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.

Admission Requirements

Priority Application Deadline: Fall-April 1, Spring-November 1

Standard Application Deadline: Fall-August 1, Spring-December 1

  1. Application for admission with a $45 non-refundable application fee
  2. Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or evaluated equivalency
  3. Minimum GPA of 3.0 for unconditional admissions and 2.75 for conditional admission. Applicants with a GPA below 2.75 may be considered for admission with relevant and successful work experience.
  4. Official sealed transcripts from all colleges and universities attended sent: attention Graduate Admissions
  5. Comprehensive essay of at least 500 words, to address the following:
  6. Successful interview with program director.
  7. An applicant whose first language is not English and/or does not have a degree from an institution where English is the primary language of instruction is required to demonstrate English proficiency by submitting a recent test score from Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS)