Accelerate your Career Growth

Emerge with the essential business skills you need to compete for early career management and leadership roles with top organizations as part of the Master of Professional Studies in Management and Organizational Leadership from the internationally ranked Penn State Smeal College of Business.

Less Than One Year

Complete the program in two full Penn State semesters.

Fast Payback

Increase your earning potential now and across your career.

An MBA Foundation

Adapted from the first year of the Penn State Smeal MBA Program.

Stand Out on the Job Market

Your undergraduate education provided the technical skills required for your discipline. The Management and Organizational Leadership Program adds a crucial business dimension with access to career development resources to help you thrive.

"I'm just really thankful for the MOL Program and for this job. I'm super excited and could not ask for anything more than what I'm getting."

Jordan Zezza combined a bachelor's degree in neuroscience with business skills developed in the Penn State Smeal MOL Program to land a role with Highmark following graduation.

Program Structure

Consisting of first-year core courses from the Penn State Smeal MBA Program, coursework for the Master of Professional Studies in Management and Organizational Leadership Program is aimed at enhancing your fundamental business knowledge and skills. The program spans two academic semesters divided into 7-week modules to provide an immersive study of course content.

Fall Semester

Orientation: The MOL program begins with an intensive, multi-day orientation designed to prepare students for the program.

Negotiations Intensive: The week-long, hands-on negotiations practicum provides students with the opportunity to discover, practice, and critique negotiation tactics.

Leadership Communications: As a signature hallmark of the Penn State Smeal MOL experience, "Communication Skills for Leaders" is a required course that spans the entire year of the program. The course provides students with the tools to clearly, forcefully, and professionally represent themselves and their ideas within a business context.

Module 1:

  • Financial Accounting: Basic concepts and principles underlying financial accounting practices.
  • Management: Examination and application of concepts of human behavior, organizational development, and managing people.
  • Business Statistics: Introduction to statistical concepts in areas such as probability, hypothesis testing, and statistical inference.
  • Team Process and Performance: Development of managerial skills and techniques for diagnosing, intervening, and leading effective teams.

Module 2:

  • Economics for Managers: Introduction to the tools of economic decision-making and consideration of firm, industry, and global influences on economic decision making.
  • Introduction to Finance: Examination of techniques available to aid the manager in financial decision-making.
  • Marketing Management: Development of a marketing management focus including market analysis; competitive analysis; and management decision-making.

Spring Semester

Module 3:

Risk and Decision Analysis: Construction and use of quantitative methods in business decision-making including data modeling and analytics.

Strategic Management: Introduction to developing and executing an organization’s strategic plan.

Supply Chain and Operations Management: Introduction to the organizational processes and methods used to create and deliver goods and services.

Global Business Environment Practicum: The week-long Global Business Environment Practicum provides an introduction to worldwide economic trends and economic problems with an emphasis on how organizations cope with global business challenges.

Module 4:

  • Ethical Leadership: Introduction of ethical responsibilities as an effective business leader.
  • Managerial Accounting: Cost accounting and design of management accounting systems for planning and controlling operations.

Leadership Immersion: The Leadership Immersion is an off-campus exploration of the opportunities and challenges of leading individuals and teams for optimal performance.


Tuition for students in the Master of Professional Studies in Management and Organizational Leadership (MOL) Program from the Penn State Smeal College of Business is determined by the University and is based on the graduate rate for students in the category of Business, EMS, Science, IST, and Engineering.

The rate for Pennsylvania residents in 2018-19 is $22,976 per academic year, and the rate for non-Pennsylvania residents is $38,466. Tuition rates for the upcoming academic year are set by mid-summer by the University. For more information, visit

The MOL also has the following additional fees:

Leadership Immersion ($75) - The students will spend one day at an off-site location to enhance their leadership, communication, and decision-making skills. The fee will cover all costs including facility, instructor, transportation, and meals for the day.

Accounting Pre-Term Course Access and Materials ($45) - Due to the rigorous nature of the program, and because most students entering the program are not very familiar with Accounting and Finance, students are required to complete a pre-term Accounting course prior to the first semester of classes. The coursework is delivered online but requires a course fee for materials and access.

Communication Skills for Leadership Course ($30) - Since there is no book assigned in the Communications course, this fee covers the binder, handouts, copies, and other materials, as well as additional expenses such as recorders and timers.

Admission Criteria

The Penn State Smeal MOL Program is designed for students from STEM-related disciplines with less than 18 months of post-undergraduate full-time work experience. The program features a multi-step application process, during which you will be asked to submit the following:

  • Penn State Graduate School Application
  • Admissions Essay: What are your short-term and long-term career goals? How does your past experience enable you to achieve these goals? How do you see your MOL experience fitting into this plan? (600-word limit)
  • Resume
  • Educational Transcripts
  • Video Application Response
  • Letters of Recommendation (2): Professional recommendations preferred
  • Visa Application (International Candidates)
  • Official English Language Proficiency Exam Scores (International Candidates)
  • Application Fee: $65

Application Deadlines

The Penn State Smeal MOL features multiple application deadlines throughout the year. Application reviews and decisions are made on a rolling basis. All aspects of the application process must be completed, submitted, and received by the applicable deadline to be considered for admission.


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Last updated February 4, 2019
This course is Online & Campus Combined
Start Date
Aug 2019
1 year
22,976 USD
for Pennsylvania residents. 38,466 USD for non-Pennsylvania residents.
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