be charged for each additional term required to complete the project. Students can only register for Capstone Continuation for two terms. A student's degree will not be released until all Maintaining Matriculation and Capstone Continuation registration and fees are recorded appropriately on a student’s record.

Maintenance of Good Academic Standing

The cumulative GPA for both academic standing and degree conferral is a 3.0. Grades are subject to review by the program director at the midpoint and end of each term (i.e., at two-course intervals). At any review, any student whose GPA falls below 3.0 will be placed on academic probation. 

Academic Probation

All students who have a cumulative GPA of below 3.0 will be placed on academic probation. If a student will not be able to achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 within a reasonable time, the student will be dismissed from the program. If a student receives a grade of F or FW in any course the student may be subject to dismissal from the college. For all students on probation, future registrations must be reviewed and approved by the director of the student’s program as well as the school dean.

In all subsequent terms in which the student is on probation the student is required to achieve a term GPA of 3.0 or better. If the 3.0 or higher is not achieved the student will be dismissed. Students who receive a grade of less than B may be required to repeat the course. Students will be allowed to repeat a course only once. 

Incomplete Grades

The grade of I may be granted for a course in which the student has not completed all course requirements due to extenuating and unforeseeable circumstances. The student must request an incomplete grade directly from the instructor; it should not be considered automatic. All grades of Incomplete must be completed within one year. If not completed in a year, the course must be retaken.

Degree Requirements

To be eligible for graduation, students must complete all 33 credits of the program with a GPA of 3.0 or better. The words ”With Distinction” will appear on the diploma of a student whose GPA, upon meeting all requirements for graduation, is at least 3.75. 

Time Limit

Requirements for the degree must be completed within five years from the candidate’s date of matriculation (exclusive of time spent in the Armed Forces). Exception may be made by the director of the program if the student’s request demonstrates circumstances beyond his or her control that temporarily interfere with the ability to complete the program on time. 


The instructor will specify the attendance requirements, along with other requirements, at the beginning of each course. Since one goal of this program is to enhance interpersonal skills, class participation will be an important element in the evaluation of student performance in all courses. 


Academic Program Sequence Map
What are the admissions requirements?
They include: A Baccalaureate Degree from an accredited college or university; A GPA of 3.0 or better*, as reflected by an official transcript; A current resume that summarizes all work experience; and A written statement describing your professional and personal interest in pursuing the MSOL program may be requested. *Applicants with a lower average may be considered for admission as a Special Matriculant based on professional experience.
How many courses do I have to take at a time?
One to three courses a quarter, subject to completing the program within the time limit.
Is Mercy College a nonsectarian institution?
Yes. Qualified applicants are admitted without regard to race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age or physical disability.
How quickly can I complete the degree program?
Exactly 12 months
What can I gain from this program?
Due to the relevance and demand for transformational leaders in today's workplace, the MSOL offers limitless opportunities for graduates of our program.
Thomas Milton Professor, Undergraduate Business
Victoria Roberts-Drogin Assistant Professor, Undergraduate Business

Organizational Leadership Overview

With a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL), you'll be ready for this ever-changing world. Our esteemed instructors combine years of experience with industry leading skills and knowledge in order to provide students with the abilities they need to succeed and distinguish themselves within their chosen profession. 

The MSOL program provides students with opportunities to demonstrate initiative and immediately apply their learning to dynamic, real-time situations within their organizations. For corporate cohorts, the curriculum is further customized to ensure a direct correlation between organizational initiatives and student learning. 

The MSOL program brings together international teams of working professionals. Through interactive, group-based learning experiences, students will be prepared to:

  • Identify current challenges of organizational leadership in historical context;
  • Master the techniques of collaborative team communication;
  • Establish and facilitate successful team projects;
  • Harness human ingenuity, technology and environmental change to foster continuous learning and competitive advantage
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Organizational Leadership Fast Facts

  • Flexible scheduling designed for professionals, with courses taught in Dobbs Ferry, Manhattan and online
  • GMATs optional
  • Non-Business majors welcome
  • Flexible in-class and online class
  • A collaborative learning environment designed to bring together professionals from a variety of fields
  • Competitive career opportunities

Organizational Leadership FAQS

How quickly can I complete the degree program?
Exactly 12 months
Is Mercy College a nonsectarian institution?
Yes. Qualified applicants are admitted without regard to race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age or physical disability.


The purpose of this program is to enable students to acquire knowledge and develop competencies that will make them effective leaders at any level of an organization. This program can be completed in one year and can also be applied as a concentration in the MBA Program.

Degree Requirements

  1. Submit a baccalaureate transcript.

  2. Submit a work statement or résumé that summarizes all work and supervisory experience.

Organizational Leadership Objectives

The major objectives of the program are for students to:

  1. Gain clarity of their purpose, values and commitment
  2. Develop the capacity to achieve goals through collaborative relationships.
  3. Develop the capacity to initiate sustainable changes in organizations

Program Outcomes

Graduates will be expected to demonstrate knowledge of the following:

  • Theories and styles of leadership, with emphasis on understanding the role of leaders in achieving organizational effectiveness.

  • The processes through which ethical conflicts are resolved by organizations, with emphasis on understanding the role of leaders in setting and maintaining ethical standards.

  • Motivational theory and practices, with emphasis on understanding the role of leaders in motivating individuals as members of organizations.

  • Individual and group behavior in organizations, with emphasis on understanding the role of leaders in coordinating the efforts of people.

  • Cultural differences and their influence on organizational behavior, with emphasis on understanding the role of leaders in adapting to such differences.

  • Communication strategies in organizations, with emphasis on understanding the role of leaders in team-building through communications.

  • The market environment, with emphasis on understanding the role of leaders in adapting to economic change.

  • Technological change, with emphasis on understanding the role of leaders in adapting to such change.

  • Strategic management, with emphasis on the role of leaders in establishing direction for organizations.