Feb 25, 2024  
University Catalog 2023-2024 
University Catalog 2023-2024

Educational Administration, M.A.

Location(s): Main Campus


The Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration offers an Option in Educational Leadership.

Admission to the Program

In addition to general university requirements for admission to graduate study, applicants to a master’s degree program must meet the following requirements:

  • Possession of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally’ accredited institution of higher education.
  • Positive review of application materials and assignment of permanent advisor.
  • A valid California professional teaching credential or any equivalent credential approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
  • A 2.75 grade point average in the last  60-semester units attempted.
  • Two years of successful teaching or service experience in K-12 schools with a California Professional Teaching Credential or any equivalent credential approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
  • Successful completion of the writing proficiency examination (WPE) or equivalent approved by the university.
  • Two (2) positive recommendation letters, including one from a practicing school administrator.
  • Meeting of admission standards developed by the Division of Applied and Advanced Studies in Education (refer to the current EDAD student handbook).
  • Orientation/screening interviews with program faculty.
  • A program of study approved by the advisor and division chair.

​Requirements for the Program 

Unit Requirements: A minimum of  36 units is required, including at least 36 units in 5000-level courses and an acceptable digital portfolio presented through EDAD 5290 and Comprehensive Exam (EDAD 5960 ), or a thesis (EDAD 5990A EDAD 5990B ), or a project (EDAD 5995A , EDAD 5995B ). There is a limit on credit that may be earned in variable-unit courses. See Restrictions on Credit Earned in Variable Unit Courses in the College of Education.

Residency Requirement: at least 22 semester units for the Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration program must be completed in residence at Cal State LA.

Requirements for the degree (36 or 38 units)

Requirements for the Core (34 units)

Culminating Experience (2 or 4 units)

Select one of the three combinations of courses, total 2 or 4 units: