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Emerging Leaders MBA Program

This exclusive MBA program provides working professionals a convenient and efficient way to build their leadership credentials.

The Mount’s Emerging Leaders MBA is an intensive weekend program, held on the first and third Friday and Saturday of every month for one full year, beginning in September. This program is designed for aspiring leaders who wish to expand managerial responsibilities, deepen leadership skills and broaden professional networks to enhance their careers.

The curriculum targets key business skills and emphasized practical applications to ensure graduates master effective problem-solving and decision-making skills. Two courses focus entirely on Leadership.

Classes for the 2014-2015 Cohort begin Friday, September 5, 2014.

The Program

  • A one-year intensive graduate-level program (12 courses)

  • Courses facilitated by distinguished faculty

  • Executive mentors assigned for each course, providing unique external perspective

  • Classes run as a cohort to emphasize collaboration and create new professional networks

  • Rigorous, accredited (IACBE) business program centered on leadership development

Program Features

  • Classes held on the 1st and 3rd Friday and Saturday of each month for one year

  • All classes held at the Mount’s newly expanded Frederick Campus

  • All books and Friday dinner included 

  • Monthly financing available with discount for prepayment

  • Summer mini-prep courses available for nonbusiness majors


Students are expected to take time during the week to complete their course work, occasionally completing assignments and projects for one course while starting another. Distinguished faculty from the Richard J. Bolte, Sr. School of Business teach all courses and provide students with a successful business leader in the field as a mentor for each course. The curriculum is similar to our traditional MBA with a few notable differences:

  1. The two elective courses in the traditional MBA will be filled with a Leadership in Organizations course and a Capstone Seminar in Leadership course.

  2. A leadership mentor, an executive in the field, will be assigned to each course in the program to assist the faculty member and to provide an external leadership perspective.

  3. Cohort class structure provides a one-of-a-kind networking experience for student leaders and mentors

Learn more about the specific classes and the weekend schedule on the Emerging Leaders Program Courses webpage.

Admission Requirements

Individuals wishing to apply for admission in the Emerging Leaders MBA program must hold a bachelor’s degree* and should submit the following items:

  • Completed application - Apply online;

  • Non-refundable $35 application fee;

  • Record of 3 to 5 years of work experience clearly demonstrating career growth and leadership potential;

  • Undergraduate transcript(s) from an accredited four-year institutions (GPA of 3.0 or higher);

  • An essay in at least 250 words: Describe your leadership experience to date, your academic and professional goals and how applying to this program will help you fulfill your needs. Please tell us what you hope to gain and what you believe you will contribute to this experience;

  • One letter of recommendation from a senior leader within the applicant’s employer/service organization.

* If an applicant does not hold a business or related degree, prerequisites may be required; contact the graduate advisor for more details.

Tuition Costs

Tuition is $31,200 for the year with options to pay up front or on a monthly payment plan. If paid in full prior to program start, a $500 discount will apply. Traveling professionals have the option to have arrangements made for a discounted hotel stay on Friday evenings. The Fairfield Inn & Suites in Frederick, Md.

Application fee, transcript(s), essay and letter of recommendation should be mailed to:

Emerging Leaders MBA Program
Mount St. Mary’s University
Richard J. Bolte, Sr. School of Business
16300 Old Emmitsburg Road
Emmitsburg, MD 21727

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