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Master of Arts in Community Leadership


The Master of Community Leadership is a collabrorative progam drawing on Westminster's outstanding graduate programs in the Schools of Business, Education, Arts and Sciences, and Nursing and Health Sciences. The program prepares graduates for leadership positions in a variety of organizations. Graduates will manage and lead non-profit organizations, social service and community outreach programs, advocate in public policy and government, organize grassroots efforts and teach relevant audiences.  

Students have the option of choosing from one of the following specialized tracks:

  • Comprehensive - Designed for students who would like to manage and lead organizations.

  • International - Prepares students for leadership in addressing international issues or community level work in other countries. 

  • Arts and Culture -  Designed to help students integrate the arts and cultural organizations into the community. The only program of its kind in Northern Utah.

PROGRAM PHILOSOPHY

Democracy is strongest when informed citzens participate actively in decision-making in their communities. Through our Community Leadership program, you gain the skills needed to excel in your career, be it helping individuals to meet their basic needs, informing citizens on issues, or motivating people to take action through advocacy and organizing. Regardless of the track you pursue, you will be prepared to take on a leadership position and apply your skills toward strengthening democratic and communities processes. 

The program structure models the collaborative philosophy that undergirds the program. The program is cross-disciplinary, incorporating faculty from the School of Education, the Gore School of Business, the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, as well as the Center for Civic Engagement, the Center for the Environment, and the Center for Diversity. The program also integrates the expertise of members of the community through an advisory board, class placements with community organizations, guest speakers, and team teaching with local experts. 

CURRICULUM AND DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Earning the Master of Community Leadership degree requires the completion of a minimum of 35 semester hours. The Certificate in Community Leadership (Certificate) is earned by completing 20 to 21 semester hours. Students in the MACL program must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher and earn a grade of C or higher in all graduate courses. 

Core Courses:

  • Exploring Communities                                         

  • Public Policy and Advocacy                        

  • Social Change and Community Organzing

  • Budgeting & Finance      

  • The Nonprofit Organization

  • Executive Development

  • Rhetorical Theory & Practice                

    Accredidation - Westminster College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities