Higher Education Leadership

University of San Diego

M.A. On Campus
12 months
1509 USD/credit
1509 USD/credit
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Blend academic theory with hands-on experience and gain the range of nuanced skills needed for great leadership. The MA in Higher Education Leadership program at University of San Diego combines classroom learning with research, organizational theory, graduate assistantships, a relevant international experience and an internship. It will set you up to make an impact throughout your career.


Over the course of 36 credit hours, you'll expand the way you collect and process information, examine how you interact in a group setting, build your sense of self-awareness, enhance your communication skills and develop your critical thinking. You'll then explore ways to apply everything you've learned specifically to a higher-education setting.

With a Higher Education Leadership degree from University of San Diego you'll be prepared to find meaningful work at two- and four-year colleges and universities, in departments ranging from academic advising to admissions, financial aid, student activities, residential life and Greek life. The effects of your skilled leadership will play out far beyond your direct student interactions, resonating through a better and stronger community.


The School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES) at the University of San Diego believes in academic excellence, innovation, and a strong commitment to equity and inclusion. We educate, engage, model, mentor, and challenge the campus community to promote social justice and ignite meaningful change in our diverse society.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Leadership Theory and Practice
  • Human Relations for Leaders
  • Leadership & Ethics
  • Organizational Theory & Change
  • Action Research Methods
  • Leadership Internship
  • Student Affairs GA Seminar
  • Dynamics of Race, Gender and Culture in Higher Education
  • History, Theories and Philosophies of Higher Education
  • Higher Education Policy
  • Making Meaning and the Collegiate Experience
  • Multicultural Counseling

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




36 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

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.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Current Resume — You will submit a resume detailing your employment and/or educational experience.
  • Personal Statement, Statement of Purpose and/or Essays — Personal statement(s) vary depending on the program you are applying to. Please check the prompt in your application.
  • Letters of Recommendation — Your letters should be from professors familiar with your scholarly work, or from professional supervisors who have had experience in a graduate program and who can provide information about your potential for success as a graduate student. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1509 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1509 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    1509 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1509 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Higher Education Leadership
University of San Diego