M.S.E. Degree Programs

The master’s program in educational administration prepares graduates for positions of public school leadership and licensure at the building level. The master’s program in higher education prepares graduates for entry-level positions in college and university settings. The master’s program in social and cultural studies in education is for school professionals and others who wish to study the history, philosophy, and sociology of education. Graduates of the master’s program in educational technology typically assume positions in K-12 schools, higher education, government, and industry as leaders in integrating, designing, and/or administrating educational technology.

Graduate Admission to the School of Education

Graduate programs in education are open to students with acceptable baccalaureate and graduate degrees whose academic records indicate that they can do successful work at the graduate level. Regular admission requires a grade-point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Individual departments may require additional information and may have more stringent admission and retention requirements.

Some departments may offer special provisional admission categories to students who may not qualify under traditional admission criteria. Departments that offer provisional admission require a grade-point average of at least 2.5.  Applicants must provide evidence of ability to work successfully at the graduate level, including experience in and commitment to the profession. Exceptions to established policies must be sought individually by petition to the Graduate Division of the School of Education.

See Admission in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog for more information.

Each department in the School of Education sets its own application deadlines.  Prospective graduate students should contact their departments for more information.

Graduate Admission

Applicants for all programs must submit the following materials:

  1. Graduate application.
  2. 1 official transcript from each degree-granting collegiate institution attended.
  3. Original Graduate Record Examination general test scores for all doctoral applicants (Ed.D. and Ph.D.). The GRE is not required for master’s applicants in educational administration, higher education, social and cultural studies in education, or educational technology.
  4. Statement of purpose/relevance of degree to career aspirations.
  5. 3 letters of recommendation evaluating the applicant’s capacity for rigorous graduate study and qualifications for leadership positions in education and related fields.
  6. A vita or resume.

Individual program concentrations may require additional application materials. Please consult the appropriate program advisor. The following application deadlines apply:

Educational Administration

SummerMaster’s and doctoral applicantsApril 1

Higher Education

FallMaster’s applicants seeking internshipsJan. 11
FallMaster’s applicants seeking Housing internships only or already employed in higher educationMar. 6
FallDoctoral applicantsJuly 1
SpringDoctoral applicantsNov. 1
SummerDoctoral applicantsMar. 1

Social and Cultural Studies in Education

FallMaster’s and doctoral applicantsJuly 1
SpringMaster’s and doctoral applicantsNov. 1
SummerMaster’s and doctoral applicantsApril 1

Educational Technology

FallMaster’s and doctoral applicantsJune 1
SpringMaster’s and doctoral applicantsNov. 1
SummerMaster’s and doctoral applicantsApr. 1

Policy Studies

FallDoctoral applicantsJuly 1
SpringDoctoral applicantsNov. 1
SummerDoctoral applicantsApril 1

Submit your graduate application online. Supporting materials, such as the résumé, statement of purpose, writing sample, and letters of reference may be uploaded to the application. Original transcripts from degree-granting institutions and official test scores should be sent directly to the department:

The University of Kansas
Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Joseph R. Pearson Hall
1122 W. Campus Road, Room 421
Lawrence, KS 66045-3101

Educational Administration

This program is offered in a blended format and in an online format.

 Blended Format (Technology, Course of Instruction)

The Master of Science in Educational Administration program is designed to prepare experienced teachers for leadership roles at the building level. The program stresses fundamental knowledge degrees in educational leadership and educational policy development necessary for effective leadership. It consists of a set of integrated courses Graduate programs in educational leadership and experiences that provide opportunities for participants to extend their knowledge of pedagogy policy studies promote the professional and leadership, to enlarge their understanding of schooling, and to develop an appreciation of the political, economic and social forces that influence the decisions of educational leaders.

Program Format

The program is designed for part-time students who currently hold teaching or other positions such as instructional coaches in the schools. Students enter the program as a cohort group and attend six consecutive semesters over a two-year period beginning in June. Two courses are scheduled in 16-week formats during each fall and spring semester. In the summer, courses are scheduled into two four-week blocks. Course work in each term is sequenced to build upon the skills and knowledge acquired in the previous terms.

Blended Format

The blended online/face-to-face class sessions are scheduled as follows:

  • All summer courses (one in June and one in July) are blended, meeting face-to-face two or three sessions per course. These face-to-face class sessions meet as a cohort on the scheduled day, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with students responsible for their own lunch. All other coursework is online.
  • All fall and spring semester courses are blended, meeting face-to-face the first and last Saturdays of the semester, with additional face-to-face meetings every four to six weeks for a total of only four face-to-face meetings per course per semester. Each of these face-to-face sessions are held on the same Saturday, with the first class meeting from 9:00 a.m. to Noon, followed by the second class of the semester beginning at 1:00 p.m. and ending by 4:00 p.m. All other coursework is online.
  • The online portion of each course will be completed at the student’s convenience within timeline requirements as determined by the instructor.
  • The final comprehensive exams will be held during early April of year two of the program, face-to-face, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the Lawrence campus.

