Peru State College Online

M.S. in Organizational Management: Strategic Leadership and Communication

Program Overview

You Provide the Drive. Peru State's M.S. in Organizational Management Provides the Opportunity.

To some, leadership is about being the loudest, having the most experience or simply calling the shots. True leaders know that it's about listening, showing empathy and doing the work alongside your team. In Peru State's online Master of Science in Organizational Management (MSOM): Strategic Leadership and Communication you'll become a transformative, modern leader who can truly inspire and motivate those on your team.

Our graduate strategic leadership and communication degree emphasizes a practical application of theoretical leadership strategies, turning you into a prime candidate for leadership in your organization. Over the course of your degree, you'll study everything from theoretical problem solving and culture building to executive mentoring and strategic communication. By the time you graduate, you'll have the skills to be the leader that modern businesses need — ready to push your organization past the status quo to drive lasting, positive change.

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Nationally Recognized
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$13,680 Program Cost

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36 Credit Hours

Develop a Modern Leadership Skill Set at Peru State

The M.S. in Organizational Management: Strategic Leadership and Communication is designed to help you take on more responsibility in your career so you can ascend to a leadership position. In addition to material covered in the standard organizational management curriculum, you’ll learn about:

  • Team design and performance
  • Leadership theory and practice
  • Strategic communications in leadership
  • Executive coaching and mentoring


Low Tuition, Top-Value Education

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For any state

Free Application
No other per-credit hour fees

At Peru State College Online, we take it all seriously — including your education investment. Our students work hard on their education, so we do our part to make it as affordable as possible.

Peru State College’s approach of providing high-quality education at a competitive cost works well for both you and us, earning our college the distinction of being a Top ROI, Best Buy and Best Value.

Our MSOM program has been showcased specifically for affordability, rated seventh on’s “Most Affordable Master’s in Entrepreneurship” list and one of the top five most affordable online master’s programs in entrepreneurship by

What’s our secret? No surprises here …

  • At a lean $380 per credit hour, our low, “one-rate, any-state” tuition simplifies things, with no other per-credit-hour fees to worry about.
  • Other cost-friendly options are available, too, like transfer credit, financial aid, and corporate or military tuition assistance, if applicable to you.
  • Finally, it's free to apply.

Less financial stress for you, enormous pride for us. Ready to make the most out of your education dollars? At Peru State College Online, you'll find transformative education offered affordably, for you.

Academic Support

An Engaged Online Community

With no physical boundaries, Peru State College's rich tradition of community on campus easily extends to our family online. You will immediately feel welcome among our circle of faculty, staff and distance learners like you.

  • Our knowledgeable instructors are experts in teaching online. Easily accessible, they include 1:1 faculty interaction, discussion boards and video conferencing as part of your experience.
  • You'll advance alongside others with similar aspirations, and benefit from knowledge sharing and motivating mutual support.
  • Free online tutoring and career services are just a few bonus features that help keep your eye on the prize.
  • And to help ensure a top-notch educational journey, your student advisor will be by your side, offering encouragement and keeping you right on track to graduation.
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Simple, Clear Application Process

Whether you'd like a little help from us or prefer to get started on your own, your journey at Peru State College Online begins with a smooth — and FREE — application process.

  • STEP ONE. Complete the Application for Admission (FREE)
  • STEP TWO. Request your official college transcripts (not required if you are transferring a bachelor's degree from Chadron State College or Wayne State College)
  • STEP THREE. Provide two recommendation forms (preferably from a supervisor/principal and coworker), a copy of your Teaching Certificate and a current Resume

We promise a speedy response to your application, averaging about 24 hours to process. From there, we'll work together to enroll and get you moving toward your graduation goal ahead.

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"I would not have selected any other college to continue my education. I bleed blue."
– B. Lutz, MSOM Alumni

Flexible, Quality Learning

We know school isn’t your only priority — that’s why we strive to make our online courses as flexible and accessible as possible. All of the online MSOM: Strategic Leadership and Communications courses are 100% online, eight weeks long, and start at multiple points throughout the year. We don’t sacrifice quality for flexibility, either. Our expert faculty have developed an in-depth understanding of healthcare administration and organizational management through years of their own experience, and they pass their knowledge on to you.

  • Eight-week courses
  • Multiple starts throughout the year
  • Easy Canvas navigation
  • No set daily login times
Core Courses – Required

MGMT 550 Organization Development and Change (3 Credit Hours)

Organizational development is considered as a multi-step process that may involve a wide variety of interventions. Interventions from those involving basic human processes to those requiring planning at the strategic level are considered in this course, with a particular emphasis on selecting appropriate interventions based on thoughtful diagnosis of organizational issues. Prerequisite: Graduate Student Status

MGMT 551 Program Evaluation (3 Credit Hours)

The purposes, procedures, and techniques of effective evaluation processes are considered, with an emphasis on informing those involved in organization change efforts. Students have the opportunity to prepare a detailed evaluation plan. Prerequisite: Graduate Student Status

MGMT 552 Management of Innovation and Growth (3 Credit Hours)

Understanding innovation as a process and creating the conditions for this process to occur successfully within an organization are the main themes of this course. Common routes to organizational growth are also considered as is dealing with issues associated with rapid growth. Prerequisite: Graduate Student Status

MGMT 553 Conflict Management and Mediation (3 Credit Hours)

