Organizational Leadership

  • College

    College of Professional Advancement

  • Department

    Leadership Studies

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Grow as a leader with a master’s degree in organizational leadership

Effective leadership rises above formal positions and titles. To be a successful leader, you must also have integrity, authenticity, and strong character. These values—combined with communication and collaboration skills—can prepare you for leadership roles across industries and sectors. Hone these skills and leadership abilities through Mercer University’s Master of Science in Organizational Leadership.

The organizational leadership master’s degree program is designed for aspiring or existing leaders who are seeking advanced leadership roles in a variety of settings, including the nonprofit, healthcare, military, and technology industries. Customize your program to align with your goals and choose a concentration:

  • Leadership for the Healthcare Professional examines the conditions and challenges of the industry to promote sustainable healthcare solutions.
  • Leadership for the Nonprofit Organization helps leaders learn to create change within their communities through service organizations.
  • Leadership for Organizational Development prepares leaders to confidently guide employees to foster long-term success.

Format: Online • Start Terms: January, August, October • Course Length: 8 weeks • Completion Time: 12-18 months


Your Mercer master’s in organizational leadership degree experience

Then M.S. in Organizational Leadership is designed to be flexible and convenient, allowing you to earn your organizational leadership master’s degree while managing professional and personal priorities.

Sharpen leadership and problem-solving skills

Build a strong foundation and refine important skills that will prepare you to serve as an innovative, principled, and ethical leader. The organizational leadership master’s degree curriculum will develop expertise in:

  • Understanding that leadership is not solely a matter of formal authority or power but rather a matter of influence, integrity, spirit, and respect—regardless of one’s power or authority
  • Creative problem-solving in organizational leadership, encompassing key skills in inquiry, data collection, analysis, and interpretation
  • Effective communication using various forms of expression, such as logical, statistical, and visual—especially for professional presentations
  • Leadership skills and functions in one of three program concentration areas, including healthcare, nonprofits, and organizational development

Explore M.S. in Organizational Leadership courses

Program curriculum covers a variety of topics, including conceptual and theoretical leadership models, leadership development, leading change, strategic planning, and organizational theory and behavior. Classes also cover topics that impact healthcare, nonprofit organizations, and organizational development.

Your master’s degree in organizational leadership will equip you with the knowledge and skills to lead in today’s complex work environments. You will explore current and emerging leadership theories, best practices, and strategies for organizational innovation, creativity, and change management.

View program requirements for M.S. in Organizational Leadership.

Advance your abilities with a master’s degree in organizational leadership

Mercer’s M.S. in Organizational Leadership will prepare you to successfully lead in complex organizations across industries and sectors. Organizational leadership master’s program graduates have the skills to seek roles such as:

  • Administrative service manager
  • Budget/finance director
  • Case management director
  • Chief nursing officer
  • Community leader
  • Consultant
  • Corporate recruiter
  • Economic development director
  • Executive director
  • Healthcare executive
  • Human resource management director
  • Instructional coordinator
  • Post-secondary education administrator
  • Training and development manager

Learn more about our Organizational Leadership program

Ready to take the next step?

Schedule your personalized admissions counseling appointment, or contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at 678.547.6417 or for more information.

Meet Our Professors

Current leaders and experienced professionals teach our courses and prepare students to guide others through strong character, integrity, and respect.

The Master's in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Leadership for the Nonprofit Organization was the extension I needed to excel in my position as an executive director of a nonprofit organization. The knowledge and strategies learned in the program allowed me to implement change as I was learning immediately. I uncovered perseverance I did not know was in me. I will forever be proud of this achievement for my family, organization, and life goals.

Teressa Stann, M.S. in Organizational Leadership '20

I felt this program would provide me with the knowledge and skillset to enter any organization, be the best leader and employee that I could be, and could be utilized regardless of what the future may hold. Every business needs good and effective leaders, and Mercer has helped me to hone my leadership skills and apply them.

Renee Boudreaux, M.S. in Organizational Leadership ’19

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Take the next step toward your master’s degree in organizational leadership

We’re here to answer your questions and help you through the application process. Schedule your personalized admissions counseling appointment or contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at 678.547.6417 or