Technical Requirements

  • Macintosh or Windows PC
  • Internet access (broadband)
  • Web browser
  • MS Office (i.e., Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Video software (e.g., Media Player, QuickTime)
  • Headphones (recommended)

Course of Instruction

The M.S.E. in Educational Administration consists of a 36-hour block of course work. The course work is sequenced as described below, and builds upon itself as the student progresses through the program. Students take a comprehensive exam in the spring of the second year of the program that covers core coursework within the program.

The sequence of courses follows:
(Sequence subject to change)

Year 1
SummerHoursFallHoursSpringHours
ELPS 750 (June)3ELPS 7563ELPS 7523
EPSY 7153ELPS 7573ELPS 7553
 6 6 6
Year 2
SummerHoursFallHoursSpringHours
ELPS 852 (June)3ELPS 8533C&T 8063
ELPS 854 (July)3SPED 7563ELPS 8951-5
 6 6 4-8
Total Hours: 34-38

NOTE: EPSY = Educational Psychology, C&T = Curriculum & Teaching

Online Format

This flexible program is ideal for experienced K-12 educators who want the skills and knowledge needed to transition to leadership roles such as principals, department heads or directors.

There are two tracks for this program:

Master’s: Building Leadership Track* includes an internship for students who intend to acquire a license as a principal or other building leader, either immediately following the program or at some point in the future.

Master’s: Non-Licensure Track** substitutes coursework for the internship requirement with the expectation that participants want to earn their Master’s and gain knowledge about leadership, but are not pursuing a license.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

To be considered for admission, prospective students must have completed a Bachelor’s degree with a GPA greater than 3.0. (Applicants with an Undergraduate GPA below 3.0 should contact an admissions advisor for information about provisional admissions.)

To apply to the online Master’s in Educational Administration, the first step is to complete the online application form. Prior to starting the form we recommend that you review our admissions guide.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

This program stresses the fundamental knowledge and policy development skills necessary for an administrator. Improve your knowledge of pedagogy and leadership, expand your understanding of schooling and develop an appreciation of the political, economic and social forces that influence the decisions of educational leaders.

COURSES INCLUDED IN THIS PROGRAM

  • ELPS 750 – The Principalship
  • ELPS 756 – Data-Driven Leadership
  • EPSY 715 – Understanding Research in Education
  • ELPS 757 – Education in American Society
  • ELPS 752 – Education Law
  • ELPS 755 – Human Resource Management
  • ELPS 852 – School Resource Management
  • ELPS 854 – Students in Society
  • SPED 756 – Special Education Leadership
  • ELPS 853 – Staff Evaluation and Development
  • C&T 806 – Instructional Strategies and Models
  • ELPS 895 – Internship

*For Non-Licensure Track, the internship requirement is replaced by Differentiating Curriculum & Instruction (C&T803)

Please note: Course list and sequence is subject to change.

Higher Education Administration

The M.S.E. in Higher Education Administration consists of a set of integrated courses and experiences that provide an opportunity for participants to extend their knowledge of the histories, clienteles, and administrative functions of colleges and universities, and to gain relevant experience in higher education administration. The program consists of 36 hours of course work. Courses are scheduled in 16-week formats during the fall and spring semesters, usually scheduled after 4:30 p.m. The summer session classes vary in time and format. The course work provides a substantive knowledge base in higher education and student affairs administration. Students must hold an assistantship or a full-time job in a related area while completing coursework. For the culminating activity, most students take a comprehensive examination. Completing a master's project is optional (students choosing this option must take an additional research class in place of an elective). A sample sequence of courses is listed below:

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
ELPS 7803ELPS 7813Elective3
ELPS 8833ELPS 8823 
Elective3EPSY 7153 
 9 9 3
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHours 
ELPS 8853ELPS 8863 
ELPS 8843Elective3 
Elective 3  
 9 6 
Total Hours: 36
Regularly offered electives include the following:
  • Diversity Issues in Higher Education,
  • Critical Readings in Higher Education,
  • Faculty Issues in Higher Education,
  • Postsecondary Finance
  • Higher Education Law,
  • The Community and Junior College,
  • For-Credit Internship in Higher Education,
  • or any other graduate level course that the student and his/her advisor deem relevant (i.e., a course in counseling psychology).

Social and Cultural Studies in Education

The master's in Social and Cultural Studies in Education is a 30 or 36 credit-hour degree.

