Educational Leadership and Societal Change

Soka University of America

M.A. On Campus
24 months
32250 USD/year
32250 USD/year
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The Educational Leadership and Societal Change program from Soka University of America answers the need for global leaders with the practical skills and experience, foundational knowledge, and ethical commitments necessary to achieve lasting and effective societal change within the field of education, including but not limited to the classroom learning environment.


Education takes place across a multiplicity of institutions—social, cultural, political, and economic—all of which have a profound bearing on our schools and the type of future citizens they produce. 

Program Highlights

In the course of their studies students:
  • Analyze past and present models of administrative leadership for their effectiveness in promoting equality of educational opportunity and greater workplace democracy;
  • Gain a foundational knowledge of the historical and philosophical underpinnings of education in general;
  • Learn to utilize networks and coalitions for broad-based, popular initiatives and reforms;
  • Learn to promote meaningful collaboration among and between parents and school administrators; and
  • Develop and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to create and maintain learning environments that value diversity, continual knowledge acquisition, instructional leadership, innovative and ethical decision-making, and the successful achievement of all school-aged youth.


The mission of Educational Leadership and Societal Change program from Soka University of America is to provide graduate-level students with the broad interdisciplinary knowledge, research skills, and practical experience for cutting-edge leadership in the all-inclusive world of education, locally, nationally, and internationally.

Upon completion of the MA in Educational Leadership and Societal Change program, students are expected to be able to:

  • Assess and manage barriers to school change—including de jure and de facto legal policies, curricular practices, traditional learning theories, relations between teachers and administrators, parents and schools, schools and society—and develop strategies to overcome them, including case methods of organizational and psychological change that are sensitive to wide variations in local needs and concerns, actors and agents;
  • Take demonstrable leadership, informed by an understanding of the historic relations between school and society, for the improvement of education and educational systems in an increasingly global, interdependent world.  Grounded in the social and psychological relations of education broadly construed, assume leadership around shared learning, teaching, and administrative goals and objectives;
  • Assess and measure the relative strengths and weaknesses of alternate models of school administration and leadership past and present;  
  • Demonstrate in written, oral, and visual forms of communication the knowledge and skills conducive to learning environments that value diversity, life-long learning, the mentoring skills of teachers, innovative and ethical decision-making at all levels, and the successful achievement of all school-aged youth;
  • Conduct advanced research (secondary as well as primary; qualitative as well as quantitative) that can draw lessons, historical or otherwise, for contemporary educational policies and practices, especially as they entail and/or inhibit societal change both nationally and internationally.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Educational Leadership and Societal Change: A Comparative Perspective
  • History and Philosophy of Education and Leadership
  • Leadership: Theory and Practice
  • Psychology of Education
  • Qualitative Methods in Education Settings
  • International and Comparative Education

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




41 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree: A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, or the equivalent of an undergraduate level education (normally 16 years of pre- and post-secondary education) from a foreign institution.
  • GPA: A minimum GPA of 3.0 or a B average on a 4-point scale or a minimum average of 80 points on a scale of 100.
  • GRE: An official report of scores of the Graduate Record Examination general test, taken within the past five years, and sent directly to SUA by the Educational Testing Service, is required as an indication of the level of general learning. The GRE school code is 4720.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    32250 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32250 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    32250 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32250 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.


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