2010 - 2011 Master of Arts in Community Leadership (MACL)

Program Description | Admission | Program Requirements | Probation and Suspension | Graduation Requirements | Course Descriptions

Program Director, Peggy Cain

This program prepares graduates for leadership positions in a variety of community organizations and settings. It prepares them to develop deeper relationships with community members, organize grassroots efforts and dialogue, lead and manage non-profit organizations, social service and community outreach programs, advocate in public policy arenas, and communicate with and teach relevant audiences.

Students will be prepared to work in settings such as: non-profit organizations, advocacy groups, community organizing and outreach, government public affairs departments, social service agencies, public education outreach, environmental organizations, public health, economic development, corporate foundations, philanthropy, arts organizations, religious communities, ethnic affairs programs, elected offices, and community planning.

Philosophy Statement

Democracy is strongest when informed citizens participate actively in decision-making in their communities. This program aims to strengthen and improve the work of many types of community groups working to help people meet their basic needs, inform citizens on issues, and involve people in decision-making through advocacy efforts and community organizing.

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, and 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.

Classes in the program build on the life and work experience that students bring to the program. Classes are highly experiential and active. Class assignments are often project-based, incorporating real-life tasks similar to those students encounter in their jobs and community settings. Some class projects will serve specific community organizations. The Capstone Project will integrate students’ learning from the entire program and provide an opportunity to design an in-depth project tailored to the students’ interests and professional goals that serves the needs of a particular organization or group in the community.

Graduates of the program will be equipped with specific skills and knowledge to serve the community today, as well as the ability to learn, reflect, and adapt to the rapidly-changing contexts in which they will be working.

The program content is organized within the following program standards:

  • Leadership and Management: Students will demonstrate skills in leading and managing non-profit and other types of organizations and community efforts.
  • Community Organizing and Advocacy: Students will demonstrate skills in conducting research in communities, and use those skills 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.
  • Critical, Analytical, and Integrative Thinking: Students will demonstrate critical, analytical, and integrative thinking.
  • Critical Reflection: Students will reflect critically on ethical issues, their role as leaders in the community, and their role as global citizens.
  • Collaboration: Students will work collaboratively with peers, faculty members, and community members throughout the program.

Program Description

Program content is organized into core classes, elective classes, and a capstone project or internship. The core has three parts: community organizing and advocacy, leadership and management, and communications. Students may complete the 20–21-hour core and receive a Certificate in Community Leadership. For those wishing to pursue the Master of Arts, elective options enable students to specialize in one of three areas or to choose a mixture of courses. The capstone experience integrates knowledge and skills students have learned throughout the program and enables students to apply that knowledge and skill in an individualized way to serve a community organization.

Admission to the Program

See the Admission to the College section for admission requirements.

Program Requirements

Students must complete the 20–21-hour core to receive the Certificate in Community Leadership. A minimum of 35 credit hours is required for graduation with the Master of Arts degree. A maximum of nine credit hours of graduate-level transcripted credit may be accepted from another accredited college or university. The accepted coursework must fall within the guidelines of Westminster’s Graduate Programs. Courses completed at other graduate institutions must carry a grade of B or better to be eligible for transfer credit.

Although a minimum of 35 credit hours is required, students may desire, or need to complete, additional hours to enhance their graduate degree. Planning this graduate degree program is the responsibility of students in collaboration with their advisors.

Retention in the Program

The student must:

  1. Design and file an acceptable program plan with the Director of the Master of Arts in Community Leadership program.
  2. Maintain a grade point average of 3.0. Courses in which a grade of C- or lower is awarded do not count toward graduation requirements. All courses must be taken for a letter grade.
  3. Complete the program within six years, or begin to lose credit for courses older than six years.

Academic Probation and Suspension Policy

See the Grading and Academic Standards section for graduate academic probation and suspension policies.

Appeals for Readmission

See the Grading and Academic Standards section for information on appeals for readmission.

