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Online Master's in Social Impact
Online Master's Degree
Social Impact
Online Master's Degree in Social Impact

Online Master's Degree:Social Impact

Make a Difference with Social Entrepreneurship — The M.A. in Social Impact teaches you to envision and implement programs that generate positive and sustainable impact within your community—and beyond. If you are an emerging leader with an entrepreneurial spirit, this online social justice / social entrepreneurship / human rights master's degree will give you the perspectives you need to be the catalyst for new social endeavors in your community.

The 21st Century workplace is diverse.  More than ever before, our workforce is composed of people from different backgrounds, nationalities, religions, races, and cultures.  Claremont Lincoln University trains its students to operate effectively in their careers by embracing the advantages inherent in diversity.

In the online master's in Social Impact, CLU students learn to use proven management techniques focused on mindfulness, dialogue, collaboration, and change.  The advantages of this modern leadership style include improvements in creativity and cultural insights, company reputation, employee engagement, productivity, and profits.  Diverse workforces contain potential for greater understanding of diverse markets, and a greater opportunity to cultivate customer satisfaction.  A master's degree from CLU can position you to become a more effective leader in modern work environments.

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Social Impact


$64,100
Median
Annual Wage

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

This online master's degree in Social Impact aligns with the mission of Claremont Lincoln University to educate leaders capable of reaching across differences to create a more just and sustainable world. In this program you will learn:

  • Social Impact Literacy: Synthesize the history, heritage, and context of social change and innovation for application to current world problems.
  • Interpersonal Communication: Develop and demonstrate the interpersonal and engagement skills necessary for effective leaders in a global community or organization.
  • Social Leadership: Function as mindful humanistic change agents and empathetic leaders skilled and knowledgeable about how to catalyze and sustain changes in social systems.
  • Resource Models: Develop resourcing strategies built on current market principles and procedures.
  • Social Evaluation: Develop and employ evaluation and learning approaches to gain visibility on and adapt efforts for systems change and social innovation.
  • Action Research: Research, analyze, and determine appropriate methods and contemporary strategies for designing and implementing initiatives that generate positive social impact.

CAREERS

As a graduate of Social Impact, you'll be prepared to approach your vocation from a new perspective. The skills & competencies this degree offers you can apply to careers in:

  • Corporate Social Responsibility Manager
  • Social Impact Consultant
  • Impact Investing Consultant
  • Cause Marketing Manager
  • Community Investment Associate
  • Engagement Specialist (Community Manager)
  • Communications and Project Manager
  • Director of Development

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 Social Impact concentration is taken along with courses from The Claremont Core®. These courses teach the engagement skills necessary to implement the theories and ideas of social impact.

Social Impact

MSI 5301
Human Development for Social Leadership
OPEN
Social change begins with the development and transformation of individuals. This class offers an in-depth understanding of the role of leadership in the social sector, including models, strategies and practices that the student can adopt and apply in their day-to-day practice of leading social impact work. The course addresses a shift in the paradigm of change leadership that recognizes that leaders are more effective when they stand within, not beyond, the system they are working to impact. Using this as a basis, the class explores theories and models of human development and their application to one's own leadership style and ways of working with teams, organizations and communities.
MSI 5302
Foundations of Social Impact
OPEN
Understanding the history and context of social impact innovation provides context for future action. In this course, you will examine the history and heritage of social change in global context and analyze social issues to find points of leverage to participate effectively in change-making and determine where you might choose to engage. You will also explore philosophies of social change, leadership styles and competencies, and be able to articulate your own. By the end of the course, you will better understand where you fit into the historical and current landscape of social change and consider the ways in which you will engage.
MSI 5304
Action Design for Change
OPEN
Action learning is an approach to social engagement that asks participants to evaluate results and improve on future performance. In this course, you will define and facilitate shared vision and values for intended impact, demonstrate understanding of diverse approaches to defining and measuring success in social impact, construct models for change, and articulate assumptions underlying intended actions. This course also provides practice with needs assessment; generation of organizational models; familiarity with design thinking and service design; and strategies for collaborative, emergent, and adaptive change.
MSI 5305
Resource Models for Social Impact
OPEN
Generating sustainable social impact requires the ability to identify and secure financial, social and human resources. In this course you will explore contemporary financing frameworks, relevant regulatory environments in which social impact enterprises often operate, and good governance for organizational effectiveness. This course is designed for students with particular interest in social enterprise/hybrid organizations, though students working in any organization focused on the social good will benefit. By the end of the class, you will gain an advanced knowledge of resource generation and allocation and be able to design sustainable models for successful social engagement.
MSI 5307
Storytelling & Marketing for Change
OPEN
Narrative representation is increasingly seen as an effective means of effective leadership, organizational effectiveness and situational understanding. In this course, you will gain advanced knowledge of contemporary narrative theory and the possible roles of storytelling for interpretation and presentation of data, sense-making within an organization, and advancement of an organization with external constituencies. By the end of the course, you will understand and be able to frame data and complex perspectives in narrative form and employ a variety of methods — including contemporary technologies — for effective storytelling.
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.
MSI 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.

