Leadership Programs at the University of San Diego

Be a Changemaker and lead others to success by earning a MA or MS degree in leadership at the University of San Diego. USD offers five graduate degrees in leadership that will fit the needs of working professionals and aspiring leaders.

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Common features across programs:

MA Higher Education Leadership

MA Nonprofit Leadership & Management

  • Small cohort model
  • Evening classes
  • Socially responsible global learners and leaders
  • International experiences
  • Class schedules that accommodate working professionals
  • Applied theory and practice
  • Faculty advising and mentorship



  • Graduate assistantship opportunities
  • Higher education policy and trends
  • Higher education culture
  • Leadership enhancement
  • Student affairs
  • Applied research projects
  • Student development theory
  • Campus diversity and inclusion
  • Professional development



  • Mastering the art of change management
  • Starting a nonprofit
  • Real world application
  • Understanding team dynamics
  • Social change
  • Fundraising strategies
  • Change management
  • Optional National Credential with the NLA

MA Leadership Studies

MS Executive Leadership

MS Global Leadership



  • Applied projects
  • Developing my leadership style
  • Creating high performing teams
  • Mastering group dynamics
  • Deconstructing theories and practices of organizational leadership



  • Globally minded leadership
  • Developing a leadership point of view
  • Maximizing individual and organizational performance
  • Understanding the complexity of being an executive
  • One weekend per month on campus



  • Blended learning (online & on campus)
  • Learning from peers
  • Connecting with global and local professionals
  • Leading diverse teams in global organizations
  • International organizational change and ethics