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Educational Administration, Area of Study in Higher Education, MA

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    36
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $325.50
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $700.00

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A generalist program for individuals interested in administrative positions in higher education. This master's degree program offers learning opportunities in leadership development and other areas related to higher education. 

Who would benefit from this program:

  • Practitioners already working in higher education environments.
  • Those currently at entry level who wish a master’s degree to support professional growth
  • Currently in a leadership role but with to enhance your knowledge and skills

The program allows you to start in either the fall or spring semester and complete the degree in two or four years 
Christina Yao
Assistant Professor

Dr. Yao’s research focuses on the study of undergraduate and graduate student experiences in higher education, examining the intersection between racial climate and the internalization of college campuses. Her current research agenda includes the racialization of international students on U.S. campuses, teaching and learning practices in graduate STEM education in Vietnam and researcher reflexivity development for international research. Through research and teaching, Dr. Yao challenges ideas related to navigating being and knowing within national and international scholarship.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

  2. 2.50 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  4. 3 letters of recommendation

  5. Official transcripts from all previous schools

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  • Apply and be admitted to Graduate Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Pay the non-refundable $50 application processing fee
  • Submit one set of official transcripts from each college or university you have attended to Office of Graduate Studies
  • Apply and be admitted to the department
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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
March 1

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
EDAD 800Foundation of Research & Methods of Inquiry in Educational Administration3

Course Number: EDAD 800

A written report is required. Investigation and analysis of current problems in education administration and supervision.

EDAD 830Administrative Theory3

Course Number: EDAD 830

Introduction to classic and contemporary administrative theory as applied to educational organizations. The theoretical nature of the course content is relevant to those with an interest in a broad variety of educational institutions. General organizational theory, organizational models, historical schools of administrative theory, authority, power, motivation, and leadership. Frequently students are involved in studying problems of practice as a means of testing theory.

EDAD 832Current Issues in Education3

Course Number: EDAD 832

This course is designed to provide the educational administrator with a view of the contemporary educational issues for focused investigation. Topics will include but not be exclusive to current curriculum issues and trends, diversity in the classroom, global education, assessment, change and reform. Prerequisites: enrollment in Master's or Educational Specialist degree programs

EDAD 842College Students in America3

Course Number: EDAD 842

This course is designed to provide students an understanding of a broad range of facts and issues pertaining to undergraduate college students in America.

EDAD 845Human Resources Management in Higher Education

Course Number: EDAD 845

The various aspects of human resources (HR) management and how they contribute to mission accomplishment and organizational success in American higher education (HIED). Students will examine traditional HR responsibilities (e.g., recruitment and selection, supervision and utilization, evaluation, professional development, pay and benefits, etc.) and how these activities operate within a college/university setting. Strategic HR planning concepts will be emphasized for optimizing human capital and strengthening institutional capabilities in the ever-changing HIED environment.

EDAD 910The Higher Education Environment3

Course Number: EDAD 910

Universities are adaptive, living systems interacting with their environment. Equips participants with the skills required to analyze and assess the environment of higher education institutions. Environment concepts, components and structures are studied together with analysis techniques and methodological approaches to future study.

EDAD 922Finance in Postsecondary Education3

Course Number: EDAD 922

Federal and state government funding, institutional planning, technological and community influences, human resources finance, budgeting, and sources of financial support as they relate to postsecondary education institutions and agencies.

EDAD 925Law and Higher Education3

Course Number: EDAD 925

Examination of legal principles applicable to postsecondary education institutions. Overview of the legal system, postsecondary education institutions as legal entities, authority for governance and administration, faculty rights and responsibilities, student rights and responsibilities, institutional and personal liability, and other selected issues.

EDAD 980Seminar in College Student Development2-3

Course Number: EDAD 980

EDAD, EDPS 977. (2-3 cr per sem, max 6) Current knowledge, theories, and practices, and related issues in the area of college student development. Special field experiences and research projects are available to students for additional credit.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $325.50
  • Fees: $42.25
  • Total: $367.75
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $976.50
  • Fees: $126.75
  • Total: $1103.25

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $700.00
  • Fees: $42.25
  • Total: $742.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $2100.00
  • Fees: $126.75
  • Total: $2226.75

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What's it like to take a program online?

  • Quality learning experience

    The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.

  • Flexibility

    Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.

  • Service you expect from a leading University

    Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.

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