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.


MA Higher Education Leadership MA Nonprofit Leadership & Management MA Leadership Studies MS Executive Leadership MS Global Leadership

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Common features across programs:

  • 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

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MA Higher Education Leadership

  • 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

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MA Nonprofit Leadership & Management

  • 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

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MA Leadership Studies

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

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MS Executive 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

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MS Global Leadership

  • 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