Master’s in Management & Leadership

School of Adult & Graduate Studies

Become a business leader.

Montreat College’s MSML program provides adult learners with tools and skills needed to excel as managers and leaders. Coursework has a qualitative focus that develops the individual’s leadership abilities, prepares students to lead and manage teams, advances their ethical reasoning, and refines their capacity for dealing with today’s complex business environment. MSML students do not need to have a business background; rather the MSML helps students of all background develop into confident managers and leaders.

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Management and Leadership Degree Highlights

  • Develop your critical thinking and strategic planning skills in the context of an ethical, Christ-centered worldview.
  • Become an effective leader by learning how to create and direct organizational goals and relationships.
  • Take advantage of a balanced curriculum that mixes managerial and leadership principles with business theory.

For over 25 years, Montreat College’s School of Adult and Graduate Studies has been helping adult students acquire essential skills, complete their degrees, and take their career to the next level. Montreat offers undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs in a classroom or online.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Montreat College’s Management and Leadership program offered?

Courses are offered in Asheville, Charlotte, and online.

When are the start dates for the management and leadership degree program?

There are three start dates for new students every year, in January, May, and August. The next start date is the week of January 5, 2020.

How long does it take to complete the management and leadership degree program?

The MSML program requires completion of 36 credit hours. If students take a full-time load each term—one class at a time continuously throughout the program—they should complete the program 24 months.

How much does the management and leadership degree program cost?

The cost is $510 per credit hour, or $18,360 total for the 36 credit program, plus a $35 technology fee per semester. Keep in mind that there are multiple college and government financial aid programs available to help mitigate the cost of your education. You can learn more about your financial aid options here.

What jobs can you pursue with a management and leadership degree?

According to the U.S. Bureau for Labor Statistics (BLS), the job market for management jobs is expected to grow 8% from 2016-26. Management jobs include: marketing managers, architectural and engineering managers, computer and information systems managers, construction managers, financial managers, food service managers, medical and health services managers, education administrators, public relations and fundraising managers, non-profit managers, sales managers, and many more.

What is the job market like for people with management and leadership degrees?

Employment growth in management is expected to be driven by the formation of new organizations and expansion of existing ones, which should require more workers to manage these operations.

How much money do people in management occupations typically make?

According to the BLS, people in management occupations earn an average annual salary of $104,240. However, the amount of money that such professionals make depends on many factors, including region, industry, and specialization.

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Admissions Requirements

Applicants must submit the following for admissions consideration:

  • Montreat College Application for Admission
  • Official, final transcripts of all college courses taken (All final transcripts must include graduation information)
  • Essay that demonstrates management and leadership potential
Program Requirements

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Sample Courses

ML 506 Personal Leadership Development: Theory and Practice
This course explores leadership traits, styles, roles, and responsibilities of successful leaders over the course of history. This course provides exercises designed to identify students’ individual strengths and weaknesses with the goal of greater self-awareness and personal development. Additionally, students will apply leadership principles in their own lives and critically reflect on the leadership styles they exhibit.

ML 511 Data-Driven Decision-Making
This course focuses on using data and developing models for real-world decision-making. This includes understanding topics such as probability and risk, reading charts and graphs, as well as understanding behavioral aspects that affect decision-making, such as heuristics. Students will participate in decision-making exercises, as well review real-life case studies in decision-making.

ML 591 Managing on the Edge of Chaos
This course investigates the nature of variability and probability in systems. Process development, system design, and quality thinking will be studied from a “classical” perspective, before plunging into the science of non-linear systems, emergence, and complexity theory. Leadership and management will be reviewed in regard to systems existing on “the edge of chaos” between order and disorder.

Caleb Owolabi '17

I thought the transition into Montreat College’s School of Adult and Graduate Studies might be difficult, but I was astonished at how friendly the professors and other students are.

Caleb Owolabi '17

I thought the transition into Montreat College’s School of Adult and Graduate Studies might be difficult, but I was astonished at how friendly the professors and other students are.

Portrait of Stephen Dukas

Dr. Stephen P. Dukas
Associate Professor of Business​

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Dr. Paul Gratton
Associate Dean for Adult and Graduate Studies
Business Department Chair
Assistant Professor of Business​