Master of Arts in Community Leadership

Graduate Degree
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.

Key Benefits

  • 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.

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

Melinda Nevarez ('16)

About the Program

What You'll Learn

  • Leadership: Students will demonstrate skills in leading non-profit and other types of organizations as well as directing community projects.
  • Management: Develop skills in managing different types of organizations.
  • Community Organization and Advocacy: Research conduction in communities. Students are expected 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 resources.
  • 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 duration of the program.

Plan of Study

Earning the Master of Community Leadership degree requires the completion of a minimum of 35 semester hours. The Certificate in Community Leadership is earned by completing 20 to 21 semester hours.

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Career Opportunities

Potential Careers

The program prepares students 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.

"I thought that my work would just sit on the shelf. But the organizations I studied are using my findings."

Kelly Yeates ('14)

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Tuition and Fees

35 credits at $715/credit

$25,025 total tuition


Merit scholarships, alumni scholarships, and loans are available.

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