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 600Research in Educational Leadership (3) 
ELPS 601HEAmerican Higher Education (3) 
ELPS 688Fieldwork (3) 
ELPS 656HEDiversity and Student Success in Higher Education (3) 
ELPS 650Contemporary Administrative Leadership (3) 
ELPS 673HELeadership for Managing Reform in Higher Education (3) 
ELPS 690HEResearch Analysis in Higher Education (3) 
ELPS 667HEOrganization and Administration of Community College Education (3)
ELPS 663Legal Aspects of Educational Administration (3) 
ELPS 674HEHigher Education Operations: Finance and Human Resources (3)
ELPS 697Comprehensive Examination (3)

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

Year 1Year 2
 ELPS 650  ELPS 663


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.