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Welcome to the Masters of Arts in Postsecondary Educational Leadership and a Specialization in Student Affairs program website! 

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Program Mission

The Masters of Arts degree in Postsecondary Educational Leadership and a Specialization in Student Affairs is intended for students pursuing positions in college and university divisions of student affairs. Graduates of this program are well-prepared to deliver and assess programs and serve students in  a range of student affairs functional areas, including: admissions, academic advising, campus life, career services, multicultural affairs, new student orientation, residential education, and study abroad programs.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program was designed with the expectation that students will achieve the following learning outcomes upon completion:
1- Articulate the theoretical foundation of student affairs in postsecondary education

2- Identify how learning and development theories can be implemented in daily practice within student affairs in postsecondary education

3- Identify the preparation and learning tendencies with which students enter into postsecondary education and propose strategies to facilitate their development and success

4- Identify and apply varying leadership styles that are prevalent within a student affairs in postsecondary education context

5- Identify one’s own leadership strengths and areas of continued development

6- Identify ethical leadership issues in student affairs in postsecondary education and propose solutions and strategies to address these issues

7- Engage in meaningful outcomes-based assessment of collaboratively designed student learning and development programs and initiatives

8- Articulate and apply the foundational principles of access, equity and learner success in postsecondary education

9- Apply research to practice in an area of specialization within student affairs in postsecondary education

10- Communicate ideas and concepts effectively in written and spoken word

Program Cornerstones

  • Student success design, planning, and evaluation informed by the practical application of student learning, development, and engagement theories as well as the practice of collaboration and sustainability
  • Social justice demonstrated through concepts of universal design, equity, and access embedded into the curriculum and connected to the student’s development through reflective practice
  • Outcomes-based assessment modeled through engagement in outcomes-based assessment, applied research, and institutional analysis and planning 

Best always,


Marilee J. Bresciani Ludvik, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, 

Program Coordinator,

Department of Administration, Rehabilitation, & Postsecondary Education,

San Diego State University