Masters in Social Impact ProgramIn 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.

Social Impact Masters DegreeMaster's
Degree
Online Master's in Social Impacts$15k Total
Tuition
Online Social Impact Degrees100% Online
Program
Online Social Impact SchoolsFlexible
Schedules
Online Masters in Social Impact15 Month
Degree
Masters Social ImpactNo 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

Social Impact School

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.

Midori Meyer
Master's in Social Impact  '15

"The Master's of Social Impact program taught me to take a grassroots approach to development."

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."

Lolofi Soakai
CLU Alum '17

"CLU has been such a blessing to my life. CLU helps strengthen my leadership skills through mindfulness, meaningful dialogue and collaborations that allow us to suspend assumption, approach non judgmentally and create strong foundations of shared vision in order to not forget the human part of our world, as we seek our purpose and deeply feel and understand our "why" in our journey towards change."

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:

Khuram Hussain, Ph.D., Teaching Faculty

Dr. Khuram Hussain is Dean of Hobart College and an Associate Professor of Education. He is an internationally published scholar of race, equity and inclusion. For 20 years he has served as a dialogue facilitator and consultant to public and private schools, universities, law enforcement, government offices, non-profits, and community organizations on issues of diversity and inclusion. Khuram's work on diversity and inclusion has been recognized by the NAACP, the United States Armed Forces, the N.Y. Commission on Human Rights, and community and campus organizations nationwide.

Khuram is co-founder and Board Chair of Tools for Social Change (TFSC), a dialogue-based organization that advances equity and inclusion in the Finger Lakes. Tools for Social Change engages thousands of participants through intergroup dialogues, including: between youth and police, citizens and elected officials, college and city residents, as well as racially and socioeconomically diverse communities. He lives in Rochester, NY with his wife and children.

Rick Johnson, Ph.D., Teaching Faculty

Dr. Johnson is a design professional, management expert, and registered scientist specializing in the architecture, engineering, and construction professions. He is also a doctoral dissertation chair, professor, and research scholar within the academic and research professions. He has established a high-level professional expertise in management science, including program and project management from a global perspective as well as local. As an inducted presidential member of the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS), he has evolved his leadership skills to a recognized national level through the former Sigma Alpha Pi chapter of Lawrence Technological University and is a full member of the NSLS and is committed to leadership growth, service, and activity.

Alvin Perry, Ph.D., Teaching Faculty

Alvin S Perry possesses a DBA in Entrepreneurship from Walden University, an MBA from Centenary College, and dual BBA Degrees in both Marketing and Management from Valdosta State University. Dr. Perry's corporate experience consists of management positions with IRI, Colgate-Palmolive, NCR Corporation, the Pepsi-Cola Company, M&M/Mars and Wal-Mart. He has Higher Education faculty experience with Claremont Lincoln University, Beulah Heights University, Saint Leo University, William Paterson University, Montclair State University, Pillar College, and Essex County College. Dr. Perry also has over 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur launching six startup companies. Dr. Perry is also an inventor, professional speaker, songwriter, author (7 Publications), filmmaker, and fashion designer (PV designs, Inc.).

Emad Rahim, Ph.D., Dean of Social Impact and Lincoln Scholar Fellow

Dr. Emad Rahim serves as the Dean of Social Impact and Founding Director of CLU's Social Impact Center. He is a Fulbright Recipient, United Nations Empact Honoree and Longenecker Entrepreneurship Fellows. Dr. Rahim is the recipient of the Community Impact Award by Empire State College and received the John H. Mulroy Founder's Award and honorary degree by Onondaga Community College's Board of Trustees. Dr. Rahim has earned advanced post-doctoral credentials from Harvard University, Tulane University, and the University of Maryland/UC. He has a Doctorate of Management and two graduate degrees in business from Colorado Tech, and completed his undergraduate education at SUNY Empire State College.

V. Nita Evans, Ph.D., Teaching Faculty

Dr. Nita Evans is an education entrepreneur and social change champion. She is the Founder of Catch Education, a college and career success program that prepares scholarship athletes to reach their full potential and use their platform to make a difference in the world. As the CEO of GLC Consulting she leads teams on socially responsible projects focused on educational and economic equity and empowerment. With over fifteen years of teaching experience Dr. Evans holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Stony Brook University, Certificate in Leadership from the National African American Women's Leadership Institute and an Executive Certificate in Sports Philanthropy from George Washington University's School of Business. A faculty member in the Master of Arts program in Social Impact at Claremont Lincoln University, Dr. Evans teaches courses on Resource Models for Social Impact, Mindful Leadership and Civic Engagement. When she is not working to help make the world a kinder and fairer place, Dr. Evans is traveling the world and making memories with family and friends.

