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Online Master's in Civic Engagement

Online Master's Degree:Civic Engagement

Organizational Leadership

Facilitate Collective and Innovative Solutions for a Common, Public Good — The online M.A. in Organizational Leadership program with a Civic Engagement concentration at CLU produces graduates who are prepared to transform communities, neighborhoods, and regions by facilitating collective, innovative solutions. Graduates demonstrate skillful public sector leadership, advance democratic participation strategies, enable public dialogue and deliberation, and empower communities. This online master's degree emphasizes public administration and public policy under its civic engagement concentration and is much more than furthering special interests and individual desires or acting only when threatened; this is why we define civic leadership as the means to create mutual understanding of the responsibilities of diverse constituencies in democratic self-governance who act in unison to pursue a common, public good.

This program prepares current and future leaders in communities and community-based organizations/institutions, in local government, in public administration, and in elected or appointed positions to craft more purposeful, innovative, and engaged civic communities and to cultivate communities' capacity to address the complex challenges that they face.

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18% Expected
Employment
Growth*
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics,
U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook
Handbook, Social and Community Service Managers
(December, 2018); *From 2016-2026
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LEARNING OUTCOMES

The M.A. in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Civic Engagement aligns with the mission of Claremont Lincoln University to produce leaders capable of respecting differences and collaborating with those of different viewpoints to resolve problems.

CONCENTRATION GOALS

  • Engagement: Evaluate the strengths and limitations of government, civic engagement, and public participation and the distinct roles of each in a representative democracy.
  • Policy: Identify the elements of and develop the capability to, craft sound policy and programs driven by citizen participation.
  • Civic Leadership: Analyze the strategies of engagement and apply appropriate strategies to lead people to effectively work together for sustainable results in the civic arena.

ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP GOALS

  • Mindfulness: Apply awareness of self and the multi-faceted perspectives of others to lead in local and global contexts to reach common goals.
  • Conflict Resolution: Assess the cause of conflict in organizational settings and apply strategies to resolve and leverage conflict in diverse environments.
  • Ethical Leadership: Lead ethically and responsibly in positions of power in a workplace, community, or organization.
  • Strategic Communication: Demonstrate the interpersonal and engagement skills necessary for effective leaders to achieve innovative and collaborative resolution to community and organization issues.
  • Leadership Theories: Articulate and apply the major theories and principles of leadership, conduct analysis and recommend appropriate change strategies.
  • Action Research: Research, design, develop, and implement a capstone project plan to affect positive change in an organization.

CAREERS

Students that are ideal for the M.A. in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Civic Engagement include the following career and civic sector interests:

  • Public administration professionals
  • Elected officials
  • Civic services such as Police, Fire and Emergency/First Responders
  • Decision-making positions such as consultants, department heads, and chiefs of staff

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

A completed Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution is required to apply to Claremont Lincoln University. Neither a GRE or GMAT score is required for enrollment.

APPLICATION PROCESS

The Admissions process has been streamlined for applicants to complete the online application in 15 minutes or less. Unofficial Transcripts and a current Resume or CV are required to be uploaded with the online application. The Enrollment Committee will then review the application and determine an acceptance status within 24 business hours. A determination letter will then be sent, and in return, an acknowledgment of its receipt will be needed. The Admissions, Financial and Student Services Team will finalize any other necessary items to complete Enrollment.

Claremont Lincoln University reserves the right to request additional items as deemed necessary by the enrollment committee to determine student readiness for the graduate level workload. Claremont Lincoln University reserves the right to accept, provisionally accept, or deny students upon the evaluation of all admission documents.

Required Degree Courses

The curriculum for the M.A. in Organizational Leadership with a Civic Engagement concentration begins with a professional assessment that guides you towards self-awareness and defining your own values. You then learn about how to apply those values to leadership and decision-making in the context of various ethical, economic, philosophical, cultural, religious, humanistic and contemporary worldviews.

Civic Engagement courses are taken along with courses from The Claremont Core®. These courses teach the engagement skills necessary to implement the theories and ideas from the concentration courses. You'll also have the opportunity to interact with and learn from students in other programs.

