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Educational Leadership, M.A. - Fully Online!

Application Deadlines

Spring Semester: October 1
Fall Semester: March 1


Whether you are a classroom teacher, instructional coach, dean, program manager, or other educational leader, you’ll learn in an exciting, engaging and relevant program which brings together dedicated educators who are ready to make a positive difference in the lives of students, teachers, districts and communities.

Open the door to your next step as a leader in education with the highly regarded Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership from the University of New Mexico College of Education & Human Sciences – New Mexico’s Flagship Research I institution. Share your experiences and learn with a diverse group of educators from across New Mexico and the U.S. through our completely online program.

Choose one of the two concentration areas in our popular 36-credit M.A. program. The first option is with administrative license for pre-K – 12 educators, and the second is a research track tailored to those working in higher education

Application Process

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 and/or the Program of Study Committee. Courses taken without prior approval may not be accepted toward the completion of the degree. Students must maintain a 3.3 cumulative GPA in all Program of Study coursework.

Admission Procedures for International Students:

All international applicants must complete two steps in order to be admitted to the Educational Leadership Program.

Program Highlights

Our graduates are now leading districts, schools, colleges and universities throughout New Mexico, the Southwest and the United States. Our program is fully, nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Educational Programs and affiliated with the University Council on Educational Administration. Your degree from UNM puts you in the company of the most prestigious educational leadership programs in the country.

  • Completely asynchronous schedule – attend class anytime!
  • Engage and learn with fellow educators from across New Mexico.
  • Discover what schooling and school leadership looks like in urban and rural schools and districts, charter schools, Bureau of Indian Education and Tribally controlled schools.
  • Apply what you are learning through site-based internship and practicum courses.
  • Summers are yours – classes only meet during fall and spring semesters

Policy on Employment/Load

Faculty and graduates have found that students who give themselves time to concentrate and reflect on their academic studies during their brief time at the University not only achieve academic excellence but excel later in their professional careers. Therefore, the faculty of the Educational Leadership Program strongly recommends that students who are employed full time enroll in nine or fewer hours of course work during the fall and spring semesters in order to optimize their educational experience. Students will not be allowed to enroll in more than nine hours during the fall and spring semesters without prior approval.

Professional Licensure Disclosure

Our program has determined it meets professional licensure requirements in the state of New Mexico. It has not determined it meets professional licensure requirements in any other state.