Central Penn College - Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership

Central Penn College


Master of Professional Studies

Organizational Leadership

Learner Adult

What defines a good leader? What can you do to transform yourself into an effective leader of change? 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 ethical, influential leader.

Students can choose from one of our two career-focused concentrations of study:

  • Organizational development students will be empowered to effect change through the understanding of organizational dynamics and culture. 
  • Looking to advance to a leadership role in the areas of financial management and analysis? Our financial analysis concentration will set you up for success.

No matter which concentration you select, the MPS degree is designed to enhance career opportunities, and help students develop foundations in ethical leadership, communication, research and management.


*Students may receive up to 9 credits toward their master's degree.

To learn more about lifelong learning credits, click here or contact admissions@centralpenn.edu.

Earn your master's degree faster

Central Penn’s accelerated 11-week terms allow you to advance your career faster. Designed for students to take two classes per term, the MPS degree can be completed in as little as six terms. Students take one course on-site per week and complete the rest of their studies online, at their own pace. Students also can study the organizational development concentration through convenient fully-online courses.

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!

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please click here.


All spring 2019 students who are accepted into the program and begin classes in the spring 2019 term are eligible for a scholarship in the amount of $2,000 broken out over the first 4 terms.

Fill out your free application and contact financialaid@centralpenn.edu for more information.

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Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the Master of Professional Studies program, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Submission of a graduate studies application.
  • Three or more years of professional work experience (waivers may be granted as determined by the Graduate Admissions Committee, GRE/MAT scores may also be considered).
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 from an accredited higher education institution.
  • Submission of two letters of recommendation, one from a current or former supervisor.
  • Submission of a 2-3 page goal statement articulating your career aspirations and professional goals as they relate to organizational leadership.
  • Submission a professional resume.

A maximum of six graduate credits with letter grades of B or higher could transfer to Central Penn provided the credits are equivalent to Central Penn coursework.

Capstone in Professional Studies

The capstone in professional studies provides students with an opportunity to design a project based on a specific situation to generate a practical solution. Through this experience, students will utilize practical leadership skills while they conduct their research. Candidates will submit an action research project design, collect and analyze data from the action research, conduct a literature review and inform practical applications for their research.


Common Core
ORG 500 Perspectives of Ethics and Leadership 3 Credits
ORG 505 Dimensions of Leadership 3 Credits
ORG 510 Strategic Management 3 Credits
ORG 515 Leadership Communications 3 Credits
ORG 520 Applied Research for Professionals 3 Credits
Organizational Development Concentration
DEV 600 Organizational Psychology 3 Credits
DEV 605 Organizational Development and Change 3 Credits
DEV 610 Organizations and Sustainability 3 Credits
DEV 615 Conflict Management 3 Credits
Financial Analysis Concentration
FNA 600 Organizational Management 3 Credits
FNA 605 Advanced Budgeting Systems 3 Credits
FNA 610 Contemporary Risk Management 3 Credits
FNA 615 Topics in Financial Models 3 Credits
Supplemental Courses (3 Credits Required)
ORG 600 Principles of Supervision 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 Research Capstone in Professional Studies 3 Credits

Term Schedule and Delivery Options

Central Penn is currently accepting applications for starts in the following terms:

  • Fall – Financial analysis (on-site) and organizational development (on-site OR fully-online)
  • Spring – Financial analysis (on-site) and organizational development (on-site OR fully-online)

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.

Tuition & Fees

Please click here for more information on graduate program tuition and fees.

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Middle States Accreditation

ACCREDITATION: Central Penn College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267.284.5000; web: www.msche.org). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Status: Member since January 1977. Approved Degree Levels: Postsecondary Award/Cert/Diploma, Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s.

APPROVED BY: the Secretary of Education and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to award the Master’s of Professional Studies degree, the Bachelor's of Science degree, the Associate’s in Science degree, and the Associate in Applied Science degree.

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Accelerated Terms

Earn your MPS degree faster

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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