Master's in Civic Leadership: 

15 months. Project based. Weekend Classes.

One of the first schools in the nation to offer the Master of Arts degree in Civic Leadership, the Nelson and Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership draws on the legacy of its namesakes to build a community of leaders that desire to improve the lives of its citizens and create sustainable positive change. Blending academics with practical real world experiences in what we like to call "Pracademics" (practical academics), you will study a wide range of practices and philosophies that promote vibrant communities. 

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Cohort/Lockstep Model: The cohort model encourages a more dynamic, collaborative, and supportive learning environment to carry graduate students through the program. Complete the entire degree in 15 months with classes held every other weekend in three-week segments.

Collaborative Relationships: Experienced and talented faculty and practitioners engage the learner in practical real world experiences. Students from diverse backgrounds with varying career interests further enhance the classroom experience.

Solve real-world problems: Students will find value in both the acquisition of knowledge and the practical application of that knowledge to solving societal needs and issues through collaboration. Content knowledge and analytical skills derived from the coursework is applied to the student's project substantiated in design and evaluation.

Grounded in distinct principles, but tailored to individual interests and pursuits:  You will know how to systematically identify, analyze and address needs of importance to you. You will also understand the broader social, economic, political, and historical context of contemporary civic issues, and apply this knowledge and these analytical skills to civic leadership projects.  

Priority Award and Application Deadline: May 30

Program application deadline: July 31



Certificate of Graduate Studies in Civic Leadership:

The Lipscomb Certificate of Graduate Studies in Civic Leadership (CCL) is the newest offering of the Nelson and Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership. Beginning in Fall 2016, the certificate program will open a new avenue of study for students interested in taking Civic Leadership courses. It also provides the option of continuing on with the full Master of Arts in Civic Leadership. The new program also allows students in other programs to take core courses in Civic Leadership.

This distinct credential is designed to advance the leadership capabilities of current community leaders. The Lipscomb CCL will allow you to deepen and broaden your skill set, develop a network of wide-ranging contacts and enhance your résumé.


Apart from two required courses (Introduction to Civic Leadership and Leadership Theories), students must choose three of the other six courses offered in the MA in Civic Leadership. These courses will be credited toward CCL completion. This flexible format allows you to customize your studies, based on your time frame and personal needs.

How You Benefit

  • Deepen and broaden your leadership skills and thinking
  • Receive a unique credential from a renowned university
  • Find course content matched to a range of career levels, goals, and skill sets
  • Study as time and resources allow, thanks to a flexible time frame
  • Interact with community experts, university scholars, policy analysts, authors, and other thought leaders
  • Enjoy invitations to special seminars and functions at Lipscomb University