Degree Requirements

1. Core Program:

  • ARP 610 Educational Leadership (3)

Concepts and techniques of leadership, analysis of factors and practice in the procedures of individual and group leadership as applied to educational environments.

  • ARP 620 Student Affairs and Student Success (3)

Historical roots, diversity of institutions and students; philosophical foundations of the field and student success, guiding values, key legal principles and theoretical bases; functional areas within student affairs, their evolution, purpose, professional associations, standards, and current issues.


2. Twenty-one units selected, with the approval of the graduate adviser, from the following:

  • ARP 621 Theoretical Foundations of Student Affairs and Student Success (3)

Major theoretical foundations of student affairs, including student personnel point of view, student development, and student learning imperative.

  • ARP 622 Intra and Interpersonal Communication for Student Success (3)

Introduces students to four major domains of communication and leadership: inter- personal, intrapersonal, small group, and organizational dynamics. Addresses assessment of techniques and intervention strategies for each domain.

  • ARP 623 Seminar: Critical Leadership Issues in Student Affairs (3)

Current topics and issues critical to effective leadership in Student Affairs, academic mission of higher education and creating supportive learning environments for students.

  • ARP 624. Advising and Coaching for Student Success (3)

Developmental relationships in postsecondary education. Major advising and coaching theories. Applications, competencies, and practices to support student success.

  • ARP 747 Equity-Minded Approaches for Student Success (3)

Current theory and practice in meeting needs of diverse learners. Leadership and administration of educational organizations as political, complex systems requiring consensus-building dynamics in a multicultural society.

  • ARP 755 Governance and Policy Development in Postsecondary and Disability Systems (3)

Development and examination of relevant policy and impact of politics in governance and administration in postsecondary and disability-related systems; control functions of federal, state, and local agencies; influence of lay citizens and special interest groups; roles of judiciary, employee organizations and students.

  • ARP 760 Internship in Educational Leadership (3-6 units)

Internship for prospective educational leaders to provide opportunities to integrate course learning with current administrative practices in prearranged, structured administrative settings in postsecondary education.


3. ED 690 Methods of Inquiry (3 units)

Research methods in education. Location, selection and analysis of professional literature. Methods of investigation, data analysis and reporting.


4. Research: Three to six units selected from the following:

  • ED 795A-795B Research Seminar (6) or

Design and implementation of a year-long outcomes-based assessment project.

  • ED 799A Thesis (3)

Preparation of a project or thesis for the master's degree.


Before graduation, each student must complete a Reflective Learning Portfolio to provide formative evaluation of the student's experience.