Aug 11, 2022  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Academic Catalog

Higher Education Leadership, MA


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The Higher Education Leadership, MA offered by the Department of Educational Leadership prepares higher education leaders through an equity-minded praxis approach to engage in transformative thinking and practice with the aim of disrupting how power, in the form of racism, classism, sexism, and related oppressions, intersect to (re)produce and sustain disparate higher educational opportunities. 

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must submit a complete graduate application by applying through the CSU Cal State Apply system and meet all the university admission requirements. Applicants must also respond to two short essay prompts. Upon review of the applications, all applicant finalists will participate in an interview by the admissions committee to finalize admission to the program. Applicants from countries in which the native language is not English must achieve a minimum English-language proficiency test score as indicated on GAPE’s Graduate Program Test Requirements webpage. Minimum TOEFL scores acceptable for admission are 600 (Paper-based), 250 (Computer-based), or 100 (Internet-based). Students can be admitted in either classified or conditionally classified standing.

Requirements for Admission to Classified Standing

To be admitted to classified standing, applicants must have earned a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale). Two to three letters of recommendation are also required.

Advancement to Candidacy

Students must meet the university requirements for candidacy. General university requirements for advancement to candidacy for the MA degree are detailed in the Graduate Policies and Procedures section. Candidacy includes the successful completion of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).

Graduation Requirements

Complete the following requirements:

  1. Core courses:           . A student must maintain an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 at all times, otherwise s/he will be placed on academic probation and required to raise the overall GPA above the 3.0 minimum during the subsequent semester (failing to do so will result in disqualification from the program).  
  2. The program requires an individual two-semester, six-unit case-study sequence, as well as a culminating capstone project. For the required culminating experience ( ), Higher Education Leadership MA students must complete a final master’s capstone project. A project is a significant undertaking that evidences originality and independent thinking, appropriate form and organization, and a rationale.
  3. At SJSU, students must pass the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). This requirement is satisfied by the passing of  .

Master’s Requirements (30 units)


Year 1 (15 units)


Year 2 (15 units)


Culminating Experience


Prerequisite to the culminating capstone project, students enroll in two semesters of coursework (

  &   - 6 units) in which they conduct living case study projects. In  , students have the option of completing a culminating project within one of two strands: researcher-focused (producing a research project on a topic in higher education) or practitioner-focused (producing a practitioner project on a problem of practice in higher education). Final capstone topics must be approved by the Higher Education Leadership Master’s Coordinator and/or EDLD 298 instructor of record.

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