Master of Arts in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies (Workforce Development Leadership)

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Master of Arts in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies  
(Workforce Development Leadership)


Workforce Development has emerged as a vibrant field in professional education and training. In educational settings, workforce development unites the activities of many units, blending academic, career and technical studies, and advising and counseling. 

The Workforce Development Leadership (WDL) program aims to develop leaders from diverse backgrounds with the skills and dispositions to successfully organize and manage workforce development programming. The program focuses on cultivating leaders who promote learning, equity, social justice, opportunity and achievement for all students. 


This program prepares leaders for an industry that is currently expanding rapidly as an important area of focus, in response to national attention to poverty and welfare reform alternatives. 

In this program, graduates will learn how to: 

  • Be visionary leaders and change agents  
  • Influence political, social, economic, legal and cultural contexts and affect improvement of education policies and practices  
  • Lead for equity in schools and communities  
  • Apply ethical and collaborative leadership skills to education issues 


Graduates of this program will learn to become transformational leaders with the capacity to effectively facilitate and manage change.

Admission as a classified graduate student requires: 

  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree at the time of application 
  • GPA in the last 60 units of 2.5 or better 
  • Completion and successful review of university and program application materials for admission 
  • A successful interview with faculty 


While fully online, courses are approximately 25% synchronous (in real time) and 75% asynchronous (on your own schedule within a given time frame).


The program cost is $495 per unit or $1,485 per course. Total program cost is $14,850. You can pay for each course as you enroll. 

Application fees include the $70 non-refundable university application fee paid online through CSU Apply, and a $50 departmental fee which is paid upon formal admission to the program.  Admitted students will be given instructions for how to pay the $50 departmental fee.