A service-oriented collaborative approach to leadership, providing students the tools needed to create a real and sustainable change that serves their organizations and the larger community to which they belong.
- Interactive, based on adult learners’ expectation to be active partners in the learning process;
- well suited for working mid-career professionals with experience in leadership;
hybrid/online format - a combination of online and in-person, classroom learning;
- in-person, Saturday class sessions are held, on average, once a month on the Moraga campus;
cohort-based - a supportive peer network that enhances collaborative learning and retention;
integrated - a sequence of 12 interrelated courses;
accelerated - courses are eight weeks long; students work a minimum of 20 hours weekly on course assignments;
a transfer program - applicants have already earned two-years of college credit (64 semester units).
Prior Learning Assessment
Students in the B.A. in Leadership & Organizational Studies program have the opportunity to have their college-comparable prior experiential learning assessed for elective credit. In the course “Experience, Learning and Knowledge" (taken in the first trimester), students create an Experiential Learning Portfolio that documents their learning.
Prior learning assessment at Saint Mary’s College adheres to WASC guidelines and principles of good practice espoused by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL).