Oct 25, 2021  
2019-2020 Edgewood College Catalog 
2019-2020 Edgewood College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Social Innovation and Sustainability Leadership, MA

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The mission of the Social Innovation and Sustainability Leadership Program (SUST) is to: Together, Create Well-Being for All.

The Program supports and facilitates the ongoing development of the skills, knowledge, mindset, and relationships needed to be effective and collaborative leaders in our organizations and in our communities. The Program views leadership as a participatory approach where all of us are seen as change makers, working with others to create a just, inclusive, and sustainable world through bridging the three divides described below.*

  1. The divide between self and our highest potential. How do we become the most effective leader possible and co-create social, economical, and ecological well-being in our organizations and communities?
  2. The divide between self and others. How do we strengthen relationship with other individuals and groups so that we can have a more equitable and inclusive world?
  3. The divide between self and nature. How do we create organizational, social, and economic systems that are in harmony with natural systems?

Students will learn and apply:

  • Tools and frameworks to facilitate systemic community, organizational, and personal change
  • New and emerging models of ecological, social, and economic sustainability and well-being
  • Examples of organizations and communities working toward sustainable well-being
  • Tools for cross-sector collaboration

The program takes a hands-on, applied approach through the creation and implementation of social innovation projects as a central part of each Social Innovation & Sustainability Leadership course. Students will identify a social innovation project that is professionally meaningful and meets the needs of the community or organization. The project can last one or more terms depending on your interest, needs of the organization or community, and scope of the project.

Students enter the Social Innovation and Sustainability Leadership program with a wide variety of degrees and professional backgrounds. There is not a prerequisite field of study or professional experience needed to succeed in the program. Courses accommodate traditional students as well as working professionals. Required courses are taken in-person with a cohort of peers. The coursework, including the capstone course, allows you to specialize in your field of interest, such as business, social entrepreneurship, non-profit management, organizational development, education, healthcare, public administration, international community development, and more. Contact us to determine a schedule that fits with your personal and professional goals and responsibilities.

The intentionally small number of students in each cohort (no more than 17) allows you to develop deep relationships with community partners, instructors, and fellow students. Students come with a variety of educational and professional backgrounds.

Admissions Requirements

Admission to the Masters of Art in Social Innovation and Sustainability Leadership program is determined by assessment of the candidate’s academic qualifications, work experience, and interest in the field.

  1. Complete and submit graduate application and fee to Edgewood College.
  2. Submit official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate academic credits received from United States, regionally accredited or equivalent post-secondary institutions.
  3. Each applicant must participate in an interview conducted by the Director of the Social Innovation & Sustainability Leadership Program. This interview may be done in person, over the telephone, or internet.
  4. Submit a 2-3 page essay answering two questions: Why are you interested in the Social Innovation & Sustainability Leadership Program? How do you see the Program supporting your professional and/or personal goals? Are there specific items you are hoping to learn or gain through the Program? What background and interests do you bring to the Social Innovation & Sustainability Leadership Program? Students can write and submit their essay online or as an attachment in an email. Completed essays can be emailed to gps@edgewood.edu. Students should include their full name, email address and telephone number.
  5. Submit at least one letter of recommendation from a college or university professor, supervisor, and/or professional colleague who can speak to the applicant’s potential for success in the Social Innovation & Sustainability Leadership program.

Program Requirements

Required Courses

Additional Requirements

A total of 11 elective credits must be selected from the following options: Guided Study, Comunity Partner courses, and/or Selected Elective courses:

Guided Study

Up to 11 elective credits may be taken as Guided Study.

Selected Elective Courses

Up to 11 elective credits may be taken from the following:

Other Options

At the discretion of the SISL Program Director, up to 9 credits of electives from the University of Wisconsin Sustainable Management Graduate Program may apply toward the required 11 elective credits. Edgewood College financial aid cannot be applied toward these courses.

  • SMGT 720 - Applied Research and the Triple Bottom Line
  • SMGT 730 - Policy, Law, and the Ethics of Sustainability
  • SMGT 740 Economics of Sustainability
  • SMGT 760 - Geopolitical Systems – Decision Making for Sustainability on the Local, State, and National Level
  • SMGT 782 - Supply Chain Management
  • SMGT 784 - Sustainable Water Management
  • SMGT 785 - Waste Management and Resource Recovery

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