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Master of Arts in Leadership and Community Development

The Master of Arts in Leadership and Community Development is a 30-unit interdisciplinary degree designed to help students gain the skills, knowledge and experience necessary for implementing transformative change in communities locally and globally.

The cohort-based program will prepare students for various leadership roles in organizations like Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and other nonprofits, and aims to identify, develop and explore models of advocacy and activism that work toward positively impacting the well-being of people living in communities. 

Drive Social Change

The capstone project, a 12-hour community leadership practicum, becomes the students' chance to slip into the driver's seat. Customized and inspired by the passion and drive of each individual student – the practicum allows students to apply their knowledge, skills and research practices within the context of a community project of their choice, under the guidance and mentorship of a faculty member and the sponsoring agency.

Looking Ahead

The future is bright for leaders in the field of community development. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for social and community service managers is projected to climb between 2012-2022, at a rate that exceeds twice the national average. In addition, a significant number of leaders in the field of community development will be needed right here, in our own backyard, the Inland Empire. 

Candidates will develop the following competences consistent with a Christian worldview:

  • Enhance and develop critical leadership perspective and skills to facilitate transformative change.
  • Understand and implement research in order to identify and implement the best leadership practices.
  • Evaluate key principles for understanding and implementing community change.
  • Practically apply theological principles of the Kingdom of God in community development.

Career Outlook

LCD students will be prepared for a multitude of occupations or service opportunities. Some examples include:

  • Lobbyist
  • Program Developer
  • Community Developer
  • Legislative Analyst
  • Evaluator
  • Grant Writer
  • Grant Manager and Administrator
  • Program Officers
  • Managing Editors
  • Financial Manager
  • Program Director
  • Policy Analyst
  • Youth Worker
  • Missionary

Quick Look

Length of Program: 3 semesters full-time

Program Units: 30

Program Starts: Fall (September)

Priority Application Deadline: April 1

Standard Application Deadline: August 1

Tuition: $589 per unit for LDR courses, $615 per unit for EDU courses

General Fee: $355 per semester

Accreditation: WASC

Location: Riverside (main campus)

Printable Fact Sheet

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Enhance and develop critical leadership perspective and skills to facilitate transformative change.

2. Understand and implement research in order to identify and implement the best leadership practices.

3. Evaluate key principles for understanding and implementing community change.

4. Practically apply theological principles of the Kingdom of God in community.

The Master of Arts in Leadership and Community Development is a 30-unit interdisciplinary degree designed to help students gain the skills, knowledge and experience necessary for implementing transformative change in communities locally and globally.

The cohort-based program will prepare students for various leadership roles in organizations like Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and other nonprofits, and aims to identify, develop and explore models of advocacy and activism that work toward positively impacting the well-being of people living in communities. 

Drive Social Change

The capstone project, a 12-hour community leadership practicum, becomes the students' chance to slip into the driver's seat. Customized and inspired by the passion and drive of each individual student – the practicum allows students to apply their knowledge, skills and research practices within the context of a community project of their choice, under the guidance and mentorship of a faculty member and the sponsoring agency.

Looking Ahead

The future is bright for leaders in the field of community development. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for social and community service managers is projected to climb between 2012-2022, at a rate that exceeds twice the national average. In addition, a significant number of leaders in the field of community development will be needed right here, in our own backyard, the Inland Empire. 

Candidates will develop the following competences consistent with a Christian worldview:

  • Enhance and develop critical leadership perspective and skills to facilitate transformative change.
  • Understand and implement research in order to identify and implement the best leadership practices.
  • Evaluate key principles for understanding and implementing community change.
  • Practically apply theological principles of the Kingdom of God in community development.

Career Outlook

LCD students will be prepared for a multitude of occupations or service opportunities. Some examples include:

  • Lobbyist
  • Program Developer
  • Community Developer
  • Legislative Analyst
  • Evaluator
  • Grant Writer
  • Grant Manager and Administrator
  • Program Officers
  • Managing Editors
  • Financial Manager
  • Program Director
  • Policy Analyst
  • Youth Worker
  • Missionary

Quick Look

Length of Program: 3 semesters full-time

Program Units: 30

Program Starts: Fall (September)

Priority Application Deadline: April 1

Standard Application Deadline: August 1

Tuition: $589 per unit for LDR courses, $615 per unit for EDU courses

General Fee: $355 per semester

Accreditation: WASC

Location: Riverside (main campus)

Printable Fact Sheet

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Enhance and develop critical leadership perspective and skills to facilitate transformative change.

2. Understand and implement research in order to identify and implement the best leadership practices.

3. Evaluate key principles for understanding and implementing community change.

4. Practically apply theological principles of the Kingdom of God in community.