Master of Arts

Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

The mission of the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program is to develop educational leaders from diverse backgrounds who will effectively lead and improve P-12 school systems. Our program aims to prepare school leaders who possess the following core qualities and characteristics:

  • Be visionary change agents
  • Create collaborative learning communities
  • Engage in reflective practice
  • Lead for inclusiveness
  • Implement research-based and site-based best practices
  • Be instructional leaders

What Makes Our Program Unique

Aspiring school leaders can complete our Preliminary Administrative Services Credential in less than 11 months and complete their Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies degree in as little as 3 semesters. Our program is cohort-based in that students who are admitted each application cycle will matriculate through all coursework together, as a cohort. Utilizing a hybrid program design, our program incorporates both traditional face-to-face and online learning activities in order to ensure our program is conducive for full-time working school teachers/adults. Finally, our credential courses coincide with our Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies degree in that the credential and degree can be earned concurrently.

Where Are Our Graduates

Past graduates of our program successfully serve in a broad variety of leadership roles within the P-12 educational setting both in the region and across the state, as well as throughout the nation and around the globe. In addition, upon completion of our program, several of our graduates have chosen to pursue a Doctorate in Educational Leadership degree at California State University, Sacramento.

Career Options

  • California Department of Education
  • District Level Administration
  • Superintendent
  • Principal
  • Assistant/Vice Principal 

Program Requirements

Master of Arts (M.A.) of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

  • A baccalaureate degree
  • Minimum of a 3.0 GPA for all work presented for the degree

Administrative Services Credential Requirements

  • Same as M.A. requirements
  • California Teaching Credential
  • Minimum of 4 years of P-12 teaching experience

Program Course Requirements 

Graduate Core Requirements (24 units)
Course             Units   Title

EDLP 200       3          Diversity and Equity in Educational Leadership

EDLP 201       3          Foundations of Educational Leadership

EDLP 202       3          School Law and Ethics of Educational Leadership

EDLP 203       3          School Finance

EDLP 205       3          Instructional Leadership

EDLP 209       3          Organizational Systems & Human Resources

EDLP 495       6          Field Experience 

Culminating Requirements (9 units)

Course           Units    Title

EDLP 250       3          Education Research (Graduate Writing Intensive)

EDLP 230       3          Master of Arts Thesis/Project Seminar

EDLP 500A    3          Master of Arts Thesis/Project*

*Students requiring additional time to complete the Thesis/Project may do so by enrolling in subsequent semesters within the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program with approval of their advisor and Department Chair.

In an effort to make our program more conducive for our students, many of which are full-time working school teachers/adults, we offer the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential courses alongside our Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (M.A.) courses. Therefore, the credential and Master’s degree can be earned concurrently


Learn how to apply.
Catalog with detailed program requirements.
View our updated Program Flier (PDF)

Lead Program Faculty

Dr. Sarah Graham
Phone: (916) 278-7394 | Office Eureka Hall 219 | Email:
Dr. Denver J. Fowler
Phone: (916) 278-4123 | Office: Eureka Hall 219 | Email: