MA in Higher Education Leadership
Department of Leadership Studies
Students in the MA in higher education leadership include professionals working full-time or part-time in higher education, as well as those seeking to enter the profession. Though many of our current students hold graduate assistantships in student affairs, some work full-time at colleges and universities in the San Diego area. Click here to view our student profiles or read on to learn more about our student and alumni outcomes.
Our alumni are prepared for leadership roles in a wide variety of university settings. Some go on to doctoral programs at the University of San Diego or elsewhere. Here is a sample of positions our alumni hold or have held:
- Coordinator, Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life at Villanova University
- Resident Director at the University of Washington
- Assistant Director of Residential Education at Occidental College
- Health Promotion Fellow at Center for Health and Wellness Promotion at University of San Diego
- Director, Associated Students Administration at University of California, San Diego
- Assistant Director for Student Organizations at Rollins College
- Resident Relations Coordinator at University of California, San Diego
- Student Conduct Officer in the Office of Student Conduct at University of California, Irvine
- Academic Advisor at University of Southern California
- International Student Information Coordinator, University of Extended Education & College of Engineering and Computer Sciences at California State University, Fullerton
- Student Services Advisor, Master of Arts in Teaching program at the University of Southern California
- Associate Director, Center for Student Success at University of San Diego
- Resident Director at University of California, Santa Barbara
- Academic Advisor at University of California, Riverside
- Assistant Director for Fraternity and Sorority Life at Clemson University
- Director of KIPP Through College at KIPP Adelante Preparatory Academy
- Director of Admissions and Outreach for the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, University of San Diego
- Graduate Program Coordinator, Political Science Dept at University of California, San Diego
- Deputy Director of the Marine Corps Train the Trainer School
- Associate Director of Operations, Undergraduate Admissions at University of San Diego
- Administrator of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands' State Scholarship Program
- Continuing Education Dean of Business and Information Technology at San Diego Community College District
- Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Point Loma Nazarene University
- Admissions Counselor at University of San Diego
- Financial Aid Assistant at Harvard Law School
- College Coordinator for Non-Resident Students at University of California, San Diego
- Graduate Student Services Manager at University of San Diego
Objective Area: Leadership and Development Theories
Outcome 1: Masters candidates will articulate prominent leadership theories in Leadership Studies, analyze and critique these theories, and apply these theories in the course of addressing a variety of organizational issues and problems.
Objective Area: Critical Thinking and Analytical Approaches
Outcome 2: Students will select relevant information, organize and evaluate the information, and apply it to issues of leadership.
Objective Area: Organizational Systems and Group Dynamics
Outcome 3: Students will demonstrate an understanding of key theories of organizational behavior and change, and effectively apply them in an organizational setting.
Objective Area: Cultural Competency Global Understanding
Outcome 4: Students will critically examine culture other than their own, and apply the knowledge gained in their personal and professional lives.
Objective Area: Self-Awareness
Outcome 5: Graduates will have an ability to reflect upon their own skills and limitations as leaders, evidenced by performance working with groups.
Objective Area: Higher Education Practical Application
Outcome 6: Make explicit connections to higher education practice and apply various theoretical constructs in the context of workplace.
Outcome 7: Understand the unique characteristics of students and student culture in higher education.
Objective Area: Higher Education Policy and Historical Trends
Outcome 8: Understand historical trends in higher education and their implications for contemporary policy issues.