Master of Arts in Higher Education Leadership

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2018-2019, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on May 1, 2018. Access the catalog of record at

Program Requirements

Leadership Core12
LEAD 550Integral Leadership Theory3
LEAD 551Human Relations for Leaders3
LEAD 555Leadership and Ethics3
LEAD 559Leadership and Organizational Change3
Research Requirement3
LEAD 547Action Research Methods I3
Higher Education Core12
LEAD 569Making Meaning and the Collegiate Experience3
Select 9 units from the following:9
COUN 515Multicultural Counseling3
LEAD 565Dynamics of Race, Gender and Culture in Higher Education3
LEAD 571History and Philosophy of Higher Education3
LEAD 576Community College Leadership3
LEAD 577Higher Education Policy3
LEAD 578Higher Education Administration3
LEAD 594Student Affairs Graduate Assistant Seminar1.5
Internship (Practical Experience)3
LEAD 598Leadership Internship3
or LEAD 594 Student Affairs Graduate Assistant Seminar
Students may take a maximum of 6 units of LEAD 594. 3 units may be counted towards the HE Core, and 3 units may be counted towards the Internship requirement.
Electives are selected in consultation with an advisor from USD’s graduate programs.

International Requirement

At SOLES, all masters and doctoral students participate in an international experience designed to support the growth of cultural competency. Our goal is to inform best practices in working with culturally diverse populations locally, nationally and globally.  International experiences are approved by each student's faculty advisor and can be credit based or non-credit based activities. 

Exit Requirement

Action Research Project or Action Research Thesis (please consult advisor and student handbook for specialization requirements)