Program: M.A., Educational Administration

Program Description

The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies offers programs leading to degrees and/or credentials in the field of Educational Administration. Students may pursue programs leading to an M.A. degree in Educational Administration, Higher Education or K-12, as well as studies directed at achieving the Preliminary and Clear Administrative Services Credentials.

This program is available through one of the CSUN academic colleges or through The Tseng College. The program offered through The Tseng College is entirely funded by student fees and is offered in the cohort format.

Program Requirements

A. Requirements for Admission to the Program

  1. Two letters of recommendation from practicing school administrators indicating potential for administrative leadership.
  2. Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (based on a semester system) or possession of a previous master’s degree.
  3. Passing score on the Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam.

B. Special Requirements

  1. Must be classified by completing the above-referenced requirements for admission. Classification must be accomplished prior to completing 12 units of credit.
  2. Master’s students must take the comprehensive examination.

C. Requirements for the Master of Arts Degree in Educational Administration

1. Required Core Courses (12 units)

ELPS 600 Research in Educational Leadership (3)
ELPS 650 Contemporary Administrative Leadership (3)
ELPS 663 Legal Aspects of Educational Administration (3)
ELPS 688 Fieldwork in Educational Administration (3)

2. Required K-12 Courses (18 units)

ELPS 664 The Business and Financial Aspects of Educational Administration (3)
ELPS 672 Management of Human Resources (3)
ELPS 675 Decision Making Simulation (3)
ELPS 676 School Community Relations (3)
ELPS 681 Organization and Administration of Elementary, Secondary and Special Education (3)
ELPS 682 Supervision of Curriculum and Instruction (3)

3. Culminating Experience (3 units)

ELPS 697 Directed Comprehensive Studies (3)

Total Units Required for the M.A. Degree: 33

More information

For more information about this program, please contact


Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Chair: Miguel Ceja
Education (ED) 1220
(818) 677-2591

Graduate Coordinator: Ellen Edeburn
(818) 677-2526

Online Program Through The Tseng College (Suspended)

Student Learning Outcomes

Each candidate promotes the success of all students by:

  1. Facilitating the development, articulation and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared and supported by the school community.
  2. Advocating, nurturing and sustaining a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional growth.
  3. Ensuring management of the organization, operations and resources for a safe, efficient and effective learning environment.
  4. Collaborating with families and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizing community resources.
  5. Modeling a personal code of ethics and developing professional leadership capacity.
  6. Understanding, responding to and influencing the larger political, social, economic, legal and cultural context.