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.


The Application Process

There are three phases to the application process: 1) Pre-Selection, 2) Selection to the Program, and 3) Admission to the University. All applicants will submit materials for Pre-Selection; those most qualified will be invited to take part in the final selection process. Finally, accepted candidates must confirm their place in the cohort through application to the University.

Phase 1: Pre-selection

Candidates will submit:

  1. Completed Application
    Please download and complete this preliminary application form
  2. Unofficial Transcripts (only applicable to CSUN transcripts) or Official Transcripts from all 4-year universities attended
  3.  GRE or MAT scores (taken within 5 years of applying to the program) if undergraduate or graduate cumulative GPA is below 3.0
  4. Statement of Purpose, not to exceed 2 pages
  5. Critical Response, not to exceed 1 page
  6. Your professional resume or CV not to exceed 2 pages
  7. Two letters of recommendation, at least 1 letter should be from someone who can speak to your academic experiences.

After completing the application please mail it to:

Dr. William De La Torre,
Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, Michael D. Eisner College of Education
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff St., California 91330-8256

Phase 2: Selection to the Program

The most promising candidates identified in the Pre-Selection process will complete an interview on campus with the Higher Education Masters Program Committee.

Phase 3: Admission to the University

Candidates who have been notified of their acceptance to the program must apply to the University (online at CSU Mentor) in order to reserve their place.