The MALS curriculum is 33 credits. With several credits in foundation courses, you’ll build the necessary
background for your study in interdisciplinary courses and a final project, your Capstone.
The MALS faculty uses various course formats to help you learn, including case studies, lecture/discussion, group projects and simulation exercises to ensure what you gain in one course will reinforce and build on what you learn in others.
Required Interdisciplinary Course (3 credits):
COR 520: Ethics and Moral Leadership
Required Entry Level Courses (6 credits):
LAS 508: Leadership for Sustainable Communities
LAS 537: Introduction to Research Methods
Note: LAS 508: Leadership for Sustainable Communities and LAS 537: Introduction to Research Methods courses should be taken as early as possible in every MALS student’s schedule.
MALS Elective Courses (up to 21 credits from the following courses):
LAS 542: Cultural Studies and Heritage Conservation
LAS 555: Policy & Policy Analysis
LAS 590: Special Topics
LAS 603: Culture, Ecology & Religion
LAS 613: Social Justice & Ethics
LAS 620: Cross-Cultural Conflicts in our Communities
LAS 638: Sustaining Our Environment
LAS 679: Independent Research
LAS 680: Thesis
LAS 690: Special Topics
Required Capstone Course (3 or 6 credits):
LAS 670: Seminar with Supervised Field Experience in Community Service
Special Topics Course Policy & Cohort Development
Students may substitute up to nine (9) credits from the LAS elective courses for special topic courses. This option may be useful especially for cohort development in which a grouping of special topic courses could be developed to meet specific community and/or organizational needs. These nine credits would form a modular curricular plan (MCP) for cohorts to focus on one of three areas of sustainability within the program: culture, economics, or environment.
Independent Research & Thesis Course Options:
MALS Internal Transfer Policy
MBA 506: Economics & Finance
MBA 520: Marketing Services
MBA 610: Legal Environment
MCC 500: Introduction to Counseling
MED 600: Language & Literacy in Cross-Cultural Settings
MALS External Transfer Policy:
Students may transfer up to six (6) credits from another accredited institution of higher education upon approval of the MALS Coordinator on the Alvernia University main campus. Transferred courses must be related to the MALS program mission and objectives.
Note: When taking a graduate course outside the LAS program, students must get approval from the graduate program coordinator in which that course resides.
The MALS in Community Leadership is designed to meet the needs and demanding schedules of adult learners. In addition to course offerings in traditional semester format, courses may be offered periodically in alternative formats including condensed modules, online (electronic), blended (part traditional and part electronic), teleconferenced, and short-term residencies.