Master of Arts in Community Leadership

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Graduate Degree
School of Education
5 Semesters


Gain leadership training, networking opportunities, mentoring, and hands-on experience to solve problems and enact real change in areas you care deeply about. The Master of Arts in Community Leadership program equips students with valuable skills in management, communication, outreach, advocacy, and community organizing. You will thrive in a rigorous yet supportive learning environment that translates to new career possibilities in the field you care about most.

Class schedules can accommodate students who are working professionals—and the coursework features hands-on, interactive learning among outstanding faculty and highly engaged peers.

Who It's For

If you’re drawn to this program, you probably care deeply about making a difference in the world. Many of our students are committed to a particular issue or cause already and currently work in nonprofits, government, or community groups. This is where you’ll acquire the skills and knowledge needed to create powerful social change.

Key Benefits

  • Craft your studies around what you care about most. Learning-tracks and elective options are customizable.
  • Make lasting connections that go a long way. We connect students with organizations, peers, and community-based research opportunities. This fosters vital hands-on experience, fulfillment, and networking opportunities.
  • Culminate with a capstone project. Students complete the program by applying and solidifying everything they've learned.

How Long It Takes

The program takes five semesters if started in the fall, six semesters if started in summer, or six to seven if started in spring.

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About the Program

This program allows students to focus on the causes that they have a personal connection with so they can work toward career goals while learning together. You will enjoy flexible and customizable coursework that lets you hone in on what matters most to you. Evening and Saturday classes make it possible for working professionals to complete their master’s degree without sacrificing their work schedule.

What You'll Learn

  • We design our coursework with input from nonprofit and governmental leaders, so your curriculum includes the most up-to-date practices and strategies co-created by the people and causes you ultimately want to impact.
  • You’ll become most effective in bringing about change through evidence-based practices and an understanding of “why” the practices work.
  • Whether you’re interested in fundraising for the arts, crafting engaging social media marketing, focusing on nonprofit leadership, or gaining global perspective, there’s a track for you. Chose from four tailored tracks to gain applicable skills and complete a relevant capstone project: Arts and Cultural Leadership, Communications, Comprehensive, and International.

Plan of Study

Earning the master of arts in community leadership degree requires the completion of a minimum of 35 semester hours. Students meet with the program director upon admission to design an individualized program of study suited to their career goals and timelines.

Sample Courses

Social Change and Community Organizing

This course builds students’ understanding of social change processes and develops their skills to work within communities and bring different groups together. Students will study community-organizing strategies and apply those skills to a specific group. They’ll develop a plan to bridge competing groups’ interests to facilitate dialogue and action.

Community Leadership: International Contexts

Students travel outside the US to explore the work of grassroots and nongovernmental organizations. They’ll examine other cultures’ leadership and development models, and explore the connections between the US and other countries on issues like immigration and trade.

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Career Opportunities

Potential Careers

Our graduates find leadership positions in nonprofits, advocacy groups, outreach programs, and government agencies.

Recent grads are working at The Leonardo Museum; the University of California, Berkeley development offices; University of Utah Student Health Services; Refugee & Immigrant Center, Asian Association of Utah; National Ability Center; and the Sundance Institute.

"I feel challenged and supported in this program. I think having a supportive community can have a big impact on success. Actually, I know it can.”

Danielle Christensen (MACL '17)
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Tuition and Fees

At Westminster, we are committed to making your education affordable.

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Financial Aid

Westminster works with all students to determine the financial aid opportunities available to them. Federal financial aid is available and will be awarded on an individual basis to students who have filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Some federal financial aid programs require students to maintain the equivalent of full- or part-time enrollment. Westminster also offers scholarships for graduate students.


Students in the Master of Arts in Community Leadership program who are Westminster bachelor of science, bachelor of arts, Bachelor of Business Administration program, or bachelor of fine arts alumni are eligible for the Westminster Alumni Scholarship. Students in the Master of Arts in Community Leadership program are also eligible for the Change Maker Scholarship.


Graduate students are eligible for Direct Unsubsidized Loans and Direct (grad) PLUS loans through the U.S. Department of Education’s federal student loan program.

Federal Work Study

Federal Work Study is a federally funded program that provides job opportunities for students to earn money to help pay for college. Westminster employs hundreds of students each year in different areas.

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted on a rolling admissions basis.

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