As a Muhlenberg graduate student, you’ll be part of an academically strong learning community with a reputation for fostering close relationships with faculty and among students. Our instructors bring both strong academic credentials and deep industry experience, and they are committed to preparing you for success. You will also build your professional network through interactions with other students who bring varied backgrounds and interests to the classroom, making for a rich and dynamic experience.
As a graduate student, you can elect to enter either a master’s degree or graduate-level certificate program. Our master’s degree programs are designed to give experienced professionals and recent college graduates the skills and expertise to be highly successful in their field. Currently, you can earn a master’s degree in one of the following areas:
Applied Analytics for Organizations
Graduate-level certificate programs can give you in-depth knowledge in a particular field to expand your skills, give you an edge in hiring and promotion, and/or help you transition to a new career. If you complete a graduate certificate, your credits will fully transfer into the corresponding master’s degree program.. Currently, you can earn a certificate in Applied Analytics for Organizations or Organizational Leadership.
You can complete a master’s degree within two calendar years and a graduate certificate in one calendar year. For both programs, two consecutive eight-week courses will run each fall, spring and summer term.
The number of courses required to complete the master’s degree and/or the graduate certificate may vary depending upon the particular program. Muhlenberg uses a system of course units. Each course is of equal value and should be considered the equivalent of four credits for conversion purposes. In general, the master’s will consist of 10-12 course units, and the certificate 3-6 units. For the most up-to-date information, review the program pages in the student catalog.
Our programs are designed to be flexible so that you can make them fit in your schedule. The fastest path to finishing either the degree or the graduate certificate course requirements is to take two consecutive eight-week courses a semester.
Courses are taught in a blended (also called hybrid) model, combining online learning with face-to-face meetings, service learning and self-directed study. This blended method is a great way to add a graduate program to your busy life. The syllabus for each course will include specific requirements including, but not limited to, required meeting times for classes, oral and/or written examinations, written papers and presentations, and research.
Fulfill all your course requirements with a minimum GPA of 3.0, then complete the Application for Degree form to order the diploma, cap, and gown as well as to provide the College with legacy, activities, and local newspaper information.
All graduate students must register their vehicle(s) with campus security and display a parking decal. Permit fee(s) are included in your tuition. Registering your car can be done online. There are student designated parking lots as well as on-street parking. Handicapped spaces are available for those who qualify for a state issued license plate/placard, which should be visibly displayed on the vehicle.
At the minimum, you should have access to a laptop with reliable connection to the internet. Laptops are small and light enough to carry to classes for notes, the library for research, elsewhere on campus, or home and office to work on assignments. Consider where you will want to use your computer when deciding between a desktop and a laptop. Note that there are wireless hotspots on campus, and those spots continue to expand. Desktop computers are larger and weigh more than a portable, but are generally less expensive. They have more computing power for a given price. Please note the Office of Information Technology only provides on-campus service for student computers. Therefore students are required to carry their computers to the Student Help desk if they require assistance.
When you’re admitted, you will be assigned a secure Capstone Online account, so you can access your academic (schedules, grades), billing records, and login credentials for our learning management system, Canvas, a space where you can connect with and interact with course content. This can include posting/submitting assignments, participating in discussions, taking online quizzes/tests, etc. Helpful information and a Canvas Student User Guide are available.
We encourage you to visit our campus and meet with the VP Executive Director, Dean of Graduate Studies, or other Graduate Admissions advisors. Visiting prior to applying is not necessary, but it can be a chance to explore the fit between you and Muhlenberg College School of Graduate Studies and give you a chance to develop a relationship with a graduate advisor who can be an advocate and resource for you.
Our Graduate Studies admissions team welcomes the opportunity to talk with you. You should have:
An undergraduate degree from an accredited school in the U.S. or equivalent foreign degree
Prior positive academic performance, career accomplishments, community engagement through volunteerism, and other leadership activities that demonstrate your potential for graduate study and how you plan to contribute to your profession and to the community
If you are applying for the Master of Organizational Leadership (MOL), you should have a basic foundation in accounting and finance, such as financial accounting or principles-level economics and two-years of work experience. If you are a senior or recent graduate you may meet this requirement through appropriate professional work experiences through internships, summer work, externships, and projects that may be sufficient.
