Goals and Objectives

The goals of the MA in Environmental Leadership align with four programmatic categories: theoretical perspectives; effective leadership skills; strong human-nature relationships; and practical applications of this learning. 

Goal 1: Graduates understand key theoretical perspectives in environmental justice and diversity issues and the cultural, economic, and scientific dimensions of environmental topics. Students will become effective leaders trained in the critical policies, issues and theories in the environmental field.

Courses include Transforming Systems; Multicultural Persectives for Environmental Leaders; The New Science & its Cultural Applications; Sustainability: Policy and Practice. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain living systems theory and its applications.
  • Analyze and explain global and national environmental justice and diversity issues.
  • Apply new science perspective and explain its cultural applications.
  • Apply sustainability polices and practices.

Goal 2: Graduates demonstrate effective leadership skills for organizational and community transformation based on living systems models. Students will develop the capacity to lead transformational change toward a just and sustainable society, as well as gain experience with cutting-edge leadership models.

Courses include Groups as Living Systems: Matrixworks; Leadership Skills Seminar; Professional Coaching.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate working with groups as living systems. 
  • Apply conflict intervention and resolution.
  • Recognize group dynamics. 
  • Demonstrate understanding of organizational change management.
  • Demonstrate skill in project planning.
  • Apply collaborative problem solving.
  • Use mindful communication and inquiry skills.
  • Use council practice.

Goal 3: Graduates sustain strong human-nature relationships through contemplative and ecopsychological practices that foster students’ personal capacity for reflective and participatory leadership. Students will develop a set of contemplative and ecopsychological practices; they will use these practices to explore and deepen the human nature relationship; and they will use these practices as a foundation for reflective and participatory leadership.

Courses include Inner Work for Environmental Leaders I and II; Wilderness Solo; Application of Contemplative Practices and Perspectives

Learning Outcomes

  • Use mindfulness/awareness skills.
  • Engage in ecopsychological perspectives and practices.
  • Demonstrate capacity for deep listening.
  • Demonstrate appreciation of sacred world views.
  • Use ability to work with strong emotions.
  • Experience deepening human/nature relationship.
  • Recognize empathetic presence in working with others.
  • Discover and explain personal leadership vision.

Goal 4: Graduates demonstrate integration of theoretical perspectives and leadership skills in an applied project in an organizational or community setting. Students will demonstrate competency in applying the skills, theoretical perspectives and methods taught in the program in an organizational or community setting.

Courses include Applied Environmental Leadership Project; Capstone Seminar.

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply program skills and tools in an organization.
  • Design, implement and assess environmental/sustainability projects.
  • Use professional-level skills in report writing and presentation.