Student Outcomes

Master of Arts in Leadership Studies

Department of Leadership Studies

Our Students

Students in the MA 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, and active duty military personnel. Click here to view our student profiles or read on to learn more about our student and alumni outcomes.

Learning 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.

Alumni Outcomes

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. Some go on to doctoral study at the University of San Diego or elsewhere. Here is a sample of positions our alumni hold or have held.


Private Sector

Nonprofit Sector

Higher Education

K-12 Education