Civic Engagement Courses

MLC 5301
Civic Leader Assessment
OPEN
This course analyzes various aspects of public leadership, including political leadership, administrative leadership, and civic leadership, and helps you build your own distinctive, public, leadership skills. In this course, students will participate in self-assessment exercises and engage in readings and dialogue that will help them identify their current leadership skills and how they can apply their strengths and weaknesses as well as practical skills to identify negative behaviors, determine toxicity in civic, community, and organizational settings, analyze the causes, and devise strategies to overcome them. This first course in the leadership program offers students the grounding and broad skills necessary to be a more effective and civic leader.
MLC 5302
Leading in the Public Sphere
OPEN
This course serves as a field course on community engagement and civic involvement. Students will learn the organizing language, content, and theory around communities and how they operate in society. This organization and content is necessary for elected officials, public administrators and managers (principles), non-profit leaders, community activists, and volunteers.
MLC 5303
Trends in Governance
OPEN
This course focuses on themes and trends that interplay in governance, including social issues, social inequality, and social justice issues. This course is key for civic leaders and authentic engagement because these issues are the very problems civic leadership seeks to solve. The value of this course is that it provides students the opportunity to understand the breadth and depth of challenges and opportunities in communities—and how to address one with specificity and depth in their own Capstone Action Projects.
MLC 5304
Creating Public Policy
OPEN
This course provides key theories, practices, and challenges in formulating and implementing policy changes. The course examines the current implementation landscape, conventional perspectives on political processes, governance and management, and policy and program management, and introduces strategic action fields while exploring fields, organizations, and case studies. Students in this course will examine the challenges of implementing public policy, setting up campaigns, lobbying, building coalitions, with emphasis on building consensus, facilitating collaboration, and creating policy measures that sustain communities. Students will learn how to elicit, harness, and focus the intellectual capital and goodwill of community members, institutions, and stakeholders to create positive social change at the local, national, or international levels.
MLC 5305
Community Engagement
OPEN
In this course, students will understand that, across local and global issues, individuals must be mobilized to create the power to promote change within a community. Students will learn 1) how to bring together diverse interests from within a neighborhood/community, 2) how to bring together the political, economic, and social power structure from both inside and outside the community, and 3) how to bring all of these groups together to collaborate for positive change. By the end of the course, students will gain the necessary skills to be effective agents of change and to improve the quality of life for people within their own communities and within any community from around the world.
MCC 5301
Claremont Core — Mindfulness
OPEN
At Claremont Lincoln, mindfulness is defined as "focused awareness in the present moment and cultivation of compassion in self and others," skills which are essential for sustained human development and broader engagement. To that end, this course involves you first and foremost in practices that cultivate self-awareness, mindful reflection, concentration, empathy and compassion (for self and others). By the end of the course, you will better understand the varieties of mindfulness practice, gain personal experience with practicing mindfulness, and be able to apply mindfulness principles in your personal and professional contexts. You will also begin to explore what issue or context you will engage in your Capstone Action Project (CAP).
MCC 5302
Claremont Core — Dialogue
OPEN
Effective dialogue is mindful communication that allows shared understanding among diverse constituencies. This course provides critical perspectives and creative activities to increase your communication effectiveness. You will be able to articulate contemporary theories and practices of dialogue to reframe conflict for shared understanding. By the end of the course, you will be able to practice interpersonal, intercultural, and interreligious dialogue in private, professional and public contexts. You also will identify potential dialogue partners around the issue you will address in your CAP.
MCC 5303
Claremont Core — Collaboration
OPEN
Collaboration is the co-creative dialogue among key stakeholders to develop strategies for positive change. In this course you will learn to develop strategies to engage diverse stakeholders effectively and create conditions for them to synthesize diverse perspectives. This includes the ability to work with people in a collaborative effort, no matter what cultural diversity or social privilege may exist. By the end of the course, you will be able to better manage interpersonal and organizational conflict and lead in a way that leverages intelligence and self-organization. You also will identify and secure commitment from collaborators for your CAP.
MCC 5304
Claremont Core — Change
OPEN
This course engages students in change-making, which is effective collaboration that generates positive and sustainable impact in society. In this course, you will integrate capacities from across the Claremont Core (mindfulness, dialogue and collaboration) to effectively design a project that positively affects a social situation. You will learn to evaluate the effectiveness of a project to improve it. You will demonstrate these abilities by designing an action plan for your CAP.
MLC 5306
Capstone Action Project
OPEN
Putting Your Ideas into Action — Your educational experience at Claremont Lincoln University culminates in the Capstone Action Project. This self-directed project draws on your entire educational experience where you research, analyze, and determine appropriate methods and contemporary strategies for designing and implementing initiatives that generate positive social impact.

Capstone Case Study Examples

The Claremont Core®

The Claremont Core Curriculum helps you develop
engagement skills for creating a sustainable impact.

Online Master's in Civil EngagementIn an increasingly interconnected world, leaders who want to make positive, sustainable change need to develop the critical perspectives and collaborative skills necessary to reach across traditional barriers of ideology, culture, and faith. At CLU, we put development of these capabilities at the center of our degree programs. The result is the Claremont Core®, a sequence of four innovative courses. Progress through the Core takes you through a process of self-awareness and steadily evolves towards engagement with others and society at large. Learn More.

CLU's Online Programs Advantages

Claremont Lincoln's master's degree programs all have the distinct advantage of being 100% online, providing the flexibility to determine how and when coursework is performed. CLU master's degree programs can be completed in 15 months at a low cost of $15,000. In addition, the Admissions process has been streamlined for convenience. Neither a GRE or GMAT score is required to apply or be admitted.

Online Masters Civic EngagementMaster's
Degree
Online Master's in Public Service$15k Total
Tuition
Online Master's in Public Policy100% Online
Program
Online Master of Public AdministrationFlexible
Schedules
Online Civic Engagement Grad School15 Month
Degree
Online Civic Engagement Graduate DegreeNo GRE or
GMAT Required

CLU is a Nonprofit University

Claremont Lincoln University is a non-profit, "online-by-design", graduate university providing socially conscious education and multiplying social impact through the work of its students in the world.

