Educational Leadership, MA

College of Education

Program Description:

The Educational Leadership Program at the University of New Mexico provides a rigorous and relevant program of study that prepares students for leading P-12, higher education and/or non-profit educational organizations.  The program develops leaders for learning in a diverse world.  Students engage in coursework and administrative internship experiences, which are grounded in transformational leadership practice, learner-centered strategies, contextual models, reflective opportunities and culturally responsive actions.  The program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

The Masters Degree (M.A.) in Educational Leadership is a 36 credit hour program that includes 6 credits of either a practicum or an administrative internship.  Students may choose between two options available in the M.A. program.  One option prepares students as educational leaders in higher education or for leading in other types of educational organizations.  The second option is for students seeking New Mexico Administrative Licensure.

All graduate students are required to work under the supervision of an assigned advisor and to develop and follow a planned Program of Study composed of required courses and, where appropriate, additional courses selected with the approval of the advisor. Courses taken without prior approval may not be accepted toward the completion of the degree. Students in all programs must maintain a 3.3 cumulative GPA in all Program of Study coursework.  Students must also complete a research-based Inquiry Project as the final examination assessment for the degree.


Admission Requirements:

All applicants for admission into the M.A. program in Educational Leadership must meet the requirements set forth in the College section of the UNM catalog and in the sections on graduate studies at the University of New Mexico.  Applicants for the M.A. degree in Educational Leadership are required to have a 3.0 overall GPA in their last two years of undergraduate work. Application materials include application to the UNM Graduate School and to the Educational Leadership Program.  Formal admission to graduate status must occur prior to, or concurrently with, admission to the Educational Leadership Program.  In addition to the UNM Graduate School application requirements, program applications include:
  • A Letter of Intent
  • Original Writing Sample (Essay)
  • Official Transcripts
  • Three Letter of Recommendation Forms 
  • Professional Biographical Form

 Program faculty review each file individually for determination of program admission status.

Application Deadlines 
Summer entryFebruary 1
M.A., Ed.S.  
Spring semesterOctober 1
Fall semesterApril 1        

Career Opportunities:

The M.A. in Educational Leadership prepares students who are seeking to advance their careers in educational leadership positions, either in public school settings, higher education settings or other types of education organizational settings.  

Contact Information:

Department Administrator
Hokona Hall, Room 121
(505) 277-0504