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Master of Arts (M.A.) in Educational Administration

The Division of Educational Administration (EDAD) offers a host of online graduate programs designed to prepare individuals for administrative and leadership positions in the K-12 and adult and higher education settings. We offer master's and educational specialist programs for school district superintendents, special education directors, curriculum directors, adult educators, and higher education administrators and classroom instructors.

We believe that reflective leaders are skilled educators whose practices and decisions draw upon the best available theory, research, and experiential wisdom.  Reflective decision making engages administrators in cycles of thought and action based upon theoretical, ethical, and professional knowledge.  The Division of Educational Administration is committed to preparing reflective leaders.

Key Benefits of Our Program:

  • Flexible scheduling for working professionals
  • Small classes 
  • Highly accessible faculty and advisors
  • Graduates are sought after for employment

Program Descriptions: 

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Educational Administration - Adult & Higher Education Specialization

Our mission is to prepare post-secondary education leaders to be reflective, active, and conscientious administrators, researchers, and teachers as they explore the post-secondary educational context as a means to expand, interpret, and apply current and personal conceptions of professional practice.

The Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration with a specialization in Adult and Higher Education is offered through online instruction. The Adult and Higher Education program develops practitioners who can add substantially to this field.  Within the program, students will be challenged to explore core themes and content that will provide them with a breadth of exposure pertinent to both professional and academic objectives in the field of adult and higher education.

M.A. in Educational Administration - Adult & Higher Education Degree Completion Plan

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Educational Administration - School District Superintendent Specialization

The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Educational Administration, School District Superintendent program provides aspiring school leaders a combination of online courses and field experiences that draw upon the best available theory, research, and experiential wisdom.  The coursework is offered online while the field-based internship is completed under the supervision of experienced school administrators. This provides a purposeful balance of academic preparation and field-based practical experience to produce an effective school administrator.

Upon completion of the online Educational Administration degree, including the accompanying field-based internship, students also earn School District Superintendent licensure. Students should contact their state for specific licensure requirements.

M.A. in Educational Administration - School District Superintendent Degree Completion Plan

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Educational Administration - Pre-K-12 Principal Specialization

The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Educational Administration, Pre-K-12 Principal program provides aspiring school leaders a combination of online courses and field experiences that draw upon the best available theory, research, and experiential wisdom. The coursework is offered online while the field-based internship is completed under the supervision of experienced school administrators. This provides a purposeful balance of academic preparation and field-based practical experience to produce an effective school administrator.

Upon completion of the online Educational Administration degree, including the accompanying field-based internship, students may earn PK-12 Principal licensure. Students should contact their state for specific licensure requirements.

M.A. in Educational Administration - Pre-K-12 Principal Degree Completion Plan

Admission Requirements

Application requirements can be found at Graduate School Admission Requirements and include:

  1. Completed Graduate Application
            Apply Online
  2. $35 application fee
  3. One official transcript verifying receipt of an undergraduate degree and official transcripts of all academic work at the undergraduate and graduate levels are required for all students
  4. Three letters of recommendation
            Letter of Recommendation Form
  5. Statement of Purpose
  6. Additional requirements exist for international applicants.  For more information, visit International Admission Requirements

For more detailed admission requirements, please refer to Educational Leadership in the current graduate catalog.

For more information about the online Master of Arts in Educational Administration programs, contact USD Online at 800-233-7937 or by e-mail at cde@usd.edu.

    Marcia Hawk

    I made the decision to pursue a degree in Educational Administration at the University of South Dakota because of its status as a research institution, the availability of online classes and affordability.  My experience has been nothing but extraordinary.  The curriculum is designed to challenge students' intellect by exposing them to the real issues of adult and higher education.  You will indeed be challenged - but you will be prepared for the real world. Marcia Hawk, M.A., Ed.D., (ABD-University of South Dakota