Experiential Learning

Includes information about the experiential and immersive experiences offered by the Penn State Smeal Master's in Management and Organizational Leadership (MOL) Program.

As a student of the Penn State Smeal Master's in Management and Organizational Leadership (MOL) Program, you will  expand your classroom learning through unique, hands-on learning opportunities designed to further develop key business skills and enhance your resume. 


The intensive two-day orientation serves as your formal introduction to the Smeal MOL program, with a heavy focus on practical learning experiences related to career development, team building, and leadership.

Leadership Communications

As the only yearlong course in the Penn State Smeal MOL curriculum, the Leadership Communications course gives you the tools to effectively translate your knowledge in a way that resonates. With ample opportunity to develop and deliver compelling presentations, you will develop highly valued communication and interpersonal skills. The Leadership Communications course covers four distinct themes:

  • Theme 1: Positioning Yourself as a Solution
  • Theme 2: Clarifying Complex Information
  • Theme 3: Framing Value to Shareholders
  • Theme 4: Creating a Common Vision

Negotiations Intensive

The Negotiations Intensive takes place during the first week of the Smeal MOL program, and it focuses on a systematic approach to negotiating that will enable you to discover, practice, and critique negotiation tactics. With considerable emphasis on simulations and cases, the practicum provides a venue to experientially develop negotiation competency through useful analytical frameworks.

Global Business Environment Practicum

Through the synthesis of institutional, theoretical, and historical global perspectives, the 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. 

Leadership Immersion

The Smeal MOL Leadership Immersion provides hands-on exposure to unique team-building challenges that stretch your critical-thinking and communication skills, learn what it means to work as a team and also how to lead in times of stress.