Dec 04, 2023
Revised Program [Fall 2021]
The Master of Arts in Educational Leadership - Administrative Leadership in Higher Education prepares professionals with five or more years of experience working in higher education who are seeking to advance in their careers, focusing on higher education administration and leadership. The program offers a rich and flexible curriculum delivered online/distance learning format for those currently holding full-time higher education positions. This is a 38 credit hour program. Full-time faculty and practitioners with significant administrative experience teach all courses. Students are prepared to address current challenges in colleges and universities through our classes, engaging with theory-to-practice learning drawing upon their current administrative roles. The program welcomes applications for full-time and part-time enrollment.
Graduate School Application
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The program you are applying to may not accept applicants every semester.
For additional information regarding the application process, please see Graduate Admissions or International Admissions.
Minimum Graduate School Requirements
A four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution. In addition, a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, or 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate program, is required for full admission. Applicants who do not meet minimum admission requirements may be considered for conditional admission. See International Admissions for international applicant requirements.
Applicants must also meet the following program requirements:
- Recommendation forms from two professional supervisors and/or supervising professors that address the applicant’s professional work quality. The completed forms are due within the online Application for Graduate Admissions. By entering the recommender’s email address within the online application, they will upload a letter and the required recommendation form directly to your application. The recommendation form must come directly from your reference.
- A résumé that details their professional and educational experiences.
- A personal statement of accomplishments and academic goals portion describing the reasons for requesting admission. This essay must be a minimum of 250 words and will be reviewed as an indicator of writing ability.
The admission process for the master’s degree is as follows:
- Completed applications are accepted on a rolling basis. If you are seeking a Graduate Assistantship, it is recommended that you apply before February 1st
- The Office of Admissions will receive and gather all required documents. Completed applications that contain the required GPAs, confidential appraisal forms, and the résumé will be forwarded to the coordinator of advising for the educational leadership program.
- The faculty review committee will review completed applications. Those applicants who have submitted acceptable GPAs, résumé, recommendations and personal statement will be admitted and assigned an advisor. An application may be deemed “questionable” due to a combination of low GPA, fair or poor recommendations, poor writing ability, and/or statements inconsistent with the student’s goals as an administrator. The full faculty will review these “questionable” applications, giving special consideration to life experiences, verbal skills, writing skills, educational background, and GPAs.
- Those persons whose applications are accepted will be notified.
- All decisions by the faculty regarding admissions are final.
Degree Requirements: 32 hours
Restricted Electives: 12 hours
Students will complete twelve credit hours from the following. A minimum of nine credit hours must be selected from Group I, the additional three credit hours from either Group I or Group II.
Students will be guided through the portfolio assessment process by their advisor as follows:
- Following admission, students must schedule a meeting with their advisor to plan their program of study and obtain information about the portfolio assessment and exit requirements.
- After completing 18 hours of course work, it is recommended that students schedule a meeting with their advisor to discuss their portfolios’ progress.
- A student who believes their portfolio is complete should contact the advisor to schedule the oral and written presentation. This will consist of an oral presentation by the student, followed by a discussion with faculty regarding the student’s learning and growth, along with perceptions of the overall program’s strengths and/or weaknesses.
Student achievement will be documented in a cumulative portfolio that contains artifacts representative of the educational leadership knowledge base. An assessment of the portfolio will be made using the following criteria:
Quality of content
In addition, the program component stressing effective written and oral communication skills will be assessed by examining the quality of writing presented in the portfolio and the quality of oral communication displayed in the portfolio presentation before faculty. All of the portfolio components must be rated satisfactory for completion and presented through the use of Watermark.
The portfolio will be evaluated as one of the following:
Pass without revisions
Pass with minor revisions by date indicated
Pass with major revisions by date indicated
Course Substitutions/Program Changes - The advisor must approve changes in the student’s official program and substitution of courses before registration.
Courses Outside the Program - The Program faculty have prepared a suggested list of courses. Other courses may be used for electives in this area if approved by the student’s advisor.
Internships - Information is available from the director of the intern program or at emich.edu/coe/lc. Internship placements should be arranged at least one semester in advance and approved by the internship director.
For more information about the program, admissions, etc., contact the department head.