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Program Overview

The Master of Arts in K-12 Educational Administration is designed for school leaders as well as teacher leaders interested in the practice of leadership and administration. The program is approved by the Michigan State Board of Education to certify graduates for the School Administrator Certificate and both elementary and secondary endorsements. You will take courses related to leadership, inquiry, data use, continuous school improvement, social justice and equity, professional community, and school-family relationships. The program culminates with a field-based school leadership internship.

The master's program in K-12 Educational Administration is the entry-level graduate degree for aspiring educational administrators in K-12 schools. The program consists of a minimum of 30 semester credits. Students who completed a teaching internship as part of their Bachelor of Arts program at MSU can apply up to nine 800-level credits to the elective requirement.

The overall objectives of this program derive from the mission statement of the Department of Educational Administration at Michigan State University:

"The improvement of leadership and management in organizations that have teaching and learning as their core function."

We have three campuses to accommodate our students: East Lansing, Birmingham (Seaholm High School) and Detroit (the MSU Detroit Center). Although most classes are online or hybrid (partially online), when classes meet face-to-face, it is at one of these three locations.

Program Highlights 

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Program Outcomes

As a student in the Master of Arts in K-12 Educational Administration, you will gain:

  • Broad appreciation and understanding of educational systems in social, economic, historical, and normative perspective
  • Understanding of central issues in teaching and learning as the core concern of schools
  • Opportunities to learn and use inquiry skills on representative and crucial problems of leadership practice
  • Theoretical understanding of organization and management and how it connects to leadership and administrative practice through coursework and related experiences
  • Introductory skills, knowledge, and dispositions related to the central functions of school leaders

Career Outlook

The program is approved by the Michigan State Board of Education. Upon completion, you will be eligible to apply for a Building-level School Administrator Certificate with the Michigan Department of Education. This is a required credential to be a school leader in a public institution in the Michigan.

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

    Undergraduate degree from an accredited institution

  2. Previous work experience

    CV/Résumé (PDF format) - It is strongly encouraged to have at least one year of teaching experience before applying.

  3. A written personal statement

    In the academic statement and personal statement of purpose sections, enter "Please see my personal statement uploaded on the online supplemental application system" Upload materials to the Graduate Portal: Your personal statement in PDF format.

  4. 3 letters of recommendation

  5. Official transcripts from all previous schools

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete the Graduate Education application (Program Code:1644)

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but you must submit all materials no less than 6 weeks prior to the semester you wish to enter. (Spring - November 15, Summer - April 15, Fall - July 15) 

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Key Dates

Rolling applications. Students can start the program in any semester. We recommend applications are submitted at least one month prior to the start of the semester to allow time for processing.

Tuition & Fees

In State Tuition

  • $23,573
  • Total

Out of State Tuition

  • $46,320
  • Total


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