Higher Education Leadership, M.A. | San José State University | San Jose, United States
12 months
15000 USD/year
15000 USD/year
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The Higher Education Leadership program at San José State University prepares higher education leaders through an equity-minded praxis approach to engage in transformative thinking and practice with the goal of disrupting how power, in the form of racism, classism, sexism, and related oppressions intersect to (re)produce and sustain disparate higher educational opportunities in higher education.


The Higher Education Leadership Master’s Program at San José State University serves the educational needs of the community and the region by preparing transformative future leaders through emancipatory and experiential learning approaches in the local and regional contexts; and by conducting cutting edge research that contributes to equity-minded and justice driven approaches to theory, practice, and education while concurrently advancing standards and values of Excellence, Ethics, Entrepreneurship, and Engagement.

Learning outcomes

  • Identify the complex history and dimensions that define the discipline of higher education;
  • Plan for transformative organizational change through a critical and praxis-based approach to diversity, access, equity, and inclusion;
  • Analyze the roles and interests of the varied stakeholders that characterize and sustain the enterprise of higher education;
  • Develop the skills to foster responsive, cooperative, mutually beneficial, and ethically sound internal and external relationships with campus and community constituents; 
  • Identify the ethics and values that distinguish higher education as a "public good" versus a "private good" 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Higher Education Leadership
  • Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice in Higher Education
  • Policy and Ethics of Higher Education Governance and Finance
  • Critical Data Analysis in Higher Education
  • Contemporary Issues in Higher Education
  • Law, Policy, and Ethics in Higher Education
  • Equity-Minded Leadership in Higher Education: Practices, Policies, and Pedagogies

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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30 SCH



Academic requirements

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English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • BA degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0, based on a 4.0 scale
  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Situational Essay
  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation, with option of third letter of recommendation.
  • Candidates must also meet all SJSU admissions requirements

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15000 USD for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    15000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15000 USD for the full programme during 12 months.

Living costs for San Jose

1740 - 3150 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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