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Get a degree in a field that aligns with your values!

As a student in the MSHL (Master of Science Program in Humane Leadership) you will become part of an exciting, cutting-edge field based on the idea of the interconnectedness of social justice, sustainability, and animal protection. Madonna MSHL Program will prepare you to assume a role of a leader, community organizer, consultant or educator in a variety of professional settings (non-profit organizations, businesses, governmental agencies, churches, and post-secondary educational insti­tutions) geared toward developing practical solutions to current challenges affecting the well-being of people, the environment, and animals. As part of your studies, you will enhance your marketability through completing two professional certificates  in highly sought after areas.

Alongside our faculty, you will get involved in community-based service-learning projects while learning practical skills and earning professional credentials in the field of your passion.

Degrees Offered

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Student Success

Alumnus Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson

Matt received an undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in 2013 and continued on to complete a graduate degree in Humane Studies ( now Humane Leadership) during 2015, both from Madonna University. Upon completion of his masters, he quickly found a home at the Detroit Zoological Society helping to pursue the Zoo's mission of wildlife conservation, animal welfare, and providing unique educational experiences that lead to the appreciation and stewardship of nature. "Madonna University and the Humane Studies program helped to prepare me in so many ways for my career. Topics that deal with the operations of non-profit organizations, environmental sustainability, animal welfare, and more, have developed my knowledge about so many topics. I can't think of a single class that hasn't provided me with the knowledge and experience necessary to be knowledgeable and succeed in my goals," he said. "The intimate class sizes, fantastic instructors, religious base, and genuine support was invaluable to me and provided a fulfilling educational experience that is irreplaceable," he said.

 Certificate Options within M.S. in Humane Leadership Program

Graduate Certificate in Animal Cruelty Investigation

This unique certificate gives you a professional preparation to investigate cases of animal cruelty and neglect. It can be chosen as a second certificate within the M.S. in Humane Leadership program.

Animal Cruelty Investigation

Graduate Certificate in Human-Animal Bond

This certificate provides you with applied knowledge of various aspects of human-animal bond, inclusive of, but not limited to animal-assisted therapy and its ethical implications. It can be chosen as a second certificate within the M.S. in Humane Leadership program.

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Graduate Certificate in Human Services

This certificate gives you professional expertise in three areas vital for a successful career in human services: grant writing, social welfare policy, and corporate ethics and responsibility. It can be chosen as a second certificate within the M.S. in Humane Leadership program.

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Graduate Certificate in Non-profit Leadership

This certificate gives you a professional preparation to serve in leadership roles in a non-profit sector. It is a required part of the M.S. in Humane Leadership program.

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Graduate Certificate in Sustainability

This certificate gives you professional expertise in three areas vital for a successful career in any environmentally conscious business of today: sustainability, grant writing, and corporate ethics and responsibility. It can be chosen as a second certificate within the M.S. in Humane Leadership program.

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Faculty Bios

Andrew Domzalski, Ph.D.Professor, Program Co-Director

Ph.D., Oakland University

M.A.,Marygrove College

M.S.,Warsaw University

adomzalski@madonna.edu

734-432-5420, R. 1313.

Andrew Domzalski, Ph.D.

Dr. Domzalski has served as a co-director of the M.S. in Humane Leadership (previously Humane Studies) program since its inception in 2012.

To his teaching and scholarship in humane leadership, Dr. Domzalski brings his educational background in psychology, theology, linguistics, and education.

His current research interests include religious views on animals and humane education.

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Boguslawa Gatarek, Ph.D.Adjunct Associate Professor, Program Co-Director

Ph.D., University of Windsor

M.A., Warsaw University

bgatarek@madonna.edu

734-432-5420

Boguslawa Gatarek, Ph.D.

Dr. Gatarek is one of the co-designers of the M.S. in Humane Leadership (previously Hiumane Studies). She has taught in this program since its inception in 2012. More recently she has assumed a role of one of the program's co-directors.

To her teaching and scholarship, Dr. Gatarek brings her educational background  in humane education, psychology, research methodology, and philosophy.

Her current research interests include humane education, anthrozoology, and research methods in social sciences.

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Rev. Charles MorrisAssistant Professor

M.U.P., Wayne State University

M.Div., St. John Provincial Seminary

M.A., University of Michigan

B.A., Oakland University

cmorris@madonna.edu

734-432-5562

Rev. Charles Morris

Father Morris holds a full-time appointment in the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy. In the M.S. in Humane Leadership program he has has taught courses in environmental ethics and sustainability.

To his teaching and scholarship, Father Morris brings his educational background in urban studies, sociology, and theology.

His current research insterests include sustainability and green justice.

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Michelle Proctor, Ph.D.Professor & Program Co-Director

Ph.D., Wayne State University

M.S.W.,University of South Florida

B.S.W., University of South Florida

mproctor@madonna.edu

734-793-2467 R. 1223

Michelle Proctor, Ph.D.

Dr. Proctor has served as a co-director of the M.S. in Humane Studies (previously Humane Studies) program since its inception in 2012. 

To her teaching and scholarship in humane leadership, Dr. Proctor brings her educational background in sociology and social work.

Her current research interests include animals and human societies as well as working families and social justice.

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