Educational Administration

Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate programs offered

Earn a Graduate Degree

  • MA or MEd in Educational Administration with optional specialization:
    • Student Affairs Administration
  • EdD or PhD in Educational Studies with a specialization in Educational Leadership and Higher Education
  • EdD in Educational Administration (UNL-UNO)
Areas of Study

These informal areas of focus may help to shape your course of study but they will not appear on transcripts.

Areas of Study
  • Educational Leadership
  • Higher Education Administration
  • P-12 School Leadership
Nebraska Certifications/Endorsements
  • Curriculum Supervisor
  • Elementary School Principal (P-8)
  • Secondary School Principal (7-12)
  • Superintendent (6 Year Certificate in Educational Administration and Supervision)
  • Supervisor for Special Education

Earn a Graduate Certificate

Certificates have their own deadlines and checklists; select one for details.

Online and Distance Opportunities

Offered online:
  • State certifications and endorsements
  • M.Ed. with area of study in P-12 School Leadership
  • M.A. with area of study in Higher Education Administration
  • Ed.D. in Educational Administration with area of study in P-12 School Leadership (requires in-person dissertation orientation during the first fall term and on-campus seminars during the first and second summers)
  • Ed.D. and Ph.D. in Educational Studies with Educational Leadership and Higher Education specialization (Ph.D. requires 6 hours of on-campus research seminars)

Other programs:
Some online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.

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Graduate Committee Chair
Dr. Kent Mann
kmann2@unl.edu

Graduate Secretary
Ms. Cindy DeRyke
cderyke1@unl.edu
402-472-3729

Campus Address
141 Teachers College
Lincoln NE 68588-0360


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Application checklist and deadlines

1. Required by Graduate Studies

Submit these items as part of the standard steps to admission.

2. Required by Educational Administration

After you apply, allow one business day for us to set up your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these requirements.

  • Entrance exam(s):
    - Master's or Certification Applicants:  None
    - Doctoral Applicants:  GRE
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5
  • Letter of application
  • Resume
  • Three recommendation letters
  • Three samples of writing or research (Doctorate only)
  • Statement of goals (Doctorate only)

When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, UNL's institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.


Application Deadlines for Educational Administration
  • M.A. with Student Affairs specialization (on campus only): December 1 for Fall.
  • M.Ed. with area of study in P-12 School Leadership: April 1 for Summer Priority.
  • M.A. with area of study in Higher Education (online only): March 1 for Fall.
  • Ed.D. or Ph.D. in Educational Studies, with specialization in Ed Leadership & Higher Ed: January 15 for Fall.
  • Ed.D. Educational Administration and Superintendent Endorsement: February 1 for Summer.

Application/admission is for entry in a specific term and year. UNL's academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some UNL programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years; if your desired entry term isn't mentioned here, you may want to consult the department for clarification.

Description

The Department of Educational Administration offers graduate degree programs in P-12 educational administration and in a number of specialties in higher education. In addition, the department offers programs leading to a variety of certifications. Many of these programs are available online. Faculty members are experienced administrators, curriculum specialists, and college administrators who are dedicated in preparing students for rewarding and fulfilling careers in educational administration.

Students considering doctoral work in Educational Administration often question the differences between the Ed.D. or Ph.D. To determine which is a better fit for you, consult the department's Doctoral Degree Information page. In general, the Ed.D. and Ph.D. in educational studies with a specialization in educational leadership and higher education is intended for those interested in higher education, human resource development, student affairs, or community college leadership. The joint University of Nebraska at Omaha and University of Nebraska-Lincoln Ed.D. program is designed for practitioners in the P-12 educational setting.

The M.A. and M.Ed. programs offer students the opportunity to give special attention to their interest in P-12 school leadership, student affairs (on campus, M.A. only), or higher education (online only).

Students admitted to the program with a specialization in student affairs have the opportunity to apply for assistantships through various offices on campus.

Cost of attendance

Cost differs from one student to another. For details see Tuition, Fees, and Funding or try our Cost Estimator.

Courses and More

Admitted students will choose courses from the Course Catalog, typically in: During the first half of their coursework, students will work with an advisor to create a plan of study — one of the essential Steps to Degree Completion.

Faculty and research

Where available, faculty names link to bios or homepages and conversation icons () link to directory listings with address, phone, and email.

Stephanie Bondi

Teaching and Learning; Student Affairs Preparation; Dominance, Equity and Oppression; and Neocolonialism

Brent Cejda

Community College Leadership; Student Affairs; Higher Education

Marilyn Grady

Leadership; First-Year Principals

Deryl Hatch

Relationships and Tensions between Student Access, Student Success, and Institutional Structures of Colleges

Shavonna Holman

Diversity and Equity in Education

Jody Isernhagen

School Improvement; K-12 Leadership

Barbara LaCost

Student Affairs; School Finance; Economics of Education

Deb Mullen

Leadership Development; College Student Development

Elizabeth Niehaus

Student Affairs; Service-Learning/International Service-Learning; Internationalization of Higher Education; Study Abroad; Research Methods

Corey Rumann

Student Veteran Identity Development

Richard Torraco

Human Resource Development; Organizational Development; Community College Leadership

Katherine Wesley

Community Colleges

Jiangang Xia

Leadership Theory; Policy Analysis; Program Evaluation; Quantitative Methods; Large Scale Data Analysis

Christina Yao

International Education; Campus Climate for Underrepresented Students; Diversity in higher Education; Critical Qualitative Methods

This summary page is maintained by Graduate Studies.
For additional details check out the dept./program website: Educational Administration.

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