  1. Students in the SCSE Master’s Program can choose between two courses of study: 1) a thesis (or project) option that requires a total of 30 graduate credit hours; or a non-thesis option that requires a total of 36 graduate credit hours.
  2. Students take a major concentration of courses related to the history, philosophy and sociology of education, with the advice of a faculty advisor and an advisory committee. Such courses should offer an opportunity for students to focus on a variety of theoretical and research-based questions. A minimum of 10 hours of coursework is required in the major concentration for the thesis option, and 12 hours in the non-thesis option.
  3. Other aspects of the program are flexible. A minimum of 6 credit hours must be taken outside of the ELPS Department, although students typically take more than this. In particular students are urged to take coursework outside of the school of education, in conjunction with the principal SCSE field (history, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, political science or economics) that they are interested in. A course in educational research (EPSY 715) is also required. Each student in the non-thesis/project option must pass a comprehensive examination at the end of coursework, supervised by the student’s committee.
  4. A typical master’s program in Social and Cultural Studies in Education thus will entail approximately 8 graduate courses, apart from thesis or project work (or additional coursework in the non-thesis option). Depending on the configuration of credit hours in the coursework and the student's prior record (up to 6 hours of appropriate graduate coursework may be transferred). Upon successful completion of coursework in the thesis (or project) option, focused thesis or project work begins.
  5. For students choosing the thesis/project option, School of Education and Graduate Studies rules regarding the master's thesis or project, an advisory committee, preparation of the thesis or project, and a defense are observed in the Social and Cultural Studies in Education program. The student's thesis or project committee will include the major advisor and at least two other faculty members, with one member usually representing the non-ELPS coursework.
  6. Summary of principal program elements:
  7. Social and Cultural Studies in Education Coursework—At least 10 credit hours (typically 12 hours or 4 courses)
  8. Additional Coursework—typically at least 9 credit hours (3 courses, at least one of which is outside of ELPS)
  9. Education Research Methods Coursework—3 credit hours (EPSY 715 is required of all master's students and can count as one of the courses outside of ELPS)
  10. Thesis or project research—6 (or 4 for a project) credit hours (for those selecting the thesis/project option)
  11. Thesis/project Defense, or comprehensive exam for non-thesis option.

Educational Technology

The Master of Science in Educational Technology program consists of 36 hours of coursework, a practicum, an exam and the production of a portfolio that reflects the student’s competencies.  The program addresses the needs of professional specialties to foster leadership in the integration, administration and design of educational technology.  It is intended for those who are currently working in areas related to corporate training, human resource management, government and education.

Along with the 27 credit hours of required courses, the student will work closely with their advisor to identify their interest and career goals related to their specialty area in selecting  the required 9 hours of elective courses.

The Masters of Science in Educational Technology degree is offered both on the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park, KS and the KU Lawrence Campus.  Students are encouraged to work closely with their academic advisor on their campus to design their program.

MSE in Educational Administration (online format)

This flexible program is for experienced K-12 educators who want the skills and knowledge needed to transition to leadership roles such as principals, department heads or directors.

There are two tracks for this program:

Master’s: Building Leadership Track* includes an internship for students who intend to acquire a license as a principal or other building leader, either immediately following the program or at some point in the future.

Master’s: Non-Licensure Track** substitutes coursework for the internship requirement with the expectation that participants want to earn their Master’s and gain knowledge about leadership, but are not pursuing a license.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

To be considered for admission, prospective students must have completed a Bachelor’s degree with a GPA greater than 3.0. (Applicants with an Undergraduate GPA below 3.0 should contact an admissions advisor for information about provisional admissions.)

To apply to the online Master’s in Educational Administration, the first step is to complete the online application form. Prior to starting the form we recommend that you review our admissions guide.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

This program stresses the fundamental knowledge and policy development skills necessary for an administrator. Improve your knowledge of pedagogy and leadership, expand your understanding of schooling and develop an appreciation of the political, economic and social forces that influence the decisions of educational leaders.

COURSES INCLUDED IN THIS PROGRAM

  • ELPS 750 – The Principalship
  • EPSY 715 – Understanding Research in Education
  • ELPS 756 – Data-Driven Leadership
  • ELPS 757 – Education in American Society
  • ELPS 752 – Education Law
  • ELPS 755 – Human Resource Management
  • ELPS 852 – School Resource Management
  • ELPS 854 – Students in Society
  • SPED 756 – Special Education Leadership
  • ELPS 853 – Staff Evaluation and Development
  • C&T 806 – Instructional Strategies and Models
  • ELPS 895 – Internship

*For Non-Licensure Track, the internship requirement is replaced by Differentiating Curriculum & Instruction (C&T 803)

Please note: Course list and sequence is subject to change.