Peirce College will begin to offer its first master's degree program in organizational leadership and management next fall, officials said.

The Philadelphia-based college, a nonprofit that primarily serves working adults and offers degrees in business, health care, information technology, and legal studies, was a two-year institution before adding bachelor's degrees in 1997.

The school expects from 25 to 30 students in its first program and eventually plans to add other master's programs, said president James J. Mergiotti.

Adrian Zappala, who had been assistant dean of the Heavin School of Arts and Sciences at Thomas Edison State College in New Jersey, will become Peirce's dean of graduate students, the school announced. - Susan Snyder