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Master of Science (MS) in Leadership Campus or Online Degree Program

Earning a master’s degree in leadership demonstrates a commitment to personal development and openness to change—qualities that set standout leaders apart from their peers and position them for executive roles. San Diego Christian College (SDC) offers a Master of Science in Leadership (MSL) degree that is grounded in biblical principles, helping to instill leaders with strong values and ethics while expanding their professional competencies. Designed for working adults, the program is offered 100% online or as ground-based evening classes on SDC’s Santee campus.

This evening/online Leadership MS program is ideally suited to seasoned professionals who aspire to advance into executive management or become a more effective leader within their current role.








MS in Leadership: Emphasis Options

Degree candidates who enroll in the master’s in Leadership program at San Diego Christian College will select an emphasis based on whether they work in organizational leadership, academic administration, or counseling.

MSL with an
Organization Emphasis

Geared toward managers within the business, government, and nonprofit sectors as well as entrepreneurs and small business owners, the master’s in organizational leadership equips students with a fundamental understanding of organizational theory. You’ll learn best practices for leading change, driving innovation, and resolving conflict, which will increase your value to the organization.

MSL with an Education Emphasis

Tailored to teachers, professors, and academic administrators, SDC’s master’s in educational leadership prepares students to shape the future of education at every level. You’ll explore how Christian values and ethics support classroom decisions and learn the benefits of community-building in a multicultural environment. You’ll also discover how to leverage new technologies to enhance and extend the learning experience.

MSL with a Christian Counseling Emphasis

Whether you work in ministry or as a licensed therapist, SDC’s master’s in Christian counseling leadership will expand your expertise with advanced counseling techniques and biblical foundations. You’ll also learn effective ways to facilitate healthy relationships among couples and families, and to help struggling individuals overcome crises, abuse, and addiction.

Summary of Learning Objectives for the Master’s in Leadership Degree Program

Through coursework and research, students in the MS in Leadership program will gain insights into core leadership tenets such as vision, ethics, communication, and cultural and emotional intelligence. All three tracks within the master’s in leadership program share a number of common courses and learning objectives, in addition to several focused classes that offer a deep-dive into a specific field.

As a student in the evening or online Leadership MS program, you will learn how to:

  • Apply sound principles in the practice of innovative leadership in complex environments.
  • Identify needs, analyze opportunities, articulate vision, and develop appropriate strategies to address change and innovation.
  • Exercise leadership skills through action-learning and research projects.
  • Improve your ability to lead and work both independently and collaboratively.

Master’s in Leadership Curriculum and Requirements

Degree candidates must complete 36 credit hours of online coursework or campus-based evening classes to earn an MS in Leadership from San Diego Christian College. The program is designed for working professionals. Students take just one course per eight-week term and can finish the evening/online Leadership MS within two years. Course descriptions and other relevant information can be found in SDC’s Course Catalog.

Core Courses for Evening or Online MS in Leadership Degree Program
Course # Course Name Credits
LDR 510 Leader and Spiritual Formation 3
LDR 520 Leader and Strategic Innovation 3
LDR 530 Leader and Cultural Intelligence 3
LDR 540 Leader and Emotional Intelligence 3
RSH 610 Introduction to Social Science Research Methods 3
RSH 620 Data-Driven Decisions 3
RSH 695A Integrated Area of Study Project: Part I 3
RSH 695B Integrated Area of Study Project: Part II 3
Required Courses for Organization Emphasis
Course # Course Name Credits
ORG 610 Foundations of Organizational Theory 3
ORG 620 Organizational Behavior 3
ORG 630 Organization Development 3
ORG 640 Managing Change and Conflict 3
Required Courses for Education Emphasis
Course # Course Name Credits
ED 601 Ethical Dispositions and Decision Making in Classroom Leadership 3
ED 602 Community Partnerships in Multicultural Education 3
ED 605 Educational Technology 3
ORG 610 Foundations of Organizational Theory 3
Required Courses for Christian Counseling Emphasis
Course # Course Name Credits
new Advanced Counseling Theories and Techniques 3
new Biblical Foundations for Counselors 3
new Marriage, Family, and Healthy Relationships 3
new Counseling for Crisis, Abuse, and Addiction 3

“My husband, Nic, and I both graduated with our Master of Science in Leadership from San Diego Christian College. Our commencement speaker spoke about a story in the Old Testament with Solomon, and a question stood out to me: ‘Why settle for bronze when you can have gold?’ Throughout my life, I’ve had many dreams and goals. However, I have never settled for bronze when I knew I could have gold and do big things for the Lord. Together, Nic and I have climbed many mountains, overcome many obstacles, and have started to see God’s promises unfold. Together, we will always walk in obedience, saying ‘Yes’ to God and all that He has for our futures!”

– Monique Quintero, Class of 2018


All instructors in the MSL degree program have relevant expertise and a passion for Christ-centered learning. Meet Leadership instructor Dr. Kimberlee Mendoza:

Kimberlee Mendoza Director of Instruction and Services, Adult Professional Studies Adjunct Lecturer of Leadership, Communication, Writing, and Humanities

  • BA, Human Development
    San Diego Christian College
  • MA, Humanities
    California State University, Dominguez Hills
  • PhD, Leadership Studies
    Johnson University

To learn more, click to view Dr. Kimberlee Mendoza’s bio.

Why Earn Your MSL at SDC? Top Reasons to Start Today

The MS in Leadership program features coursework that is directly relevant to managers and leaders, integrating a biblical framework and opportunities for hands-on research and experience. You’ll have access to the same campus resources as traditional full-time students, including library services and a team of Student Support professionals who are dedicated to your success. Other reasons to choose SDC:

  • On Campus or Online: Choose the option that best suits your schedule and preferred learning environment—100% online courses or ground-based evening classes.
  • Flexible Start Dates: Each course term is eight weeks long, so you may begin your studies at any of six start dates throughout the year.
  • Affordable: Graduate courses are just $570 per credit, and SDC accepts many forms of financial aid, including federal student aid, military tuition assistance, veterans’ benefits, and employer tuition reimbursement.
  • No Application Fee: It costs nothing to apply to SDC, so you’ve got nothing to lose. Apply for free today, and you could begin your first classes in a matter of weeks!





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