Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

Master of Arts in Higher Education Leadership

Fall 2021 Application Deadline is April 23, 2021

The Master of Arts Degree in Higher Education Leadership prepares students for mid career higher education leadership positions. Also, this degree prepares students interested in enrolling in an Ed.D. or Ph.D. Higher Education program.

Admissions to our program are made on a rolling basis and spaces for Fall 2021 are limited. We encourage you to apply early, as we may fill before the April 23, 2021 application deadline. 

Information Session for the Masters of Arts in Higher Education Leadership Program 

ELPS Info Sessions Spring 2021, description in bodyPlease join us for program information and application details for the Master of Arts in Higher Education Leadership Program at CSUN.  

The following are days and times for upcoming sessions:

1)    Tuesday, March 30th, 2021, 5-6pm.  Please register here:

https://csun.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIqfu2tpjMtGdRs3TPjYFhTZIKCa0VOo-xq

2)    Thursday, April 8th, 2021, 5:30-6:30pm.  Please registers here:

https://csun.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEqfumuqDMvHdbNMaMJF1OybaTU1v3dJMn2

3)    Monday, April 19th, 2021, 6-7pm.  Please register here:

https://csun.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUocOuuqz0vE9TVS2JcQcv47JYU2wECUCpI

Overview and Outcomes   

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.

Curriculum

Courses Requirements and Sequence

The program requires 33 units of coursework to be completed over four semesters. The courses include:

ELPS 600HEResearch Design in Higher Education (3) 
ELPS 601HEAmerican Higher Education (3) 
ELPS 650HEContemporary Administrative Leadership (3)
ELPS 656HEDiversity and Student Success in Higher Education (3) 
ELPS 663HEHigher Education Policy and Law (3)
ELPS 667HEOrganization and Administration of Community College Education (3)
ELPS 673HELeadership for Managing Reform in Higher Education (3) 
ELPS 674HEHigher Education Operations: Finance and Human Resources in Higher Education (3)
ELPS 688HEFieldwork in Higher Education (3)
ELPS 690HEResearch Analysis in Higher Education (3) 
ELPS 697HEDirected Comprehensive Studies (3)

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

Year 1Year 2
FallSpringFallSpring
ELPS 600HEELPS 688HEELPS 690HEELPS 663HE
ELPS 601HEELPS 656HEELPS 667HEELPS 674HE
 ELPS 650HEELPS 673HEELPS 697HE

Admissions

Fall 2021 Application Deadline is April 23, 2021

Admissions to our program are made on a rolling basis and spaces for Fall 2021 are limited. We encourage you to apply early, as we may fill before the April 23, 2021 application deadline.                                                      

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

Only completed applications will be accepted. Applications will need to be submitted by e-mail to csunelps@csun.edu. Applicants will submit:

  1. Completed application form.
    Please download and complete this application form.
  2. Unofficial transcripts from all four-year universities or colleges
  3. Statement of purpose, not to exceed 2 double-spaced pages.
  4. Critical response, not to exceed 1 double-spaced page.
  5. Professional resume or CV, not to exceed 2 pages
  6. Two letters of recommendation, at least 1 letter should be from someone who can speak to your academic experiences.

Phase 2: Admission

If accepted to the program, applicants must apply to the University (online at Cal State Apply) in order to reserve their place.

If accepted to the program, applicants must apply to the University (online at Cal State Apply) in order to reserve their place."