Saint Mary's Launches Masters Program In Social Justice Leadership

Saint Mary’s College has announced a new Social Justice concentration in its innovative Master of Arts in Leadership Program. The academic initiative is designed for nonprofit managers, community organizers, social service providers and others committed to practicing leadership for social change.

 "The program is an outgrowth of the College’s existing and highly regarded Masters of Arts in Leadership degree," said Provost Beth Dobkin. "It reflects our academic commitment to civic engagement, social justice mission and recognizes that society’s future leaders must understand how to intellectually foster change with diverse stakeholders for the common good of our society."  

Unlike any other graduate program in Northern California, the Saint Mary's Masters of Arts in Leadership program focuses on transformative change in the program's students and the communities they wish to serve. Participants will benefit from a rigorous curriculum that explores the foundations of social justice, leadership theory, social movement histories, cross-cultural communication, coalition-building, organizational ethics and structure and policy analysis.

“Students in the program will benefit from a learning-community model established in our pioneering leadership program. They'll learn to devise community-based solutions to address inequities in society and utilize contemporary leadership theory and application techniques to achieve strategic outcomes,” said Ken Otter, Director of the College’s Leadership Studies Program.

The 19-month program features online and in-classroom course work, seven weekend classes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., a week-long intensive session and culminates with a residential retreat at the College. 

Applications are currently being accepted for the inaugural class, which will begin in June 2012. The application deadline is April 16, 2012. GMAT or GRE exams are not required.  For more information, contact Saint Mary’s Leadership Studies Program at or (925)-631-8663.


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The Saint Mary’s College of California experience inspires learning that lasts a lifetime. For nearly 150 years, the College has provided students with a rigorous education that engages their intellect and spirit, and awakens a desire to transform society. Guided by the Christian Brothers, the Catholic Church’s oldest order dedicated exclusively to teaching, the College enrolls more than 3,800 students in undergraduate and graduate liberal arts and business programs. For more information visit Saint Mary’s College at and just 23 miles east of San Francisco.