Master of Arts in Community Leadership (MACL)

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.

Students also have the option of selecting one of two specialized tracks within the program: the International Track, which prepares them to work for nonprofit or governmental organizations outside the United States or to work with nonprofit organizations within the United States that address international issues and the Arts and Cultural Leadership Track, which prepares them for leadership in arts or cultural organizations.

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:  Students will demonstrate skills in leading non-profit and other types of organizations and community efforts.

Management:
 Students will demonstrate skills in 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.

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 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, choose a mixture of courses, or to pursue the International or Arts and Cultural Leadership Track.. 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 Grading and Academic Standards for graduate academic probation and suspension policies.

Appeals for Readmission

See Grading and Academic Standards 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 March and applications for May and August graduation are due in September. 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:

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 Prerequisites
I. Core Courses 18  
MACL    601     Exploring Communities (3)          consent of instructor
MACL    602     Public Policy and Advocacy (3)   MACL 601
MACL    603     Social Change and Community Organizing (3)     MACL 602
MBA      548E   Budgeting & Finance for Community Organizations (2)        
MBA      651E   The Nonprofit Organization (2)—offered fall        
MBA      605C   Executive Development (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer    
MPC       602     Rhetorical Theory & Practice (3)       MBA 600C
     
And one of the following courses:  23  
MPC       609     Basic Editing Principles (3)    
MPC       622     Intercultural Communications (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)—offered spring    
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE CERTIFICATE IN COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP

20–21

 

 

Master of Arts in Community Leadership

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Core Courses 20–21  
MACL    601     Exploring Communities (3)       consent of instructor
MACL    602     Public Policy and Advocacy (3)    MACL 601
MACL    603     Social Change and Community Organizing (3)     MACL 602
MBA      548E   Budgeting & Finance for Community Organizations (2)        
MBA      651E   The Nonprofit Organization (2)—offered fall    
MBA      605C   Executive Development (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer      
MPC       602     Rhetorical Theory & Practice (3)       
And one of the following courses:    
MPC       609     Basic Editing Principles (3)    
MPC       622     Intercultural Communication (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)—offered spring    
II. Elective Courses 8–9  
Students pursuing the Master of Arts may choose classes from the following:    
MACL    608     Special Topics (1–3)    
MACL    610     Introduction to Development (1)    
MACL    612     Corporate/Foundations Relations (1)    
MACL    614     Working with Volunteers (1)    
MACL    620     Advanced Community Organizing (3)   MACL 603
MACL    622     Program Planning and Evaluation (3)    
MACL    630     Community Leadership: International Contexts (2)    
MACL    640     Arts and Communities (2)    
MACL    665     Internship (1–3)    
MACL    668     Directed Study (1–3)   see course description
     
MED      613     Theories of Adult Learning & Development (3)    
MED      634     Teaching Adults (3)    
MED      635     Adult Education Program Planning and Evaluation (3)    
     
MPC       609     Basic Editing Principles (3)    
MPC       610     Professional and Technical Writing (3)   MPC 609
MPC       619     Grant Research and Writing (3)   MPC 610
MPC       620     Organizational Communication (3)    
MPC       621     Leadership Communication (3)    
MPC       622     Intercultural 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       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)—offered fall, spring, and summer    
MBA      627E   Social Entrepreneurship (2)—offered spring    
MBA      650C   Leading Dynamic Organizations (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer    
MBA      658E   Communication and Interpersonal Skills (2)—offered spring    
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 (3)       MACL 603
MACL    680     Capstone Project (3)       MACL 679
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE MASTER OF ARTS IN COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP 35  

 

Master of Arts in Community Leadership International Track

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Core Courses 20–21  
MACL    601     Exploring Communities (3)            consent of instructor

MACL    605    Economic Devt & Foreign Policy (3)

   
MACL    603     Social Change and Community Organizing (3)      MACL 602
MBA      548E   Budgeting & Finance for Community Organizations (2)        
MBA      651E   The Nonprofit Organization (2)—offered fall    
MBA      605C   Executive Development (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer         
MPC       602     Rhetorical Theory & Practice (3)               
And one of the following courses:    
MPC       622     Intercultural Communication (3)    

