Master of Arts in Leadership Studies

Online Application:

  • The University of San Diego Graduate School Admission Application and $45 application fee

    • Upload the following to submit your online application
      • Statement of Purpose
      • Resume
      • Recommenders’ Contact Information

Transcripts:

An official transcript from the university where you earned your bachelor’s degree is required at the time of application.

Note:

  • Official E-Transcripts are acceptable only if emailed to grads@sandiego.edu.
  • Transcripts from study abroad courses and transfer credits are not required.

Degrees Earned Outside of the United States:

  • Students who earned their bachelor’s degree from an institution outside the United States must submit a course-by-course degree evaluation conducted by World Education Services (WES) at the time of application.  
    • Applications for students educated outside the United States will not be considered complete nor can an admissions decision be made until this degree evaluation has been submitted.

Letters of Recommendation:

  • A minimum of two professional letters of recommendation from professors or employers

Resume

  • Current resumé or curriculum vitae

Statement of Purpose:

  • A 500-word maximum statement of purpose. Please include a brief narrative describing yourself, your career goals and the importance of graduate study at this point in your life. You may discuss influences on your intellectual development, educational and cultural opportunities (or lack of them) which have been available to you, and the ways in which these experiences have affected you. This should not be a recording of facts already listed on the application; it should give the Admissions Committee a better sense of who you are and why you are applying to graduate school at the University of San Diego. If you are in a graduate program at another university, please explain why you wish to leave.

English Proficiency Exam for International Applicants


Education Requirements

  • Applicants must complete a bachelor’s degree prior to beginning the program. Applicants may apply prior to completing their bachelor's degree. In this case, please submit your most up-to-date transcripts, and if admitted, submit a second set of official transcripts after your degree is conferred
  • The minimum cumulative grade point average is 3.0 (on a 4.00 scale) in all undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  • This program does not have any specific prerequisite courses.

Experience Requirements

Some leadership experience is helpful but professional experience is not required.

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2020-2021, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on April 1, 2020. Access the catalog of record at https://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

Program Requirements

Leadership Core12
LEAD 545Survey of Leadership Theories3
LEAD 551Human Relations for Leaders3
LEAD 555Ethical Leadership for Global Social Justice3
LEAD 559Organizational Theory and Change 3
Research Requirement3
LEAD 549Research Design and Methodology for Global and Intercultural Leaders3
Internship (Practical Experience)3
LEAD 598Leadership Internship3
Capstone3
LEAD 589Capstone Seminar3
Electives 15
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/applied 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.

 

Deadlines

All application materials must be received by the Office of Graduate Admissions by the final deadline in order for your application to be considered for admission.


Tuition and Financial Aid

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Status and Decisions

To confirm that application materials have been received, please log into the MySanDiego portal or contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at (619) 260-4524. Admissions decision letters are sent via US Mail.


Submit all supplemental materials to:

Office of Graduate Admissions 
University of San Diego, Manchester Hall 105
5998 Alcalá Park, San Diego, CA 92110-2492 
grads@sandiego.edu


For questions about the admissions contact:

SOLES Office of Admissions and Outreach 
Mother Rosalie Hill Hall 143
(619) 260-7988 
solesadmissions@sandiego.edu
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