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Online MBA in Leadership and Innovation



The MBA in leadership and innovation at the University of Mount Union will leverage the demand for business leaders and idea generators with practical coursework taught by faculty experts with industry experience. With emergent undergraduate programs in leadership and entrepreneurship and a successful alumni network of C-suite professionals and managers, Mount Union's online MBA program will allow business professionals to take their careers to the next level.

With the schedule of busy professionals in mind, flexibility and convenience will be embedded at the core of the program. A six-week course structure will enable students to complete two consecutive courses per term, allowing them to focus on one class at a time, if they choose. With start dates in May, August, and January, students will be able to stop and start as their schedules allow.

Career Paths for Graduates with an MBA in Leadership and Innovation

The MBA in leadership and innovation is designed for working professionals who want to advance their careers by gaining the expertise to take on senior roles in their organizations. Graduates will have developed business acumen while fostering skills in innovative and creative problem solving, critical thinking, and strategic reasoning. With strategic leadership, change, and innovation at the core of this concentration, graduates will be ready to make significant organizational contributions within a wide range of industries in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors.

  • 36 Credit Hours

    Structured for two, six-week classes per term (*credit hours)

  • $695 per credit hour

    The 2021-2022 cost per credit hour for the online M.B.A. is $695. (discounts available)

  • 3 Starts

    MBA has start dates in the May, August, and January terms

Courses in Leadership and Innovation

Curriculum in the MBA in leadership and innovation program focus on core competencies in strategic leadership, change, and innovation - preparing business professionals to elevate their careers to the next level.


New Concept Development: Ideation, Concept Development, Value Creation and Business Models - In this course, students will learn how to use common tools and techniques to generate, validate and assess new venture ideas. Students will engage in the process of screening, validating, and building new business concepts, and learn how to use the business model canvas and other lean launch techniques to validate their business models. Through this course, student teams will engage in industrial analysis, market research, sales and marketing planning, operations, and financial planning for a new venture concept. While learning key aspects of venture planning, students will acquire skills in business planning, market research and investment due diligence presentations and processes.

Leadership for Organizational Transformation and Change: Individual and group behaviors are the central components of the study of behavior in organizations. Focus is on the managerial application of knowledge to issues such as motivation, group process, leadership, organizational design structure, and others. Leadership for Organizational Transformation and Change begins with a study of theoretical models of change management and extends to tools and techniques to bridge between the academic and pragmatic aspects of change. In order to better prepare students to function successfully as change leaders, the emphasis will be on the human side of change: why change happens, how it happens and how to navigate through the complexities and resistances that change brings for individuals, teams, and organizations.

View the entire MBA in leadership and innovation curriculum

Admission Requirements | Online MBA in Leadership and Innovation

  1. All Applicants:
    • Degree/Credentials: Baccalaureate degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution.
    • Undergraduate Achievement: Possess an undergraduate cumulative grade point average equal to or greater than a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or a grade point average equal to or greater than 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) with a minimum of 12 credit hours of graduate study.
    • Experience: Provide a curriculum vitae or résumé.
    • Essay and Writing Ability: Applicants will submit an essay of a maximum of 500 words outlining the following: 1) career aspirations, 2) qualifications, and 3) rationale for applying to the program. This piece should demonstrate the candidate’s ability to write at a graduate level.
    • Professional Recommendation: Provide one recommendation from an employer or a former professor who is in a position to judge the applicant’s potential for graduate level study and research.
    • Consideration for Conditional Admission: Applicants who do not meet the above criteria will be judged on a case-by-case basis and will be asked to submit additional documentation in an attempt to gain conditional admission.
  2. Applicants with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business or Equivalent:
    • Students with a bachelor's degree in business (or those who have completed an equivalent of the business common professional core (CPC) at the undergraduate level) with a 3.0 GPA or higher will not be required to take Business Foundations 1 and 2.
  3. Applicants with Non-Business Bachelor’s Degree:
    • Students with a non-business bachelor's degree, or those who have not completed an equivalent of the business common professional core (CPC) at the undergraduate level) with a 3.0 GPA or higher will be required to take Business Foundations 1 and 2. The undergraduate CPC may also be satisfied by completing appropriate undergraduate courses



Transfer Credit Policy: A maximum of nine (9) semester hours of graduate transfer credits will be considered for transfer credit. The course(s) must have been taken at a regionally accredited institution and be aligned with the objectives for the University of Mount Union course(s), and only coursework earning a grade of B or better will be considered for transfer credit. Additional credits may be transferred on a case-by-case basis.

A candidate wishing to transfer credits must submit an official transcript, along with a copy of the appropriate course description from the graduate catalogue of the respective institution; and may be asked to offer additional documentation (such as a course syllabus). To initiate a transfer credit evaluation, contact Dr. Anne Christo-Baker, Director of the School of Business at

TOEFL Requirement: Applicants whose primary language is not English must have a recent IBT (Internet- Based TOEFL) score of 100 or more in addition to meeting other program requirements.

Enrollment Deposit: If admitted to the program, candidates are required to submit a non-refundable deposit of $250. This deposit will be applied toward tuition charges.

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