Master of Arts in Higher Education Leadership
The Masters of Arts in Higher Education Leadership is designed to provide professionals dedicated to the field of higher education with the skills and ability to make an impact at four and two year colleges and universities. Students are encouraged to examine and reflect deeply on contemporary issues in higher education. The program blends theory, research, and practice to highlight areas of specific interest for students. The program also provides opportunities for graduate assistantships and international experiences.
All students in the Higher Education Leadership Program take courses in the leadership core. These courses are designed to enhance students’ understanding of leadership theory, its practical applications and the ethical dimensions of leadership–concepts we believe are universally applicable in today’s society. The core also includes an action research design and methodology course. Students also are required to take courses in the Higher Education core. These courses are designed to give students a strong foundation in higher education policy, history, organizational structures and diversity, as well as an exposure to the implications each has for leaders in higher education.
The remaining units include a practical experience or internship and electives. Students work closely with their advisor to design an experience in one of three higher education specializations:
- Student Affairs,
- Higher Education Administration, or
- Community College Leadership.
Students will begin to design their final action research project in the Action Research Design and Methodology course and also have the opportunity to gain practical experience at a post-secondary site of their choosing. The elective courses chosen will also enhance students experience by providing additional opportunities to engage in theory and practice related specifically to each student’s area of interest.
Additional Admission Requirements
See the Admission page for basic admission requirements.
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|Application Deadlines||Visit www.sandiego.edu/soles/admissions/deadlines.php|
|Minimum Grade Point Average||3.0 (4.0 scale) in all undergraduate coursework|
|Standardized Admission Test||Not required. Applicants at or near the minimum GPA may choose to submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test scores to strengthen their application.|
|Additional Requirements||An interview may be required for admission.|
|Statement of Purpose|
|Two letters of recommendation|
|LEAD 550||Integral Leadership Theory||3|
|LEAD 551||Human Relations for Leaders||3|
|LEAD 555||Ethical Leadership for Global Social Justice||3|
|LEAD 559||Organizational Theory and Change||3|
|LEAD 547||Action Research Methods I||3|
|LEAD 552||Action Research Methods Seminar I||1.5|
|LEAD 553||Action Research Methods Seminar II||1.5|
|Higher Education Core||12|
|LEAD 569||Making Meaning and the Collegiate Experience||3|
|Select 9 units from the following:||9|
|LEAD 565||Dynamics of Race, Gender and Culture in Higher Education||3|
|LEAD 540||Introduction to Restorative Justice: A Global Social Movement||3|
|LEAD 568I||Global Perspectives in Higher Education||3|
|LEAD 571||History and Philosophy of Higher Education||3|
|LEAD 576||Community College Leadership||3|
|LEAD 577||Higher Education Policy||3|
|LEAD 578||Higher Education Administration||3|
|LEAD 582||Women in Higher Education Leadership Summit (WHELS): Professional development and conferences||3|
|LEAD 594||Higher Education Professional Development Seminar (may take for a total of 3 units to meet this requirement)||1.5|
|Internship (Practical Experience)||3|
|LEAD 594||Higher Education Professional Development Seminar (must take for a total of 3 units to meet this requirement)||1.5|
|LEAD 598||Leadership Internship||3|
|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.|
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.
Action Research Project or Action Research Thesis (please consult advisor and student handbook for specific requirements)