Be A Force For Change

Soka University of America has one MA Program in Educational Leadership and Societal Change. The program is two years (41 semester credits) and is global in scope, introducing students to the comparative and international dimensions of education. Our program answers the need for global leaders with the practical skills and experience, foundational knowledge, and ethical commitments necessary to achieve lasting and effective societal change within the field of education, including but not limited to the classroom learning environment. Cultivate close and informal relationships between teachers and students, rigorous academic endeavors, free and open dialogue, and an appreciation for human diversity.

Graduate student in classroom

Program Overview

Graduate Studies

Students study and conduct research into the historical roots of educational policies and problems as well as on the relationship between educational philosophies and practices and contemporary social, political, economic, and cultural developments. Related areas of study include comparative and international education, multicultural education, educational psychology, gender and education, school administration policy and practice, and educational law.

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A Culture of Care

Student Life

Life at SUA focuses on the growth and development of students as global citizens and provides a wide variety of programs that touch upon engagement, collaboration, activism, advocacy, team-building, and community. 

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An Environment Like No Other

Around Soka

SUA is a suburban campus, located in Aliso Viejo, CA (neighboring Laguna Beach). Major freeways provide direct access to major cities (such as San Diego and Los Angeles) and opportunities to explore a variety of landscapes. 

As a Soka graduate student, you are provided:

Alumni Perspective

Aditi Lal - Class of 2019

This program supported me in going beyond my comfort zone in classrooms, exploring my strengths and weaknesses, and polishing my leadership skills.

Aditi Lal
Graduate Class of 2019

Career Advantages

The Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Societal Change will prepare you to:

  • Critically reflect on educational issues and develop strategies to create social change.
  • Think strategically and use theoretical research to evaluate the effectiveness and improve practice for all learners.
  • Foster global citizenship to improve educational law and polices.

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