Educational Administration

Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate degrees offered


  • M.A. or M.Ed. in Educational Administration
  • Ed.D. or Ph.D. in Educational Studies with a specialization in Educational Leadership and Higher Education


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 Administration
  • P-12 School Leadership
  • Educational Leadership and Higher Education (Ed.D., Ph.D.)
  • Student Affairs Administration (M.A.)
Graduate CertificateNebraska 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

Distance Education Opportunities

  • 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)
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Contacts for Educational Administration

Graduate Committee Chair

Dr. Kent Mann

Graduate Secretary

Ms. Cindy DeRyke


Campus Address

141 Teachers College

Lincoln NE 68588-0360

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, 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)Fall: December 1
M.Ed. with area of study in P-12 School LeadershipSummer 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 specializationFall: January 15
Ed.D. Educational Administration and Superintendent EndorsementSummer: February 1


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.

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

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
Mary Beth Lehmanowsky
John Mackiel
Kent Mann
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

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