M.A. in Higher Education Leadership
Department of Leadership Studies
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.
Student and Alumni Profiles
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.