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.

Before You Begin

From May until the start of the program in August, students will be expected to complete a set of onboarding tasks and assignments through Canvas, Penn State's online learning platform. This includes advanced career prep with our Career Services team, as well as course pre-work. To gain a better understanding of these assignments and the time frame within which they are completed, you can view the Onboarding Checklist used in Fall 2018 for the incoming MOL Class of 2019.

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

View the Fall set of courses through the Fall 2019 Core Course Schedule.

Spring Semester

Module 3:

  • Marketing Management: Development of a marketing management focus including market analysis; competitive analysis; and management decision-making.
  • 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: 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.

View the Spring set of courses through the Spring 2020 Core Course schedule.