The Master of Science in Community & Organizational Leadership is designed to
broaden your abilities in leadership, critical thinking and wellness in
individual, family and community settings. Program electives are
designed according to your individual needs and career goals. Candidates
must complete 30 credits and successfully complete a thesis, project or
comprehensive exam as a culminating experience; 15 core credits are
required. The remaining 15 credits are designed to provide an area of
specialization that meets the unique career goals of the candidate.
A graduate faculty of 17 members is available to assist your planning.
Students complete a plan of study to build or enhance an area of
expertise. Students choose one of three culminating experiences.
Core courses and electives are offered on a regular basis to assist in a
timely completion of the program. Most courses are offered in evening
or one day a week to accommodate the employed student. View the Course Curriculum page, or view the PDF.
Candidates for this degree must finalize a plan of study before
completion of 9 credits. This plan facilitates the building of a career
plan of action and must be completed with your adviser.
Graduate faculty will assist each individual in designing a series of
courses and experiences that open doors to future challenging work
Who is the program designed for?
The program is designed with the professional needs of the following in mind:
- Students interested in pursuing careers in community programs;
public health; community development, planning and design; or other
areas in which knowledge and skills in leadership and sustainability are
- Professionals currently working in community health and development
settings who wish to gain expertise in collaboration and program:
management, development, and evaluation.
- Professionals currently working in a health area may use the degree
for career enhancement or professional development to improve the
health and wellbeing of the community.
Graduates of this program are employed in a variety of fields including:
- Head Start Educational Services Coordinator
- Family and Consumer Education Teaching
- County Outreach Specialist
- Extension Agent/Nutrition Education
- Tribal Long Term Health Care Specialist
- Preschool Teacher
- Community Health Care Specialist
- Prevention Specialist for Tobacco Cessation
- Children's Social Worker
- Day Care Instructor/Manager
- First Home Coordinator
- Hospital Outreach Specialists
- Human Resource Project Coordinator
- Community Alcohol and Drug Prevention Agent