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Soka University of America

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Aliso Viejo, CA


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Soka University of America


Graduate School, Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership and Societal Change

The educational leader of tomorrow requires a new kind of preparation for a new kind of world, global in scope, all-inclusive in depth and breadth, calling out for meaningful, broad-based societal change focused on harnessing the values of peace.

MA in Educational Leadership and Societal Change

Soka University of America's MA program in Educational Leadership and Societal Change examines the broad landscape of modern institutions and structures, including but not limited to schools and colleges. It casts a wide interdisciplinary net to bring new light to bear on the symbiotic relationship between value-creating educational leadership and the transformation of society itself. Embedded in the curriculum are also the practical skills and abilities as well as the professional research tools needed by effective educational leaders and develop a demonstration of knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to create learning environments that value diversity, continual knowledge acquisition, instructional leadership, innovative and ethical decision-making and the successful achievement of all school-aged youth.

In the course of their studies, students will analyze past and present models of administrative leadership for their effectiveness in promoting equality of educational opportunity and greater workplace democracy and gain foundational knowledge of the historical and philosophical underpinnings of education. Students will learn to utilize networks and coalitions for broad-based initiative and reforms in addition to promoting meaningful collaboration among and between parents, and school administrators.

Preparing Students

A Soka education can help place and prepare students for a variety of industries. A Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Societal change is a degree with international and comparative dimensions that provides broad knowledge, cultural sensitivity, and perspective that is in demand and can establish the foundation needed to challenge any dream.

The desire to pursue a doctorate, become an educational leader, work in civil service or for a non-profit organization, work in government, make a difference in the growing for-profit sector in education, or wanting to start one's own school are some of the reasons why students view Soka Graduate School as a place the take their steps towards making a difference in the world.

The school also believes a good education requires a full-time commitment, with opportunities for part-time work. Their full-time learning environment provides students support for professional development opportunities, engagement with visiting distinguished scholars and practitioners in classes, a summer research grant providing a field experience in a real-world leadership setting and a residential living and learning experience including off-campus housing opportunities for students with dependents or special circumstances.

Financial Aid

Soka's MA program is also a program that is affordable. Financial aid in the form of grants and scholarships is available up to the full cost of tuition. Loan programs are also available to domestic and international students.

Close Relationships with Faculty

The Soka University of America Graduate School strives to provide an academic setting that nurtures men and women from a variety of cultures and national backgrounds, who seek to learn from shared experiences. The School also strives to develop critical thinking and learning and to foster a commitment to lifelong learning. To this end, the School emphasizes small class sizes that cultivate close and informal relationship between teachers and students, rigorous academic endeavors, free and open dialogue, and an appreciation for human diversity.

Soka University of America is a 103 acre campus located in south Orange County, California in the City of Aliso Viejo (between San Diego and Los Angeles).

Application Information

The application deadline for the MA Program is February 15. Students can apply to the MA Program by visiting For more information and their admission checklist, please visit

Soka University of America
Office of Graduate Admission
1 University Drive
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
Phone: (949) 480-4111

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Arts (MA) Educational leadership and societal change

Earning Your Degree

Evening/weekend programs available? Yes


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline February 15th February 15th Yes

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Exam GRE
Additional Entrance Requirements Bachelor's degree with minimum GPA of 3.0, proficiency in Japanese

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL Paper score: 600
TOEFL IBT score: 100

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Types of financial support available Scholarship and/or loans

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
Not Reported
International Breakout (representing other countries)
Out-of-state students


Hispanic/Latino Not Reported
Black or African American Not Reported
White or Caucasian 61%
American Indian or Alaska Native Not Reported
Asian Not Reported
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander Not Reported
Two or more races Not Reported
Unknown Not Reported


Male (38%)
Female (61%)


Total faculty
Full-time - 2
Part-time - 0
Male (1)
Female (1)

Location & Contact

Address 1 University Drive
Aliso Viejo, CA  92656
United States
Contact Dr. Tomoko Takahashi
Phone: 949-480-4000
Fax: 949-480-4062