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 Introduction to Student Affairs in Higher Education (3)

Historical roots, diversification of institutions and students, and philosophical foundations of the field, guiding values, key legal principles and theoretical bases; functional areas with Student Affairs, their evolution, purpose, professional associations, standards, and current issues.


2. Nine to twelve units selected, with the approval of the graduate adviser, from the following:

  • ARP 621 Theoretical Foundations of Student Affairs (3)

Examines major theoretical systems in Student Affairs, including student personnel point of view, student development, and the student learning imperative.

  • ARP 622 Communication and Group Process in Student Affairs Leadership (3)

Introduces students to four domains of communication and leadership: interpersonal, intrapersonal, small group, and organizational dynamics. Addresses assessment 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 747 Educational Leadership in a Diverse Society (3)

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

  • 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

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 (3-3) or

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

  • ED 799A Thesis

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.