If you are applying for the Master of Applied Analytics for Organizations (MAA), you should have successfully completed statistics and calculus courses within the last five years. If you haven’t taken these courses, or if you would like a refresher, don’t worry! We offer a half-unit pre-course that covers mathematical concepts integral to success in the program.
If you are a college junior or senior interested in the MAA or MOL, you may be able to enroll in conjunction with your bachelor’s degree, with certain graduate courses fulfilling both undergraduate and graduate requirements. You will need approval from your current academic advisor and the Dean of Graduate Studies before you apply and enroll.
Financial hardship should not be a barrier to enrollment. Please contact an advisor to discuss options
If you finished your bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0, there is no requirement for graduate entrance exams. If your undergraduate GPA is less than 3.0, you can apply and be conditionaly accepted pending your GRE or GMAT score once you have taken the test. If you already took either test, you can submit scores from exams taken within five years of your application to graduate programs.
The GRE is accepted for the MAA program. The GRE or the GMAT are accepted for the MOL program. You may apply to the program before taking the exam, but you must have the scores submitted before the start of the semester. For information on the GRE and GMAT:
You may transfer up to three graduate courses successfully completed at an accredited institution within the past five years where an equivalency in the degree program is found and in consultation with, and approval of, the Dean of Graduate Studies. Course descriptions and/or syllabi will be requested for approval of transfer credit.
An interview is not required prior to applying. However, after you have submitted your application you will be contacted to arrange a personal interview. The interview can be in-person or, for convenience, scheduled using web video conferencing.
Graduate admissions will evaluate an applicant’s portfolio (transcripts, grades, writing sample in the form of a personal statement, any standardized test scores, and resume). Overall, we are looking for students who are academically prepared for graduate level coursework; possess effective writing skills; demonstrate a spirit of inquiry in their field of study; have a clear vision of how the graduate program will help them achieve their goals; are a good fit through shared values and attitudes.
Prospective graduate students should value and desire to further develop themselves in:
vigorous and open-minded debate
critical independent thinking and ability to challenge intellectual orthodoxy
research and the creation of new knowledge
analytical and creative efforts
working collaboratively with others and support to each other, while challenging each other to excel
developing ethical standards
stretching personal limits of knowledge and understanding through risk-taking
contributing to a distinctive campus climate characterized by warmth, friendliness, a strong sense of community, and close relationships among students, faculty, and staff
mutual respect for differing ideas, perspectives, experiences, and personal identities
participating in a culture in which fairness, equality, human diversity, and justice are successfully integrated with the healthy clash of ideas and beliefs
being good neighbors and good citizens, particularly in the greater Lehigh Valley region, and to improve the lives of those inside and outside our economic ecosystem
Before you begin the online application, we recommend you have on hand the following items. With these items on hand, it should take you about 10 minutes of your time to complete our online application.
A pdf copy of your transcript(s).
If your cumulative GPA is less than 3.0, a copy of your GRE or GMAT exam scores taken within the last 5 years.
A brief personal statement (no more than 750 words) required for master’s degree applicants, optional for graduate certificate applicants.
A current professional resume that includes references.
You can complete the Graduate School’s online Application for Admission form at www.muhlenberg.edu/grad-apply.. After you submit the form, you will be prompted to arrange a personal interview.
Unofficial transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate coursework are sufficient to complete the online application. Official transcripts in hard copy or electronic form are required after you are admitted and should be submitted to the Dean of Graduate Studies. To be considered for acceptance to master’s degree programs, you must have completed an undergraduate degree at an accredited institution. International credentials and academic records must be official documents issued by the institution, provided in the original language, and accompanied by a certified or notarized English translation.
