M.A. in Higher Education Leadership
Department of Leadership Studies
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.
Students in the M.A. 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.
Our alumni are prepared for leadership roles in a wide variety of campus offices. Here is a sample of positions our alumni hold.
Jaclyn Miller '12, Coordinator, Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life at Villanova University
Shahla Akbari '12, Academic Integrity Seminar Instructor at University of California, San Diego
Stephanie Lynch '12, Health Promotion Fellow at Center for Health and Wellness Promotion at University of San Diego
Heather Belk '11, Associated Students at University of California, San Diego
Sara Christovich '11, Assistant Director for Student Organizations at Rollins College
Kelli Dorey '10, Resident Relations Coordinator at University of California, San Diego
Mario Garibay '08, Student Conduct Officer in the Office of Student Conduct at University of California, Irvine
Sara Headden '09, Student Affairs Specialist at University of the Rockies
Khalia Ii '10, Academic Advisor at University of Southern California
Lauren Johnson '10, International Student Information Coordinator, University of Extended Education & College of Engineering and Computer Sciences at California State University, Fullerton
Nicolas Kajimoto '11, Student Services Advisor, Master of Arts in Teaching program at the University of Southern California
Daniella Knelman '10, Assistant Director, Center for Student Success at University of San Diego
Jasmine Lefever '11, Resident Director at University of California, Santa Barbara
Jacqueline Loya '11, Academic Advisor at University of California, Riverside
Christina Wellhouser '11, Assistant Director for Fraternity and Sorority Life at Clemson University
Irma Venegas '12, Director of KIPP Through College at KIPP Adelante Preparatory Academy
Arturo Vazquez '12, Graduate Program Coordinator, Political Science Dept at University of California, San Diego and pursuing an Ed.D. in Community College/Postsecondary Education at San Diego State University
Major Derek Abbey '11, Deputy Director of the Marine Corps Train the Trainer School
Jim Bonner '10, Associate Director of Operations, Undergraduate Admissions at University of San Diego
Jacqueline Che '11, Administrator of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands' State Scholarship Program
Michelle Fischthal '10, Continuing Education Dean of Business and Information Technology at San Diego Community College District
Shannon Hutchison '09, Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Point Loma Nazarene University
Christine Killoran '11, Admissions Counselor at University of San Diego
Torey Martin '09, Financial Aid Assistant at Harvard Law School
Jennifer Richardson '10, Advancement Services at University of San Diego
Laura Sabin '11, College Coordinator for Non-Resident Students at University of California, San Diego
Melinda Vega '09, Graduate Student Services Manager at University of San Diego