Graduation Requirements

Candidates for graduation should apply to the Registrar’s Office approximately two regular semesters prior to planned completion of graduation requirements. Applications for December graduation are due in September and applications for May and August graduation are due in October. Please see the Academic Calendar for more specific dates. Candidates are notified of remaining degree requirements within four weeks after applying for graduation.

To be eligible for a master’s degree, students must satisfy the following conditions:

  • Meet all credit hour and other course requirements.
  • Maintain an overall grade point average of 3.0 or above.
  • Be enrolled at Westminster College during the semester in which they wish to graduate.
  • Maintain good academic standing.
  • Earn a grade of C or higher in all graduate courses.

Note: Only graduate-level coursework may be applied toward degree or certificate requirements.

The final responsibility for being informed about, and adhering to, graduation requirements rests with the student.

Certificate in Community Leadership

Requirement Description
Credit Hours
I. Core Courses 20-21
  MACL 601 Exploring Communities
MACL 602 Public Policy and Advocacy
MACL 603 Social Change and Community Organizing
MBA 548E Budgeting & Finance for Community Organizations
MBA 651E The Nonprofit Organization
MBA 605C Executive Development
MPC 602 Rhetorical Theory & Practice

And one of the following courses:

MPC 609 Basic Editing Principles (3)
MPC 637 Web Design and Production (3)
MPC 643 Public Relations Writing & Planning (3)
MPC 644 Integrated Marketing Communications (3)
MBA 658E Communication and Interpersonal Skills (2)
3
3
3
2
2
2
3

2-3
TOTAL HOURS FOR CERTIFICATE IN COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP 20-21

Master of Arts in Community Leadership

Requirement Description
Credit Hours
I. Core Courses 20-21
  MACL 601 Exploring Communities
MACL 602 Public Policy and Advocacy
MACL 603 Social Change and Community Organizing
MBA 548E Budgeting & Finance for Community Organizations
MBA 651E The Nonprofit Organization
MBA 605C Executive Development
MPC 602 Rhetorical Theory & Practice

And one of the following courses:

MPC 609 Basic Editing Principles (3)
MPC 637 Web Design and Production (3)
MPC 643 Public Relations Writing & Planning (3)
MPC 644 Integrated Marketing Communications (3)
MBA 658E Communication and Interpersonal Skills (2)
3
3
3
2
2
2
3

2-3
II. Elective Courses 8-9
  Students pursuing the Master of Arts may choose classes from the following:

MACL 608 Special Topics (1–3)
MACL 620 Advanced Community Organizing (3)
MACL 668 Directed Study (1–3)

MED 613 Theories of Adult Learning & Development (3)
MED 634 Teaching Adults (3)
MED 635 Adult Ed Program Planning & Eval (3)

MPC 609 Basic Editing Principles (3)
MPC 610 Professional and Technical Writing (3)
MPC 619 Grant Research and Writing (3)
MPC 620 Organizational Communication (3)
MPC 621 Leadership Communication (3)
MPC 633 Writing for New Media (3)
MPC 637 Web Design and Production (3)
MPC 643 Public Relations Writing & Planning (3)
MPC 644 Integrated Marketing Communications (3)
MPC 646 Health Communication (3)
MPC 660 Publication Design (1)
MPC 665 Public Relations Writing for Broadcast (1)
MPC 670 Managing Issues and Crises in the Organization (1)
MPC 675 Writing Public Science (1)

Students may choose one of the following electives in the MBA program:
MBA 600C The Language of Strategy (2)
MBA 627E Social Entrepreneurship (2)
MBA 650C Leading Dynamic Organizations (2)
MBA 658E Communication and Interpersonal Skills (2)

Students may choose electives from the Master of Public Health program offerings in consultation with the directors of the MPH and MACL programs.
 
III. Project 6
  MACL 679 Capstone Project Development
MACL 680 Capstone Project
3
3
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE MASTER OF ARTS IN COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP 35