Leadership and Community Engagement (MLCE)

Leadership and Community Engagement (MLCE)

The new and exciting Master of Leadership & Community Engagement (MLCE) is a part-time professional master’s degree that prepares graduates for leadership roles in public-sector organizations and communities with a focus on community engagement and innovation.

The program emphasizes leadership, policy, community engagement, program design and evaluation, as well as social justice.

Designed for candidates working in a wide range of contexts — including educational settings, community organizations and other areas in the public sector such as health care, child and youth services, libraries, recreational programs and arts and culture institutions — the MLCE is ideal for professionals interested in developing the skills and knowledge that will allow them to leverage community-based research and practice for social change.

The program is offered as a five-term, part-time degree through both online and blended (a mix of online and in-class) courses, and it includes two community-based placements. Students participate in the program as members of a cohort, which provides an additional sense of community. 

Degrees Offered


Master of Leadership and Community Engagement (MLCE)


Program Length (Part-time)

5 term(s)


Program Component(s)

  • Extensive practical experience
  • AND Project


Minimum Required GPA

B+


Summer Entry

  • Part-time

Deadline - Summer (Part-time Applicants Only)

2021-03-15

English Proficiency Requirement

Minimum TOEFL (Paper-based)600
Minimum TOEFL (Internet-based)100
IELTS (Academic Module)7.5
YUELIAcademic Program Level 9 with Distinction
YUELI Graduate Studies Preparation Program (GSPP)Graduate with distinction
CAELOverall score of 70, no component score less than 60
Minimum CPE ScoreC
Minimum CAE ScoreB
Duolingo125
PTE Academic76

Additional Admission Requirements

Required Forms

(Accessed through MyFile; forms will be available within 48 hours after you submit your application.)

Number of Recommendation(s)

  • 3 recommendation(s)

Other Requirements

  • Three letters of reference:
    • At least one should be from a university faculty member; however, professional referees may be used if the applicant is unable to provide references from university faculty members.
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae that highlights work experience relevant to the program.
  • Statement of interest (minimum 500 words in length) outlining how the Master of Leadership and Community Engagement will build on the applicant's relevant work experience and serve the applicant's professional interests.
  • One sample of written work (e.g. a paper demonstrating how the applicant works with a body of literature or builds an argument; typically, the sample paper is from a university course completed within the past five years. It could also be a report, a presentation, an article, or other piece of professional writing).
    • Note: If unable to provide a sample of written work, the applicant should provide an extended statement of interest not to exceed 1500 words.

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