Master of Professional Studies

Organizational Leadership

What defines a good leader? What can you do to transform yourself into the most effective leader possible? Central Penn College’s Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Organizational Leadership will help you answer those very questions and prepare you to be an efficient, influential leader.

Students can choose from one of our two career-focused concentrations of study. Organizational development students will learn and understand organizational dynamics and culture to practice effective, strategic leadership. Our information systems management concentration is designed to enable information technology professionals to advance to management roles in the industry.

No matter which concentration you select, the MPS degree is designed to enhance career opportunities, and increase critical thinking, leadership and ethical skills.

Central Penn’s accelerated 11-week terms allow you to advance your career faster. In as little as six consecutive terms, or one and a half years, you can earn your MPS degree and be on your way to advancing your career. Our blended classroom program format consists of 2 ½ hours of in-person instruction at our Summerdale campus and 1 ½ hours of hands-on coursework each week. Begining in October 2014, students can study the organizational development concentration through convenient online courses.

Scheduled on a cohort basis, the organizational leadership concentration begins in October, January, April and July, and the information systems management concentration begins in January.

Want to learn more about how you can advance your career with a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Central Penn College? Fill out the request information form to the right – you’ll hear from us soon!

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Admissions Requirements

To be eligible, prospective students must:

  • Submit a graduate admissions application.
  • Have three or more years of professional work experience 
    • OR Graduate Record Exam Scores of 130 Verbal; 131 Quantitative; and 3.25 - 3.75 Analytical Writing
    • OR MAT scores between 235 - 287.
  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 from an accredited higher education institution.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation, a 2-3 page goal statement articulating their career aspirations and a professional resume.

Capstone Experience

A capstone in professional studies including applied/action research is required to complete the program. Students must design, execute, and present a personal project, which synthesizes and applies selected knowledge, skills and experiences appropriate to the students’ personal and professional goals and/or their chosen area of specialization.


Common Core
ORG 500 Professional & Ethical Responsibilities 3 Credits
ORG 505 Dimensions of Leadership 3 Credits
ORG 510 Strategic Management 3 Credits
ORG 515 Leadership Development 3 Credits
ORG 520 Applied Research for Professionals 3 Credits
Organizational Development Concentration
DEV 600 Management of Operations 3 Credits
DEV 605 Organizational Planning & Development 3 Credits
DEV 610 Applied Decision Making 3 Credits
DEV 615 Conflict Management 3 Credits
Information Systems Management Concentration
ISM 600 Informatics or Security 3 Credits
ISM 605 Managerial Applications of Information Technology 3 Credits
ISM 610 Database Administration and Management 3 Credits
ISM 615 Project Management      3 Credits
Elective Courses (3 Credits Required)
ORG 600 Principles of Supervision 3 Credits
ORG 605 Organizational Psychology 3 Credits
ORG 610 Negotiation and Bargaining 3 Credits
ORG 615 Employment Law for Managers 3 Credits
ORG 620 Budgeting and Finance for Managers 3 Credits
Capstone in Professional Studies
ORG 699 Applied/Action Research Project 3 Credits

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Accelerated Terms

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Our year-round 11-week terms mean you will be earning your master’s degree even faster, in as little as six consecutive terms, or one and a half years.

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