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MA in Educational Administration

Master of Arts in Educational Administration

The Master of Arts in Educational Administration specializes in TK-12, which prepares candidates to effectively lead educational organizations TK-12. Candidates enroll in coursework that is aligned with the CTC CAPEs and complete 120 hours of administrative fieldwork. The Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (PASC) program is integrated in with the MA.

In addition to core and elective courses, Master's students take a research course and complete the requirements with either a thesis or a comprehensive exam.

Students who elect to complete a thesis or the evaluation class may include the units as part of the required units. The Comprehensive Evaluation Class is designed to enable students to demonstrate their knowledge of the field of school administration. This course is offered once each semester and during summer session. Students may enroll in the evaluation class no earlier than the last semester in which coursework is taken excluding one section of fieldwork. Approval to retake the evaluation class may be contingent upon completion of additional designated courses.


  • Course requirements for the Masters Degree in Educational Administration include the completion of a minimum of 34 semester units of acceptable work. 
  • All students must satisfy the upper division writing requirement and be admitted to the program before the end of their first semester.
  • For the Masters Degree, students must maintain a grade-point average of 3.0 ("B") in required courses and obtain grades of "C" or better in all courses in the program. These requirements must be met along with additional general requirements not cited but listed in the University Bulletin.

Admission & Program Requirements

Please see the CSUSB Course Catalog for the MA in Educational Administration Admission & Program Requirements


Registration and Payment of Fees

Students may register for classes after admission materials from Step 1 and Step 2 have been processed. Preparing your paperwork carefully helps speed the process.

  1. Register for classes by using MyCoyote. General program information as well as the Class Schedule and call numbers for each quarter are available from the Educational Administration program coordinator.
  2. Pay appropriate university fees each semester, prior to the cut off date or add a $25 late fee.  See Student Financial Services for fees list. Call 909-537-7257 to verify fees. Always note your student identification number on payments to ensure proper credit to your account. Questions related to payments should be directed to the Bursar's office at (909) 537-7257.

Writing Requirement

MA Students must demonstrate the the Graduate Writing Requirement to be awarded the degree. This requirement can be met by completing one the options listed below:


  1.  Documents must show evidence of summary, synthesis, analysis, research and the proper citation of sources.
  2. Copy of a signed Dissertation, Master's Thesis along with a copy of your transcript showing completion of the degree.
  3. Significant published scholarly article showing evidence of analysis/synthesis and documentation of sources. Unacceptable: articles written for such things as community newspapers and clubs, church or job newsletters which show no evidence of research-based analytical writing.
  4. Senior Project or major research project demonstrating knowledge of the style guide of the discipline, from a course that is not counted toward the student's current master's work at CSUSB. Students must submit a catalog description of the course and a copy of their transcript showing completion of the course for which the project was written.
  5. A major study/report written as part of someone's job responsibilities that clearly indicates that the student was the author or made major contributions. The report must demonstrate the elements of summary, synthesis, analysis, research and the proper citing of sources.
  6. Successful completion of the EADM MA Comprehensive Exam.

Purchasing Textbooks

Students enrolled in Educational Administration Classes may purchase their books from the CSUSB Coyote Bookstore. Order and purchase textbooks online from the CSUSB Coyote Bookstore Textbooks approximately three weeks prior to the beginning of the semester and ending one week before classes begin. You may pickup books on campus or have them shipped to your home. The CSUSB Coyote Bookstore also accepts phone orders approximately two weeks prior to the start of the semester, call 909-537-5966. Payment for phone orders is by credit card only.