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 anĀ 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 self support (funded entirely by student fees and offered in a cohort format) in partnership with The Tseng College.

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.

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 Courses (30 units)

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

2. 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
EducationĀ (ED) 1220
(818) 677-2591

Graduate Coordinator: Ellen Edeburn
(818) 677-2526

Online Program Through The Tseng College (Suspended)

Program Learning Outcomes

Students receiving a Master of Arts in Educational Administration will be able to:

  1. Facilitate the development, articulation and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared and supported by the school community.
  2. Advocate, nurture and sustain a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional growth.
  3. Ensure management of the organization, operations and resources for a safe, efficient and effective learning environment.
  4. Collaborate with families and community members, respond to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilize community resources.
  5. Model a personal code of ethics and developing professional leadership capacity.
  6. Understand, respond to and influence the larger political, social, economic, legal and cultural context.