Earn your Master of Science in Community and Organizational Leadership through the 100% online program at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Gain expertise in innovative community development and develop your skills in leadership, program planning, grant writing, and critical thinking so you can make an impact in your community.
Our program is designed for anyone with a passion for building meaningful relationships and structures that support strong, vibrant and resilient communiites. Our students come to us with a wide variety of experiences and undergraduate degrees including sociology, education, marketing, recreation, communication and others.
The core courses build leadership skills that allow graduates to become an agent of positive social change in local and international communities. Graduates can:
- ascend within their current agency or area of expertise
- make a career change
- build collaborative relationships with programs and resources in your community
- assess community needs and determine best practices for change
- learn budgeting, marketing, funding, grant writing, strategic planning and rational support for programs
- plan, implement and evaluate programs
- think critically, research and assess local and world issues
Admission Process and Requirements
Only complete application packets will be reviewed. A complete packet of materials includes:
- UWSP Graduate Student Application
- Official transcripts
- Letter of Intent
- Current resume
The items above can be submitted in any order. Don’t hesitate to take the next step. Have questions? Contact Prof. Annie Wetter, graduate program coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 715-346-2108.
Apply for graduate study at UW-Stevens Point by submitting a UWSP Graduate Student Application, application fee, and official transcripts to the Graduate Admissions Office is required for the master’s degree programs.
Strong applicants will have an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or above (based on a 4.0 scale), however probationary status may be granted for students with a GPA below 2.75.
Submit a letter of intent and resume to email@example.com.
- A letter of intent detailing your background qualifications, professional development, educational and career goals, and how this program fits into your future professional plans. Please provide specific examples.
- A current resume or curriculum vitae detailing your professional post-baccalaureate work experience.
The School of Health Sciences and Wellness does not conditionally admit international students for graduate study. International students should contact the International Students & Scholars Office (ISSO) to apply for non-conditional graduate admission.
100% online programs are not eligible for F-1 student visas. Homeland Security has determined that one does not need to be physically present in the U.S. to study in a fully online program. As a result, UWSP cannot offer F-1 status for enrollment in our Community and Organizational Leadership or Sustainable and Resilient Food Systems master’s programs.
Graduate Special Status
If you wish to take graduate courses but do not wish to pursue a master’s degree at UW-Stevens Point, you may register as a student with graduate special status. To attend UW-Stevens Point as a student with graduate special status, you must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. You do not need to complete a formal application process. You will be granted graduate special status when you register for classes.
As a graduate special student you can enroll in graduate-level courses and receive graduate credit for teacher certification requirements or for personal enrichment. A maximum of 9 credits can apply toward a master’s degree provided they are approved by your adviser and fit within the seven-year time period. If you decide to pursue a master’s degree, it is in your best interest to change your status to graduate regular as soon as possible.