Educational Administration (MA)


Educational Administration, MA

On Campus Online 37 - 43 cr

The Department of Educational Administration offers graduate degree programs in P-12 educational administration and in a number of specialties in higher education.


Faculty members are experienced administrators, curriculum specialists, and college administrators who are dedicated to preparing students for rewarding and fulfilling careers in educational administration.

The M.A. program offers 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.

The online program is focused on Higher Education. Alternatively, the specialization in Student Affairs Administration offers on-campus study.


  1. Community Colleges
    • Online
    Course List
    Course Number Course Name Credits
    Choose 3 of the following
    EDAD 934 Teaching and Learning in the Community College 3
    EDAD 923 The Community/Junior College 3
    EDAD 935 Workforce, Economic, and Community Development 3
    EDAD 912B Emerging Issues in Community College Leadership 3
    EDAD 936 Higher Education Planning 3
    Total 9
  2. Higher Education
  3. Student Affairs Administration

Graduate Admission Requirements

  • Application for Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee.
  • One set of transcripts.
  • If the student’s native language is not English, verification of English proficiency is required.
  • If International: upload copies of all college- or university-level transcripts or mark sheets (records of courses and marks earned), with certificates, diplomas, and degrees plus certified English translations.

    * Official documents are required from all students who are admitted and enroll. Photocopies of certified records are not acceptable. International students enrolled in other U.S. institutions may have certified copies of all foreign records sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies by their current school’s registrar office.

  • If applicant is not a US citizen and expects an F or J visa: financial information.
  • Applicants must also fulfill any additional requirements the department specifies at the time of application.

Major Admission Requirements

  • Personal Statement: Describe what brought you to apply to this program, including your personal and professional goals. State an issue in higher education administration that is a concern of yours, and briefly discuss your knowledge of the issue
  • Essay: The Department of Educational Administration has committed to addressing access and equity in higher education. What does access and equity mean to you and how does that inform your current and/or future work in higher education? How do you believe this program will contribute to your understanding of access and equity in higher education?
  • Resume
  • Three recommendation letters

Admission Deadlines

M.A. with student affairs specialization (on-campus only): January 22 for Fall.

M.A. (online only): March 15 for Fall.

NOTE: When sending TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed

Graduate Chair

Elizabeth Niehaus

Support Staff

Cindy DeRyke

Tuition & Fees

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