Academic Experience

Information pertaining to the academic experience of the Penn State Smeal Master's in Management and Organizational Leadership (MOL) Program.

The Master's in Management and Organizational Leadership (MOL) Program from the Penn State Smeal College of Business is adapted from the first year of the internationally ranked Penn State Smeal MBA Program. The MOL curriculum will offer a strong foundation in the basics of business, with coursework in areas such as accounting, finance, management, marketing, and supply chain management. Taught by top faculty in a dynamic and collaborative learning environment, students will learn, grow, and excel in partnership with other driven students.

Key Program Features

Your undergraduate education provided the technical skills required for your discipline. The Penn State Smeal MOL adds a business dimension to these capabilities, enhancing marketability and mobility in a highly competitive job market.

  • Solid Business, Management, and Leadership Foundation: Derived from the first year of the Penn State Smeal MBA, the program provides the solid business foundation needed for career acceleration and success. As with the Smeal MBA, leadership is an overarching theme.
  • Leadership Immersion: The leadership immersion experience gives you the opportunity to gain hands-on exposure to unique team-building challenges outside the familiar classroom setting. The immersion experience is meant to expose you to scenarios that stretch critical thinking and communication skills, teach you and your peers what it means to work as a team, and also how to lead in times of stress.
  • Communications Program: The course on leadership communications spans the entire program. Emerge with the tools to clearly, forcefully, and professionally represent yourself and your ideas in a business context.
  • Team-Based Experience: Via a combination of discussion and case-based instruction, you will have the opportunity to do much of your coursework in small teams, often simulating how project work gets accomplished in a business setting. You will learn how to apply principles of teamwork and conflict resolution skills to successfully complete cross-functional projects.
  • Access and Support: As the MOL program is highly selective, a small class size guarantees one-on-one faculty interaction and individual attention. In addition, you not only have access to Penn State resources, but also Smeal-specific resources including career fairs, employer information sessions, and Smeal Alumni Career Services.
  • Ethics-Based Learning: Smeal’s strong commitment to honor and integrity, as demonstrated through the college honor code, is woven throughout the curriculum. Learn to view business problems through an ethical lens and have the opportunity to practice ethical decision-making in a business classroom setting.