Master of Strategic Leadership

Be Future Ready, Today! 

The Master of Strategic Leadership (MSL) program is designed for professionals looking to excel in leading people and sustain organizations.  Expand your knowledge and your network, and learn from experienced faculty and peer professionals.

Programs that suit your needs

  • Face to Face:  In person classes are available in the evenings one to two nights per week.  Students discuss topics and develop professional relationship, presentation, and communication skills.
  • Virtual Seminar Series: Students connect virtually each week to discuss topics and develop relationships.  The low residency portion of the program (one to two meetings) brings students together to enhance professional presentation and communication skills.  Classes start in February so apply now!
  • Two areas of emphases and two certificate programs available
  • 9 start times throughout the year so apply today!

Hone the skills of effective leadership

  • Strategic thinking & decision making
  • Communication
  • Team building
  • Strategic planning
  • Change
  • Engagement & motivation
  • Conflict resolution
  • Systems & organizational analysis

97% of 10,000 senior executives chose strategy as the most critical leadership behavior to organizations' success.
  - Forbes (February 2019)

Focus on your career

  • Finish in as few as 12 months (34 credit hours), or adapt a plan to fit your needs
  • Weeknight, face-to-face accelerated courses 
  • Succeed with one subject at a time in 5- and 10-week course-blocks 
  • This non-thesis program emphasizes applying what you learn—immediately
  • Eight start times per year & applications accepted year-round
  • No entrance exams (GRE or GMAT not required)
  • Affordable tuition and financial aid options

Focus on your life

This master's degree program is designed to work with your busy lifestyle 
We understand your unique needs, and we’ve designed the Master of Strategic Leadership program to blend with your busy lifestyle. Mount Mercy’s accelerated format includes 5- and 10-week courses. Weeknight, classes meet 1-2 times each week, Monday through Thursday from 5:30-9:30pm. Our innovative format is aimed at letting you focus on one course at a time, so you can continue to work, study, and enjoy time with family and friends.

Focus on value

Tuition is charged per semester hour. Tuition is due the first day of class. Learn more here, or explore the catalog.

 201920:   $638 per credit hour

Receive a 10% Discount!  Students who are employed with one of our corporate educational partners receive a 10% discount on tuition.  If your company is not listed and would like us to consider them for partnership, please email us at

Tuition reimbursement – Mount Mercy University accepts tuition reimbursement from employees and employers who have that benefit available to them. We allow students that receive tuition reimbursement up to 45 days after the completion of the course to pay the course tuition. 
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89% of executives are having a difficult time finding people with leadership qualities.  - 2018 Wall Street Journal survey


Lauren Wymore ’20

“Mount Mercy’s MSL program and my career go hand-in-hand. Just today I shared some of the program’s reading materials in a team meeting. The things I’m learning and reading in class are applicable to my day-to-day tasks.”

Lauren Wymore ’20 MSL
GS Support Manager
Collins Aerospace