Higher Education Leadership, M.A. | University of San Diego | San Diego, United States
12 months
1509 USD/credit 45270 USD/year
1509 USD/credit 45270 USD/year
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The Higher Education Leadership program at University of San Diego was created for individuals like you who would like to build and sustain campuses that are inclusive and supportive while inspiring lifelong learners from a wide range of backgrounds.


Make an Impact; Become a Leader

Founded in 2006 within the Department of Leadership Studies, the unique curriculum of the Higher Education Leadership program at University of San Diego includes a leadership core that is bolstered by a highly customizable higher education program of study. As a result, you benefit from taking courses together with individuals from a variety of disciplines, including education, the nonprofit sector, healthcare, business, government, and more.

Our highly regarded professors will help you understand what it means to be a leader in the field of higher education within the broader context of our society. Our faculty will serve as your instructors, coaches, and mentors as you begin a transformative journey to practice equity-driven leadership and to enact the promise and power of restorative justice in higher education. As one of the most demographically diverse graduate programs at USD, our faculty are resolutely committed to taking meaningful actions to support all students and specifically Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) as well as allies and others in our community.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Restorative Justice: A Global Social Movement
  • Integral Leadership Theory
  • Human Relations for Leaders
  • Organizational Theory and Change
  • Action Research Methods
  • Making Meaning and the Collegiate Experience

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The University of San Diego Graduate School Admission Application and $45 application fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume
  • Recommenders’ Contact Information
  • An official transcript from the university where you earned your bachelor’s degree is required at the time of application
  • Students who earned their bachelor’s degree from an institution outside the United States must submit a course-by-course degree evaluation must submit a course-by-course degree evaluation at the time of application
  • A minimum of two professional letters of recommendation from professors or employers
  • Current resumé or curriculum vitae
  • A 500-word maximum statement of purpose
  • An official score report for the TOEFL or IELTS is required of all international applicants

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    45270 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1509 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    45270 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1509 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for San Diego

1400 - 2455 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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