M.A. in School Administration Online

M.A. in School Administration Online

M.A. in School Administration Online

This program provides the candidate with the opportunity to learn the diagnostic and prescriptive skills necessary to function as a collaborative leader in a P-12 learning organization. The program meets the requirements established by the New Jersey Department of Education for state certification as a public school administrator in positions such as assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, principal, assistant principal, and director. Students outside the state of NJ must consult with their state department of education for certification requirements.

The M.A. in School Administration program is offered in the following formats:

The New Jersey Department of Education (NJ DOE), not Rowan University, grants certifications based on requirements set by the state. While coursework for this program meets the academic requirements for NJ DOE certification, it is the student's responsibility to ensure that all other certification requirements are met, including, but not limited to, appropriate type and level of license and years of experience. NJ DOE certification requirements are subject to change. Certification applications are evaluated, by NJ DOE, based on the most current state requirements. For current NJ DOE licensure information, click here.

Per the New Jersey Department of Education (NJ DOE), "Educational services certificates are issued to support service personnel [in school districts], i.e. school social worker, school psychologist, learning disabilities teacher-consultant, student assistance coordinator, etc.)." For NJ DOE Educational Services Certificate information and definitions, go to the New Jersey Department of Education licensure website for Educational Services Personnel.



The M.A. in School Administration is a part-time accelerated program that requires the completion of 36 graduate semester hours or 12 courses. The coursework is offered entirely online and only four face-to-face meetings are required throughout the possible 7 consecutive semesters it takes to complete the program. There are also 3 benchmark meetings required for completion of the program.

The M.A. in School Administration also includes the required courses for following two NJ Department of Education Certification programs: Supervisor Certification (4 courses) and Principal Certification (7 to 8 courses). Matriculated students in the M.A. in School Administration program are automatically matriculated into the Supervisor Certification program as well. Students who successfully complete the Rowan University M.A. in School Administration program will be recommended by the university to the State of NJ for the Supervisor Certification while those who successfully complete the program and meet the following additional requirements may be recommended to the State of NJ for the Principal Certification:

  • Evidence confirming at least 5 years of satisfactory, full-time educational experience (demonstrated by a letter from the applicant's school superintendent) in any New Jersey Department of Education-certified position.
  • Evidence of a score of 163 or better on the School Leader Licensure Assessment Test (www.ets.org/sls)


  • 12 Courses / 36 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: No
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements URL: Yes
Course Number
S.H. (Credits)
Required Courses: 36 S.H.
EDSU 28510 Curriculum Design & Development for Instructional Leaders 3
EDAM 27521 Introduction To The Principalship 3
EDSU 28546 Educational Organizations & Leadership 3
EDAM 27559 Law And Ethics For School Leadership 3
EDSU 28522 Instructional Leadership And Supervision 3
CURR 29590 Curriculum Evaluation 3
EDST 24504 Action Research In Education 3
EDSU 28523 Building Organizational Capacity Through Leadership And Supervision 3
EDAM 27535 School Finance And Records 3
EDAM 27510 Change For School Improvement 3
EDAM 27600 Practicum/Seminar In Administration/Supervision I 3
EDAM 27601 Practicum/Seminar In Administration/Supervision II 3

EDAM 27601 course includes an additional $200 field placement fee.

The following courses have pre-requisites:

  • Practicum/Seminar I in Administration & Supervision (Pre-req: All courses in program)
  • Practicum/Seminar II in Administration & Supervision (Pre-req: All courses in program including EDAM 27600)

Admissions Requirements

The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional action or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or indicating any missing items.

  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee

  • Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning

  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)

  • Current professional resume

  • Typewritten statement of professional objectives (must include reasons for pursuing the School Administration program)

  • Typewritten statement of leadership experience (must include examples of previous leadership experience and abilities within specific positions/projects)

  • Two letters of recommendation

    • While the official Recommendation Form is required, an actual letter from the recommender is preferred.
    • Letters should be from a professional administrator-supervisor, principal, superintendent-and include information which attests to applicant's ability to pursue a graduate degree.
  • Recommended minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale)

  • Copy of current NJ (or other state) teaching or educational services certificate (only Standard is acceptable)

  • Letter confirming at least 3 years of satisfactory teaching or educational service

  • Optional interview (If selected for an interview, the applicant will be contacted directly by the Faculty Admissions Committee. The interview can be in person or via telephone.)


Start Dates & Application Deadlines

The chart below details available entry terms for the M.A. in School Administration Online program as well as corresponding application deadlines. Submitting the Application Form is only the first step to beginning the admission process. All of the required materials listed above must be received on or before the application completion deadline for your desired entry term to be considered for admission to that term. We encourage you to complete the application form and begin submitting your materials at least one month before the deadline indicated.

Entry Term Start Date Application Deadline
Fall - Module 1 September 1 July 1
Spring - Module 3 January 19 November 1