Peirce College launched its first-ever Master’s Degree program — a significant milestone in its nearly 150-year history as one of Philadelphia’s most respected institutions of higher learning. The inaugural master’s degree will be a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership & Management (MSOLM), beginning fall 2013.
The introduction of the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership & Management program is part of Peirce College’s foundational mission to continually meet the needs of working adult students, and to support their career advancement.
James J. Mergiotti, president and CEO of Peirce College, stated, “While Peirce has offered bachelor’s degrees since 1997, there is still a perception that we are a junior college. This announcement of our first-ever master’s degree program continues the evolution of Peirce College and ends this long-standing misperception of who we really are.”
The MSOLM degree program provides essential skills for developing organizations and increasing organizational effectiveness, focusing on organizational behavior, development, structure, leadership, and management. Graduates will be prepared for successful, rewarding careers in organizational change, consultation, leadership, and management.
“We opened our doors as a business school in 1865, began offering bachelor’s degrees 15 years ago, and today offer a complete curriculum of associate and bachelor’s degree programs that span a range of disciplines. We are very excited to introduce this new graduate program, which will further meet the career advancement goals of Peirce College students and alumni,” said Mergiotti.
Patricia A. Rucker, Senior Vice President and Provost noted: “Today more than ever, it’s essential for students to differentiate themselves in a crowded job market. Graduate degrees enable them to open doors and move more quickly into management or leadership roles. This program meets a critical need for career-oriented Philadelphia area residents looking to build a complete resume that grabs attention…”
Graduates of the program will be able to utilize decision-making and business development skills in their careers. The program includes 12 different courses, totaling 36 credits. Prospective students must have a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 2.75 or above, and will need to submit an application, essay, and letters of recommendation, as well as participate in an interview to be considered for enrollment in the program. Interested students should contact the Peirce Graduate Studies Admissions Office at [email protected] or 215.670.9325.