Master of Arts in Leadership Studies
Department of Leadership Studies
Students in the M.A. in Leadership Studies comes to us from a variety of backgrounds and undergraduate majors. Many of our students work full-time or part-time while completing the program, and they include educators, nonprofit professionals, business leaders, educational administrators, consultants, active duty military personnel, and more. Read on to view some profiles of our students and learn more about our alumni outcomes.
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 the information 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 to apply these theories 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 in working with groups.
Graduates of the M.A. in Leadership Studies go on to leadership roles in a wide variety of settings, including in consulting, education, business, nonprofit organizations, and more. Here is a sample of positions held by our alumni.
Beth Bradley '10, Director of Women's Basketball Operations at Old Dominion University
Kaila Mangrum '12, Director of Basketball Operations at University of San Diego
Allison McClintick '11, CEO/Leader Development Specialist at FLIGHTLEAD Leadership Consulting
Amber Setter '07, Learning and People Development Manager at Frank, Rimerman & Company
Courtney Crummel '05, Senior Account Executive at Concussion LLP
Taylor Erickson '06, Vice President - Director at American Bank Montana
Dana Gordon '10, Owner/Director of Lotus Learning
Sorana Petersen '07, Director of Organizational Development at GreatCall
Cory Pickett '11, Child Wellness Program Coordinator at San Diego County Speech Pathology Services
Monica Galvan '12, Associate Online Research Assistant at Culturati Research & Consulting
Amanda Katona '12, Director of Sales Operations at Nirvanix
Marguerite Pini '12, Director and Owner at DramAntiKs, LLC
Paul Adler '07, Administrative Analyst at Contra Costa County
Angela Chiarenza '09, Global Operations Associate at Center for Creative Leadership
Daniel Getahun '05, International Visitor Leadership Program Manager at Minnesota International Center
Aimee Heytvelt '08, Strategic Account Executive/Human Resources Consultant at Wellspring Family Services
Ciera Rudin '10, External Relations Marketing Director at Westminster Woods Camp and Conference Center
Marcela Cuellar '07, Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Center for Enrollment Research, Policy, and Practice, Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California
Avelina Martinez '06, Academic Advisor at University of New Mexico
Christopher Newman '04, Assistant Professor at University of San Diego
Adan Sanchez '06, Associate Director, United Front Multicultural Center at University of San Diego
Katherine Sheridan '10, Coordinator for Leadership Development, President's Leadership Program, at Christopher Newport University
John Loggins '12, Associate Director, Center for Community Service-Learning at University of San Diego
Armando Farias '12, Principal of Baker Elementary School, San Diego Unified School District
Carmen Diaz '12, Executive Director at Stephen W. Hawking Math and Science Charter School