Thesis-based MA in education administration

Broaden your understanding of contemporary theories and practices of leadership, education, learning and issues that affect schools and their communities.

This program is intended for students who are currently working as teachers or administrators in the K-12 educational system. Candidates must choose their specific degree, MEd or MA, before entering the program. 

Learn about admission requirements.

Program overview and courses

This degree option consists of 15.0 units of course work, which includes a 6.0-unit thesis and oral exam.


For applications to the September 2021 term, the program consists of 15.0 units of course work, which includes a 3.0-unit research project, followed by a written comprehensive examination of 1.5 units.

Term Courses
Course Description
September - December

ED-D 591E Selected Topics: Introductory Graduate Seminar in Leadership Studies (1.5 units)

ED-D 531: Concepts and Theories of Organizations (1.5 units)

January - April

ED-D 535: Global Comparative Perspectives on Leadership & Education (1.5 units)

ED-D 537A: Educational Change (1.5 units)

May - July

ED-D 533C: Servant Leadership (1.5 units)

ED-D 534: Leadership for School Improvement (1.5 units)

September - December

ED-D 561B: Research Methods (1.5 units)ED-D 561B: Research Methods (1.5 units)

ED-D 599: Thesis 

January - April ED-D 599: Thesis (6.0 units)


Program requirements are subject to change. Check the Academic Calendar for up-to-date information and course descriptions. More informationWe recommend that you enter into the MEd program and transfer to the Master of Arts when your research is assessed by your supervisor, to advance theory in leadership studies. Contact  for more information.