The Masters of Arts in Leadership program graduates possess the confidence to make tough decisions of real consequence in an uncertain world. To support the program's mission, our leadership program focuses on four principle areas: communication, leadership skills and character, leadership theory, and ethics. In addition to the Leadership Core, you would elect a concentration that fits your career and personal development needs.

The Leadership for Sustainable Communities concentration prepares emerging leaders to excel in positions of leadership in the neighborhood, workplace, business, faith, institutional, or governmental communities to which they belong. Students sharpen their leadership skills and discover diverse perspectives that enable them to become agents of social change through critical discussion and analysis of community issues from income gaps to education and climate change.

The Organizational Leadership concentration prepares professionals to meet the unique leadership challenges of the 21st century. The program is designed for technical and functional experts, supervisors, managers, and executives looking to develop the knowledge, skills, abilities, and behaviors required to effectively lead teams, groups and organizations in a complex and dynamic global business environment. We embrace motivated individuals from the for-profit, non-profit, and public sectors who want to grow as leaders and make a positive impact on individuals, organizations, and society.

A unique aspect of our leadership program is that each concentration requires a culminating capstone project enabling the student to provide the leadership needed for positive change in a real world setting.




Along with your completed application accompanied by a $50 non-refundable application fee, you'll need to provide the following:

  • Official transcript(s) indicating that the applicant has earned an appropriate baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. Transcripts from all institutions are required.
  • Three letters of recommendation. Letters are accepted from former professors, employers, and supervisors familiar with the applicant's professional experiences, or from religious or community leaders.
  • Personal Statement. One-page personal statement that summarizes the value of the program or graduate study for his/her personal and professional growth and development.
  • Professional Resume.
  • Interview with the MAL Program Coordinator. After all the required application materials have been received, each applicant will be contacted to arrange for a personal interview.
  • Additional evidence of potential for success. Items such as academic or professional awards special certifications, samples of scholarly or creative work and completion of specialized examinations (not required, but encouraged).
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher.
  • Standardized test scores, specifically the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), are not required upon submission of your application. However, the Admissions Committee encourages submitting GRE test scores to strengthen your overall application.




LAS students may take up to nine credits from other Alvernia University master-level programs that can be counted toward the LAS course rotation. When taking a graduate course outside the LAS program, students must get approval from the graduate program coordinator in which that course resides. Students may be approved (Transfer Credit Approval Form required) to transfer up to six credits from another accredited institution of higher education. Any course taken through Alvernia University that is not listed as LAS, LDR or MOL, as well as any possible transfer courses related to the program mission and objectives, must be approved by the LAS program coordinator.




The Program for Leadership leading to a Master of Arts degree is accredited by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and Middle States Commission of Higher Education.

The program requirements for this degree are as follows:

  • Course Requirements - 30 credits
  • Required Interdisciplinary Course (3 credits)
    • COR 520: Ethics and Moral Leadership
  • Required Leadership Core (9 credits)
    • LDR 520: Leadership Development
    • LDR 540: Leadership Theories
    • LDR 550: Introduction to Research Methods
  • Organizational Leadership Emphasis (12 credits)
    • LDR 510: Social Theory
    • LDR 620: Organizational Theory
    • LDR 630: Organizational Change
    • LDR 640: Organizational Leadership Applications (Capstone)
  • Leadership for Sustainable Communities Emphasis (6-9 credits)
    • LDR 508: Leadership for Sustainable Communities
    • LDR 670: Seminar with Supervised Field Experience (6 credits) or
    • LDR 671: Seminar with Supervised Field Experience (3 credits – repeatable for 6 credits total)
  • Elective Options
    • 6 credits required for Organizational Leadership (may be interdisciplinary)
    • 12 credits required for Sustainable Communities (six credits may be interdisciplinary)
  • Electives:
    • LAS 512: Poverty in America
    • LAS 514: Economics, Sustainability and Risk
    • LAS 516/MOL 560: Leadership in Literature
    • LAS 518: Management in the Non-Profit Sector
    • LAS 521: Grantwriting
    • LAS 542: Cultural Studies & Heritage Conservation
    • LAS 555: Policy and Policy Analysis
    • LAS 603: Culture, Ecology & Religion
    • LAS 612: Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
    • LAS 613: Social Justice and Ethics
    • LAS 638: Environmental Sustainability
    • LAS 5/690: Special Topics
    • LAS 679: Independent Research
    • LAS 680: Thesis
    • MOL 530: Critical Thinking
    • MOL 570: Followership, Groups, and Teams
    • Interdisciplinary – With permission from both programs, candidates for the MA in Leadership may take up to two courses (six credits) from other graduate programs. The student's MA advisor must verify that the course/s relate to the program mission and objectives. Program Coordinators or Chairs of other areas of study must approve enrollments in areas other than LDR, MOL, LAS.




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