Master of Arts in Leadership for Sustainable Communities


The Masters in Leadership for Sustainable Communities curriculum is 30 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 MALSC faculty uses various course formats to help you learn, including case studies, lecture/discussion, group projects, on-line discussions and simulation exercises to ensure what you gain in one course will reinforce and build on what you learn in others.

Curriculum - (30 Credits)

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 & LAS 537 should be taken as early as possible.

Elective Courses (15-18 Credits chosen from the following courses)

LAS 512 - Poverty in America
LAS 514 - Economics, Sustainability and Risk
LAS 516 - Leadership in Literature
LAS 518 - Management in the Non-Profit Sector
LAS 521 - Grant Writing    
LAS 542 - Cultural Studies & Heritage Conservation
LAS 555 - Policy & Policy Analysis
LAS 590 - Special Topics    
LAS 603 - Culture, Ecology & Religion
LAS 612 - Conflict Resolution
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 Activity (3 or 6 Credits)

LAS 670 - Seminar with Supervised Field Experience in Community Service (6 semseter credits)     
LAS 671 - Seminar with Supervised Field Experience in Community Service (3 semester credits; repeatable)

MALSC Transfer Policy

Credits toward the MALSC Degree may be transferred from other Alvernia graduate programs or from another accredited institution of higher education, with permission of the MALSC Coordinator on the Alvernia University Main Campus.

Internal: Students may take up to nine (9) credits from other Alvernia University master level programs with approval from the graduate program coordinator in which that course resides. Examples of other Alvernia graduate courses that have been approved include:
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
MOL 520 Leadership Development

External: Students may transfer up to six (6) credits from another accredited institution of higher education upon approval of the MALSC Coordinator on the Alvernia University Main Campus.  Transferred courses must be related to the MALSC program mission and objectives.

Distance Education:

The Master of Arts in Leadership for Sustainable Communities is designed to meet the needs and demanding schedules of professionals and adult learners. In addition to course offerings in traditional semester format, courses may be offered in alternative formats including condensed modules, online (electronic), blended (part traditional and part electronic), teleconferenced, and short-term residencies.

MALSC Advisor
Img: Cathy Myers
Cathy Curran Myers, JD
Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies
Coordinator of MALSC Program
College of Arts and Sciences

   Francis Hall, Room 248
   Main Campus
   Reading, PA 19607

Admissions Staff 

Hillary Saylor Schulze
Enrollment Coordinator
School of Graduate and Adult Education

   540 Upland Avenue
   Reading, PA 19611
   Phone: 610-796-5611
   Fax: 610-796-8367

Dana Baker
Director of Philadelphia Center
School of Graduate and Adult Education

   1355 West Cheltenham Avenue 
   Melrose Park, PA 19027

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