MA in Diversity and Inclusion Leadership

General

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Program Description

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In the Diversity and Inclusion Leadership program, you will learn the scholarly theories and practical tools to implement institutional changes that promote diversity and foster inclusivity. To be an effective leader in diversity and inclusion, you must understand the social contexts and psychological processes that result in implicit bias, discrimination, and marginalization. Illustration of diverse people with talk bubbles.

Organizations are increasingly creating roles such as chief diversity officers, diversity managers, consultants, educational administrators, human resources, and/or college admissions professionals that can transform their communities. At Tufts, you’ll become a strong, informed, skilled leader that can help create more inclusive organizations.

You will join students from a variety of backgrounds and scholarly fields, all united in their desire to explore diversity in interdisciplinary contexts. Upon completion of the Diversity and Inclusion Leadership master’s program, you will be capable of:

  • Engaging in organizational observation using appropriate methods.
  • Implementing necessary changes to enhance equality and prevent marginalization.
  • Prioritizing these changes based on the culture and needs of the organization.
  • Designing and evaluating programs to enact these changes.
  • Leading organizations through sustainable transformation.

Program Objectives

The Master of Arts in Diversity and Inclusion Leadership will enable students to do the following:

  • Cultivate an understanding of scholarly theories and emotional skills required to function as a leader in students' chosen fields.
    • Attain knowledge of key theoretical foundations in contemporary ideas about diversity and inclusion.
  • Implement changes to enhance equality and challenge marginalization.
    • Engage in organizational observation using discipline-appropriate methods.
  • Prioritize these changes based on the culture and needs of the organization.
    • Attain historical context and knowledge of cultural perspectives, understanding biases, and skills and cultural humility necessary to succeed in diverse environments.
  • Design and evaluate programs to enact these changes, using appropriate design and evaluation methods.
  • Lead organizations through sustainable transformation.
  • Master management and resolution skills, as well as the ability to influence people in diverse contexts.

Our Approach

Since this program is truly interdisciplinary in nature, you may choose from a suite of courses designed and inspired in part from the suggested training goals of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE).

Students may complete the program in between 12 months and two years of full-time study, depending on academic and summer course load. Students may also enroll on a part-time basis.

Two-year plan – Individuals in the standard track of the program take two courses per semester and have the opportunity to write a thesis in the second year of this track.

12-14 month plan – Individuals in this track should have several years of work experience before attempting the program. Students will need to take to an average of three courses per semester (including summer) and take an internship, practicum, or civic engagement project over the summer.

Part-time plan – Individuals working in a full-time position while enrolled in this program take one or two courses per semester during the academic year and the summer. Students have the opportunity to write a thesis or engage in a capstone project at the end of their studies.

Application Requirements

  • Application fee
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal statement
  • Official GRE required
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS, if applicable
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
Last updated May 2020

About the School

Graduate programs at Tufts University's Graduate School of Arts combine the atmosphere of a liberal arts college with the state-of-the-art technological resources of a research institution. World-clas ... Read More

Graduate programs at Tufts University's Graduate School of Arts combine the atmosphere of a liberal arts college with the state-of-the-art technological resources of a research institution. World-class researchers, personal mentoring, collaborative laboratory facilities, and industry partnerships equip Tufts students with the skills to excel in their chosen specialties and pursue their careers with passion and commitment. Read less