Conflict is inevitable, but it does not have to be debilitating for individuals and organizational/social systems. This course explores the theory and practice of dispute resolution using interest-based mediation and negotiation techniques. Students gain a broad understanding of mediation and negotiation strategies, learn skills that lead to greater success in managing conflict, and develop confidence in the mediation process as an effective means for resolving interpersonal, organizational, and community disputes. Prerequisite: Graduate Student Status

MGMT 601 Study Design and Data Collection (3 Credit Hours)

The development of appropriately phrased research questions and alternative methods of inquiry are considered, as are factors influencing validity and reliability. Although survey methods are considered in detail, qualitative approaches also receive attention. Prerequisite: Graduate Student Status

MGMT 602 Statistical Methods and Data Analysis (3 Credit Hours)

A variety of statistical techniques frequently used in social science research are covered. Using statistical software, interpreting data, and drawing appropriate conclusions are emphasized. Prerequisite: Graduate Student Status

Strategic Leadership and Communication Courses

MGMT 631 Executive Coaching and Mentoring (3 Credit Hours)

This course examines theoretical and practical coaching and mentorship techniques necessary for leaders to build a strong organizational culture and support the learning, development, performance and motivation of individuals within their organization. Instruction will focus on the process, approaches and benefits of coaching and mentoring. Various models will be discussed, and application of techniques will be focused upon in relation to adult learning theory.

MGMT 634 Strategic Communication in Leadership (3 Credit Hours)

Students will learn how to communicate strategically, clearly and persuasively across media in leadership roles. Students will learn about communication strategies and how to recognize stakeholder needs and effectively tailor communication to different audiences within and outside of the organization. Students will also learn how strategic communication impacts organizational culture, how to navigate crises and difficult conversations, and how to use data and information to effectively communicate.

MGMT 665 Leadership Theory and Practice (3 Credit Hours)

This course offers a theoretical view and practical approach to studying leadership. Concept-based aspects will include introducing various leadership styles, tactics and theories. For practical application, students will also have the opportunity to learn more about their own tendencies in leadership scenarios and/or experiences based upon case study work and leadership assessments.

MGMT 693 Team Design and Performance (3 Credit Hours)

This course examines the design and performance of work and decisional teams including team composition, authority, communication, roles, support and leadership. This course will prepare the student to be a successful team member and leader by exploring team evolution, self-management and conflict resolution.

Thesis/Action Research Project

To graduate with an MSOM degree you’ll need to complete six hours of thesis, internship or research project credit in an advanced topic area. The final paper should relate to your area of concentration and constitute the culminating experience in the MSOM degree program.

Two primary goals for graduate programs at Peru State College are flexibility and relevance. Students may propose to write detailed case studies, develop unique courses or programs for other institutions or the community, research and write substantial grant proposals, etc.

MGMT 695 Graduate Internship (3-6 Credit Hours)

A student may opt to propose an internship that will allow him/her to apply the concepts from the graduate degree program. A minimum of 45 hours is completed for each credit hour of internship that the student elects to complete. A final reflective paper that demonstrates the knowledge and skills gained in relation to the focus of the program is required.

Prerequisite: Completion of 27 or more credit hours and permission from the Dean of Graduate Programs

MGMT 696 Thesis/Action Research Project I (3 Credit Hours) & MGMT 697 Thesis/Action Research Project II (3 Credit Hours)

The Action Research Project should relate to the student’s area of interest and professional practice and should represent the culmination of the program. It may consist of an approved research project or alternative, e.g., a grant application and implementation.

The Thesis involves formal research of a topic related to the student’s field of interest. It can conform to experimental, descriptive or historical approaches and will be presented in the most current standard APA (American Psychological Association) five-chapter configuration. Unlike an Action Research Project, the focus of the endeavor will not be the participant’s own teaching situation.

Prerequisite: Completion of 27 or more credit hours and permission from the Dean of Graduate Programs

Career Outcomes for Strategic Leadership and Communication Graduates

Earning your MSOM: Strategic Leadership and Communication will prepare you to seize leadership opportunities in your career. Whatever industry you work in, from finance and marketing to nonprofits and retail, you can apply the skills you learn in Peru State’s MSOM to both advance your career and bolster your organization.


Management occupations are projected to grow 8% from 2021 to 2031, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). These are jobs that pay well too, with the BLS estimating an median annual wage of $102,450 for people in management roles. When you graduate with an MSOM from Peru State, you will be prepared to take on roles like:

    • Administrative Services Manager
    • Construction Manager
    • Human Resource Manager
    • Training and Development Manager
    • Advertising Manager
    • Compensation and Benefits Manager
    • Financial Manager

Accredited and Respected

Firmly established since 1867, Peru State College has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1915.

HLC is an institutional accreditor recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to accredit degree-granting colleges and universities.

Peru State received notice in July 2022 of its continued accreditation by HLC with the next Reaffirmation of Accreditation in 2031-32.

PROGRAMMATIC ACCREDITATION Peru State College is accredited under the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Standards through the CAEP Accreditation System, for a period of 7 years, from 2015 – 2022.

Peru State College was reviewed under the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Standards in Fall 2022 and is awaiting action on its review. Formed in 2013, CAEP is the single specialized accreditor for educator preparation and administers NCATE accreditation.

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