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
  • Two delivery options available, including on campus 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: 

  • Criminal Justice
  • Health Care Administration
  • Human Resources 
  • Quality Management
  • Remote & Virtual Workforce 

Created with national certifications in mind, our Human Resources MSL emphasis builds your confidence as you begin to study on your own.

Graduate Certificates

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

  • Collaboration & Leadership
  • Health Care Administration
  • Leadership & Navigation
  • Leading People & Organizations
  • Remote & Virtual Workforce

A graduate certificate requires 12 semester hours (4 courses) and can be applied toward an MSL or MBA. Certificates are offered on campus and via virtual seminar.


Available face-to-face and virtual seminar delivery method

Face-to-face: 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.

Virtual Seminar: 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. Courses are held weekly in 5- or 10-week blocks.

Finish in as few as 12 months, or adapt a plan to fit your needs!

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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

Our MSL Graduates


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


  • Amana Society
  • BankIowa
  • City of Cedar Rapids
  • Collins Aerospace
  • Frontier Co-op
  • GreatAmerica Financial Services
  • Hennepin Healthcare
  • Hibu
  • John Deere
  • Johnson County
  • Linn County
  • Linn-Mar Community School District
  • Mercy Medical Center
  • MidAmerican Energy
  • Tata Consultancy Services
  • Toyota North America
  • Transamerica
  • UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Hospital
  • Van Meter
  • Verizon
  • Wells Fargo

Be an adaptive leader of the future.

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