Master of Arts in Community Leadership Website
About the MACL

Democracy is strongest when informed citizens participate actively in decision-making in their communities. The MACL program helps you strengthen and develop skills to be even more effective in your work to help people meet their basic needs, to inform citizens on issues, and to involve people in decision-making through advocacy and organizing. The MACL degree and certificate programs will prepare you for leadership positions in a variety of community organizations that work to strengthen communities and democratic processes.  

 What makes Westminster's Community Leadership degree unique?

  • Collaborative and Distinctive. This degree is a collaborative program drawing on Westminster's outstanding graduate programs in the Schools of Business, Education, Arts and Sciences, and Nursing and Health Sciences.
  • Local Connections. Westminster's abundant connections to local community organizations open up tremdous opportunities for students to have hands-on, real-world projects and experiences.
  • Personal Attention. With no more than 30 students joining the MACL program each year, you're guaranteed an extraordinarily high degree of personal attention and teamwork among classmates and professors.
  • Actively Engaged. Westminster's unique environment for learning enables active participation in classes and the ability to tailor class assignments to students' professional goals.
  • Experienced Faculty. Courses are taught by expert Westminster faculty in collaboration with experienced community leaders.

Chris Bray

“It takes business, government, and nonprofits working together to make a successful community. Exceptional leadership skills are needed to ensure this collaborative work moves forward.  Education plays a major role in ensuring the new workforce has the knowledge and experience needed to navigate the ever-changing environment we live in. The more we can work toward common goals the better our community will become.  This work is not easy but it is fulfilling.”  
- Chris Bray, Executive Director, Utah Nonprofits Association 

Comprehensive Track
International Track
New! Arts and Cultural Leadership

Program Standards

Leadership: Students will  demonstrate skills in leading non-profit and other types of organizations and community efforts.

Management: Students will  demonstrate skills in managing non-profit and other types of organizations and community efforts.

Community Organization and Advocacy: Students will demonstrate skills in conducting research in communities, and use those skills to effectively and creatively organize communities and advocate in public-policy arenas.

Communication Skills: Students will communicate effectively orally, in writing, and through various media.

Critical, analytical, and integrative thinking: Students will demonstrate critical, analytical, and integrative thinking.

Global Consciousness, Social Responsibility, and Ethical Awareness: Students will reflect critically on their role as global citizens, their role as leaders in the community, and ethical issues in their practice.

Collaboration: Students will work collaboratively with peers, faculty members, and community members throughout the program.

What classes will you take?