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Creating tomorrow’s outstanding leaders

Gain a solid foundation in business that inspires you to lead a significant, courageous life.

The management major prepares students to lead in a competitive and dynamic business environment. The focus is on developing in students the skills necessary for effective and efficient leadership and management of profit and not-for-profit organizations. 

Management majors cultivate specific skills that enable you to:

  • Analyze real business cases
  • Develop strategic business plans
  • Correctly identify and employ cognitive motivational theories
  • Explain basic management functions in organizations

Students with a passion to serve and lead as part of a team find this program helps prepare them to excel not only in the workplace, but also in their community. Management graduates will be ready to succeed as business analysts, operations managers, project managers, account executives, and consultants, just to name a few.

Mount Mercy encouraged the entrepreneur spirit within me. On top of having amazing professors, they offer great courses that are applicable to the real world.



Working professionals can complete their degree in 18-24 months!

Our plan of study for working adults focuses on developing the skills necessary for effective and efficient leadership and management of for-profit and non-profit organizations.

Choose the format that works best for you—online, in-person, accelerated, or Degree in Three. Whatever you decide, our faculty and staff are here to help you succeed.

You can also take classes in 5- to 10-week block classes that meet once a week. This pathway allows working adults to effectively balance work, school, and life. Better build your schedule with options like:

  • 9 start dates year-round
  • Evening, weekly classes
  • 10% tuition discount for employees of our educational partners 

Build off previous experiences by transferring up to 75 credits form an Iowa community college or up to 93 credits form a regionally accredited 4-year university. Veterans may also earn credit for military training via the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES).

  Traditional plan of study 

Accelerated plan of study

Five tracks to choose from

Uniting real-world experience with a strong curriculum.

Students may elect to pursue the general Management degree, or select one of the specific tracks to focus their coursework.

Qualified Management majors may also take up to 12 semester hours of graduate classes that will count toward both their undergraduate degree and a future graduate degree.

The traditional management track prepares you for effective leadership, planning, supervising, and motivating employees within profit or not-for-profit organizations. It is a perfect major to combine with a second major or minor.

This track prepares you for working in multinational organizations, understanding the cultures of other people and the processes of working in an international setting. Employers are looking for people who have an international perspective and this coursework is designed to prepare students for those opportunities.

This track prepares you to be a leader in many settings, especially manufacturing or production, as a production, group or team leader. This track builds your skills to motivate your team as you plan, innovate, cost, and implement projects while maintaining quality and efficiency.

Designed for the person with a passion for athletics and the field of sport. The sports management major will prepare you to manage, market, finance and plan for local, regional, and national teams or sports organizations.

This track will prepare you to lead with purpose and pride in your work. This track is for individuals with a passion for good, creating organizations with strong values and a commitment to our communities and the environment.

This track particularly reflects the Mission of Mount Mercy University and the values of the Sisters of Mercy.

What are the next steps?

Mount Mercy offers competitive tuition and generous scholarships.

We also encourage all students to apply for federal, state, and other kinds of financial assistance.

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We make it easy by accepting applications year-round! No deadline, no fee, no pressure.

  1. Create your application
  2. Apply under standard admissions criteria or go "test optional"
  3. Request official transcripts from all institutions previously attended. Mail to:

* Mount Mercy University Admissions
  1330 Elmhurst Drive NE
  Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402

* If you are applying for an accelerated program, please mail to "Accelerated Programs"

For more detailed instructions on how to apply, see our Admissions page.

Careers in management

Real-world experience bolsters a graduate’s resume.

The management degree prepares students for careers in almost any type of organization. Our alumni work in many diverse fields. Common fields include:

  • Department managers in large and small firms
  • Logistics and planning coordinators
  • Procurement analysts
  • Store managers
  • Transportation and delivery coordinators
  • Financial planners
  • Project leaders
  • Recruiting coordinators
  • Office managers

Some management majors have started their careers locally in such companies as GreatAmerica Leasing, Tranamerica, Collins Aerospace, Orchestra Iowa, Boy Scouts, ImOn, Go Daddy, HyVee, Catherine’s, General Mills and many more. We have alumni all over the country at Aflac, Pearson, and Kraft to just name a few.