MBA students and Professor Mu at the AHP conference.

These MBA students – [l-to-r] Douglas Morgan, Nidhi Shukla, Bethany Dorney, Diana Nsemo, and Nora Suehr – presented at the International Symposium on the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) conference in Washington, D.C. Dr. Mu, far right, was their research advisor. Photo by Eddie Arossi.

Design an MBA Experience for Your Next Career Move

What exactly is the difference between leadership and management? Can organizations afford to continue to distinguish between the two?

In this customizable MBA program, you will gain insight into leadership and management styles while designing your own concentration through a selection of course electives. From classes like Global Business to Health Care Innovation and Quality, students have a breadth of ways to complete their MBA. No matter what path you choose, you'll move through a program that emphasizes effectiveness and ethics in leadership, and you'll graduate prepared to step into those roles.

Management and Leadership MBA Program Highlights

At Carlow, our MBA program is designed with the flexibility, knowledge, and real-world experiences that modern leaders need to advance in their careers.

  • Courses offered online and/or in person on campus in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh
  • Choose from a list of electives to tailor your MBA to your career
  • Practical, hands-on learning experiences
  • Ethics-driven curriculum
  • Simplified admission, with no GRE or GMAT required to apply

Earn an MBA that shows how ethical leadership can be a competitive edge. Apply for free online.


Wondering which of Carlow's MBA programs is best for you - traditional MBA or E-MBAContact us to discuss your educational goals and qualifications. 


What Can You Do With an MBA in Leadership and Management?

Every sector of the economy relies on strong leadership - to motivate and develop a workforce, identify market opportunities and challenges, prevent problems and solve them, and maintain fiscal responsibility.

Individuals with a well-rounded skillset in leadership and management have a favorable career outlook. According the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job prospects for management occupations are expected to grow 8% from 2016 to 2026, amounting to more than 800,000 new jobs. If you have a master's degree focused specifically on management and leadership, you are well-positioned to take advantage of this growth.    

Median salary (2017)

$102,590

Potential job titles
  • Advertising or Marketing Manager
  • Health Care Director
  • Management Analyst
  • Loss Prevention Manager


What You'll Learn

Better understand the role that leadership and management styles play in motivating employees, developing workforces, and establishing a culture of dignity, respect, and ethical behavior in the workplace. And, design your MBA experience along the way. In this program you'll complete a series of core MBA courses, and then choose 3 from a list of more than 15 electives that fit your career goals.

MBA Core Curriculum

Every Carlow MBA student completes core curriculum that covers both the hard and soft skills needed for management and executive roles across industries and organizations. Courses are taught through a mix of scholarly and hands-on experiences that will prepare you for real-world business leadership.

Examples of core courses include:

  • Business Writing
  • Strategic Analysis
  • Decision Making for Leaders
  • Financial Planning and Analysis
  • Advances in IT and IT Management

MBA - Leadership and Management Courses

MBA 738 Global Business

Learn the fundamental strategies and issues associated with global business. In this course, you'll examine factors that influence the success of global business, including those that are specific to nations, regions, industries, and firms. You'll apply theoretical frameworks in an in-depth examination of a country or region, analyzing its economy, institutions, industries, and firms. Part of the course may be completed abroad. Students should consult their advisor if they are interested in a study abroad component.

MBA 777 Strategic Human Resource Management

Understand the role of human resources professionals as key organizational stakeholders. In this course, you'll learn about planning, recruitment and selection, total compensation administration, employment law, employee relations, and more. You'll discuss topics like ethical issues in human resource management and learn the critical role of ethical leadership in how a business attracts, develops and retains a strong workforce.

MBA 760 Experiential Learning

Combine experiential learning with academic theory by participating in an internship (part-time or full-time) in a professional managerial setting. Minimum hours: 280. Assignments will relate current management theories to the practical internship experience. To participate, students must have completed at least one term in the MBA program.

Note: this is just a small sample of the variety of classes you'll be taking. For more details about these classes and more, review the Course Catalog.

MBA Admissions Requirements

Our graduate program admissions process happens on a rolling basis, meaning you can submit your MBA application any time of year. Applicants are asked to apply for free online, and submit the following materials:

  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions the applicant attended
  • Personal essay that describes their academic objectives
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation that address the applicant's leadership potential and ability to succeed in graduate-level work

An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred; however, provisional admission is also possible for students who do not meet all of the admission criteria, but who exhibit a strong possibility of academic success.

Have questions about applying to enroll in Carlow's MBA program? Contact our office of graduate admissions.