Online Master of Science Degree in Management and Leadership
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 seven concentration areas:
We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.
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.
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.
Purdue Global’s business programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
Purdue University Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
The HLC (HLCommission.org) is an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
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.
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).
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.
Ways to Save
Military Tuition Reduction
We Offer an Affordable Education for Military Students
For undergraduate programs, tuition is reduced 55% per credit for current servicemembers and 38% per credit for veterans. Tuition reductions are also available for graduate programs and military spouses.
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Finish What You Started
Earn credit for prior coursework completed at eligible institutions, including community colleges.
Prior Military Experience
Graduate Sooner With Your Military Experience
We offer college-level credit for ACE-evaluated military training and CLEP and DANTES examinations.
International Tuition Reduction
We’re Committed to Providing an Affordable Path to Your Degree
International students living outside of the U.S. are eligible for a 25% tuition reduction.
Corporate Partner Benefits
Purdue Global, Your Employer, and You: a Great Partnership
Employees of Purdue Global partner organizations may be eligible for special tuition reductions and could earn college credit for corporate training programs.
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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.See All Management and Leadership Courses
- Business Communications
- Strategic Human Resources Management
- Management Theories and Practices
- Organizational Excellence and Change
- Strategic Financial Analysis
- Core Credits40
- Elective Credits16
- Total Credits56
MSM Degree Concentrations
Concentrations can help you develop proficiencies that can apply to a future management profession. Choose from the following:
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.
Health care management
Examine the role of management in improving the quality of health care services.
Study human resources development (HRD) management processes from a strategic HR perspective.
Study methods for finding innovative solutions to an ever-increasing array of IT challenges.
Examine how to effectively lead individuals and teams within diverse corporate environments.
Organizational design and development
Discover how to align an organization's strategies, structures, and processes.
Focus on strategic project management with an emphasis on planning, executing, and managing a project.
Choosing a Master’s Degree in Management
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An international internship or education abroad—whether virtual or in person—can offer valuable experience for an increasingly globalized business world.
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:
- Active Listening
- Social Perceptiveness
- Judgement and Decision Making
Top Jobs With This Degree
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Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.View Business Faculty Directory
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*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.