Master's in Community and Organizational Leadership



Earn your Master of Science in Community and Organizational Leadership through the 100% online program at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Gain expertise in innovative community development and develop your skills in leadership, program planning, grant writing, and critical thinking so you can make an impact in your community.

Students must complete 30 credits: 21 core credits are required; the remaining 9 elective credits are chosen by the student to provide an area of specialization that meets their unique career goals. Elective courses can be taken at UWSP or transferred in from another institution. 

Who is the program designed for?

Profile Anyone with a passion for building meaningful relationships and structures that support strong, vibrant and resilient communities is encouraged to join us! Our students come to us with a wide variety of experiences and undergraduate degrees including sociology, education, marketing, recreation, communication and others. Visit our student profiles to see where these skills could take you.

The core courses build leadership skills that allow graduates to become an agent of positive social change in local and international communities. Graduates can

  • ascend within their current agency or area of expertise
  • make a career change
  • build collaborative relationships with programs and resources in your community
  • assess community needs and determine best practices for change
  • learn budgeting, marketing, funding, grant writing, strategic planning and rational support for programs
  • plan, implement and evaluate programs
  • think critically, research and assess local and world issues

Where do graduates work?

Katrina ShanklandThe Master of Science in Community and Organizational Leadership at UW-Stevens Point prepares graduates to lead positive change in communities and organizations. The curriculum builds competencies applicable in a wide array of settings:
  • Social services (child, family, housing, justice, etc.)
  • Higher education administration
  • Public health and safety
  • Local, state, and national government agencies
  • For-profit and non-profit community organization

Graduates of this program are employed in a variety of fields including:

  • Founder of a non-profit organization
  • Executive Director for a non-profit
  • Regional Manager in a private company
  • Community Benefits Coordinator for a health care provider
  • Head Start Educational Services Coordinator
  • Family and Consumer Education Teaching
  • County Outreach Specialist
  • Extension Agent
  • Health Educator
  • Tribal Long Term Health Care Specialist
  • Community Health Care Specialist
  • First Home Coordinator
  • Human Resource Project Coordinator
  • Community Alcohol and Drug Prevention Agent

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