Master of Arts in Leadership Studies

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2017-2018, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on August 10, 2017. Access the catalog of record at

Program Requirements

Leadership Core15
LEAD 545Survey of Leadership Theories3
LEAD 550Integral Leadership Theory3
LEAD 551Human Relations for Leaders3
LEAD 555Leadership and Ethics3
LEAD 559Leadership and Organizational Change3
Research Requirement3
LEAD 549Research Methods3
Internship (Practical Experience)3
LEAD 598Leadership Internship3
LEAD 589Capstone Seminar (Students will enroll in 1 unit of LEAD 589 in each of their last 3 semesters.)1
Electives 12
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

The program has an exit requirement of a research project.   

Candidates should confer with their advisor during their first year in the program regarding the selection of their exit requirement. Candidates should also refer to the guidelines noted in their Handbook.

Thesis: This option is available for candidates who plan post-master’s or doctoral work. Candidates who select this exit option will register for LEAD 595 Thesis Supervision in place of LEAD 589 Capstone Seminar. Guidelines for thesis work can be found in the Handbook. Candidates must continue to register for at least 1 unit of LEAD 595 each semester until the thesis has been approved.