How does the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL) degree compare to an MBA?

The MSOL is for established professionals. People preparing to enter the workforce or to change careers often seek an MBA. The MSOL degree is an alternative to an MBA, but not a substitute for it. The multidisciplinary MSOL focuses more on people and organizational issues, and less on business topics like finance, accounting and marketing.

In MSOL you will take courses in both psychology and philosophy, and in business and management. Although the MBA degree is more widely known, programs like the MSOL are being developed because of increasing demand for ethical organizational leadership.

Do I need an undergraduate business major or business courses to get into the MSOL program?

No. In fact, we developed the MSOL program because people in all organizations, not just in business, need sharper leadership skills and to better understand how their organizations' work. Any bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university is acceptable. While some current MSOL students have undergraduate business degrees, the majority don't.

What does it take to be admitted to the MSOL program?

We look for a strong academic record, a career history that shows a pattern of growth, commitment to values and ethics and the ability to learn independently. Please refer to admission requirements.

Do I need to take the GMAT, GRE or other type of test?

No. These tests simply do not predict success for the kind of adult learners we seek for the MSOL program.

When are courses offered?

Courses are on Saturdays in Mount St. Joseph University's accelerated weekend format. This means you come to class just five times per term. MSOL courses are offered throughout the year in the fall, spring and summer terms.

How do these accelerated courses work?

Accelerated courses involve a lot of individual, self-directed work and assignments between classes. Students often communicate with each other, and course instructors, through the Web. An important feature of accelerated courses is the use of "pre-assignments" before the first class.

How long does it take to complete the MSOL program?

You can choose the program's pace, and finish it in a bit less than two years. Most students take one or two classes per semester, and it usually takes about two-and-a-half years to finish. Normally, you have five years to complete the program.

How much does the program cost?

Please refer to graduate tuition.

What kinds of students are currently in the MSOL program?

Most are in a variety of management positions. Others want to move up their organization's ladder. It's the first time many have been to school in years.

While several work in major local corporations, others work in:

  • Education
  • Health care
  • Social services
  • Nonprofits
  • Finance, and
  • Governmental organizations

They are accountants, scientists, educators, computer specialists, and entrepreneurs.

Since the Mount is a Catholic university, will I feel comfortable in this program if I am of another faith?

Many non-Catholics are enrolled in Mount programs, including the MSOL. Although the Mount and the MSOL program reflect the values and traditions of its founders, the Sisters of Charity, it is committed to educating students regardless of race, ethnicity or religious background. All courses in the MSOL curriculum are taught in a non-denominational manner.

What is the application deadline?

The application packet should be completed at least one month before the start of each term. We accept applications on a first-come, first-serve basis, so please apply as soon as possible.

How might the MSOL degree impact my career?

Students report that they immediately use what they learn in class, implementing new ideas and energy into everyday management practices. They have shared experiences about designing or improving training programs, appraisal processes and department meetings.

In addition, students report improved relationships with their bosses, colleagues and staff. With these new skills, students say they've been promoted or asked to join an important project team. Some move into new positions with other organizations or pursue entrepreneurism.