Master of Arts in Community-Based Education and Leadership

Create Positive Change in Your Community

Stevenson University Online’s Master of Arts in Community-Based Education and Leadership can help you become a more effective educator, manager, and change leader in your community. Our program focuses on providing you with the in-demand career skills organizations want. From teaching and program planning to grant writing, volunteer management, and project management, our graduates are able to meet the needs of diverse populations, build transformative learning communities, and foster truly collaborative partnerships.

36 Credits

Flexible Schedule

Complete in 2 Years or Less

100% Online

One-on-One Attention

In-Demand Career

Top Careers for CBEL Graduates

Graduates of our online Master’s in Community-Based Education and Leadership program can pursue diverse careers such as: 

  • Non-Profit Manager
  • Community School Coordinator
  • Youth Development Specialist
  • Athletic Coach
  • Higher Education Professional
  • Librarian
  • Museum Coordinator

Portrait of Marcy Dubroff

Student Spotlight

Marcy Dubroff

Master’s in Community-Based Education and Leadership

“I found that the workload was well-paced, relevant, and eminently doable. And, I also found an amazing support network with my cohort and my professors.”



  • Completed online application
  • Completion of bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Official college transcripts from all previous academic work. If the transcripts are from an institution located outside of the United States, students must submit an official course-by-course transcript evaluation from an organization that is a current member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). A member list is available on the NACES website.
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in past academic work.*
  • Personal statement


$495.00 Per Credit
$1,485.00 Per Course (3 Credits)

  • Stevenson University Online has simplified the cost of your online master’s degree by eliminating all fees. 
  • Financial aid packages are offered to those who qualify.

Certificate Options

Community-Based Education and Leadership Certificate Option

Stevenson offers a fully-online graduate certificate for those interested in advancing their career in this field. 

Education Certificate Options

Stevenson offers fully-online graduate certificate programs for those interested in advancing their careers in either formal or non-formal education settings. Students can select from certificate options in:

Education Master’s Programs


Students in the Community-Based Education and Leadership program can choose from a variety of courses including: 

  • ED 604 Cognitive, Social, and Emotional Development of Learners
  • CBEL 610 Foundations and Frameworks of Community-Based Education
  • CBEL 614 Program Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation
  • CBEL 616 Community Engagement and Leadership
  • CBEL 664 Teaching & Learning for Specialized Populations
  • ED 625 Advanced Literacy Strategies in the STEM Content Areas
  • ED 630 Principles of Special Education
  • CBEL 672 Advocacy in Community-Based Organizations
  • CM 605 Communication Ethics in the Public Sphere
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