GMAT and/or GRE test scores are only required if your undergraduate GPA is less than 3.0. To complete the application you only need to report your scores. Official scores must be submitted prior to the start of classes. GMAT/GRE exams must be taken within the last five years. For international students who are not native English language speakers IELTS, TOEFL, or DET English language proficiency test scores are accepted.
For those applying to a master’s degree program, a personal statement, 450 words to a maximum of 750 words, that speaks to your personal characteristics (ethical leadership, perseverance, emotional intelligence), acquired skills (research, writing, presenting), and intellectual abilities (creativity, area of knowledge, analytical thought).
Current résumé or curriculum vitae with at least two professional references.
Letter(s) of recommendation that speak to your professional and/or academic acumen may be submitted, but are not a required part of your application. Letters may be uploaded as part of the application attached files or by sending to the attention of the Dean of Graduate Studies, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your personal statement serves as a sample of your writing aptitude, a way to express your professional and personal goals for completing a master’s degree, and provides the admissions advisor additional narrative about you as a person. You can find numerous outlines, examples and recommendations for writing a graduate student personal statement on the web. We are interested in learning about your personal characteristics (ethical leadership, perseverance, emotional intelligence), acquired skills (research, writing, presenting), and intellectual abilities (creativity, area of knowledge, analytical thought). We want to be sure our program is the best fit for you and your personal/professional goals. Your personal statement offers us another way to get to know you in addition to your transcript(s) and professional resume. It should be written in an essay format with a balanced tone between personal and professional and be between 450 and 750 words in length.
The application requirements for the graduate-level certificate are a little different than for the master’s program. You can complete the application for admission online at: www.muhlenberg.edu/grad-apply and should have the following ready:
Unofficial transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate coursework.
Personal statement including preparation in the desired field of study and connecting graduate/professional goals with the academic program
Current résumé or curriculum vitae
English language proficiency test score (international applicants)
Interview decisions will be rendered within two business days after the completed application materials are submitted. You will receive an email notification of acceptance from the Dean of Graduate Studies, followed by written confirmation of enrollment status. To confirm your intention to enroll, you will return a signed document along with the deposit fee of $500.
All applicants must have completed a four-year baccalaureate degree or international equivalent or an appropriate US/Canadian alternative degree from a regionally accredited or recognized international college or university.
Applicants for the Master of Organizational Leadership will typically have a minimum of two years’ full-time work experience. We also recommend that entering students have a basic foundation in accounting and finance, through coursework in financial accounting or principles-level economics.
Applicants to the Master of Applied Analytics for Organizations will have successfully completed statistics and calculus courses within the last five years. For those who do not meet this requirement or who desire to refresh their knowledge and skills, Muhlenberg College offers a half-unit pre-course covering mathematical concepts integral to a student’s success in the master’s program.
Typically, a master’s degree will be completed within two years of the initial enrollment and will not exceed five years with the approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies. A graduate certificate will be completed in one year or less and will not exceed three years from the initial enrollment.
Both the graduate certificate and the master’s degree provides the mid-career learner who is seeking to advance their education beyond the baccalaureate level either for personal or professional reasons with academic credentials validating their specialized studies. For the traditional student, graduate studies enhance their undergraduate academic training by adding substantial depth in a focused area of study. Choosing a graduate certificate or master’s degree depends on the individual's specific career objectives.
Individuals typically seek a graduate degree to build skills in their industry, gain skills to transition to a new field, or to promote into a higher level position within their area of expertise. A master’s degree is a complete program in a field of study from a recognized accredited institution. The graduate degree shows you have obtained mastery in a field of study, rather than a single subject.
For those who have been away from academic studies for a number of years, and/or may have time and budget constraints, returning by completing a graduate certificate is a shorter duration commitment while providing a future pathway to completing the full master’s degree at a later time. A graduate certificate does not take the place of a master’s degree, however it does provide students an option to gain knowledge and skills to become employable or eligible for a specific job more quickly.
