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USC Rossier launches new online programs

Master of Education in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs online and three new concentrations to the Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership online. Applications for the 2024–2025 academic year open on August 1.

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Continuing USC Rossier’s commitment to educational equity and enhancing services for students and its community, the school has unveiled a new online Master of Education in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs (PASA online) program, and added three new concentrations to the Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership (EDL online) program. Applications open on August 1, 2023 for the 2024–2025 academic year.

“With the launch of the PASA online program, we are breaking barriers, making it possible for students from anywhere in the world to become part of USC Rossier’s vibrant community and extensive network,” said USC Rossier Dean Pedro Noguera.

The on-campus PASA program has fostered a community that promotes diversity and transformative change, while producing individuals who contribute significantly to the higher education ecosystem. The new PASA online program offers a comprehensive understanding of higher education administration and student affairs through courses on student development, diversity and legal matters.

The three new concentrations in the EDL online program will empower students to expand their knowledge and specialize in their chosen area of study. In addition to K–12 Leadership in Urban School Settings, the three online concentrations now include Leading Instructional Change, Higher Education Administration and Educational Psychology.

“In the PASA program students learn key legal constructs related to admissions, Title IX and gender issues, and equitable treatment of diverse populations,” said USC Rossier Professor Shafiqa Ahmadi, who is also program lead for the PASA online and on-ground programs. “Students learn various strategies to work towards addressing systemic and structural barriers that contribute to denial of discrimination and differential treatment of minoritized student populations.”

USC Rossier graduates are in high demand and employed at colleges and universities throughout the country. “Through versatile learning options—both on-campus and distance learning—USC Rossier continues its mission of driving change in the realms of education, equity and student affairs,” said Kathy Stowe, USC Rossier Associate Dean of Academic Programs. “Students can now access a Rossier education from anywhere. Offering a variety of ways to participate in our graduate programs increases access to the knowledge and practical training that Rossier provides.”

To learn more about the PASA online program, email USC Rossier’s Master’s Program Office at To learn more about the EDL online program, email USC Rossier’s EDL Program Office at

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