The Master of Arts in Sustainability Leadership is an interdisciplinary degree program that examines how organizational decision-making and activities impact society, the environment, and the organizations' own prosperity – or the triple-bottom line of the new economy: people, planet, and profit. The program is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed in the areas of development, the natural world, and organizational leadership, to assess and effectively lead socially responsible initiatives. Students will learn how to critically analyze issues in order to develop and ethically communicate high impact solutions that are sustainable.
CLU graduates of this online master's in sustainability leadership program will be positioned to contribute leadership value to 21st century companies, who increasingly seek strategies for acting as responsible corporate citizens, ensuring their operations are financially sustainable and minimizing their environmental footprint. Sustainable career opportunities may include leadership roles in natural resource reduction, supply chain management, worker safety and health initiatives, stakeholder engagement and external reporting.
The M.A. in Sustainability Leadership 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.
The M.A. in Sustainability Leadership aligns with the mission of Claremont Lincoln University to produce leaders capable of respecting differences and collaborating with those of diverse viewpoints to resolve problems:
As a graduate of Sustainability Leadership, 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 such as:
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.
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.
The course sequence for this program is based on sequential concepts that build upon the previous coursework. In addition, courses taken alternate between relational and analytical to balance the learning progress and to encourage application of new knowledge.
Sustainability relies on the interdependence of systems. As an introductory course to sustainability principles and practices, this course introduces systems theory and how it is a foundation for sustainability for students to understand the elements of systems, learning organizations, and how leadership traits can influence diverse environments and decisions. Students will learn about sustainable development goals (SDG), sustainable issues facing organizational leaders, strategies to address and overcome challenges and critique policies related to sustainability through ethical leadership. Students will learn to foster action, awareness, and adaptability regarding the ways systems impact global change, sustainability, and social issues. Students will also gain an understanding of the ways systems can be used to create ethical and positive change through an awareness about the relevance of environment, business, and relational systems to sustainability.
In this course students will gain a basic understanding of the interdisciplinary study of environmental science. Environmental science encompasses many aspects of sustainability including the "triple bottom line" of economic, environmental, and social policies. The scientific method, ecosystems, how human activities impact natural systems, biogeochemical cycles, how organisms interact within a community, and operating principles of sustainable development will be discussed. The content will then build upon this foundation by examining how human populations impact natural systems and how this relates to sustainable development including hazard identification and risk assessment.
Data is used to make predictions in a variety of fields including sustainability and there is inherent uncertainty present in making probabilistic forecasts. Students will discover the challenges that arise with data collection, analysis, and distribution, including errors in predictive methods, assumptions of beliefs, biases, and how to address these issues. Characteristics and traits shared by good predictors, various types of data, which measure should be used, communicating uncertainty, and efficient market hypothesis are also discussed to enable students to understand data, how to analyze to make successful decisions, and how to communicate findings effectively.
In this course students will develop an understanding of critical Earth resource systems including biological, mineral, water, and atmospheric, and the interdependence of the various resource systems (water, energy, minerals, and land). The impacts of resource use, critical factors for those resources, evolution of resource use by humans, the competition between agricultural needs and natural ecosystems, and waste streams on the environment are discussed. Students will evaluate the inputs required from each system to support other systems through interdependence, evaluate environmental resource values and impacts across systems, and the instabilities that can result from interdependencies of multiple, constrained resource systems. The course concludes by discussing future trends and limits for various Earth resource systems to enable students to develop basic proposals to address these challenges.
Sustainable business applies the foundational microeconomic principles of efficiency and equity to a variety of issues including in business, human management, and environmental. Students will learn to use equilibrium and intertemporal analysis, as well as non-market valuation in the pursuit of an understanding of market successes/failures, optimal resource extraction paths, renewable resources adoption, and environmental/sustainability policy. How to conceptualize and effectively communicate market failures as they relate to business, the environment, and social welfare will also be discussed. Additional topics are how to develop foundational economic modeling skills used to evaluate causes and potential solutions to challenges such as supply and demand, externalities, economic surplus, marginal analysis, and the Coase Theorem.
This course explores the policies, laws, and politics of environmental protection and use of natural resources. Students will review the history of the U.S. natural resource policies and the shift from local and state governments to federal leadership on matters of environmental health and quality protection. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) along with key federal statutes are addressed such as the Administrative Procedure Act, Clean Air Act, The Clean Water Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Safe Drinking Water Act including the effects of the policies for sustainability. The roles of the three branches of the federal government are explored from a historical context in regard to natural resources acquisition, disposal, conservation, and preservation.
In this course, students will explore the balance between meeting needs (and desires) of current generations without depleting resources for future generations. Students will explore the limits of depletion for stock-limited resources and of availability for flow-limited resources. This content will be coupled with efforts to assign plausible net values to the use of various resources based on the levels of needs addressed and how to address and communicate these values as a leader. Additionally, students will develop value metrics to optimize the use of a selected resource system.
The basic concepts of Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) can be used as a tool/ set of tools to predict potential impacts and aid in decision making for such areas of water, soil, noise, air, climate, atmospheric quality, biological resources, cultural resources, and others. In this course, students will learn the historical background leading up to the passage and implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), setting of national priorities for the environment, the creation of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Topics include key components of environmental assessment process, methods and techniques for conducting analyses relating to environmental risk, social and economic impact, technology needs, impacts from the proposed federal actions, suggested alternatives, and the no-action alternative.
