Deciding Between the MBA and MSL

Mount Mercy's respected business and leadership programs provide a structure for innovation and cross-collaboration.

Which degree is right for me?

The key is to determine your goals, interests, and ambitions:

  • The MBA will help develop the business expertise to achieve business-related success. 

  • The MSL is designed for leaders in all industries who want to grow their leadership skills.

Both the MBA and MSL can help you grow in your career.

One size does not fit all...

  • Designed to develop the skills required for careers in business and management

  • Focuses on the components of the business enterprise (i.e. marketing, finance, operations management and other business processes), including the tactical analysis of a business

  • Learn to analyze, improve, and manage process and systems

  • Applies theories and skills to solve problems and achieve best practices

  • Develops the skills and competencies to manage others

  • Essential tool for success in business, demonstrating professional consistency and quality of education

  • Fosters entrepreneurial spirit by emphasizing innovative and creative thought

  • Signifies a demonstrated practical application of business theories and concepts

  • Develops a professional network of individuals that can be called upon with questions outside of their own specific job functions

  • Gives the theoretical insight and practical application of leadership by focusing on the ability of an individual to lead

  • Focuses on the people in the organization and how leaders influence others to produce collaborative cultures that drive change and deliver results

  • Applies leadership theories to solve complex people challenges of the future

  • Gives you the tools to overcome organizational challenges, regardless of the specific field or industry

  • Develops the skills and competencies to lead others

  • Grow in self-awareness, develop a leadership philosophy, and recognize how actions impact others

  • Become an adaptive leader that drives growth and innovations

  • Signifies a demonstrated practical application of leadership theories and concepts

  • Develops a professional network of individuals that are emerging leaders and leaders in the community

Why do both?

Both programs offer unique strengths and promote in-demand skills.

  • Tactical and strategic knowledge, skills, and abilities are rare

  • Creates more promotable emerging leaders, and rounds out the skill sets of seasoned leaders

  • Allows for a holistic evaluation and solution to problems including theoretical and practical application

  • A leader that can understand the perspective of an employee is valuable, and an employee with the ability to understand the perspective of their executive leadership is equally valuable

  • Deepens the understanding of how the skills used to lead others impacts the ability to perform their jobs efficiently and effectively

  • Teach individuals self-awareness and how their actions impact the business

  • Fosters an entrepreneurial spirit with an adaptive leadership style that brings growth and innovation to the organization

  • Practical application of business and leadership theories and concepts

  • Develops a professional network of individuals and leaders that can be consulted with questions outside of their own duties

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