Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

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Higher Education Program

Overview and Outcomes

The Master of Arts Educational Administration Option in Higher Education program prepares students for mid career higher education leadership positions. Also, the Higher Education Master's degree prepares students interested in enrolling in an Ed.D. or Ph.D. Higher Education programs. Specifically, the program is intended to facilitate learning by supporting students who are committed to:

  1. Facilitating the development, articulation, and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared and supported by the higher education community.
  2. Advocating, nurturing, and sustaining a campus environment conducive to student learning and professional growth.
  3. Ensuring management of the organization, operations, and resources for a safe, efficient, and effective campus environment.
  4. Engaging with 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.


Courses Requirements and Sequence

The program requires 33 units of coursework to be completed over four semesters (and one summer term). The courses include:

  • ELPS 600HE Research Design in Higher Education (3)
  • ELPS 601HE American Higher Education (3)
  • ELPS 650HE Contemporary Administrative Leadership in Higher Education (3)
  • ELPS 656HE Diversity and Student Success in Higher Education (3)
  • ELPS 663HE Higher Education Policy and Law (3)
  • ELPS 667HE Organization and Administration of Community College Education (3)
  • ELPS 673HE Leadership for Managing Reform in Higher Education (3)
  • ELPS 674HE Higher Education Operations: Finance and Human Resources (3)
  • ELPS 688HE Fieldwork in Higher Education (3)
  • ELPS 690HE Research Analysis in Higher Education (3)
  • ELPS 698DHE Culminating Experience in Higher Education/Graduate Project (3)

The course sequence over the program of study can be seen below.

Year 1Year 2

Graduate Project Overview

In addition to coursework, the program requires students to complete a Graduate Project by the end of their program of study. Over the course of the four semesters of the program, students will conceptualize, design, execute, and disseminate the findings of a Graduate Project. In essence, the Graduate Program is an applied study that investigates a problem in higher education and makes an original contribution to research and practice.


Accepting applications now for Fall 2015. Apply early - Cohorts fill fast!

The Application Process

There are two phases to the application process: 1) Selection to the Program and 2) Admission to the University. All applicants will submit materials for selection; some applicants may be required to participate in an additional interview. Accepted applicants must confirm their place in the cohort through application to the University.

Phase 1: Selection

Applicants will submit*:

  1. Completed Application Form.
    Please download and complete this application form.
  2. Unofficial Transcripts (only applicable to CSUN transcripts) or Official Transcripts from all four-year universities attended.
  3. Statement of Purpose, not to exceed 2 double-spaced pages.
  4. Critical Response, not to exceed 1 double-spaced page.
  5. Two letters of recommendation, at least 1 letter should be from someone who can speak to your academic experiences.

* A GRE or MAT score (taken within 5 years of applying to the program) will be necessary to submit if undergraduate or graduate cumulative GPA is below 3.0

Phase 2: Admission

Within 30 days of reviewing application materials, applicants will be notified of an admissions decision. If accepted to the program, applicants must apply to the University (online at CSU Mentor) in order to reserve their place.