Master of Arts in Community Leadership

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Masters
Graduate Degree
School of Education
Two- to Three-Year Program

Overview

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. Our class schedules 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.

"It's not just relevant, but prescient. We are discussing the changes that the world needs to see just to continue existing."

Melinda Nevarez (MACL '16)
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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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There's No Better Investment Than You

Tuition and Fees

We're on your team before you even get here. We know you want an education where you matter—a place that will serve as a launchpad for a successful career and a meaningful life. We'll work with you individually through every step of the financial aid process. From scholarships to grants and loans, we help you make it happen.

35 credits at $715/credit

$25,025 total tuition

Scholarships

Merit scholarships, alumni scholarships, and loans are available.

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Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted on a rolling admissions basis.

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