Online Master's Degree: Public Administration / Policy 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; 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.
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.
- 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.
- Engagement: Evaluate the strengths and limitations of government, civic engagement, and public participation and the distinct roles of each in a representative democracy.
- Ethics: 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.
- Policy: Identify the elements of and develop the capability to, craft sound policy and programs driven by citizen participation.
- Leadership Strategies: Articulate and apply the major theories and principles of leadership, conduct analysis and recommend appropriate change strategies.
- 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.
- Action Research: Research, design, develop, and implement a capstone project plan to affect positive change in an organization.
"My hope is that students gain an integrated appreciation for the interconnected elements of our CLU core - knowing self, engaging in genuine dialogue with others who are different from us, facilitating collaboration among diverse stakeholders interested in making a change in the world, and working together to make transformative change happen." - Dr. Audrey Jordan, Faculty Chair
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
The Claremont Core
Capstone Action Project
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