Master’s in Management & Leadership

School of Adult & Graduate Studies

Classes start August 26, 2024

Boost Your Business Career with a Master’s in Management & Leadership

Get a Master’s in Management & Leadership (MSML) at Montreat College that is affordable and flexible. This online degree is for upwardly mobile professionals who seek the leadership skills to motivate and manage people, and enhance personal effectiveness. Courses are challenging, interesting, and focused on real-world situations.

No GMAT or GRE is needed to apply. Students come from a variety of backgrounds. No matter what your work experience covers, this degree helps you develop as a knowledgeable and confident manger and leader.

Management and Leadership Degree Highlights

  • Learn to understand, manage, and motivate people within an organization.
  • 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.
  • Develop critical thinking and strategic planning skills in the context of an ethical, Christ-centered worldview.

For over 25 years, Montreat College’s School of Adult and Graduate Studies has helped adult students position themselves for success by learning essential skills, completing degrees, and gaining the knowledge and credentials to take careers to the next level.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Montreat College’s MSML program offered?

Courses are offered online.


When are the start dates for the MSML degree program?

Please see the admissions page for specific enrollment and start dates.

How long does it take to complete the MSML 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 within 24 months.

What are the length of online courses?

The courses for this graduate program are eight-week sessions. There are 2 sessions in a semester. To be considered a full-time graduate student, a student must take 6 credit hours per semester. The student must take 1 course (3 credit hours) the first eight-week session and 1 course (3 credit hours) the second eight-week session. Semesters in this program are Spring, Summer, and Fall.


How much does the MSML degree program cost?

Montreat College programs are competitively priced, and we offer multiple forms of financial aid to help you achieve your educational goals.  Please see the current AGS Tuition and Fees page here.  Also, please 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.

What jobs can you pursue with a MSML degree?

The U.S. Bureau for Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts the job market for management jobs will is growing 8% from 2016-26. Job options 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.


How much money do MSML professionals 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.


What are the 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)
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA over last 60 credit hours of undergraduate work

What are the degree requirements?

  • Completion of the 36 semester credits required in the degree, including a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate work at Montreat College (a maximum of 6 credits may be transferred from a regionally accredited institution)
  • Successful completion of a business consulting project


BUSN 5110 Foundations of Leadership and Communication

This course introduces students to business graduate studies at Montreat College and elaborates on the foundational skills required for leaders. Topics covered include: character development, ethics, stewardship, critical thinking techniques, self­ management skills, communication skills, and collaborative learning.

BUSN 5811 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.

BUSN 5612 Data-Driven Decision-Making

This course focuses on using data and developing models for real-world decision­making. 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.

BUSN 5208 Accounting and Financial Skills for Leadership

This course seeks to provide students with an understanding of the basic skills in Accounting and Finance necessary to the business leader. Topics include financial statements, financial statement analysis, budgeting, and time value of money.

BUSN 5427 Creating, Leading, and Managing Highly Effective Teams

This course focuses on the nature of group work and the attributes of highly effective teams. Team formation, team roles, teambuilding, and leading high-performance teams will be practiced through group projects. Pulling from social sciences, human resources development, and psychology, students will be challenged to explore leadership, management, and organizational design principles from multiple perspectives.

BUSN 5508 Ethics, Law and the Global Business Landscape

This course is a survey of legal and ethical issues facing management in complex global business situations. Legal and ethical question are addressed in a case study method. Traditional ethical theories are studied and applied to contemporary global business issues. This includes the nature, formation, and system of law in the United States, and how it relates to international business. Additionally, personal and group ethics will be explored through projects and exercises, for the purpose of character formation.

BUSN 5304 Marketing Strategies for Managers and Leaders

This course is an integrated approach to planning and implementing marketing strategies and tactics from a management perspective with an emphasis on the discipline of maintaining customer focus in highly diverse local and global markets. The course covers the review of marketing principles by which products and services are designed to meet customer needs and priced, promoted, and distributed to the end users. The course also examines the theory and application of internet marketing.

BUSN 5414 Developing and Implementing Strategy

This course prepares students to lead strategy development and implementation through the strategic planning process. Competition and competitive advantage will be investigated, using Porter’s 5 Forces model. Also, case studies, examples, and exercises will be used to help students understand the essence of good strategy and to be able to lead positive strategic change in both for-profit and non-profit organizations.

BUSN 5435 Strategic Human Resources Management

This course explores critical issues in human resources strategy, leading and developing the organization’s most important assets and developing and keeping people. Students will research organizational learning, employee motivation, employee assessment, methods for identifying and developing leaders, succession planning, and current topics in HR management.

BUSN 5817 Leadership, Management, and Organizational Behavior

Drawn from the behavioral and social sciences, this course examines leadership theories and management issues as they relate to organizational behavior. Students will compare and contrast leadership and management behaviors, assess theories of motivation, and write papers on topics such as organizational culture, intercultural diversity, knowledge management, team and group dynamics, and office politics, other organizational issues influencing management decisions.

BUSN 5711 Entrepreneurship and Innovation

This course focuses on developing innovation and creativity as key competencies related to entrepreneurship. New mental models and processes will be employed, teaching students to think differently and identify the opportunities that are all around them. Product development and problem solving will be taught through the use of exercises, games, and business case review.

BUSN 5458 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. Prerequisites: All other courses in MSML program.

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. Paul Gratton
Associate Professor of Business

Portrait of Paul Gratton

Dr. Stephen P. Dukas
Associate Professor of Business​

Dr. Bola Bayode
Assistant Dean of Distance Education
Program Director, Business
Assistant Professor of Business

Laurel Schneider
Department Chair, Business and Technology
Assistant Professor of Business