MPC     623     Intl Communication (3)

   
MPC       643     Public Relations Writing & Planning (3)    
MPC       644     Integrated Marketing Communications (3)    

MPC      645    Intl Public Relations (3)

   
MPC      646    Health Communication (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    610     Introduction to Development (1)    
MACL    612     Corporate/Foundations Relations (1)    
MACL    614     Working with Volunteers (1)    
MACL    620     Advanced Community Organizing (3)   MACL 603
MACL    622     Program Planning and Evaluation (3)    
MACL    630     Community Leadership: International Contexts (2)    

MACL     632    Intl NGO Management (2)

  MBA 605C
MACL    640     Arts and Communities (2)    
MACL    665     Internship (1–3)    
MACL    668     Directed Study (1–3)   see course description
     
MED      613     Theories of Adult Learning & Development (3)    
MED      634     Teaching Adults (3)    
MED      635     Adult Education Program Planning and Evaluation (3)    
     
MPC       609     Basic Editing Principles (3)    
MPC       610     Professional and Technical Writing (3)   MPC 609
MPC       619     Grant Research and Writing (3)   MPC 610
MPC       620     Organizational Communication (3)    
MPC       621     Leadership Communication (3)    
MPC       622     Intercultural Communication (3)    

MPC       623     Intl 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         645    Intl Public Relations (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)    
MBA      627E   Social Entrepreneurship (2)—offered spring    
Students may choose electives from the Master of Public Health program
offerings in consultation with the directors of the MPH and MACL programs.
   
III. Foreign Language Requirement 0–16  
Native English-speaking students may complete the foreign language requirement in one of three ways:    

1) Score at the Intermediate High level on the ACTFL proficiency exam  in one language

   

2) Take at least 8 hours of college-level credit in one language and complete a project focusing on intercultural communication or the role of language in the students’ area of professional practice under the supervision of a Westminster faculty advisor.

   

3) Complete an undergraduate major in a foreign language.

   
Native Speakers of Languages Other Than English must meet the current Westminster College School of Education graduate admissions levels on TOEFL or IELTS exam OR have completed a bachelor’s degree at an English-language university or college.    
IV. Project 6  
MACL    679     Capstone Project Development (3)       MACL 603
MACL    680     Capstone Project (3)     MACL 679
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE MASTER OF ARTS IN COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP INTERNATIONAL TRACK 35  

 

Master of Arts in Community Leadership Arts and Cultural Leadership Track

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Core Courses 26  
MACL  601   Exploring Communities (3)     
MACL  602   Public Policy and Advocacy (3)       MACL 601
MACL  603   Social Change and Community Organizing (3)   
MACL 602
MACL  640  Arts, Culture and Communities (2)     
MACL  642  Administration  of Arts and Cultural Organizations (3   MBA 651 E
MBA    548E Budgeting & Finance for Community Organizations (2)      
MBA    651E The Nonprofit Organization (2)—offered fall, spring,         
MBA    605C Executive Development (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer    
MPC     602   Rhetorical Theory & Practice (3)        
And one of the following courses:    
MPC     643   Public Relations Writing & Planning (3)    
MPC     644   Integrated Marketing Communications (3)    
II. Elective Courses 3  
Students pursuing the Master of Arts may choose classes from the following:    
MACL    608   Special Topics (1–3)    
MACL     610    Intro to Development (1)    
MACL     612    Corporate/Foundation Relations (1)    
MACL     614    Working with Volunteers (1)    
MACL     622     Program Planning & Evaluation (3)    
MACL     665    Internship (1–3)   see course description
MACL    668   Directed Study (1–3)   see course description
MBA      627E       Social Entrepreneurship (2)—offered spring    
III. Project 16  
MACL    679     Capstone Project Development (3)     MACL 603
MACL    680     Capstone Project (3)     MACL 679
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE MASTER OF ARTS IN COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP ARTS & CULTURAL LEADERSHIP TRACK 35