Leadership & Development (AmeriCorps)

This specialization enables students to improve their social impact, while mastering the core set of administrative skills required for effective non-profit management and community leadership. Students examine a wide range of successful projects, organizations, and leadership examples to assist in honing effective communication, facilitation, and administrative capabilities in order to successfully lead and grow impact within community-based organizations.

The Leadership and Development specialization focuses heavily on practitioners working in the Appalachian region of the United States. Students gain the core skills required to lead non-profit organizations and facilitate effective community action in communities large and small.

Students in this specialization are usually AmeriCorps members, employees of nonprofit organizations, government employees, and social entrepreneurs interested in fostering economic development and sustainable impact in community. However, this degree specialization is also open to non-AmeriCorps students. (The AmeriCorps option typically provides a significant cost saving to students.)


Class of 2019 Academic Calendar

Term 1
Feb 26 - June 29, 2018
Term 2
Aug 20 - Dec 21, 2018
Term 3
Feb 4 - June 7, 2019
Term 4
Aug 19 - Dec. 20, 2019
Completed Application Due January 5, 2018

Class of 2020 Academic Calendar

Term 1
Aug 20 - Dec 21, 2018
Term 2
Feb 4 - June 7, 2019
Term 3
Aug 19 - Dec 20, 2019
Term 4
Feb 3 - June 5, 2020
Completed Applications Due July 1, 2018

Skills You Will Learn:

  • Community Planning
  • Event Organization
  • Non-Profit Administration
  • Financial Management
  • Fundraising & Grant Writing
  • Project Monitoring
  • Impact Evaluation

In Partnership with AmeriCorps

  • AmeriCorps volunteers can complete 2 years of AmeriCorps service in West Virginia and earn your Master’s degree at the same time.
  • Your West Virginia “host” organization will serve as your primary classroom where academic work is practiced through professional application.
  • Volunteers are eligible for significant savings by applying your Segal educational award(s) to the tuition.

Our Partners in Service:


ACC 601
Introduction to Applied Community Change
PSK 601
Non-Profit Management
PRC 601
Graduate Study Foundations
Field-based experiential learning (optional)
ACC 602
Health for All
PSK 604
21st Century Communication
PRC 602
Social Research Methods
Field-based experiential learning (optional)
ACC 603
Going to Scale
PSK 605
Volunteer Management
PRC 603
Monitoring & Evaluation
Field-based experiential learning (optional)
ACC 604
Sustainable Communities
PSK 617
Leading Enterprise, Education & Movements
PRC 604
Synthesis & Integration
Field-based experiential learning (optional)
Questions: please contact info@future.edu

Professional Skills and Knowledge Course Summaries

  • ​PSK 605 - VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT This course focuses on effective facilitation and leadership approaches to organizing and with volunteers. Students examine the importance of the underlying motivators of why people volunteer, while preparing them with specific strategies for motivating, recruiting, tracking and retaining volunteer engagement.
  • PSK 604 - 21ST CENTURY COMMUNICATION The course introduces students the basic tenants of branding and marketing in the digital era, while equipping them with skills in web design and social media. Students are introduced to various multimedia tools, platforms and practices in order to effectively communicate in the 21st century. With a specific focus on learning to refine and communicate social impact, this course prepares students to use the internet as a catalyst for social change.
  • PSK 601 - NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT This course covers organizational management skills and strategies for making effective plans and partnerships. Students will gain a general overview of financial management and grant reporting to effectively plan, monitor, and evaluate sustainable development projects.
  • PSK 617 - LEADING ENTERPRISE, EDUCATION & MOVEMENTS Students investigate holistically the role of entrepreneurs with business sensibilities and societal empathy in community development. This course looks heavily at the intersection of infrastructure, local economics, and public policy as it serves as a catalyst for impact broader social change. Nonprofit, for-profit, and public private partnerships are defined and analyzed.