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

For Prospective Students: Program Mission, Goals, Program Learning Outcomes & Curriculum Matrix
(Effective Fall 2020)

UPDATE: GRE Requirement Suspended for Spring and Fall 2021
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, SDSU has suspended the requirement that applicants for graduate study submit GRE scores for the Spring and Fall 2021 admissions cycle. If you have any questions about this policy, please contact the program advisor.

Mission: Prepare self-aware, emotionally intelligent, adaptable, compassionate, and highly competent transformational leaders who will improve access, equity, and holistic student success in all of higher education. 

Program Goals:

1. Enter and advance in entry-level careers.
2. Become grounded in the theoretical foundation of student learning, development, and success.
3. Apply theory to practice to positively influence student success.
4. Embody equity-mindedness, social justice, and mindful compassionate leadership to transform educational contexts 

Program Learning Outcomes:

1. Explain how the theoretical foundations of student learning, development, and success can be implemented and evaluated in daily practice (Goals 1, 2, 3, 4)
2. Apply self-awareness and self-regulation practices towards one's own leadership strengths and identify areas of continued development (Goals 1, 2, 4)
3. Identify varying leadership approaches and explain strategies that facilitate meaningful and productive dialogue (Goals 1, 3, 4)
4. Identify student success and equity issues (e.g., the role of risk management, budgeting, and planning in facilitating student success) within postsecondary education and propose leadership strategies within the context of entry-level positions to address these issues (Goals 1, 2, 3, 4)

5. Engage in meaningful outcomes-based assessment of collaboratively designed student learning and development programs and initiatives within the context of entry-level positions (Goal 1, 3)
6. Utilize scholarly literature on student success to inform practices that advance access and equity in postsecondary institutions (Goals 2, 3, 4)
7. Communicate ideas and concepts effectively in speaking and writing (Goals 1, 2, 3)
8. Employ equity-mindedness to work collaboratively with diverse group members in diverse settings (Goals 2, 3, 4)

Reflective Learning Portfolio:
The reflective student portfolios are the primary vehicle for evaluation of direct student learning and development in the program .
Please click here for more information on the reflective student learning portfolio

Announcements - Fall 2021 Admissions

Please note, the application window for the Fall 2021 semester has now closed. The application for consideration for the Fall 2022 semester will open October 2021.


Register for our Virtual Info Sessions:

The Info Sessions will be via Zoom on Tuesday, September 28th and Thursday, October 21st from 6 pm to 7 pm!




 Lisa Gates, Ph.D.

Lisa Gates, Ph.D.(she/her/hers)

Program Director and Advisor for the MA in Postsecondary Educational Leadership - Student Affairs,

Department of Administration, Rehabilitation, & Postsecondary Education,
San Diego State University


Andrew Mutsalklisana(he/him/el)

Assistant Program Coordinator and Second Year Student for the MA in Postsecondary Educational Leadership - Student Affairs,

Department of Administration, Rehabilitation, & Postsecondary Education,
San Diego State University