Alvernia University

School of Graduate & Adult Education

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies for Community Leadership


400 Saint Bernardine Street

Reading, PA 19607

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Alvernia University offers the Master in Arts in Liberal Studies program at two convenient locationsMain Campus and Philadelphia Center.

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Maybe you've got a passion for being a leader within a sustainable community in a profit or non-profit sector. Maybe you're interested in exploring community issues and want to become an agent for social change. Or maybe you're just looking for a degree that is as committed to enhancing the society as you are. Whatever your goals, the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degree with an emphasis in Community Leadership can help you get there with a course that's as unique as you are. Get your degree on time and on target. With three semesters a year, our MALS in Community Leadership program lets you earn your degree at a faster pace than traditional programs. Most students take two classes per semester, and you can finish your MALS within two years. There are several class formats and time slots that you can choose from to help fit your busy lifestyle. You’ll carve yourself a course of study that fits your individual needs and interests. The MALS program is flexible and allows for some personalized curricular design. At Alvernia, you can explore your passions and study topics that have meaningful significance to your educational pursuits. You'll find the MALS for Community Leadership courses are designed to help you become an agent of social change through critical discussion, analysis of community issues, and creation of graduate level service and/or research projects to mitigate community challenges. Our small class sizes help ensure you’ll receive personalized learning and attention. Learn from culturally and environmental-savvy faculty and instructors. Our faculty members and instructors have real-world expertise as impressive as their academic backgrounds. Trained in adult learning and committed to furthering your education, they continually refine what they teach to reflect what’s really happening in the communities. Initially, you'll work closely with the MALS program coordinator to craft a course of study that suits your objectives. Developed by faculty with decades of experience in community development, our MALS in Community Leadership curriculum will give you valuable insight and teach you to effectively get involved within the community to: - Examine basic principles, theory and applications relevant to leadership for cultural, economic and environmental sustainability - Develop an interdisciplinary awareness of culture, environment and economics - Reflect on a variety of world-views and what it means to be liberally educated - Experience the meaning of community - Consider our roles as citizens for social justice - Encourage intellectual risks by contemplating difficult choices - Investigate methods for community preservation and cultivation - Develop and implement sustainable service oriented projects - Define activism through engagement - Explore fundamentals of economics and over-consumption - Explore environmental principles and anthropocentrism - Explore cultural ethnicity, heritage and globalization - Discuss the impact of technology on culture, economics, and environment - Analyze case studies through critical writing and thinking - Synthesize and implement solutions to real-life problems


The Master in Arts in Liberal Studies program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Facts & Figures

# of Credits Required: 33 credits (10 class

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $600 USD

Classification: Master's Colleges & Universities: Small Programs

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 1,000-2,999

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