University of San Diego

School of Leadership and Education Sciences

M.A. in Leadership Studies


Office of Graduate Admissions, 5998 Alcala Park

5998 Alcala Park

San Diego, CA 92110

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.A. in Leadership Studies

Format: Campus

Program Description:

MA in Leadership Studies with specializations in • PK-12 Public/Private School Leadership • Organizational Leadership and Consulting • Individualized program This program seeks to develop knowledgeable, ethical, caring and inclusive leaders for a diverse and changing society. We prepare “practitioner-scholars” to make significant contributions in a variety of organizational settings. We aspire to enhance students’ capacity to lead in ways that are creative, caring and inspirational. Students develop their understanding of leadership by examining best practices and studying leadership theories, research, ethics, and organizational change. Our students work in business, government, community agencies, nonprofit organizations, the military, education and other professions, and seek to develop their leadership skills within a specific organizational context. All classes take place in the evenings or occasionally on weekends in order to accommodate a full-time work schedule. Our alumni are employed as educational administrators, business executives, instructors and consultants at a variety of schools and organizations. Students may choose to pursue a specialization in PK-12 school leadership and earn an Administrative Services Credential concurrently with their master’s through our Educational Leadership Development Academy (ELDA) programs, designed to prepare outstanding school administrators. Samples of Past Internship Sites • The Center for Creative Leadership • InSync Consulting • International Changemakers Foundation • Northrup-Gruman • Linda Vista Community Collaborative • Compass Family Center • High Tech High Charter Management Organization • Public Conversations West, San Diego • Operation Homefront


The University of San Diego is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 36

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Large City

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