Educational Administration, MA
The master’s degree under Option A requires a thesis. Option A is most appropriate for students who are preparing for careers in research and scholarly work or additional academic pursuits beyond the master’s degree. Under this option, a student must earn a minimum of 30 credit hours, consisting of 20 to 24 credit hours of regular course work, plus a thesis equivalent to 6 to 10 credit hours. At least one-half of the credit hours required for the degree, including thesis, must be in the major (at least 18 credit hours for the Master of Education degree). The remaining work may be in supporting courses and may comprise a minor consisting of at least 9 credit hours selected from and approved by the minor department. At least 8 credit hours, excluding thesis, must be earned in courses open exclusively to graduate students (900 level or 800 level without 400 or lower counterparts).
Option A is not available for the Master of Professional Accountancy degree.
Thesis Requirements. The subject of the thesis shall be chosen from the student’s field of major interest and must be approved by the departmental Graduate Committee. The thesis should reveal a capacity to carry on independent study or research and should demonstrate the student’s ability to use the techniques employed in their field of investigation. Research activities involving human subjects or live vertebrate animals may not be conducted at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln unless the research activities have been reviewed and approved by the appropriate board or committee. The Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews projects involving human subject research and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) reviews the use of animals in research. These reviews are in accordance with Federal regulations, state laws and institutional policies. Submission of protocols to conduct human subject or animal research is coordinated by the Research Responsibility offices. Approval must be secured prior to the initiation of the research.
The thesis must conform to the required style and format described in Steps to Degree Completion. A copy of the thesis and abstract must be approved by the student’s major advisor and submitted for preliminary review to the Master’s Programs Coordinator in the Office of Graduate Studies at least two weeks (one week in the summer sessions) before the date of the candidate’s final oral examination. A candidate is not eligible for the oral examination until the thesis is completed and approved. After passing the final oral examination, the thesis must be electronically submitted to the Master’s Programs Coordinator for a final review prior to being uploaded to Digital Commons.
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The master’s degree under Option B does not require a thesis. Option B is most appropriate for students pursuing practice-based or professional careers in which the master’s degree provides suitable training. Under Option B, a student must earn a minimum of 30 credit hours. At least one-half of the credit hours required for the degree must be in the major. The remaining work may be in supporting courses and may comprise a minor consisting of at least 9 credit hours selected from and approved by the minor department. At least 15 credit hours must be earned in courses open exclusively to graduate students (900 level or 800 level without 400 or lower counterparts).
The Master of Professional Accountancy plan of study may not include a minor.
The Master of Education plan of study may not include a minor, but must include at least 6 credit hours of education courses outside the major.
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Accelerated Master's Programs allow University of Nebraska–Lincoln undergraduate students to pursue this degree in an abbreviated timeline.
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Dual Degree programs allow students to be admitted to two degree programs simultaneously with approval of each Graduate Program Committee and the Dean(s) for Graduate Studies.
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The Department of Educational Administration offers three Master of Arts programs in P-12 school leadership, higher education administration, and student affairs.
Faculty members are experienced scholars and administrators in P-12 and postsecondary educational organizations, 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 different curricular options:
- A hybrid program focusing on P-12 school leadership, leading to the following Nebraska administrative endorsements: Principal PK-7, Principal 7-12, Principal PK-12, and Special Education Supervisor;
- An online program where students can focus on higher education administration broadly or community colleges specifically; and
- A face-to-face program focusing on college student affairs administration.
Applications admitted to the program 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/.
- School Principal
- Student affairs professional
- Admissions counselor
- Residence life coordinator
- Academic advisor
- Athletics staff
Student Affairs Administration
Applying for Admission
Standard requirements for all graduate programs
- Application for Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee.
- Transcripts (unofficial): Uploaded as part of application form.
If International: Uploads must include all college- or university-level transcripts or mark sheets (records of courses and marks earned), with certiﬁcates, diplomas, and degrees plus certiﬁed English translations.
After admission: 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’s native language is not English, verification of English proficiency
When sending TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.
- 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.
Additional requirements specific to this program
P-12 School Leadership (area of study paired with Administrative Endorsement)
In order to be eligible, applicants must hold a current Nebraska teaching license (or equivalent) and have at least two years of successful teaching experience at the time the program begins.
- Essay (max 500 words):
- Nebraska's EDAD P-12 leadership program is built around the school leader as a Visionary Thinker, Reflective Learner, and Servant Leader. Explain what these core competencies mean to you and how your experiences and aspirations align with them.
- P-12 leadership is increasingly dynamic and complex. Describe what you see as the most significant problems, challenges, or opportunities facing P-12 education today and how your experiences, knowledge and background prepared you to deal with such challenges as a P-12 leader.
- References: Provide names and contact information for three academic or professional references.
- Other Uploads: 1) a current Nebraska teaching license or equivalent and 2) evidence of at least two years of teaching experience at the level of endorsement sought.
Higher Education or Community Colleges (specializations)
Coursework for this program is delivered primarily online, so international students should be aware that admission to this program is ineligible for immigration forms for an F-1 student visa.
- 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?
- Three references (name and contact information)
Student Affairs Administration (specialization)
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.
- 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)
- Other Upload: Respond to one of the following questions (max 500 words or 3 minutes): A) 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? B) Describe one meaningful experience where what you knew previously was challenged. Share what you learned about yourself and others from that experience.
- Faculty: Review current faculty and their research areas.
Admission Application Deadlines
M.A. with area of focus in P-12 school leadership with administrative endorsement (hybrid): Apply by April 1.
M.A. with specialization in Higher Education or Community Colleges (online only): Apply by March 1 for priority consideration. Applications submitted after March 1 will be considered on a space-available basis.
M.A. with specialization in Student Affairs Administration (on-campus only): For priority consideration, apply by January 15.
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