Master of Arts in Community Leadership (MACL) Program Requirements



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  • Melanie Agnew, Dean
  • Peggy Cain, Program Director

Master of Arts in Community Leadership Courses

Admission to the Master of Arts in Community Leadership Program

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, business human resources programs, 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, business and nonprofit human resources, 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 a specialized track within the program: Organizational Leadership with Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Emphasis, which prepares graduates for organizational leadership positions including human resources, the Trauma and Restorative Justice Emphasis, which prepares graduates to understand impacts of trauma and integrate trauma-informed and restorative practices, or the highly-customizable Comprehensive Track.

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 and organizations 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 various disciplinary backgrounds. 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 competency-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 formal organizations (non-profit, government, philanthropy) and informal community efforts.

Management: Students will demonstrate skills in managing formal organizations (non-profit, government, philanthropy) and informal community efforts.

Community Development, Organizing and Advocacy: Students will demonstrate skills in conducting research in communities, and use those skills to effectively and creatively facilitate participatory decision-making, community organizing, and advocacy in public policy arenas.

Communication: Students will communicate ideas to audiences in oral, visual, and written forms to establish knowledge, to increase understanding, or to advocate for a particular position.

Critical Thinking: Students will comprehensively explore issues, ideas, artifacts, events, and other positions, before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion.

Global Responsibility: Students will (i) employ practices informed by social responsibility across the spectrum of differences and (ii) demonstrate knowledge of and evaluate solutions for, educational challenges affecting local, regional, and global communities.

Collaboration: Students will demonstrate self-awareness, understanding of effective group dynamics, and project management skills.

Creativity: Students will combine or synthesize new ideas, practices, or expertise in original ways that are characterized by innovation, divergent thinking, and risk taking.

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 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 Organizational Leadership with DEI Emphasis, Trauma and Restorative Justice Emphasis or Comprehensize 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.

Program Requirements

Students must complete the 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

School of Education courses may only be repeated once.The student must:

  • Design and file an acceptable program plan with the Director of the Master of Arts in Community Leadership program.
  • 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. A grade of C- or lower in two courses will result in dismissal from the program. School of Education courses may only be repeated once; a grade of C- or lower on the retake will result in dismissal from the program. All courses must be taken for a letter grade.
  • Complete the program within six years, or begin to lose credit for courses older than six years.

Graduation Requirements

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 a 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. Required Courses 21  
MACL 601 Communities and Social Change 3  
MACL 602 Critical Theory and Methods 3 MACL 601
MACL 603 Policy, Advocacy, and Community Organizing  3 MACL 602
MBA 548E Budgeting & Finance for Community Organizations 2  
MBA 651E The Nonprofit Organization    
MBA 625C Leadership and Decision Making  2  
MACL 650 Rhetorical Theory and Practice 3  
Take one of the following courses:
MACL 622 Program Planning and Evaluation 3  
MACL 654 Organizational and Leadership Communication 3  
MACL 655 Intercultural and Global Communication 3  
MACL 656 Integrated Marketing Communication 3  
MED 668 Instructional Design Foundations 3  
Total Hours for the Certificate in Community Leadership 21  

 

Master of Arts in Community Leadership

Requirement Description Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Required Courses 21  
MACL 601 Communities and Social Change  3  
MACL 602 Critical Theory and Methods 3 MACL 601
MACL 603 Policy, Advocacy, and Community Organizing  3 MACL 602
MBA 548E Budgeting and Finance for Community Organizations 2  
MBA 625C Leadership and Decision Making 2  
MBA 651E The Nonprofit Organization 2  
MACL 650 Rhetorical Theory and Practice 3  
Take one of the following courses
MACL 622 Program Planning & Evaluation 3  
MACL 654 Organizational and Leadership Communication  3  
MACL 655 Intercultural and Global Communication  3  
MACL 656 Integrated Marketing Communication 3  
MED 668 Instructional Design Foundations  3  
II. Elective Courses 8  

Students pursuing the Master of Arts may choose classes from the following:

MACL 608 Special Topics in Community Leadership  1–3  
MACL 610  Introduction to Development 1  
MACL 612 Corporate/Foundations Relations 1  
MACL 614  Working with Volunteers  1  
MACL 616 Working with Nonprofit Boards of Directors  1  
MACL 618 Facilitating and Negotiating 1  
MACL 620  Advanced Community Organizing 3 MACL 603
MACL 622 Program Planning and Evaluation 3  
MACL 624 Leadership, Conflict & Change 2  
MACL 630 Community Leadership: International Contexts  2  
MACL 640  Arts and Communities 2  
MACL 644 Neuroscience of Trauma 3  
MACL 646 Trauma-responsive Organizations 2  
MACL 648 Foundations of Restorative Justice 3  
MACL 654 Organizational and Leadership Communication 3  
MACL 655 Intercultural and Global Communication 3  
MACL 656  Integrated Marketing Communication  3  
MACL 658 Managing Issues in Crisis 1  
MACL 662 Social Media Marketing  1  
MACL 665 Internship  1–3  
MACL 668 Directed Study 1–3  
MACL 670 Research Extension 1  
MED 613 Theories of Adult Learning and Development  3  
MED 634 Teaching Adults  3  
MED 652 Globalization of Education 3  
MED 653 Indigenous Knowledges and Lifeways  3  
MED 668 Instructional Design Foundations 3  
Students may choose one of the following electives in the MBA program:
MBA 605C Communication and Teamwork 2  
MBA 644 Exploring Innovative Organizational Cultures 2  

