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Community Leadership

UMBC Community Leadership Programs

The Community Leadership program at UMBC is designed to prepare aspiring and practicing leaders with the skills and experience needed to enact transformative social change. The interdisciplinary program emphasizes highly applied coursework, relationship building, and hands-on practical experiences which are essential components for developing strong leadership skills.

These programs were designed with working professionals in mind and offer courses in the evening and in Baltimore City to accommodate students with full-time jobs. UMBC offers a 9-course Community Leadership Master’s program (M.P.S. in Community Leadership) as well as the 4-course post-baccalaureate certificate in Community Leadership.

The structure of the program allows students to integrate themselves into communities and organizations through a number of deeply immersive experiential learning opportunities.

Our unique program pathways allow students to tailor their education to their interests: Urban Studies; Non-Profits/Social Sector; Social Entrepreneurship.

Why Community Leadership at UMBC?

The Community Leadership graduate programs at UMBC draw from a wide range of disciplines--including Entrepreneurship, Africana Studies, Public Policy, and Sociology--in order to provide a thorough understanding of the social and economic context in which aspiring community leaders will be doing their work.

Our MPS programs are designed with your career goals in mind. Courses are taught by community leaders who are deeply embedded in the social fabric of grassroots organizing.

What is an MPS Degree?

The MPS in Community Leadership is an industry-recognized credential. The program allows students to learn to identify and examine key issues facing a specific community and develop and deliver a research-based intellectual product that both enhances the student’s professional development and broadens the capacity of the served community and partner organization.

An MPS degree is designed to provide you with practical and applied knowledge in your area of study. While traditional master’s programs tend to focus on theory and research, a Master’s of Professional Studies will equip you with specialized skills and hands-on learning opportunities with a focus on career development.

UMBC’s graduate programs are designed with your career goals in mind.




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