Veterans of Iraq, Afghanistan Earn Advanced Degrees at USD

Global Leaders Graduate from School of Business Administration

A new class of global leaders, including veterans of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, will be awarded their master of science degrees in global leadership this Friday, July 31 at the University of San Diego.

Active duty officers from the Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force, will be in uniform for the ceremony from 2 to 3 p.m. in the auditorium of USD’s Mother Rosalie Hill Hall (across the street from the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice).

The 17-member class includes seven officers who have served in Iraq, Afghanistan or both conflicts. Navy graduates include one SEAL, five aviators and three surface warfare officers. One Air Force officer will leave this weekend for a year-long tour of duty in Honduras.

“This distinguished group of graduates already has served their nation with great distinction under dangerous and difficult circumstances,” said Bob Schoultz, director of USD’s Master of Science in Global Leadership (MSGL) program. “With the additional education and training they have received at USD, they are now in a position to contribute even more to the many military, economic and diplomatic challenges our nation faces around the globe.”

The 16-month MSGL program focuses on leadership and ethics, the global political environment and best business practices. “We also place a high priority on cultural understanding the role it plays in successful leadership across international and cultural boundaries,” Schoultz said.

Ten of the graduates completed the program by coming to campus one weekend a month while seven others completed it while stationed around the globe, doing their course work through distance education technologies and coming to campus the first and last week of the program.

Dr. Jaime Alonso Gómez, dean and professor of International Strategy at the Tecnológico de Monterrey (TEC) in Mexico City, who also teaches in the MSGL program, was selected by the students to speak at the ceremony.

Since 1999, more than 400 students have graduated from the MSGL program. The Navy has recognized the MSGL for its Graduate Education Voucher program, providing scholarships for a number of Navy officers to participate each year. For more information, go to

The University of San Diego is a Catholic institution of higher learning chartered in 1949; the school enrolls approximately 7,500 undergraduate and graduate students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. The establishment of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies will bring the University’s total number of schools and colleges to six. Other academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Business Administration, Education, Law and Nursing and Health Sciences.


About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.