Students may choose electives from the Master of Public Health program offerings in consultation with 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: Trauma and Restorative Justice Track

Requirement Description Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Core Courses 26  
MACL 601 Communities and Social Change 3  
MACL 602  Critical Theory and Methods 3  
MACL 603 Policy, Advocacy, and Community Organizing 3 MACL 602
MBA 548E Budgeting and Finance for Community Organizations  2  
MBA 651E The Nonprofit Organization 2  
MBA 625C Leadership and Decision Making  2  
MACL 650 Rhetorical Theory and Practice 3  
MACL 644 Neuroscience of Trauma 3  
MACL 646 Trauma-responsive Organizations 2  
MACL 648 Foundations of Restorative Justice  3  
II. Elective Courses 3  

Students pursuing the Master of Arts may choose classes from the following:

MACL 608 Special Topics in Community Leadership 1–3  
MACL 610 Introduction to Development 1  
MACL 612 Corporate/Foundation Relations 1  
MACL 614 Working with Volunteers 1  
MACL 616 Working with Nonprofit Boards of Directors 1  
MACL 618 Facilitating and Negotiating 1  
MACL 620 Advanced Community Organizing  3 MACL 603
MACL 622 Program Planning and Evaluation 3  
MACL 624 Leadership, Conflict & Change 2  
MACL 630 Community Leadership: International Contexts 2  
MACL 640 Arts and Communities  2  
MACL 654 Organizational and Leadership Communication  3  
MACL 655   Intercultural and Global Communication 3  
MACL 656 Integrated Marketing Communication  3  
MACL 658 Managing Issues of Crisis 1  
MACL 662  Social Media Marketing  1  
MACL 665 Internship 1-3  
MACL 668 Directed Study  1-3  
MACL 670 Research Extension 1  
MED 613 Theories of Adult Learning and Development  3  
MED 644 Arts and Movement for Trauma 2  
MED 645 Self-Care for Secondary Trauma 1  
MED 646 Writing for Trauma Healing 1  
MED 653 Indigenous Knowledges and Lifeways 3  
MBA 644 Exploring Innovative Organizational Cultures 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  3 MACL 603
MACL 680 Capstone Project 3 MACL 679
Total Hours for the Master of Arts in Community Leadership Trauma and Restorative Justice Track 35  

Master of Arts in Community Leadership: Organizational Leadership with Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Emphasis Track

Requirement Description Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Core Courses 22  
MACL 601 Communities and Social Change 3  
MACL 602 Critical Theory and Methods 3 MACL 601
MACL 624 Leadership, Conflict and Change 2 MACL 602
MACL 626 HR Equity & Compliance Practices 2  
MACL 650 Rhetorical Theory and Practice 3  
MACL 655 Intercultural and Global Communication  3  
MBA 548E  Budgeting and Finance for Community Organizations 2  
MBA 625C Leadership and Decision Making 2  
MBA 644 Exploring Innovative Organizational Cultures 2  
II. Elective Courses 7  
MACL 603 Policy, Advocacy, and Community Organizing  3  
MACL 608  Special Topics in Community Leadership  1–3  
MACL 614 Working with Volunteers 1  
MACL 616 Working with Nonprofit Boards of Directors  1  
MACL 618 Facilitating and Negotiating  1  
MACL 622 Program Planning and Evaluation  3  
MACL 630 Community Leadership: International Contexts  2  
MACL 644 Neuroscience of Trauma 3  
MACL 646 Trauma-responsive Organizations 2  
MACL 648 Foundations of Restorative Justice 3  
MACL 654 Organizational and Leadership Communication 3  
MACL 665 Internship 1–3  
MACL 668 Directed Study 1–3  
MACL 670 Research Extension 1  
MED 610 Sociocultural Contexts for Learning 3  
MACL 613  Theories of Adult Learning and Development  3  
MED 634 Teaching Adults 3  
MED 653 Indigenous Knowledges and Lifeways 3  
MBA 605C Communication and Teamwork 2  
MBA 651E The Nonprofit Organization 2  
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 with Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Emphasis Track 35