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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 degrees, as specified by the admitting departments, 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; provisional admission requires a grade-point average of at least 2.5. Individual departments may require additional information and may have more stringent admission and retention requirements.

Special provisional admission categories are available to students who may not qualify under traditional admission criteria but can 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.

Ordinarily, complete application materials should be received by July 1 for fall admission, December 1 for spring semester, and May 1 for summer session. Prospective graduate students should contact their departments for admission deadlines.

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. 17
FallMaster’s applicants seeking Housing internships only or already employed in higher educationMar. 10
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 applicantsMar. 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 applicantsMar. 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

 (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 Online 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. in Educational Leadership 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
ELPS 750 (June)3PRE 7153ELPS 7523
ELPS 798 (Data-Driven Leadership (July))1-5ELPS 7573ELPS 7553
 4-8 6 6
Year 2
ELPS 852 (June)3C&T 8023C&T 8063
ELPS 854 (July)3ELPS 8533ELPS 8951-5
 6 6 4-8
Total Hours: 32-40

NOTE: PRE = Psychology & Research in Education, C&T = Curriculum & Teaching

Higher Education Administration

The M.S. 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
ELPS 7803ELPS 7813Elective3
ELPS 8833ELPS 8823 
Elective3PRE 7153 
 9 9 3
Year 2
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 (PRE 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.
  • Summary of principal program elements:
  • Social and Cultural Studies in Education Coursework—At least 10 credit hours (typically 12 hours or 4 courses)
  • Additional Coursework—typically at least 9 credit hours (3 courses, at least one of which is outside of ELPS)
  • Education Research Methods Coursework—3 credit hours (PRE 715 is required of all master's students and can count as one of the courses outside of ELPS)
  • Thesis or project research—6 (or 4 for a project) credit hours (for those selecting the thesis/project option)
  • 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 in National Educational Technology Standards . This interdisciplinary program supports three specialties in the Integration, Design and Administration of Educational Technology by drawing on the rich diversity of a major research university and coursework from three departments in KU's School of Education, the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department, the Design and the Communication Studies departments. Program graduates typically assume positions in K-12 schools, higher education, government and industry as leaders in integrating, designing and/or administrating educational technology.

Courses required of students in all specialties

C&T 709Foundations of Curriculum and Instruction3
ELPS 760Integration of Educational Technology3
ELPS 810Educational Media Development3
ELPS 811Constructivist Learning Technologies3
SPED 727Designing Instruction for Diverse Learners3
ELPS 820Practicum in Educational Technology3
or ELPS 897 Independent Study
ELPS 812Design of Educational Technology3
ELPS 896Seminar in: (Theory of Educational Technology)3
PRE 715Understanding Research in Education3
Select Integration, Design or Administration Specialties 9
Total Hours36

Specialty Courses

The Masters of Science degree in Educational Technology addresses the needs of three professional specialties to foster leadership in the: 1) Integration, 2) Design, and 3) Administration of Educational Technology. The Integration specialty focuses on strategies for integrating technology in teaching and learning. Typically candidates in this specialty will have some teaching experience and will aspire for leadership roles in integrating educational technology in K-12 schools, university teacher education, government or industry. The Design specialty prepares students to become leaders in designing instructional systems with technology. Candidates in this specialty often have considerable technical experience and they aspire for roles as instructional design leaders for instructional support and online learning units in K-12 schools, universities, government or industry. Candidates for the Administration of Educational Technology specialty typically have experience in applying educational technology and they aspire for leadership positions that require expertise in organizational structure, policy and financing as directors of instructional technology in K-12 schools, higher education, government and industry training. Students choose specialty courses in consultation with their advisor. As a general rule the student will first choose a professional specialty and then select their elective courses using the following guidelines.

  1. Integration Specialty (9 hours)
    1. C&T course related to the student's content expertise (3)
      OR C&T 806 Instructional Strategies and Models
    2. Online Communication & Design (choose 2):
      • SPED 804 Designing Online Instruction for eLearning (3)
      • COMS 620 Communication and New Technology (3)
      • COMS 810 Theories and Research in Organizational Communication (3)
      • COMS 860 New Communication Technology and the Work Place (3)
      • COMS 930 Communication and Leadership (3)
      • ADS 710 Advanced Human Factors in Interaction Design (3)
      • ADS 770 Design Cognition (3)
      • Other graduate level courses with advisor's approval.
  1. Design Specialty (9 hours)
    1. Programming Prerequisite
      Students in the Design specialty must complete the EECS 138 or 168 Programming (or equivalent) course to demonstrate their programming knowledge.
    2. Communication Online (choose 3 at least one ADS course):
      • ADS 710 Advanced Human Factors in Interaction Design (3)
      • ADS 770 Design Cognition (3)
      • COMS 620 Communication and New Technology (3)
      • COMS 810 Theories and Research in Organizational Communication (3)
      • COMS 860 New Communication Technology and the Workplace (3)
      • ELPS 814 Designing Online Instruction (3)
      • Other graduate level courses with advisor's approval.
  1. Administration Specialty (9 hours)
    Choose 3 courses (9 hours) from the following based on your career aspirations in Educational Administration and/or Higher Education.
    • ELPS 752 Education Law (3)
    • ELPS 755 Human Resource Management (3)
    • ELPS 780 Introduction to Higher Education Administration (3)
    • ELPS 852 School Resource Management (3)
    • ELPS 880 The Community and Junior College (3)
    • ELPS 883 The College Student (3)
    • ELPS 884 Research on College Students (3)
    • ELPS 885 Program Evaluation and Assessment in Higher Education (3)
    • Other ELPS course on Organization, Administartion or Policy with advisor's approval (3)