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Master of Strategic Leadership (MSL)

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Master of Strategic Leadership (MSL)

Mount Mercy's MSL is designed for leaders and emerging leaders with a growth mindset who would like to add higher level competencies to the skills most desired in organizations today.

Lead with Purpose

Focusing on relationships, leadership, and strategic thinking, our MSL program will help you drive collaboration and purpose—making you the adaptive leader of the future.

  • No GMAT required
  • Non-thesis program—apply what you learn immediately
  • Designed with the flexibility working adults need
  • Multiple delivery options available, including face-to-face and virtual seminar delivery method
  • 34 credit hours
  • Finish in as few as 12 months

Emphasis Areas

Earn a traditional Master of Strategic Leadership, or focus on an emphasis in: 

  • Human Resources 
  • Quality Management 

Graduate Certificates

You can earn a certificate in the following areas along your path to an MSL:

  • Leading People & Organizations
  • Leading & Developing Human Talent

A graduate certificate requires 12 semester hours (4 courses) and can be applied toward an MSL or MBA.


Available face-to-face and virtual seminar delivery method

Courses are conveniently held one or two nights a week in 5- or 10-week blocks, letting you focus your attention on one class at a time. Finish in as few as 12 months, or adapt a plan to fit your needs.

Designed for leaders with a growth mindset, the virtual seminar delivery method allows students to take MSL classes virtually by connecting weekly to discuss topics and develop relationships. Focusing on relationships, leadership, and strategic thinking, the program helps students drive collaboration and purpose to make them adaptive leaders of the future.

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In business, people are most important. You can teach a person a job and give them the tools, but how you treat each other and work together is what’s important. That’s always been my view of leadership, and that’s why I appreciate Mount Mercy’s MSL program.

Lauren Wymore ’20 MSL
Collins Aerospace

Careers in Strategic Leadership

Position Titles of MMU MSL Graduates:

  • Human Resources Business Partner
  • Senior Talent Acquisitions Partner
  • Real Estate Agent
  • CEO, Nonprofit
  • Operations Analyst
  • Director of Financial Aid
  • Applications Analyst
  • Nurse Manager
  • Senior Talent Development Consultant
  • Fund Raising Advisor
  • Workforce Analyst
  • Information Services
  • Operational Compliance
  • Director of Student Life
  • Civil Rights Investigator
  • Assistant Professor
  • Membership Officer
  • Public Health Director



  • Van Meter
  • Hennepin Healthcare
  • Wells Fargo
  • John Deere
  • Great America 
  • Collins Aerospace
  • Frontier
  • Transamerica
  • Cambridge Investments
  • Linn-Mar School District
  • Mercy Hospital
  • Unity Point Hospital
  • Toyota North America
  • Tata Consultancy
  • Hibu
  • City of Cedar Rapids
  • Linn County
  • BankIowa
  • Verizon
  • Mid America
  • Amana Society
  • Johnson County

Be an adaptive leader of the future.

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