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Master of Business Administration (Leadership)

Master of Business Administration (Leadership)

Excelsior College knows a lot about leadership. We've been leading the way in distance learning and adult education for more than 40 years.

And we're helping educate tomorrow's leaders by offering a Master of Business Administration (Leadership).

Designed specifically for working adults, the leadership concentration can be earned online. You'll take all classes from your computer, where and when they fit into your schedule, while gaining an MBA that carries weight in the job market.

A Better Way to Earn an MBA

Excelsior's MBA degree lets you capitalize on your previous education. You can earn up to 24 credits (half the required total) by transferring in qualified coursework or passing credit-bearing exams. You'll only be required to take the classes you truly need to earn your MBA.

The lighter course load lowers the cost of your MBA, while the online class model helps you balance your leadership classes alongside job, family, and other commitments.

Leadership Begins with High Academic Standards

As an accredited college, Excelsior meets the highest standards for academic quality. The Master of Business Administration with concentration in Leadership covers the most current theory and practice, with specific emphasis on

  • Conflict management
  • Succession planning
  • Strategic problem solving
  • Organizational behavior
  • Change management

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MBA Program Outcomes

MBA Degree Credit Requirements

The MBA requires 36 - 45 credits, depending on a student's prior learning. Students may transfer in up to 24 approved credits. The program has 3 foundation requirements that can be waived on the basis of prior upper level undergraduate study in the relevant areas. Approved undergraduate courses must be no older than 10 years, with a grade of B or better. The foundation requirements are:

  • Economics
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Quantitative Analysis

Any waivers will be counted as part of the 24 credits allowed in transfer. See catalog for further details.

Learn more about the credit requirements

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of an Excelsior College Master of Business Administration, you will be able to:

Theme #1: Professional Skills

  • Prepare and deliver effective written and oral communications to shape organizational culture, resolve conflict, and relay information to diverse audiences.
  • Apply quantitative and qualitative business analysis techniques to solve problems and support management and strategic level decisions

Theme #2: Value Based Leadership for the Future

  • Demonstrate transformational leadership skills through the ability to set direction and work with multiple constituencies with divergent needs including ethical obligations and social responsibility.
  • Develop an action plan to continuously improve and update one's knowledge and skills in strategic leadership.

Theme #3: Inspiring and Sustaining Innovation

  • Recognize problems in business settings and propose solutions with a team of colleagues.
  • Analyze complexity, interdependency, change and opportunities for organizations, including setting direction, aligning and motivating employees.
  • Appraise risk and develop entrepreneurial solutions for sustainable innovation that delivers economic and social value.

Theme #4: Global Competitive Advantage

  • Evaluate how global environments impact changing business practice.
  • Analyze cultural differences and how these differences affect best practices in management.

Theme #5: Strategic Planning for Profitability

  • Integrate empirical research and management theories for the purpose of strategic planning for profitability, including times of economic recession.

Program Educational Objectives

Upon completion of an Excelsior College Master of Business Administration, you will be able to:

  • Design, implement, and evaluate the efficacy of solutions for complex business problems.
  • Engage in life-long learning for professional, career, and personal development.
  • Lead and work effectively and efficiently in diverse team settings and maintain a high level of performance in a professional business environment.
  • Communicate effectively and efficiently to various audiences in a timely and professional manner. 
  • Demonstrate leadership and initiative to ethically advance organizational goals and objectives.
  • Demonstrate adaptability, leadership, mentoring skills, and management in your chosen career.

MBA Leadership Concentration Outcomes

Leadership Concentration Outcomes

Upon completion of an Excelsior College Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Leadership, you will be able to:

  • Discuss key issues and challenges associated with managing organizational changes.
  • Apply leadership strategies to manage conflicts in the workplace.

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Institutional Accreditation

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Excelsior College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

All of Excelsior College's academic programs are registered (i.e., approved) by the New York State Education Department.

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The School of Business and Technology at Excelsior College has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE), located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA. Review the list of Excelsior business programs and degrees accredited by the IACBE.