Graduate Degree Program Summary

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Graduate Degrees Offered

  • M.A.; M.Ed.; Ed.D.*; Ph.D.*
Areas of Study
  • Educational Leadership
  • Higher Education
  • P-12 Education Administration
Specializations - what's a specialization?
  • Educational Leadership and Higher Education (Ed.D., Ph.D.)
  • Student Affairs Administration (M.A., M.Ed.)
Administrative Certification
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

*Available through Educational Studies with a specialization in Educational Leadership and Higher Education

Distance Education Opportunities

All degrees, areas of study, specializations, certifications and endorsements
  • Ph.D. requires 6 hours of on-campus coursework

Educational Administration

Application Checklist and Deadlines

Required by the Office of Graduate Studies

See also: steps to admission.

Required by Educational Administration in GAMES

After you apply, allow one business day for us to establish your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these departmental requirements:

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

Application Deadline

For consideration for assistantships in Student Affairs
   Fall: December 15
Otherwise Master's and Certification Applicants
   Fall: July 1   Spring: October 1   Summer: February 1
Doctoral Applicants
   Fall: March 1   Spring: September 1

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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 particular areas of interest by choosing courses in topics such as student affairs, distance education, and instructional administration.

A unique funding opportunity for students interested in specializing in student affairs is available through the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. Students admitted to this cohort are guaranteed assistantships rotating though various student affairs offices on campus. The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs provides further information about this opportunity.

Courses and More

Students in Educational Administration are most likely to take courses in: See also: Course Catalog in the Graduate Bulletin.

Students will work with an advisor to create a Program of Studies or Memorandum of Courses during the first half of their coursework.

Faculty and Research

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Student Affairs; Higher Education
Cross-Cultural Leadership; Rural Education
Community College Leadership; Student Affairs; Higher Education
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Leadership; First-Year Principals
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Student Affairs; Higher Education
Relationships and tensions between student access, student success, and institutional structures of colleges
Diversity and Equity in Education
School Improvement; K-12 Leadership
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Student Affairs; School Finance; Economics of Education
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Leadership Development; College Student Development
Student Affairs; Service-Learning/International Service-Learning; Internationalization of Higher Education; Study Abroad; Research Methods
Higher Education; Information Systems Management
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Student veteran identity development
Human Resource Development; Organizational Development; Community College Leadership
Education Law, Policy, and Governance; School District Reorganization

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