Casey Reason, Ph.D., Teaching Faculty

Dr. Casey Reason earned his Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University in Leadership Studies where he was a Dan Douglas Scholar. The author of seven books, he has over two decades of experience as a keynote speaker, leadership trainer, and executive coach. His specialization is helping leaders learn to consistently create organizational cultures ideal for innovation. He's coached CEOs, led C-Suite leadership training and provided high-impact aspiring leadership training for companies like American Express, General Dynamics, and Origami Owl. His first book was endorsed by Dr. Ken Blanchard, author of The One Minute Manager. Casey 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. He unique skillset blending innovative leadership training and transformative instructional design was featured in an article on Forbes.com after winning the Blackboard International Designer of the Year award in 2012. Dr. Reason lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with his sons Brice and Kiah.

Kendra L. Smith, Ph.D., Teaching Faculty

Kendra L. Smith, Ph.D., is the Associate Director in the Office of Community Engagement in the Center for Population Health Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine. She is responsible for expanding the ethical use and knowledge of community-engaged research throughout the Stanford School of Medicine community. Previously, Kendra served as a research analyst at the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University investigating policy trends in homelessness, demographic shifts, and citizen engagement. Also, she worked as a post-doctoral scholar under the direction of Kevin Desouza and a research fellow at the Center for Urban Innovation at Arizona State University, where she researched various topics on local government, crowdsourcing, citizen science, and smart cities.

Kendra specializes in working with diverse communities. She is an affiliate of the Stanford University Muslim Mental Health Lab and works with various internal and external groups on enhancing diversity within Stanford University as well as in community partnerships.

Kendra earned a doctorate in Community Resources & Development at Arizona State University and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma. She has a strong background in university-community partnerships, community engaged research, workforce development, and the utilization of crowdsourcing platforms. Her passion is building healthy communities.

Christian Baldia, Teaching Faculty

Christian Baldia is President of Constellation Strategy & Analytical Services, a management consulting firm specializing in organizational strategy, analytics and training development. He is also an adjunct professor teaching graduate and undergraduate business courses at New York University and Baruch College.

Christian previously served at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York as a Senior Financial/Economic Analyst. He also worked as an investment banker at Butler, Chapman & Co. and at UBS. In addition, Christian served in Bill Clinton's Administration as a staff member for the White House and a Senior Policy Analyst at the Treasury Department.

Christian earned a B.Phil. degree from the University of Pittsburgh Honors College and a Masters degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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.

Social Impact
Affordable Master's Program
M.A. in Social Impact

The M.A. in Social Impact teaches you to envision and implement programs that generate positive and sustainable impact within your community—and beyond.

If you are an emerging leader with an entrepreneurial spirit, the M.A. in Social Impact can help you develop the social justice, social entrepreneurship, and human rights perspectives you need to be the catalyst for new social endeavors in your community.  [learn more]

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Organizational Leadership
Easiest Online Master's Degree
Ethics Concentration,
Organizational Leadership M.A.

Learn the science of making organizations effective. Our changing world forces organizations of all kinds – from companies to non-profits to governments to adapt and evolve. Change is constant, and winners in the 21st century must focus on building collaboration among leadership and stakeholders.  [learn more]

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Human Resources
Quick Master's Degree
Human Resources Concentration,
Organizational Leadership M.A.

The core of any organization's success has always been the quality of its people. Businesses that can attract and retain the top talent start with a leg up on their competition. As a master of human resources management, your role can be pivotal and your career can be endlessly flexible.  [learn more]

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Interfaith Action
Affordable Master's Program
Interfaith Action Concentration,
Peace and Social Justice M.A.

CLU's mission is to educate leaders capable of reaching across differences to create a more just and sustainable world.

Your impact on this world can become transformative as you develop the social, religious and political perspectives, collaborative engagement, and self-reflection skills you need to become an interfaith ambassador.  [learn more]

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Healthcare Administration
Short Master's Degree
Healthcare Concentration,
Organizational Leadership M.A.

You can aspire to a high-level healthcare management career in hospitals and healthcare businesses. In this accelerated healthcare master's degree you will develop a mastery of the financial, social, medical, and market issues that are transforming healthcare businesses today.  [learn more]

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Civic Engagement
Cheap Online Master's Degree
Civic Engagement Concentration,
Organizational Leadership M.A.

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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Higher Education
Concentration,
Organizational Leadership M.A.

Students will master the foundations of leadership, diversity, strategic planning, ethics, finance, legislation and governance within Higher Education faculties and populations.  [learn more]

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Professional Studies
Online Master's Program
Professional Studies
Concentration,
Organizational Leadership M.A.

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
Online Master's Program
Tech Management
Concentration,
Organizational Leadership M.A.

This program is designed to enhance student expertise in leading technical teams, integrating and managing technological advancements, balancing technology, culture, ethics, and innovation for strategic planning, policy development, and directing digital transformation efforts.  [learn more]

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