Nelson & Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership

You may be one of those special people among us who wants to build communities in a very intentional and life-changing way. Maybe even make a career of it. If so, welcome.The Nelson and Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership was founded in response to the reality that addressing community challenges today requires very different skills than those employed by previous generations of leaders. As we like to say, great communities are not accidental, but intentional. Here  you will learn to intentionally, agilely and successfully create change.


Take a closer look at a degree that has been put together from the ground up to be different. Built on the leadership principles of one of Nashville's most influential change makers, the institute offers a unique project based master’s program based on active involvement with leaders across all community sectors, creating collaborative change even while you’re in graduate school. It’s a different kind of degree to prepare you for today’s very different community dynamics.

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Graduate Programs

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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