Program Summary

Credits Required

30

Tuition per Credit

$1,215
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Learn to Ignite Passion and Performance within Your Organization

Penn State’s Master's in Strategic Management and Executive Leadership is designed to help you develop your ability to think strategically and to learn to embrace the language and process of strategy: from the formulation of effective strategies, to understanding the process of strategy implementation, to building a culture and commitment across the organization.

This specialized master’s degree can help you transition from a functional manager to an organization’s executive leader. You will rise above the day-to-day operations and develop the strategic thinking skills to:

  • interpret and read macro trends (political, economic, sociocultural, technological, demographic)
  • determine how these trends will impact the organization
  • analyze the competitive landscape to carve out a strong market position and competitive advantage
  • develop a long-term plan to deal with the changing environment
  • share your ideas with multiple stakeholders and gain alignment from them
  • effectively implement strategy while making ethical decisions
  • motivate your workforce and inspire others to follow

The Penn State Difference

Top Producer of CEOs. In 2018, LinkedIn named Penn State second in the country for producing the most CEOs, ahead of many Ivy League institutions. You can leverage our reputation to advance your career.

Top Research-Productive Management Department. The Management & Organization (M&O) Department in the Penn State Smeal College of Business consistently ranks among the top ten most research-productive management departments in the world, according to the KUBS Worldwide Business Research Rankings.

This program is AACSB Accredited

Flexibility and Engagement. Penn State’s flexible, online platform allows you to earn a world-class education while you continue to gain valuable work experience. You will interact with dedicated, goal-oriented peers from around the world, creating a network of great ideas.

An Online Curriculum for Aspiring Executives

Students like you will learn by doing. You will have the opportunity to conduct organizational analyses using real-world case studies. We take the theories of strategy and leadership and translate them into operating frameworks that students like you can apply to their own experiences.

As a student, you can:

  • learn to think strategically, recognize patterns in your organization, set a new direction, and facilitate change
  • master the skills to articulate organizational strategies that will drive effectiveness and performance
  • strengthen your interpersonal skills so you can become a more effective leader who appreciates the ethical and social responsibility of spearheading an organization
  • add more depth to your education by selecting a concentration in the field of Negotiation and Influence or Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship

With the Master's in Strategic Management and Executive Leadership, you can gain in-depth expertise in leading an organization at the highest level. This program adopts a focused emphasis on strategic thinking and leadership — with topics that include strategic management, strategy implementation, organizational change, leadership and identity, power and influence, and ethical responsibilities. 

Customize Your Master's Degree

Tailor your degree by selecting a concentration that suits your unique career goals, plays to your strengths, and/or improves your overall marketability. You may select from one of three concentrations:

Business Sustainability Strategy. Gain the knowledge to implement sustainability practices into core business strategy and operations.

Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Explore the principles of innovation and entrepreneurship so you can support a corporate culture that fosters positive change and forward thinking.

Negotiation and Influence. Develop critical negotiation skills and knowledge that can help you identify and gain sources of power at work.

Who Should Apply?

This fully online program is ideal for managers and directors who have their sights set on the C-suite, or who have recently been promoted to a top leadership position, and therefore want to develop their ability to think strategically and extend their grasp of the organization beyond its functional or operational aspects.

Our students may come from a variety of backgrounds, including business, IT, engineering, life sciences, and more. They should have solid managerial experience, basic knowledge of organizational change, and may already possess an MBA or other graduate-level degree.

Note: This program is under review for GI Bill eligibility, and you may experience delays attempting to use GI Bill benefits toward this program until it has been officially approved.