Master of Science in Leadership, Concentration in Community Leadership
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
- Margaret Mead
Many people are excited by the thought of climbing the corporate ladder, but that isn't your primary goal. Yes, you want the challenge of growing an organization and seeing it thrive, but you want your life and career to mean more than raising the stock dividend or buying up the competition. You want it to make a meaningful impact that will live on after you. The faculty and staff of Duquesne University's School of Leadership and Professional Advancement feel the same way, which is why we offer a program designed to mentor and enhance the skills of leaders who will tackle the challenges facing our society and the world.
The Master of Science in Leadership, concentration in Community Leadership (MSCL), is designed for the education of leaders who are committed to transforming the quality of life in local and international communities.
Community Leadership Concentration Goals
This program serves several purposes, with the overarching goal of creating invaluable community leaders. In pursuit of this, Community Leadership training emphasizes:
- Building consensus and a community of leaders
- Unifying individual and community needs
- Bolstering the societal impact of individuals and organizations
- Effective decision-making from visionary, ethical and analytical perspectives
- Motivating change based on an understanding of people, processes and systems
- Developing, implementing and measuring the performance of impactful programs
- Identifying and capitalizing on strategic opportunities
- Transforming the future of our communities through open dialogue and collaboration
- Engaging key stakeholders to create permanent and positive community change
- Utilizing public and private resources to aid community-based initiatives
Community Leadership Concentration Core Focuses
Throughout this program, students are exposed to various techniques and strategies for improving their leadership capabilities. A total of 5 core courses are prescribed for Community Leadership Master's Degree students. Courses focus on the following principles:
- Collaboration - Students engage in coursework and discussions pertaining to how local and regional partnerships are created between different types of organizations, like nonprofits and for-profit groups.
- Design and Development - Students critically examine how individuals and organizations act during different stages of the organizational life cycle. Practices like strategic planning and different organizational structures are studied through the lens of how each positively affects the community.
- Community and Change - Throughout the course, students view the community as the centerpiece of cultural, social and economic life. Strategies for balancing conflicting needs, such as individual vs. common good are discussed throughout.
- Catalyzing Change - Through a practical application model, students organize and execute a plan for community change. Each student chooses an area of focus, attempting to impact a specific sphere of society.
- Governing for Community Leadership - students enrolled in this course focus on how leaders protect organizations and ensure their sustainability. Different leadership responsibilities, such as communicating with stakeholders, are discussed in depth.