Peru, Nebraska –The Board of Trustees of the Nebraska State Colleges approved two new graduate degree programs for Peru State College. The two new programs are included as focus areas in the Master of Science in Organizational Management (MSOM) degree:

  • Strategic Leadership and Communication
  • Healthcare Administration

“Both new focus areas offer the advantage of being available completely online to accommodate the schedule of the working professionals, providing access to obtaining a degree while still working full time,” said Dr. Greg Seay, Dean of Graduate Programs. “In addition, the courses are taught by a combination of academically prepared faculty in their area of expertise and with professionals currently working in the field to bring real world applications to the classroom.”

“The Strategic Leadership and Communication option intends to be a developmental tool to expand an individuals' knowledge in leadership, communication, mentorship, and team design as they promote within their career of choice,” said Dr. Amber Mahan, Dean of the School of Professional Studies. 

Coursework for the focus area includes Executive Coaching and Mentoring, Strategic Communication in Leadership, Leadership Theory and Practice, and Team Design and Performance.

“This program dives into the dynamics of individual, team, and organizational leadership and communication, which will provide students the broad base of skills necessary to be an effective leader,” said Dr. Rachel Rolf, Peru State faculty member.

“Healthcare Administration is an extension of our undergraduate degree, preparing future administrators with foundational principles of Healthcare and Business,” said Mahan. 

Coursework for the Healthcare Administration focus area includes Healthcare Delivery and Organizational Systems, Healthcare Economics and Finance, Healthcare Information Systems, and Healthcare Law, Policy and Compliance.

“The Healthcare Administration option provides students with the knowledge and tools to better lead complex healthcare organizations,” said Dr. Jody Woodworth, Peru State faculty member.

The programs will be available beginning in Fall 2023. Contact Seay ( or Emily Volker, Graduate Academic Advisor, ( for more information or call 402-872-2314.

Nestled in the hills of historic southeast Nebraska, Peru State College offers a mix of innovative online and traditional classroom undergraduate and graduate programs, including online graduate degrees in education and organizational management.

Established in 1867 as Nebraska’s first college, Peru State has transformed over the past century and a half into a state-of-the-art institution offering diverse, multifaceted educational programs annually to nearly 2,000 students.