Dec 05, 2023  
2019-2020 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education, Educational Administration Option, M.A.

Students in this progam will be earning an M.A., and have the option of also earning the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential.  Prospective students will submit two applications-one to the university for the M.A. and one to the program-by posted deadlines.  Both applications should be submitted at the same time. Program application deadlines may vary. Visit the College of Education website for program details, application guidelines and materials, and application deadlines ( All university regulations governing the master’s degree apply to college programs. Program requirements published in the University Catalog in effect during the year a student begins the program are the requirements the student will be held to (catalog rights).


Educational administrators serve in many capacities. No matter what position an administrator holds within a TK-12 educational organization, all efforts should be directed at supporting equitable academic opportunity and achievement for all students. The courses in the M.A. in Educational Administration with preliminary administrative services credential program are designed to prepare leaders for this important work. Emphasis is placed on (1) examining the role of a school leader, with heavy emphasis on instructional leadership, (2) using data to solve problems of practice, (3) leading school improvement to create more equitable schools, (4) managing and guiding change, and (5) working collaboratively with diverse families and communities. The program’s primary mission is to educate students who will assume leadership positions in diverse, urban, TK-12 schools and districts. Visit the program website for program details (


The following are required for admission to the program:

  1. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. 15 upper-division units in education.
  3. Minimum 2.85 overall grade point average in last degree (not credential or certificate) earned from an accredited institution of higher education. Applicants whose overall GPA is less than 2.85 but meet the University minimum GPA requirement and who present compelling evidence of academic and professional potential either through recent academic performance and/or experiential background, may be considered for admission at the discretion of the program admission committee.
  4. International applicants have additional university application requirements including meeting the English language proficiency requirement. Please visit The Center for International Education (CIE) website at for more information.


Candidates must apply separately to both the university and the program by posted deadlines. Applications should be submitted at the same time.

One complete set of official transcripts must be submitted with the university application. This set of transcripts will be used to determine grade point average eligibility. Failure to submit transcripts in a timely manner will result in a delayed review of the application.

A separate application to the Preliminary Administrative Services Masters/Credential Program must be submitted to the College of Education Graduate Studies Office (ED1-7). An application and directions can be downloaded at The program application does not require a set of transcripts.

Classified Admission

Successful applicants are admitted to the program with Classified Admission status.

Advancement to Candidacy - Clear Admission

Students should advance to candidacy as early as possible. For advancement to candidacy (Clear Admission status), students must:

  1. Fulfill the campus Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).
  2. Complete EDAD 636 and one other EDAD course for a total of 6 units.
  3. Resolve all incomplete grades.
  4. Maintain a 3.0 grade point average.
  5. Submit to the Graduate Studies Office an Advancement to Candidacy form signed by the program coordinator.