In this course students will gain an understanding of the methods and orientation of Critical Leadership Studies (CLS) and implications for the natural environment including the origins and key concepts of environmental ethics and corporate responsibility. Topics include the controller and therapist leadership, Messiah and eco-leadership discourses, shared biosphere under stress leading to a universal, normative conception of leadership, ethics of sustainability, sustainable development, biodiversity, the precautionary principle, preservationist, ecological restoration and effective communication for ethical leaders. Students will develop own philosophy of sustainable leadership addressing the ethical dimensions of concern for nature, future generations of humans, and other living beings.
The educational experience at Claremont Lincoln University culminates in the Capstone Action Project. This project draws on the entire educational experience including research, analysis, and determining appropriate methods and contemporary strategies for designing and implementing initiatives that generate positive social impact.
In 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, and culture. At CLU, we put development of these capabilities at the center of our degree programs.
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 12 months at a low cost of $18,000. In addition, the Admissions process has been streamlined for convenience. Neither a GRE or GMAT score is required to apply or be admitted.
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.
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.
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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.
"All in all, I am better equipped to be an agent of positive change. I have found ways to use my education in my current work environment and in the volunteer work I do in education and with non-profits."
"In speaking to the CLU core, every student can expect an emersion in developing skills that will enhance personal leadership and self awareness. I hope that CLU meets every students' expectations with a bit of surprise and magic mixed in."
"I am a lifelong learner and am convinced that our reward is commensurate with our effort. Some students will just want to be able to place an M.A. after their name while others are seeking ways to change the world. With the mix of world class professors and an exemplary cohort, I believe students will not finish the program in the same mindset that they started. Everything fit together so perfectly and the scaffolding made the entire program manageable."
"I am most proud of heeding the prompt to "reinvent" myself during the 18-month program and to put my energy in an environment where I can make a difference."
"The Master's of Social Impact program taught me to take a grassroots approach to development."
"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."
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:
Thomas Lasalvia's Ph.D. is in Urban and Environmental Economics from Binghamton University, and his MA is in Economics from Northeastern. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Economics at William and Mary. His background is in Urban and Environmental Economics and his commitment to environmental justice, urban renewal, and community service comport well with the ethos of sustainability.
David Brown's Ph.D. is in Environmental Toxicology from Duke University. His MS and BS are from Ohio University and are in the field of Biology. He is currently a Professor of Biology at Marietta College. He was the SME for the Environmental Science course. He understands CLU's desire for an interdisciplinary program and can pitch the science at the appropriate level to students needing to have the knowledge of Environmental Science but not needing to be "scientists" per se. He is very familiar with CLU's mission and vision. He has been invaluable in helping us build the program.
Rian Satterwhite's M.A. is in Educational Leadership from the University of Wollongong, Australia. His current research is in the area of leadership and sustainability. In fact, he co-edited one of the textbooks we will be using in the program - Innovations in Environmental Leadership: Critical Perspectives. He is active in the field and is well regarded in this area. His background in service learning makes him a good fit for action research as well.
Dr. McManus is the Chair of the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership Ethics concentration at Claremont Lincoln University. Dr. McManus' books include Understanding Leadership: An Arts and Humanities a Perspective (Routledge) and Ethical Leadership: A Primer (Edward Elgar). His current scholarly project is Leadership and Communication: Theory and Practice (Routledge, forthcoming). Dr. McManus holds a PhD in Communication as well as a Master of Business Administration.
Jeff Boian M.A. is a leadership scholar and consultant whose work focuses on change, innovation, human-centered design, and entrepreneurial thinking. His past research has focused on sustainability, specifically looking at perceptions and practices of undergraduate students at a leading public state university and a leading private, faith-based university. His most recent interest is in how an uninformed public develops their thoughts, their beliefs, and ultimately their actions. Boian holds a Bachelor of Science in recreation administration and a Master of Arts in organizational leadership. He also holds graduate certificates in organizational development and change and teaching in higher education.
Dr. Stevenson completed her Ed.D. from Roosevelt University, M.B.A. from Kaplan University, and M.A. in Communications from Governor's State University. She also received her certification in Online Learning from the Illinois Online Network (sponsored by the University of Illinois). She has been cited for her expertise in online learning, open educational resources, and prior learning and has over 20 years teaching and administrative experience in higher education at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
She served as the Former Director of Education and Special Project Lead, AWARE (Action Within a Resilient Environment) for SeaTrust Institute in a volunteer capacity. She was the first Director of Education for SeaTrust Institute and also led the U.S. and global youth programs for middle and high school students, AWARE in 2013 and 2014 and attended two UNFCC meetings in Warsaw and Lima.
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The Master of Arts in Sustainability Leadership is an interdisciplinary degree program that examines how organizational decision-making and activities impact society, the environment, and the organizations' own prosperity – or the triple-bottom line of the new economy: people, planet, and profit. The program is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed in the areas of development, the natural world, and organizational leadership, to assess and effectively lead socially responsible initiatives. [learn more]
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CLU's mission is to educate leaders capable of reaching across differences to create a more just and sustainable world.
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