Program Structure

Provides an overview of the structure and curriculum of the Penn State Smeal Masters of Management and Organizational Leadership (MOL) Program.

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 a 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.