Educational Administration

Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate programs offered

Earn a Graduate Degree

  • MA in Educational Administration (37-43 cr, Option I or III) with optional specialization:
    • Student Affairs Administration
  • MEd in Educational Administration (36 cr, Option I or II)
  • EdD in Educational Studies (96 cr) with a specialization in Educational Leadership and Higher Education
  • PhD in Educational Studies (90 cr) with a specialization in Educational Leadership and Higher Education
  • EdD in Educational Administration (UNL-UNO) (96 cr)
  • EdD in Educational Administration (UNL-UNK) (96 cr)
Areas of Study

These informal areas of focus may help to shape your course of study but they will not appear on transcripts.

M.A. Area
  • Higher Education Administration
M.Ed Area
  • P-12 School Leadership
Nebraska Certifications/Endorsements
  • Curriculum Supervisor
  • Principal, Elementary (P-8)
  • Principal, Secondary (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.

Online and Distance Opportunities

Offered online:
  • State certifications and endorsements
  • M.Ed. with area of study in P-12 School Leadership (starting Summer 2017, requires a 6 cr block of on-campus courses during the first summer)
  • 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 on-campus seminars during summer sessions in the first 3 years)
  • Ed.D. and Ph.D. in Educational Studies with Educational Leadership and Higher Education specialization (Ph.D. requires 6 cr of on-campus research seminars)

Other programs:
Some online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.

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Educational Administration

Graduate Chair
Dr. Elizabeth Niehaus

Graduate Secretary
Ms. Cindy DeRyke

Campus Address
141 Teachers College
Lincoln NE 68588-0360

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Application checklist and deadlines

1. Required by Graduate Studies

2. Required by Educational Administration

  • 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)
  • Supplemental Questions (Student Affairs specialization only)

When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, our 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): January 15 for Fall.
  • M.Ed. with area of study in P-12 School Leadership: April 1 for Summer.
  • 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. Our academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years.


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 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.

Courses and More

Faculty and research

Where available, names link to bios or homepages and contact card icons () link to directory listings with address, phone, and email.

Elvira Abrica

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

Examining School Culture; Personnel Management; Equitable Access to Quality Education; Effects of Poverty on Learning and Systems Thinking

Kent Mann

Educational Leadership

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

This summary page is maintained by Graduate Studies.
For additional details check out the dept./program website: Educational Administration.

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