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.





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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