Master of Arts in Higher Education (MAHE) Theses

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Advisor

Tim Herrmann

Second Advisor

Skip Trudeau

Third Advisor

Drew Moser


Male students in higher education pursue involvement and leadership opportunities less than female students. Though leadership in college has many benefits for development, many campus professionals seek ways to encourage more male involvement in leadership. The purpose of this research was to explore male college student leadership and the factors that motivate them to pursue cocurricular leadership. The study also discusses impact of their perception of masculinity on their leadership. A qualitative, phenomenological approach was used to listen to the experiences of nine participants. All participants attend a Christian liberal arts institution in the Midwest and reflected a variety of factors that influence men toward pursuing leadership. Tension in masculinity was expressed but also suggests that leadership experiences can impact one’s perception of masculinity.