Frequently Asked Questions

When does the MS in Global Leadership program start?

We begin three San Diego-area cohorts each year: December, April, and August. The program starts with one month of online study, followed by one week on campus in the second month (January, May, or September; respectively).

I live outside of Southern California. Can I still complete the MS in Global Leadership degree?

Yes! The MS in Global Leadership program is a "hybrid" degree that combines traditional classroom instruction with online learning. If you are unable to attend the monthly weekend class sessions, you can still participate online as a distance learner. You will still be required to attend classes on campus one week at the beginning and one week at the end of the program.

What if I am required to move away due to a job change or military orders during my time in the program?

The MS in Global Leadership program offers a great amount of flexibility so that you can continue your studies as a distance learner as long as you have access to high speed internet and can complete your team and individual assignments. Regardless of where you live, you'll be required to attend two 1-week sessions on campus.

When is the application deadline?

We have a rolling admissions process, meaning we accept applications at any time. Deadlines to enter the start dates listed above are November 1, March 1, and July 1. Because the class size is limited to 25 people, we recommend submitting your application early to guarantee your seat in the cohort of your choice.

What is required for admission into the MS in Global Leadership program?

The following items are required for consideration by the Office of Graduate Admissions:

Online MSGL Application
  • Personal essay and objectives statement
  • Two letters of recommendation (one from current supervisor)
  • Professional resume/CV
  • Undergraduate Transcripts (including all transfer credits)
  • Undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or better from an accredited institution (4.0 scale)
  • Minimum of two years work experience
GMAT test scores are not required for applicants with sufficient work experience and undergraduate GPA, but may be requested from those who do not meet the minimum requirements for admission.

The selection committee reviews all applications and considers the merits of the entire package, not just one part. Therefore, depending on the strength of the other parts of your application, you may be eligible for the MSGL program even if you have less than the required 3.0 GPA.

What is the cost for the program?

The MS in Global Leadership program tuition for academic year 2013-2014 is $1310 per credit hour. This figure does not cover any associated travel costs for distance learners, books, materials, or optional study abroad fees.

Do I need to take the GMAT or GRE?

No. The MS in Global Leadership admissions board considers the strength of your complete application, but does not require a GMAT or GRE score for applicants with sufficient work experience. If you have already taken either test, you can always include your score in the application. Some applicants have been asked to take the GMAT due to their undergraduate GPA.

I'm an international student. Can I apply for the MS in Global Leadership program?

International students can apply, depending on their visa type. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept students with the F-1 visa, since a significant portion of our course content is online and classes meet only once a month. International students must be in the US on a work or other type of visa. Additionally, students with an undergraduate degree from a foreign institution must submit a full academic transcript evaluation from the World Education Services (www.wes.org).

I'm interested in getting my Project Management Certification. Can the MS Global Leadership program help?

The MS in Global Leadership degree includes a two-course project management emphasis designed to prepare students to take the Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification examination. All students completing these two courses will be awarded a Certificate in Project Management from the University of San Diego’s School of Business Administration. This certificate satisfies the education requirement for the PMP® certification only. You must still take the PM exam and have documented PM experience. For more information on obtaining the full certification, please visit www.pmi.org.

Do I need a laptop computer to complete the program?

Although it is not required, we recommend you have a newer laptop computer that can run bandwidth-intensive applications such as streaming video. Much of your coursework will be online even if you are a resident learner. Most of our current students do own newer laptops and find them helpful when collaborating with team members. You will also need uninterrupted access to high speed internet for the duration of the program. We are a PC-based program, so you will need appropriate software if you are a Mac user.

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Can I continue the program while on a military deployment?

Due to the amount of work required, collaboration with others, and need for high speed internet access throughout the program, we believe it would be difficult to continue working in the MS in Global Leadership program while operationally deployed with limited connectivity. If you must take time off from your studies for any reason, you will be able to pick up where you leave off and finish the program with another cohort without losing credit for work completed and at no extra cost to you.

Are there scholarships or tuition discounts available?

We proudly offer a 20% tuition reduction to select corporate partners for students that are not already receiving government or veterans benefits.

Students with an exceptionally high undergraduate GPA may be eligible for a merit-based scholarship of up to $1000 per term while in the program (approx. 10% of the total tuition).

The University of San Diego is also a Yellow Ribbon school, meaning that we will match money provided by the VA to give our military veterans additional tuition assistance.

Does the MS in Global Leadership program qualify as full-time the purposes of financial aid?

Yes. You can find out more about federal student aid at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Is the MS in Global Leadership program Post 9-11 GI Bill eligible?

Yes. Many of our current students are using their Post 9-11 GI Bill benefits to pay for the program.  The University of San Diego is also a Yellow Ribbon school, meaning that we will match money provided by the VA to give our military veterans an additional discount.

Does the MS in Global Leadership program offer study abroad options?

Yes! Study abroad options are available to countries such as Argentina, Spain, Morocco, Germany, Turkey and China. Generally, study abroad programs are 8-12 days in duration and additional travel costs will apply. See our Global Opportunities page for pictures and more!