MA in ​Leadership Studies

Go beyond making change. Lead the charge.

If you're seeking creative, innovative and dynamic approaches to learning and leadership, the SOLES Master of Arts in Leadership program serves as the perfect launchpad. You'll have a wonderful range of flexibility in customizing your studies and experiences to align with your own passions and career goals.

Specialize in Organizational Leadership and Consulting, or in Coaching. You can also craft your own individualized specialization using courses from this program and other SOLES offerings. Whatever your specialization, you'll learn to bring theory and practice together, setting yourself up for a future as an effective leader in the public, private, educational or nonprofit sector.

Through coursework, you'll master leadership and development theories, critical thinking and analytics. Through practice, you'll refine your understanding of organizational systems and group dynamics. And through an international study experience, you'll develop your global competency and self-awareness.

Elijah Bonde with wife and baby daughter

Spotlight

Meet SOLES alumnus Elijah Bonde

When he began his MA in Leadership Studies at SOLES, Elijah was a teacher at a small, private Catholic middle school in San Diego. During his coursework, he moved into the role of assistant principal for curriculum and instruction, and in his final year, he became the school's principal. Elijah still implements many aspects of his SOLES coursework into his school's operations.

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Your leadership degree can take you just about anywhere

Our graduates bring more than a degree to the table. As skilled and seasoned leaders, they quickly find work in the public, private, education and nonprofit sectors. Get inspired by where our alumni go with their careers—they're business executives, athletic directors, nonprofit development directors, professors and even elementary school principals.

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Our coursework goes beyond classroom walls

Explore the elements of leadership through core course offerings, a capstone seminar, an internship and dozens of specialized electives. You'll start with foundational classes like Integral Leadership and Practice, then dive deeper with courses like Gender and Leadership, Advocacy Skills and Strategies, and Leadership for Change. 

See our program's full course offerings.