MA Organization and Leadership

University of San Francisco - School of Education

Program Description

MA Organization and Leadership

University of San Francisco - School of Education

Leadership through commitment, academic excellence, and innovative practice.

The Master of Arts in Organization and Leadership (O&L) program gives students the opportunity to work with a diverse and unique faculty and focus their study.

The MA in O&L Program consists of 30 credits.

Students work closely with a faculty advisor to craft their program in areas of study that represent current dimensions and challenges of leadership; the university, corporations, healthcare, technology, K-12 schooling, and international development.

Program Options

Students may choose to do a general program with no specific concentration or build on one of these three focus areas:

  • K-12 Instructional Leadership
  • Higher Education Leadership

The program can be completed in 18 months to two years.

“The Program at the University of San Francisco did a terrific job of preparing me for the challenges of school administration. The classes were small and tailored to the needs of the students, and the professors were knowledgeable and passionate about current issues in education. Much of what I learned in class I was able to apply immediately as a school leader. I enthusiastically recommend USF to future leaders preparing to make a difference for students.” - Tony Payne, Organization & Leadership MA Alum and Principal of Presidio Middle School

Program Delivery

To accommodate working professionals, classes are held on selected Friday evenings and all day Saturdays (approximately every other weekend during each semester) following the School of Education's Teaching Weekend Schedule.

New students are accepted for spring and fall semesters.

Alumni Occupations

Graduates of O&L programs are educators who work in leadership, management, research, all levels of teaching, and policy in education, business, health care, government, consulting, for-profit, and nonprofit positions

  • K-12 administrator
  • School superintendent
  • College administrator
  • Community college president
  • University faculty member
  • County administrator
  • Consultant
  • Researcher

Entry Requirements

  • Completed online application with non-refundable $55 application fee.
  • One set of unofficial transcripts from each university/college previously attended. For U.S. applicants, the degree must be from a regionally accredited university/college. An applicant with a pending degree must provide official verification of expected degree completion from institution's Registrar or school official. An undergraduate degree is required to apply to a master's program. Please note: if admitted you will need to submit official transcripts prior to enrolling.
  • MA and Credential applicants: Minimum GPA of 2.75
  • Two current, signed letters of recommendation, noting suitability for graduate work.
  • Current résumé.
  • A Statement of Intent

All applicants should address the following prompt in their application: 'Outline the purpose for seeking admission to the specific School of Education graduate program being chosen; include career and academic goals.'

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Financial Resources

Federal financial aid, state, and university resources are available as funding to newly admitted and current USF School of Education students.

In order to offset the cost of graduate education tuition, many School of Education courses are offered in the late afternoon and evening, and/or on alternating weekends. Most students find they can maintain a full time job while earning their credential, master’s or doctoral degree. However, if your program requires you to spend time in a classroom (i.e. student teaching) or to complete a fieldwork or traineeship experience, such commitments will interfere with a normal workday.

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This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated April 13, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2016
18 - 24 months
Part time
1,130 USD
Start date Aug. 2016
USA San Francisco, California
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 18 - 24 months
Price 1,130 USD
per unit.

Meet the SOE Faculty - Patricia Mitchell