School of Education
Two- to Three-Year Program
Democracy is strongest when informed citizens participate actively in decision-making within their communities. Through our Community Leadership program, you can gain the skills needed to excel in your career, be it by helping individuals to meet their basic needs, informing citizens on issues, or motivating people to take actions through advocacy. Regardless of the track you pursue, you will be prepared to take on a leadership position and apply your skills toward strengthening democratic and community processes.
The program structure models the collaborative philosophy characteristic of the program. It is cross-disciplinary, meaning that it incorporates 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 Diversity and Inclusion Center. 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.
Who It's For
The Master of Community Leadership is a program targeted for graduate students with the ability to connect different areas of study in order to achieve a more profound understanding of the topics. Students that pursue this program should be interested in how international issues affect their community and be capable of researching information to back up their points of view.
Students have the option of choosing from one of the following specialized tracks:
- Comprehensive: 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:For students who want to help integrate the cultural organizations into the community, the only program of its kind in Northern Utah.
- Interdisciplinary: 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 tremendous opportunities for students to have 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.
How Long it Takes
Students finish the program in two to three years depending on how many courses they are able to take each semester. Many working adults are able to complete six credits of coursework per semester.