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Online Master of Professional Studies in the Psychology of Leadership 

The MPS in the Psychology of Leadership is designed for working professionals seeking an advanced education in the cultural and social aspects of leadership. The knowledge and skills you gain from your course work in this program can help you to enhance your career, support organizational objectives, and effectively lead diverse work groups. The program attracts eager, motivated students working at all levels in industries including health care, finance, higher education, social services, military, law enforcement, engineering, and sales and marketing.

Why an Online MPS in the Psychology of Leadership from Penn State?

The Psychology of Leadership program, developed in collaboration with the Penn State College of the Liberal Arts, focuses on the relationships between leaders and followers. The program is based on well-supported psychological research and theory that have been shown to increase leadership effectiveness in work groups and organizations. While based in research, the program emphasizes the application of learned knowledge. In general, course work in the program addresses the way that various aspects and techniques of leadership can enhance the motivation, attitudes, and performance of individual employees and teams in work organizations. In this program, you will have the opportunity to study with highly regarded faculty who are world-renowned researchers and practitioners of leadership. They have exhibited leadership as entrepreneurs and in a variety of organizations, including the military, Fortune 500 companies, education, and more.

Who Should Apply?

If you work in a leadership position now or if you aspire to move into a leadership role, the MPS in the Psychology of Leadership was designed for you. This program is not designed to improve such managerial skills as budgeting or business strategy, but rather to help you understand people and social situations in work settings where more effective leadership can make an impact. If you wish to gain skills that can enhance your leadership effectiveness, this program is a good fit for you. The work you put toward this degree can better position you to improve employee relations, inspire employees through your mentorship, and create a positive, productive work environment for your team.