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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 from the front

Mount Mercy University’s Master of Strategic Leadership (MSL) program is designed for established leaders and motivated executives.

Our strategic leadership master’s degree focuses on the strategy needed to lead at the highest levels of business, preparing you to align your actions with your values.

Earn your master’s degree in strategic leadership from Mount Mercy, and change the way the world does business.

What can you do with a master’s degree in strategic leadership?

Earning your Master of Strategic Leadership is a pivotal step toward increasing your lifelong earning potential and advancing in leadership roles.

Explore organizational and executive leadership, improve your communication, and learn how to foster collaborative environments—even in virtual settings. Gain the skills you need to be a force of change inside any organization.

Why a Master’s in Strategic Leadership from Mount Mercy?

Our personalized strategic leadership master’s degree is built for experienced professionals, helping leaders like you refine their skills through real-world experiences and professional networking—in and out of the classroom.

  • Experience a curriculum that keeps pace with the times
  • Collaborate with professors who are practicing professionals
  • Graduate ready to rise to the highest levels in your career

As you work toward your strategic leadership master’s degree, you’ll expand your professional network and grow as an executive.

Earn your master’s in strategic leadership degree on your schedule

Enjoy the flexibility to earn your master’s degree in strategic leadership with a format that helps you balance work, school, and all your other responsibilities.

  • Choose from nine start dates
  • Take one course at a time
  • Enjoy manageable 5- and 10-week blocks
  • Meet on-campus or online (live & on-demand) once each week
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.

What can you do in our Master of Strategic Leadership program?

Thrive in an environment driven by collaboration. Gain the knowledge needed to lead anywhere in a dynamic and evolving work climate. Benefit from a program where big ideas are born. 

What will you learn in our Master of Strategic Leadership program?

Evaluate executive leadership styles. Study decision-making models. Explore change management. Establish a growth mindset. Discover the value of reflection. Hone your personal brand.

Dardis training

As part of our MM, MBA, and MSL curriculum, you’ll gain valuable training on presentation skills and professional image from Dardis Communications to empower you in your career. In an increasingly competitive market, the ability to present, articulate your vision, and hone your personal brand could be the keys in setting you apart from the rest.

Customize your master’s degree in strategic leadership

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:

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

How can I afford a master’s in strategic leadership?

You may be 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.

Get started on your strategic leadership master’s degree

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

Which Business & Leadership program is right for me?

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

  • The Master of Strategic Leadership (MSL) helps you expand your leadership skills to influence team and organizational performance.

All three can help you grow in your career. Many students have completed a combination of programs.