Why Study Community Leadership
Students pursuing this concentration will gain insights on community development and grant writing processes. This curriculum provides an overview of issues important to civic engagement and community needs. These skills will serve students who are interested in exploring public issues and/or engaging groups and organizations in community-based development.
Students with an undergraduate degree from any discipline are invited to apply for admission. Students interested in learning more about community development, grant writing, team leadership, practical research methods for leaders, professional communication skills, and power dynamics will be well-prepared to complete the program. Professionals who might be served by the program include, but are not limited to, individuals working in or aspiring to work in government or civic organizations, social services, non-profit organizations, and education.
This program has a unique focus on leading non-profit, government, civic, or community-based organizations that could benefit from grant funding. In order to best serve the needs of our students, APSU offers the Community Leadership program in a fully online format. Students enjoy small class sizes and opportunities to stack graduate certificates into their degree without any additional coursework. Graduate certificates are available to highlight specific, narrow, skillsets for students on their transcripts and resumes. Certificate topics include: Community and Organizational Leadership, Conflict Resolution and Negotiation, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Workplace, Grant Writing, Leading Organizational Change, and Project Management. Opportunities for faculty-student collaboration on research projects are available via independent study.
Faculty draw on decades of experience and training in leadership, community development, and grant writing to design engaging activities for students. All full-time and part-time faculty members have completed terminal degrees in related fields.
What Will I Learn
Students who complete the Master of Science in Leadership with a concentration in Community Leadership Concentration will be able to:
- Understand the elements of a grant proposal
- Research opportunities for potential grant funding for projects relevant to the student’s personal or professional goals
- Communicate effectively with grant funding agencies and foundations
- Critically analyze grant proposals
- Create a professional, competitive grant proposal
- Properly manage grant funds, grant project timelines, and the grant closeout process