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FAQs

What are the requirements for applying to the Educational Administration program?

Our admissions requirements are largely based on the preconditions for the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential established by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).  Please see the application process eligibility web page for details.

Do I need to take the GRE?

No.  There is no GRE requirement for this program.

How long is the Educational Administration program?  Is there a way to take an accelerated program?

The Educational Administration program is a 2-year, 30-unit program.  The program is offered in a cohort model, so everyone takes the same classes at the same time.  It is not possible to complete the program in less than 2 years.  Please see the program description web page for more information.

When are classes offered in the Educational Administration program? What would my schedule look like as a student?

Our classes are typically offered on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 5:45-8:30pm.  We do offer some hybrid courses and one fully online course in order to strategically reduce seat time.  Accordingly, you may not be coming to campus twice a week every week.  The EDAD program does heavily utilize face-to-face instruction as we believe that sharing space and meeting face-to-face helps build the cohort bond as you work collaboratively to discuss problems of practice in education.

How much are tuition and fees for the Educational Administration program?

Graduate school fees are set by the CSU Board of Trustees each academic year. The current fee structure may be found on the Enrollment Services web site. The approximate cost as of Fall 2020 is $13,550 for tuition & fees for California residents for the Educational Administration program (1 semester at "7 units or more" + 3 semesters of "6 units or less" + 1 3-unit summer course).  Please note that there are additional fees associates with the program, including but not limited to parking, textbooks, and the CalAPA ($425).

Can I apply for just the M.A. in Educational Administration without the credential?

Maybe.  Although most students pursue both the M.A. and the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential, on rare occasions a student chooses to apply for just the M.A. degree.  It is still a 2-year, 30-unit program.  If you are interested in just the M.A., we ask that you reach out to the program coordinator (erin.biolchino@csulb.edu) before applying.

I already have a Master’s degree.  Can I apply for just the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential without the M.A.?

Maybe.  Although most students pursue both the M.A. and the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential, on rare occasions a student chooses to apply for just the credential.  It is still a 2-year program, but students pursuing just the credential take a total of 27 units (the EDAD 695 class in the 2nd spring is not needed for just the credential).  If you are interested in just the credential, we ask that you reach out to the program coordinator (erin.biolchino@csulb.edu) before applying.

Do you offer a fully online program?

No.  In a traditional year our program is not fully online.  We do offer some hybrid courses and one fully online course in order to strategically reduce seat time; however, our courses require mostly face-to-face instruction.  We believe that sharing space and meeting face-to-face helps build the cohort bond as you work collaboratively to discuss problems of practice in education.