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)
- EdD in Educational Administration (UNL-UNK)
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
- 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.
- Grad Cert in Community College Leadership
Online and Distance OpportunitiesOffered 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)
Some online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.
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
- 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.
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 UNO-UNL or UNK-UNL 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 attendanceCost differs from one student to another. For details see Tuition, Fees, and Funding or try our Cost Estimator.
Faculty and research
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Teaching and Learning; Student Affairs Preparation; Dominance, Equity and Oppression; and Neocolonialism
Community College Leadership; Student Affairs; Higher Education
Leadership; First-Year Principals
Relationships and Tensions between Student Access, Student Success, and Institutional Structures of Colleges
Diversity and Equity in Education
School Improvement; K-12 Leadership
Student Affairs; School Finance; Economics of Education
Examining School Culture; Personnel Management; Equitable Access to Quality Education; Effects of Poverty on Learning and Systems Thinking
Leadership Development; College Student Development
Student Affairs; Service-Learning/International Service-Learning; Internationalization of Higher Education; Study Abroad; Research Methods
Student Veteran Identity Development
Human Resource Development; Organizational Development; Community College Leadership
Leadership Theory; Policy Analysis; Program Evaluation; Quantitative Methods; Large Scale Data Analysis
International Education; Campus Climate for Underrepresented Students; Diversity in higher Education; Critical Qualitative Methods