Graduate Program 

One of only two in the United States, this program equips both recent college graduates and mid-career students for leadership positions in their community and their profession. The master’s program in civic leadership can be completed in 15 months. Evening and weekend classes accommodate government, business and not-for-profit professionals seeking a leadership degree focused on social innovation and collaboration among multiple stakeholders. 

Leaders in every sector will benefit; specific careers supported by this degree include local, state and federal government, public policy analysis, corporate public affairs, corporate government relations and lobbying, foundations and philanthropy, community development, urban planning and management of public-private partnerships and non-profit organizations.

Classes will be held in the institute’s unique learning space, the COLLABoratory, through off-campus experiences in social innovation, and online through leadingvoices.lipscomb.edu. Faculty include local, state, national and international leaders in civic leadership and social innovation.

Founded in October 2010 to build on the legacy of Nashville leader Nelson Andrews, the Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership engages emerging and current leaders in programs to create thriving communities. The Institute promotes and showcases government, business and not-for-profit leaders working together for the common good. Its programs provide for the study and practice of this collaborative civic leadership model.

For more information, please contact the Andrews Institute at 615-966-6155.


Master of Arts in Civic Leadership

Required for all students (30 hours)

Courses in Civic Leadership Hours
CL 5003 Leading Community Change 3
CL 5013 Leading in Multicultural and Global Contexts 3
CL 5023 Developing as a Leader - Assessing and Building Leadership Skills 3
CL 5033 Models for Community Change - The Nashville Model and Beyond 3
CL 5043 Leadership Theories - Current and Historical Perspectives  3
CL 5103 Crossing the Bridge - Cross Sector Collaboration for the Common Good  3
CL 5113 Leading with Communication and Technology in a Networked World  3
CL 5143 Research Methods for Community Change 3
CL 5203 Master's Project in Civic Leadership 3
CL 5213 Action in Community - Building Community Capacity for Sustainable Change 3