We encourage you to meet with one of our graduate advisors to consider which is a better solution for your career or personal goals. When considering a graduate certificate or master’s degree, it is a good idea to have your end goal in mind. Do your research by examining regional labor statistics, market demand, employer expectations, and trends.
Our program is built on a cohort model to optimize the relationships you will build with your faculty and fellow graduate students. The programs will be starting this Fall semester on August 31, 2020 and run on a full-year schedule (3 semesters: Fall, Spring, and Summer).
Graduate program applications are accepted at any time. Once accepted, you will work with your graduate advisor to schedule into the next available cohort. However, if you desire to start on a specific date, your application is required two weeks prior to the start of the first course.
The Master’s of Organizational Leadership and the Master’s of Applied Analytics are full-time and can be finished in two calendar years. The graduate certificate programs in Organizational Leadership and Applied Analytics are also full-time and can be finished in one calendar year.
It is recommended that you follow the schedule of two courses per semester, which will enable you to finish the degree in two years and the certificate in one (each course takes eight weeks). Our programs offer a blended course design combining online learning with face-to-face meetings, service learning and self-study. This blended method is a great way to add a graduate program to your busy life. The syllabus for each course will include specific requirements, including but not limited to required meeting times for classes, oral and/or written examinations, written papers and presentations, and research. Students must maintain at least a one-course presence each semester.
There are several situations in which your graduate studies may be interrupted, including medical, military, and other personal leaves of absence. A leave of absence enables you to suspend your enrollment at Muhlenberg. A student requesting a leave of absence should consult with their graduate advisor and/or the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies. A student may withdraw from a course and any refund will be according to the College’s refund policy.
Muhlenberg courses are 1 unit each, the equivalent of 4 credit hours. Master’s degrees range from 10-12 total units, depending on the program. Graduate certificates are 3-6 units.
$3200 per one-unit * (four-credit course at $800 per credit hour)
$75 Application fee **
$500 Enrollment deposit applied to your account
* We know that entering a graduate program is a considerable investment in your academic and professional life. With that in mind, a Muhlenberg graduate program offers you significant benefits.
Tuition rates are guaranteed for the duration of the degree program. An exception is made for a Leave of Absence (LOA). Upon return from the LOA, tuition will be at the current rate with a new guarantee in effect for a subsequent two-year period.
Textbooks for all courses are included as part of the tuition.
Comprehensive fees are included in the tuition: technology, laboratory, library, career center, orientation, commencement, parking permits, graduate student activities, and unofficial transcript.
Tuition deferment is available to students whose employers offer tuition remission.
The application fee is waivedfor graduates of the certificate program who enter a master’s degree program; current Muhlenberg undergraduate students; Muhlenberg alumni; Muhlenberg employees, their spouse or their children. If you are admitted and enrolled but do not qualify for the waiver, the application fee you pay will be returned to you for use in the bookstore or at dining sites on campus.
** Application fees are waived for all inaugural class applicants 2020-2022!
Typically tuition is due at least two weeks before classes start. You will receive an invoice that indicates a due date. You are able to check your student account by logging into the student portal. Tuition and fees must be paid consistent with established due dates to avoid late payment charges, typically two weeks before the start of the semester (see Billing and Payment Due Dates for the appropriate dates.
If your employer offers a tuition reimbursement benefit, you can fill out a Tuition Deferment Application. Details are available from the student accounts administrator. Call 484-664-3302 or stop by the Business Office.
We have a financial aid administrator who is available to assist you. Call 484-664-3164 to make an appointment. In addition to PHEAA's PA Forward loan program, there are federal and alternative loan options.Other sources include but are not limited to: employer tuition reimbursement (talk with your human resources office); veterans’ education benefits (talk to your academic advisor); and online sources like Fastweb.com, FinAid.org, GGrad, Unigo, Scholarship America, and Sallie Mae’s Graduate Scholarship Search.