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.
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.
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).
The application deadline for the MA Program is February 15. Students can apply to the MA Program by visiting http://admissions.soka.edu/apply. For more information and their admission checklist, please visit http://www.soka.edu/gradadmission.
Soka University of America
Office of Graduate Admission
1 University Drive
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
Phone: (949) 480-4111
Degrees & Awards
|Master's Degree Exam||GRE|
|Additional Entrance Requirements||Bachelor's degree with minimum GPA of 3.0, proficiency in Japanese|
TOEFL Paper score: 600
TOEFL IBT score: 100
Tuition & Fees
|Financial award applicants must submit:||FAFSA|
|Types of financial support available||
Scholarship and/or loans
|Black or African American||Not Reported|
|White or Caucasian||61%|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||Not Reported|
|Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||Not Reported|
|Two or more races||Not Reported|