Curriculum

Overview of the curriculum within the Master of Professional Studies in Management and Organizational Leadership Program from the Penn State Smeal College of Business.

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, each divided into two modules.

Fall Semester: Module 1

  • Communication Skills for Leadership: Provides targeted opportunities to develop the skills to clearly, forcefully, and professionally represent ideas, opinions, and solutions in business.
  • Financial Accounting: Basic concepts and principles underlying financial accounting practices.
  • Management: Examination and application of concepts of human behavior, organizational development, and managing people.
  • Negotiations Immersion: Development of managerial skills for distributive and integrative negotiations at the two-party and team levels.
  • 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.

Fall Semester: Module 2

  • Communication Skills for Leadership: Provides targeted opportunities to develop the skills to clearly, forcefully, and professionally represent ideas, opinions, and solutions in business.
  • Economics for Managers: Introduction to the tools of economic decision-making and a consideration of firm, industry, and global influences on economic decision making.
  • Finance: Examination of techniques available to aid the manager in financial decision-making.
  • Supply Chain and Operations Management: Introduction to the organizational processes and methods used to create and deliver goods and services.

Spring Semester: Module 3

  • Communication Skills for Leadership: Provides targeted opportunities to develop the skills to clearly, forcefully, and professionally represent ideas, opinions, and solutions in business.
  • Global Business Environment: Introduction to worldwide economic trends and economic problems with an emphasis on how organizations cope with global business challenges.
  • Marketing: Development of a marketing management focus including market analysis; competitive analysis; and management decision-making.
  • Risk and Decisions: 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.

Spring Semester: Module 4

  • Communication Skills for Leadership: Provides targeted opportunities to develop the skills to clearly, forcefully, and professionally represent ideas, opinions, and solutions in business.
  • Ethical Leadership: Introduction of ethical responsibilities as an effective business leader.
  • Leadership Immersion: Exploration of the opportunities and challenges of leading individuals and teams for optimal performance.
  • Managerial Accounting: Cost accounting and design of management accounting systems for planning and controlling operations.