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Community Leadership - Communication Track, M.A.

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  • 30 months
, UT,
Democracy is strongest when informed citizens participate actively in decision-making within their communities. Through our Community Leadership program, you can gain the skills needed to excel in your career, be it by helping individuals to meet their basic needs, informing citizens on issues, or motivating people to take actions through advocacy. 


 Regardless of the track you pursue, you will be prepared to take on a leadership position and apply your skills toward strengthening democratic and community processes.

The program structure models the collaborative philosophy characteristic of the program. It is cross-disciplinary, meaning that it incorporates faculty from the School of Education, the Gore School of Business, the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, as well as the Center for Civic Engagement, the Center for the Environment, and the Diversity and Inclusion Center. 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.

The Master of Community Leadership is a program targeted for graduate students with the ability to connect different areas of study in order to achieve a more profound understanding of the topics. Students that pursue this program should be interested in how international issues affect their community and be capable of researching information to back up their points of view.

Students have the option of choosing from one of the following specialized tracks:
  • Comprehensive: For students who would like to manage and lead organizations.
  • International: Prepares students for leadership in addressing international issues or community level work in other countries.
  • Arts and Culture:For students who want to help integrate the cultural organizations into the community, the only program of its kind in Northern Utah.
Key Benefits
  • Interdisciplinary: This degree is a collaborative program drawing on Westminster's outstanding graduate programs in the Schools of Business, Education, Arts and Sciences, and Nursing and Health Sciences.
  • Local Connections: Westminster's abundant connections to local community organizations open up tremendous opportunities for students to have real-world projects and experiences.
  • Personal Attention: With no more than 30 students joining the MACL program each year, you're guaranteed an extraordinarily high degree of personal attention and teamwork among classmates and professors.
  • Actively Engaged: Westminster's unique environment for learning enables active participation in classes and the ability to tailor class assignments to students' professional goals.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Exploring Communities 
  • Public Policy and Advocacy 
  • Social Change and Community Organizing 
  • The Nonprofit Organization 
  • Leadership and Decision Making 
  • Budgeting & Finance for Community Organizations 
  • Rhetoric & Persuasion 
  • Professional Writing 

              Detailed Programme Facts

              • Programme intensity Full-time
                • Full-time duration 30 months
              • Credits
                35 alternative credits
              • Languages
                • English
              • Delivery mode
                On Campus

              English Language Requirements

              You only need to take one of these language tests:

              • Minimum required score:


                The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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              • Minimum required score:


                The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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              Academic Requirements

              You need the following GPA score:

              Required score: 3

              Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

              Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

              • Application: Online Application or Printable Application

              • $50 application fee 

              • Personal Statement

              • Two letters of recommendation

              • Personal resume detailing professional work experience to include relevant job titles, work experiences, responsibilities, and related activities

              • Official college or university transcripts showing proof of baccalaureate degree 

              Tuition Fee

              • International Applies to you

                715 USD/credit
                Tuition Fee
                Based on the original amount of 715 USD per credit and a duration of 30 months.
              • National Applies to you

                715 USD/credit
                Tuition Fee
                Based on the original amount of 715 USD per credit and a duration of 30 months.
              We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

              Living costs for Salt Lake City

              • 1000 - 1730 USD/month
                Living Costs

              The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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