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Master of Strategic Leadership (MSL)

Months to complete
Only 34 credit hours
Live & On-Campus
Choose your format
Per credit hour
10% partner discount

Lead effectively in a dynamic environment

Our MSL program is designed for experienced and emerging leaders with a growth mindset. Focusing on relationships, leadership, and strategic thinking, the MSL will help you drive collaboration and purpose—making you an adaptive leader of the future. 

What's the admissions process like?

Applications are accepted and reviewed year-round. Our graduate admissions team is here to help you reach your educational goals and answer your questions. 
  1. Complete your application

  2. Request official transcripts from all institutions previously attended. Email to or mail to:
  • Graduate Programs
    Mount Mercy University
    1330 Elmhurst Drive NE
    Cedar Rapids, IA 52402-4797

  • Three years of full-time work experience (recommended)

  • Personal interview with program director and additional writing sample may be requested

MSL vs. MBA—Which is right for me?

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 MSL and MBA will help you grow in your career. In fact, many students have done both.

Kristen Roberts '20 MSL

It's a lot with working full-time, having a family, and being involved in the community. The thing that I liked most about the program is how they work with your life.

Do you offer certificates or areas of emphasis?

Yes—earn a graduate certificate now, and apply it to your MSL later. After just four courses (12-13 semester hours), you can earn a certificate in:

You can also choose an area of emphasis in the following:

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

Practical curriculum

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Am I eligible for financial aid?

Yes, you’re eligible for scholarships and loan programs. The first step is to complete your FAFSA, which helps determine state and federal aid available to you. Our federal school code is 001880. Contact our Financial Aid Office with any questions.