College of Agriculture, Food & Environment

Community & Leadership Development - Graduate

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The Master's of Science in Community and Leadership Development at the University of Kentucky is a unique multidisciplinary program that prepares you for continuing on for a Ph.D. in several different disciplines (e.g., Agricultural Education, Agricultural Leadership and Development, Communications, Rural Sociology), or a broad range of careers. Our curriculum integrates a solid foundation in social science theory and research methods. Students are challenged to understand and then apply both theory and methods in diverse contexts as both independent and collaborative scholar/professionals. Our graduate students are expected to be engaged professionals participating in scholarly organizations, social change initiatives, community development associations, or community media campaigns. They should demonstrate the depth and breadth of their knowledge and skills through applied service or research projects. Finally, students are expected to contribute their expertise as academic, organizational and community leaders.

Master's Program Description

The Department of Community and Leadership Development offers the Masters of Science degree in Community and Leadership Development (CLD). The program’s interdisciplinary base and range of engaged experiences support the growth of knowledgeable, skillful, and creative leaders. Graduates are therefore prepared to address the needs and concerns of communities of place, of interest (e.g., non-profit organizations) and of practice (e.g., schools and advocacy organizations). Coursework and training are grounded in the philosophical foundations of leadership, community, community communication, social science inquiry and formal and non-formal educational scholarship and practice. 

Master's Application Requirements

  • Personal Statement
    • Provide a 2-3 page narrative that concludes with a very specific reflection on how the nature and scope of the CLD Master's program will help you in accomplishing your personal and professional goals.
  • Three letters of recommendation