Graduate Degree Program Summary
Graduate degrees offered
- M.A.; M.Ed.; Ed.D.*; Ph.D.*
A specialization is a well-defined area of study that will appear on your transcript with your degree and major. Specializations are optional in most UNL programs.Areas of Study
- Educational Leadership
- Higher Education
- P-12 School Leadership
- Educational Leadership and Higher Education (Ed.D., Ph.D.)
- Student Affairs Administration (M.A.)
- 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
Distance Education OpportunitiesAll degrees, areas of study, Ed.D. and Ph.D. specialization, certifications and endorsements
- Ph.D. requires 6 hours of on-campus research seminars
Application checklist and deadlines
Required by the Office of Graduate Studies
- Application for Graduate Admission
- $50 non-refundable application processing fee
- One set of transcripts, uploaded to MyRED (see transcript upload requirements)
- If your native language is not English: verification of English proficiency
- If you are not a US citizen and you expect to hold an F or J visa: financial resource information
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, IELTS 6.5
- Department Application (Doctorate only)
- Letter of application
- Three recommendation letters using a program-specific recommendation form
- 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)||Fall: December 1|
|M.Ed. with area of study in P-12 School Leadership||Summer Priority: April 1|
|M.A. with area of study in Higher Education (online only)||Fall: March 1|
|Ed.D or Ph.D Educational Studies, Educational Leadership Higher Education specialization||Fall: January 15|
|Ed.D Educational Administration and Superintendent Endorsement||Summer: February 1|
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.
Courses and MoreStudents in Educational Administration are most likely to take courses in: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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