Online Master of Science Degree in Management and Leadership

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Program at a Glance

  • Identify real-life professional challenges and build a resume of case studies and projects.
  • Design a capstone research project that integrates the theories explored in your online coursework with practical real-world application.
  • Recognize that every employee provides an opportunity to gain market insights into the culture, quality, and standards of the organization.
  • Focus your studies in one of eight concentration areas*:
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Course Effort
15 Hours per Week
Course Length
10-Week Terms
Average Completion
1.5 years
Of Full-Time Study
Credits Required
(37 Semester Credits)
Cost per Credit
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Master of Science in Management and Leadership Overview

Purdue Global’s online Master of Science in Management and Leadership (MSM) degree program is designed to help you hone the skills needed to become a successful leader in today’s fast-paced business world.

This online master's degree in management program focuses on the most effective management and organizational strategies and concepts to help you make a difference in today’s dynamic and global business environment.

Build the Core Skills and Competencies That Employers Demand

You will study how to:

  • Analyze the theories and trends in leadership, organizational behavior, social responsibility, and the ethics of making strategic business decisions.
  • Develop critical skills required to be a successful change agent—as an employee or consultant—to create an organizational culture that supports business strategy.
  • Examine organizational finance practices and human resource management in today's dynamic and global marketplace.

See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

SHRM Approval

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has acknowledged that the Master of Science in Management and Leadership’s human resources concentration fully aligns with SHRM's HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates.

Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

Purdue Global’s business programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Purdue Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

The HLC ( is an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Admissions Requirements

To enroll in the Master of Science in Management and Leadership, you must possess a bachelor’s degree in the field of business from an accredited college or university or 45 credit hours of undergraduate coursework across the ACBSP's Common Professional Components (CPC).

Applicants with an MBA can enroll in the program without a Peregrine assessment or an undergraduate degree in business. Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

Education Abroad

Interested in a unique education abroad opportunity? Take part in an international virtual or travel experience that will allow you to grow global, marketable skills in business and earn the internationally recognized Global Competence Certificate (GCC).

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Academic Quality

The curriculum is reviewed and revised continually by our dedicated curriculum department and advisory board to ensure it reflects the most recent developments in the field of business.

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What Courses Will I Take?

Coursework in the master's degree in management program is designed to help you develop business insights and leadership knowledge and skills that can be immediately applied to your professional life.

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Sample Courses
  • Business Communications
  • Strategic Human Resources Management
  • Management Theories and Practices
  • Organizational Excellence and Change
  • Strategic Financial Analysis

Program Requirements

  • Core Credits
  • Elective Credits
  • Total Credits

MSML Degree Concentrations

Concentrations can help you develop proficiencies that can apply to a future management profession. Choose from the following:

  • Global Business

    Understand the business impact of differences in cultural, political, economic, and legal systems. This concentration includes an educational travel abroad option that will allow students to participate either virtually or in person.

    Concentration Outcomes:

    • Explain the influence of cultural, political, legal, and economic differences on both international organizations and the wider global marketplace.
    • Recognize the unique skills necessary for the successful international manager, including culturally-focused methodologies related to leadership, communication, motivation and teamwork.
    • Evaluate critical decision points for the management of global corporate functions, including marketing, logistics, HRM, and finance.
    • Analyze the strategic factors that influence an organization's choice of entry mode into a global market.
  • Health Care Management

    Examine the role of management in improving the quality of health care services.

    Concentration Outcomes:

    • Evaluate business strategies for quality management and continuous improvement of operations.
    • Outline components of the American health care system regarding policies and procedures within major health-related issues.
    • Illustrate effective practices for employing marketing tools to specific situations in the healthcare environment.
  • Human Resources

    Study human resources development (HRD) management processes from a strategic HR perspective.

    Concentration Outcomes:

    • Determine the manager’s role in establishing and maintaining sound employee relations in an organization.
    • Construct an effective training program.
    • Evaluate the relationship between strategic reward systems and an organization’s ability to achieve business objectives.
    • Assess the implications of current models of talent management.
  • Information Technology

    Study methods for finding innovative solutions to an ever-increasing array of IT challenges.

    Concentration Outcomes:

    • Analyze emerging technologies as solutions to real-world business problems and as strategic resources.
  • Leadership

    Examine how to effectively lead individuals and teams within diverse corporate environments.

    Concentration Outcomes:

    • Analyze the influence of leadership on organizational effectiveness.
  • Military Leadership

    Apply your graduate-level military leadership training toward up to 4 courses as prior learning credit, saving you time and money.

    If you are an U.S. active-duty servicemember or veteran and have successfully completed an approved graduate-level military leadership training program, the military leadership concentration offers you a military-focused path to achieve your educational and career goals.

  • Organizational Design and Development

    Discover how to align an organization's strategies, structures, and processes.

    Concentration Outcomes:

    • Design an organization development initiative to improve business outcomes.
  • Project Management

    Focus on strategic project management with an emphasis on planning, executing, and managing a project.

    Concentration Outcomes:

    • Integrate process groups and knowledge areas in project development.
    • Evaluate the integration of project management plans according to industry standards.
    • Evaluate strategies to ensure effective resource allocation.
    • Create a structured plan for the closing phase of the project life cycle.

Career Opportunities

Earning your Master of Science in Management and Leadership degree online at Purdue Global can help you develop valuable skills that could be applied to a broad range of managerial and executive positions in virtually any industry. Pursue business management and corporate leadership opportunities in the areas such as health care management, project management, operations, management of information systems, and human resources.

Top 5 Skills Employers Are Looking for:

  1. Active Listening
  2. Coordination
  3. Social Perceptiveness
  4. Speaking
  5. Judgement and Decision Making

Top Jobs With This Degree

Labor market, salary, and projected growth information are supplied by Emsi. Average salary range is based on national data. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2018–2030) at the state level and is based on your geographic location. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, and opportunities for employment. Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement.

Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.

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grad hat icon 98% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
diploma icon 51% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
tablet icon 395 Faculty publications in 2021–2022
student at desk icon More Than 38,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2021–2022

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school- or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, July 2022. 2021–2022 academic year.

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*Military Leadership Concentration: Enrollment in this concentration is limited to U.S. active-duty servicemembers and veterans who have successfully completed an approved graduate-level military leadership training program.

Employment and Career Advancement: Purdue Global does not guarantee employment placement or career advancement. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, and opportunities for employment. Prior experience may be required for leadership roles. Certain finance positions may require further certification and/or licensing by individual states. Programs were not designed to meet any specific state’s requirements for licensure or certification, and Purdue Global makes no representations or warranties as to whether the degree or any individual courses meet such requirements. Refer to Purdue Global's State Licensure and Certifications page for state-specific information on licensure and state authorizations.