Educational Administration (MA)

MA

Educational Administration, MA

On Campus Online 37 - 43 cr

The Department of Educational Administration offers two graduate degree programs in higher education that are administered on campus or online.

Description

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

The M.A. program offers applicants the opportunity to select among three specialization options. The online degree program allows applicants to select among the study of Community Colleges or Higher Education (Option B only). Alternatively, the specialization in Student Affairs Administration is offered for on-campus study (Option A or B).

Applicants admitted to the program with a specialization in student affairs have the opportunity to apply for assistantships through various offices on campus.

For more information, visit https://cehs.unl.edu/edad/masters-programs/.

Career Pathways

  • Student affairs professionals
  • Admissions counselors
  • Residence life coordinators
  • Academic advisors
  • Directors
  • Athletics staff

Specializations

  1. Community Colleges
    • Online

    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

    The M.A. degree in Educational Administration with a specialization in Community Colleges offers students who are interested in this area of higher education options to personalize their specialization by selecting from 5 electives.

    Course List
    Course NumberCourse NameCredits
    Choose 3 of the following
    EDAD 934 Teaching and Learning in the Community College (summer) 3
    EDAD 923 The Community/Junior College (fall) 3
    EDAD 935 Workforce, Economic, and Community Development (fall) 3
    EDAD 912B Emerging Issues in Community College Leadership (spring) 3
    EDAD 936 Higher Education Planning (spring) 3
    Total 9
  2. Higher Education
    • Online

    The M.A. degree in Educational Administration with a specialization in Higher Education offers students who are currently employed at a college or university-specific knowledge related to institutions of higher education.

    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

    If you elect to specialize in Higher Education you must choose three of the following courses, including up to one community college-focused course.

    Course NumberCourse Name
    EDAD 966 Seminar in Educational Administration (summer)
    EDAD 905 Issues in Governance of Educational Institutions (fall)
    EDAD 879 Introduction to Student Affairs (fall, generally only offered face-to-face)
    EDAD 920 Diversity and Equity in Educational Organizations (fall)
    EDAD 838 Program Evaluation and Assessment of Student Affairs (spring, generally only offered face-to-face)
    EDAD 843 Counseling Principles for Educational Administration (spring, generally only offered face-to-face)
    EDAD 936 Higher Education Planning (spring)
  3. Student Affairs Administration
    • On Campus

    Admission Requirements

    • Personal Statement: Address why you are applying to this program, explicitly state three things you hope to gain from the program. (max 500 words or 3 minutes)
    • Essay: Discuss how your experiences, social identities, and/or beliefs will contribute to a diverse cohort. (max 500 words or 3 minutes)
    • Respond to one of the following questions (max 500 words or 3 minutes)
      1. One purpose of the program is to prepare educators to support a wide variety of students. What are some specific things you have done to create a positive and equitable environment among people you work with or in your community?
      2. Describe one meaningful experience where what you knew previously was challenged. Share what you learned about yourself and others from that experience.

    NOTE: For the personal statement, essay, and additional questions a written statement, video, or image can be provided as the method of response. If you chose to provide an image, you may want to include a 1- page statement or a 1-minute video explaining what it means to you.

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

  • See Specializations for more details

Admission Deadlines

M.A. with student affairs specialization (on-campus only): January 15 for Fall.
M.A. with higher education or community college specializations (online only): March 1 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

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