Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2017-2018, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on August 10, 2017. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.
The Masters of Arts in Higher Education Leadership is designed to provide professionals dedicated to the field of higher education with the ability to make an enhanced impact by expanding the way they collect and process information. Including research, organizational theory, change and more, the program provides opportunities for graduate assistantships and international experiences.
All students in the Higher Education Leadership Program take five courses (15 units) in the leadership core. These courses are designed to enhance students’ understanding of leadership theory, its practical applications and the ethical dimensions of leadership–concepts we believe are universally applicable in today’s society. The core also includes a 3-unit research design and methodology course. Students also are required to take four courses (12 units) in the Higher Education core. These courses are designed to give students a strong foundation in higher education policy, history, organizational structures and diversity, as well as an exposure to the implications each has for leaders in higher education.
The remaining 9 units include a 3 unit practical experience or internship and 6 units of electives. Students work closely with their advisor to design an experience in one of three higher education specializations:
- Community College Leadership,
- Higher Education Administration, or
- Student Affairs.
Students will begin to design their final action research project in the Action Research course and also have the opportunity to gain practical experience at a post-secondary site of their choosing. The 6 units of elective courses chosen will also enhance this experience by providing additional opportunities to engage in theory and practice related specifically to the student’s specific area of interest.
Additional Requirements for Admission
Master of Arts in Higher Education Leadership
See here for basic admission requirements.
|Application Deadlines||Visit https://www.sandiego.edu/soles/admission-and-aid/deadlines.php|
|Minimum Grade Point Average||3.0 (4.0 scale) in all undergraduate coursework|
|Standardized Admission Test||Not required. Applicants at or near the minimum GPA may choose to submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test scores to strengthen their application.|
|Additional Requirements||An interview may be required for admission.|
|Statement of Purpose|
|Two letters of recommendation|
Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2016-2017, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on October 1, 2016. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.
|LEAD 550||Integral Leadership Theory||3|
|LEAD 551||Human Relations for Leaders||3|
|LEAD 555||Leadership and Ethics||3|
|LEAD 559||Leadership and Organizational Change||3|
|LEAD 547||Action Research Methods I||3|
|Higher Education Core||12|
|LEAD 569||Making Meaning and the Collegiate Experience||3|
|Select 9 units from the following:||9|
|COUN 515||Multicultural Counseling||3|
|LEAD 565||Dynamics of Race, Gender and Culture in Higher Education||3|
|LEAD 571||History and Philosophy of Higher Education||3|
|LEAD 576||Community College Leadership||3|
|LEAD 577||Higher Education Policy||3|
|LEAD 578||Higher Education Administration||3|
|LEAD 594||Student Affairs Graduate Assistant Seminar||1.5|
|Internship (Practical Experience)||3|
|LEAD 598||Leadership Internship||3|
|LEAD 594||Student Affairs Graduate Assistant Seminar|
|Students may take a maximum of 6 units of LEAD 594. 3 units may be counted towards the HE Core, and 3 units may be counted towards the Internship requirement.|
|Electives are selected in consultation with an advisor from USD’s graduate programs.|
At SOLES, all masters and doctoral students participate in an international experience designed to support the growth of cultural competency. Our goal is to inform best practices in working with culturally diverse populations locally, nationally and globally. International experiences are approved by each student's faculty advisor and can be credit based or non-credit based activities.
Action Research Project or Action Research Thesis (please consult advisor and student handbook for specialization requirements)