The Master of Arts in Social Impact program is designed for aspiring founders, social entrepreneurs, nonprofit leaders, and mission-driven changemakers who want to turn their passion for changing the world into a concrete plan of action. This dynamic program teaches you about grant writing, board development, program evaluation, proven marketing strategies, business models, and revenue streams that can diversify funding for worthy programs, nonprofits and social-impact businesses in your community and around the world.
Interactive learning platforms
Discussion forums facilitated by world class faculty
Full-time: 13 months*
Part-time: 22 months
*Full-time status (2 courses per term) must be maintained to complete your master’s degree in 13 months.
$550 per credit hour
All courses are 3 credit hours
Funding options are available
As a graduate of the MA in Social Impact program, you will be prepared to approach your career from a new perspective. The skills and competencies this degree offers you can apply to roles in a variety of capacities including:
Director Community Impact and Engagement
Director Impact Investments
Nonprofit Program Director
Director of Planned Giving
Philanthropy Development Coordinator
Many of our graduates have gone on to pursue rewarding careers. Explore their stories of success.
“I’ve learned to be a mindful leader, one who invites dialogue. I use the Core in both my personal and professional life.”
WSCUC accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions throughout California, Hawaii, and the Pacific as well as a limited number of institutions outside the United States. WSCUC is one of seven institutional accrediting agencies formerly known as “regional accreditors” approved by the US Department of Education and a member of Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The Commission encourages continual institutional improvement and assures the membership and its constituencies, including the public, that accredited institutions are fulfilling their missions in service to their students and the public good.
Claremont Lincoln University admits students of any race, color, national origin, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It doesn’t discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.
Oluwunmi Ariyo received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Ariyo also holds a Master of Arts in Communication from Wake Forest University and a Higher Education Administration doctorate from the University of Florida. This change agent brings with her fifteen years of post-secondary teaching, community engagement, and research experience. In Dr. Ariyo’s many roles, she has been the Program Head of College Success, Public Relations Coordinator for non-profits, and she currently serves as an Assistant Director, working with College Career and Promise high school students. Dr. Ariyo is currently focusing on mental health concerns for minorities in Higher Education.
Shanelle Benson Reid, EdD, Teaching Faculty
Shanelle Benson Reid is President and CEO of ACCESS Global Group and ACCESS Global Enterprises and is a consultant, coach, author, and professional speaker. Dr. Benson Reid’s expertise is in areas of Education, Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Cultural Competency, Social Awareness, Equity and Community/Individual Empowerment. Dr. Benson Reid’s consulting focuses on cultural competency, social awareness, and equity in education and employment. Dr. Benson Reid earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) and a Master of Arts in Education from CSUSB as well. Dr. Benson Reid earned her Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from the University of La Verne. Dr. Benson Reid’s personal motto is “inspire individuals to pursue self-discovery, empower them to be innovative, progressive, and revolutionary in thought, and motivate them to be global activists.” Dr. Benson Reid’s work is changing the landscape of society by empowering individuals, families, and organizations. The ACCESS Global Family of Companies, “encourages self-assessment and self-discovery while promoting innovative and progressive designs for change and implementing strategies for sustained success.”
Casey Reason, PhD, Teaching Faculty
Casey Reason earned his PhD from Bowling Green State University in Leadership Studies where he was a Dan Douglas Scholar. The author of seven books, Dr. Reason has over two decades of experience as a keynote speaker, leadership trainer, and executive coach. Dr. Reason’s specialization is helping leaders learn to consistently create organizational cultures ideal for innovation. Dr. Reason has coached CEOs, led C-Suite leadership training, and provided high-impact, aspiring leadership training for companies like American Express, General Dynamics, and Origami Owl. Dr. Reason’s first book was endorsed by Dr. Ken Blanchard, author of The One Minute Manager. Dr. Reason is also a national expert in the concept of Professional Learning Communities as an approach to leading deep and sustaining organizational renewal in K12 education using collaboration as a central focus. Dr. Reason’s unique skillset, blending innovative leadership training and transformative instructional design, was featured in an article on Forbes.com after he won the Blackboard International Designer of the Year award in 2012. Dr. Reason lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with his sons Brice and Kiah.
Stephanie Varnon-Hughes, PhD, Dean of Teaching, Learning & Leadership
Stephanie Varnon-Hughes is the Dean of Teaching, Learning & Leadership, an award-winning public-school teacher and community educator, and experienced higher education administrator with experience in curriculum design, program review, assessment, and professional development for online educators. Dr. Varnon-Hughes was a co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Journal of Inter-Religious Studies, a peer reviewed journal, and its sister publication, State of Formation, an online forum for emerging ethical leaders. Dr. Varnon-Hughes holds a PhD from Claremont Lincoln University, an MA and STM from Union Theological Seminary, and her undergraduate degrees are in English and Education, from Webster University. Dr. Varnon-Hughes’s research interests include mindfulness, resilience, and equipping communities to build programs and policies that promote justice and flourishing.