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Both the Master of Science in Management in Organizational Leadership (36 credits) and the Master of Business Administration in Organizational Leadership (45 credits) are rigorous programs that combine core coursework with a self-designed specialization and culminate with a real-world capstone project.

Core Courses

Students begin their journey at Marlboro by completing our Core Leadership Curriculum. In these foundational courses, students learn essential analytical tools such as financial management, project management, and systems thinking, and hone critical interpersonal skills such as clear communication, effective collaboration, and emotional intelligence.


Building from the Core Leadership Curriculum, each student works with a faculty advisor to design a plan for specialization that may include classes, literature reviews, field courses, professional experience and the Capstone Project. Self-designed specializations maintain high standards while allowing students the flexibility they need to clarify and execute their leadership vision.

Core Leadership Curriculum

All graduate students in the Organizational Leadership program complete the Marlboro Core Leadership Curriculum:

  • MSM501 - Thriving in Teams and Organizations (3 credits)
  • MSM505 - Personal Leadership Development I, II, and III (3 credits)
  • MSM521 - Foundations of Systems Thinking (2 credit)
  • MSM522 - Foundations of Financial Decision-Making (2 credits)
  • MSM631 - Foundations of Systems Leadership (1 credit)
  • MSM602 - Foundations of Project Management (3 credits)
  • MSM635 - Clear Communications (2 credits)

Areas of Specialization

Building up from the core curriculum, students work with their advisor to define an area of specialization that leverages their strengths, interests and career goals. Students may specialize by skillset or sector.

Examples of Skillset Specializations

  • Agile project management

  • Facilitation

  • Shared leadership

  • Design thinking

  • Social impact

Examples of Sector Specializations

  • Nonprofit

  • Social Enterprise

  • Business

  • Community-based organizations

  • Tri-sector

The journey towards specialization includes a literature review of foundation texts, field courses, elective coursework in relevant subjects, and the capstone project. Some students may also incorporate professional work experience or prior learning into their specialization portfolio.


Elective courses enable students to specialize their degree, round out their skillsets, and pursue areas of strong professional interest. Students typically have 8 elective credits. Popular electives include:

  • Marketing

  • Outcomes & Evaluation

  • Caring for the Human Organization

  • Equity, Equality and Inclusion

  • Facilitative Leadership

  • Triple-Strenth Impact

  • Nonprofit Law & Ethics


During the final year of the program, all management students enter the powerful three-part Capstone sequence. In “Pivot” they assess their current situation and work with mentors to design a pivot that could bring them closer to their dream job or professional realization. In “Plan” and “Launch” phases, students first map then execute a Capstone project that will advance their professional goals and demonstrate their core and specialized leadership competencies.

Executive Leadership Seminars (MBA only)

MBA students engage in three highly-interactive advanced seminars designed to synthesize earlier learning and draw students up to the next level of creativity, initiative and leadership capacity.

  • MBA640 Performance Management and Analytics-Driven Decision-Making (3 credits)

  • MBA641 Ideation, Design Thinking, and Strategy (3 credits)

  • MBA642 Applied Systems Leadership for Complex Problem-Solving (3 credits)

Please contact the Registrar for a update list of courses.

Please contact the Registrar for a update list of courses.


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