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

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 Cornerstones/Goals:

1. Self-Aware, Compassionate, Adaptive, Transformational Leaders
2. Evidence-Based Inquiry to Advance Access, Equity, and Student Success
3. Socially Just Resource Stewards

Program Learning Outcomes:

1. Explain how the theoretical foundation of student success can be implemented and evaluated in daily practice (Goals 1, 2, 3)
2. Apply self-awareness and self-regulation practices towards one's own leadership strengths and identify areas of continued development (Goals 1, 2)
3. Identify varying leadership styles that are prevalent and explain strategies to work with those styles (Goals 1, 3)
4. Identify ethical leadership and social justice issues in postsecondary education and propose solutions and strategies to address these issues (Goals 1, 2, 3)
5. Engage in meaningful outcomes-based assessment of collaboratively designed student learning and development programs and initiatives (Goal 3)
6. Apply research to practice in order to advance access, equity, and student success (Goal 2)
7. Communicate ideas and concepts effectively (Goals 1, 2, 3)
8. Work collaboratively with diverse group members in diverse settings (Goals 1, 2, 3)

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



Prospective Students - Please check out the Prospective Student tab for information on application process and information sessions!


*The application to enter the program in Fall 2020 will open October 1st, 2019! Visit the Prospective Students tab for more information on the general application process.*


 Lisa Gates, Ph.D.

Lisa Gates, Ph.D.

Program Coordinator and Advisor for the MA in Postsecondary

Educational Leadership - Student Affairs,
Department of Administration, Rehabilitation, & Postsecondary Education,
San Diego State University