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Blended Master's Degree in Educational Administration at KU

Effective May 2019: The Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies is not currently accepting applications for admission to the on-campus master's degree in educational administration. Interested individuals are encouraged to consider the 100% online master's degree in educational administration. Learn more here.


The master's degree in educational administration (PK-12) at the University of Kansas School of Education consists of 36 credit hours of coursework, including an extensive field-based practicum and a comprehensive exam - all of which can be completed within two years.  This blended, cohort-model program fulfills the academic requirements necessary for state licensure at the school (building) level, and is designed to accommodate working educators.

Graduate students will learn from expert scholars and practitioners, as well as fellow classmates, who bring diverse leadership experiences to the principal preparation program at KU. The program stresses fundamental knowledge and educational policy development necessary for effective leadership. Taught by a mix of full-time tenure track faculty members who are experts in their field. Complemented by practitioners who were leaders in their schools. The program is rigorous. Students will learn to be critical leaders.

Benefits of the program include:

  • No GRE Requirement – Emphasis for admission eligibility is based on prior academic record, your professional/personal recommendations and writing samples – rather than a standardized test score.
  • Flexibility – Blended coursework that combines face-to-face sessions, online learning, and field experiences that make it the perfect options for the working professional.  Program schedule only requires 3-4 Saturdays on campus per semester during the Fall & Spring semesters, and only 2-3 days on-campus during the summer.
  • Campus Exploration - Face-to-face class meetings allow students to experience both the Edwards Campus in Overland Park, as well as the main campus in Lawrence. Coming together with colleagues to resolve course case studies allows for professional collaboration.  
  • Dual Programming – Upon completion of the program, graduates will have achieved both a master’s degree in educational leadership and also have satisfied the requirements for building-level administrative licensure.  It’s a two-for-one graduate program for aspiring educational leaders.  
  • Program Reputation - KU’s Master’s Degree in Educational Administration is offered through the KU School of Education, which was recently ranked 8th in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Public Education Schools
  • Professional Network – Instructors and fellow graduate students will offer a broad-based knowledge of the field, lifelong friends and fellow colleagues from their cohorts.  Builds a sense of connection for your leadership career.
  • Nationally-accredited Program - The KU School of Education is accredited under the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Standards through the CAEP Accreditation System.

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The educational administration master's program meets the educational requirements for licensure in the state of Kansas. If you plan to obtain a license or certification in a state other than Kansas or a US territory after completion of your program, it is highly recommended you first seek guidance from the appropriate licensing agency BEFORE beginning the academic program to ensure you can obtain a license of certification in your home state or territory. Resources for licensure and certification boards outside of Kansas can be found here.

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This program is available at the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park! Learn more»
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