Master Program in Community Leadership

Master Program in Community Leadership

Thanks to a generous gift from George H. and Carol B. Walker, the Walker Leadership Institute (WLI) at Eden Theological Seminary, in partnership with Webster University’s George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology, trains religious, community, and business leaders on issues related to corporate and fiscal responsibility, community engagement, and religious and theological literacy in the workplace, and beyond for the common good.

“The Common Good” which borrows from Christian tradition is understood to be “social conditions which allow people, either as groups or as individuals, to reach their fulfillment more fully and more easily.” This work impacts our families, our neighborhoods, our businesses, our cities, our nation, and the world. 

The Master Program in Community Leadership is a specific course or track of Professional Studies within the MAPS* degree program.  Alongside the WLI’s various other programs, this professional track gives individual students a means of accessing a complete program of study.  It seeks to prepare students for a vocation in public or private sector enterprise; civic engagement, community organizing, and public policy and/or advocacy with an understanding of “the common good.”  

The Master Program in Community Leadership is a fast-paced, cohort-driven model of coursework and intensive internship which places an emphasis on one’s ability to reflect upon and process varied faith traditions alongside business acumen.   For this reason, the learning environment happens inside and outside the classroom in regular seminars and breakout sessions aimed at synthesizing experiences.  
Graduation Requirements:
The Community Leadership degree will prepare students that graduate with a specific project and/or business plan that is ready for implementation in the current market.  The Community Leadership program is a 48-minimum credit-hour program and 2 years of full-time study which includes:  
12 credit hours of Nonprofit Management coursework;
12 credit hours of Theological and Ethics coursework; 
12 credit hours of Intensive Internship; 
9 credit hours of Electives;
3 credit hours for satisfactory completion of project and presentation (required) and
Attendance in required Professional Studies and Project Seminars.

The Fall 2017 cohort of students is forming now.  If you are interested in applying for this program or any other programs within the Walker Leadership Institute, please see us on the web at or contact Sonya Vann, Director Master of Community Leadership at 314.918.2531 or

*The MAPS degree is currently known as the Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies, but is in the process of being revised for approval by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).
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