As a nonprofit university, Claremont Lincoln University is focused on the student's learning experience as well as their career success. Funds received from donations, endowments and tuition go directly to curriculum and to enriching our students' education.

Since CLU is both online and nonprofit, the university is able to serve students who are not well served by traditional institutions and universities— allowing the university to deliver the innovative education its founder and benefactor David C. Lincoln envisioned.

Accreditation

Civic Engagement

Claremont Lincoln University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, (510) 748-9001.

The Commission has confirmed that Claremont Lincoln University has satisfactorily addressed the Core Commitments to Student Learning and Success; Quality and Improvement; and Institutional Integrity, Sustainability, and Accountability and is found to be in substantial compliance with the WSCUC Standards of Accreditation.

To obtain a copy of Claremont Lincoln University's WASC accreditation, please contact:

Stephanie Varnon-Hughes
Accreditation Liaison Officer
alo@ClaremontLincoln.edu

State Licensures

Claremont Lincoln University has entered into a complaint agreement for private non-profit institutions with the California Bureau of Post-Secondary Education (BPPE).

Department of Consumer Affairs
Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education

2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400
Sacramento, CA. 95833

Chief Complaint Unit
Phone: 916-431-6959
Email: bppe@dca.ca.gov
Fax: 916-263-1897

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What Students Are Saying About CLU

Here is what some of our current and past students are saying about Claremont Lincoln University. We are committed to being a student-centered community and are proud of how we have continued to establish dialogue and long-lasting relationships with our graduates by showcasing their action-oriented and impactful work across the globe.

David Reid
Master's in Social Impact '17

"I have had an association with seafaring for fifty years, having served in the British Merchant Navy at the beginning of my working career. In later years, I served as a board trustee with the Seamen's Church Institute in Philadelphia, and more recently I began volunteering as a chaplain. I realized that I could use my Capstone project to bring value to the needs of the seafarer mission."

"When I chose my Capstone project I selected a project that would create value, there are many research questions that a student may choose. In my view, it is better to find an issue that will enable a benefit that translates to value in use. This then ensures that the time and effort spent on the research will endure and be meaningful."

Ely Flores
Master's in Social Impact '15

"Prospective students can expect to be challenged to grow as leaders, collaborators, and change-makers in their field and sector. The knowledge provided by the Social Impact program combines high level theoretical and critical thinking with practical grassroots implementation of learning and tools. This program equips students to become transformational leaders."

"In addition to growing academically, personally, and professionally, I hope students gain a community of thought partners and allies rooted in the mission of social change, love, and justice."

Jorge Bedregal Marzluf
Master's in Ethical Leadership '17

"This master's program led me to be a servant leader and bring about positive change in society."

Meet Our Faculty

Many hard working professionals contribute to a Claremont Lincoln University education. Here are just a few of the great faculty and staff that you will meet at CLU:

Audrey Jordan, Ph.D., Faculty Chair

Dr Jordan's consulting areas of expertise are in capacity building for resident-centered, place-based community change; cultivating community, organizational and collaborative partnership capacities for results accountability; and teaching about and facilitating conversations to promote racial equity and social justice. Audrey is also a certified executive life coach, focused on "accompanying social justice leaders and teams to unchain power for transformation."

Lisa Wright, Ph.D., Faculty Chair

Dr. Wright has a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Therapy, a Master's Degree and Ph.D. in Special Education, all from the University of Missouri. Dr. Wright is a Faculty Leader for the University of Missouri Service Learning program where she leads students in service learning in Chiang Mai, Thailand and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. In addition, Dr. Wright serves as a reviewer for several professional organizations and journals and is a volunteer Guardian Ad Litem for the state of Florida and teaches ballet as a volunteer to young children with disabilities.

Jack Abbott, Teaching Faculty

Jack Abbott has over 40 years' experience in business. He is currently an Adjunct Faculty member at Claremont Lincoln University, Brandman University, and Owner of JBA & Associates. As an adjunct faculty member with the University of Phoenix, Jack was twice honored as Outstanding Faculty for Southern California. Jack earned an MBA from Pepperdine University and has a BS from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo.

Master's Degrees Offered at Claremont Lincoln University

Earn your master's degree online in 15 months for only $15,000 while developing the skills, behaviors & mindset required to improve the world for the benefit of all.

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CLU produces graduates who are prepared to transform communities, neighborhoods, and regions by facilitating collective, innovative solutions. You can be a leader in community-based organizations, government, and elected positions. Our grads craft more purposeful, innovative, and engaged civic communities. They cultivate communities' capacity to address the complex challenges that they face.  [learn more]

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Professional Studies
Concentration,
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This program provides the most flexibility for students. The program supports advanced professional skill sets in various subject areas and students can transfer up to 15 graduate credit hours into the program to create a unique area of interest.  [learn more]

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Tech Management
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