M.Ed. in Educational Administration


Program Details

Why Pursue Your Master’s Degree in Educational Administration at Xavier?

Enrich your career by earning your Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Administration at Xavier University. Our graduate program offers you the comprehensive training required to become an educational leader, such as a principal, administrative specialist or superintendent.

Through transformative faculty mentorship and hands-on experience, you grow as an educator and develop a high level of expertise and a new skill set that empowers you to shape the future of education for students of all ages and backgrounds.


Licensure Pathways

Xavier’s M.Ed. program encourages you to select courses corresponding to the educational administration/supervision licensure you seek. Our educational administration licensure/supervision programs include the following:

With 99% of Xavier education students passing their licensure exams, we ensure our master's degree candidates, including those in the Master of Educational Administration program, graduate prepared to obtain licenses required to lead schools and school districts in Ohio and other states.

Review requirements for each of Xavier’s educational administration licensure pathways.

Directly Apply What You Learn Into Your Daily Work

While you progress through the master’s program, you strengthen your existing skills and acquire new competencies, strategies, and knowledge that you can implement into your current work as an educator or school administrator. Not only does this direction application expedite your learning process, but it also benefits your current career and primes you to tackle advanced roles and responsibilities.

Flexibility With Our Online/On-Campus FlexX Courses

Our FlexX courses utilize a “HyFlex” model and allow students to fully participate in class discussions, activities and assignments, either on campus or online via Zoom. This option to attend in person or virtually supports students as they navigate their daily schedules and other personal and professional obligations without sacrificing the quality of their education.


We accept applications to the master’s in educational administration program throughout the year, allowing you to begin in the summer, fall or spring term. Successful applicants hold a bachelor’s degree with a solid academic background and a resident educator or professional teaching license, which supports their ability to excel in our graduate program.

When applying to the M.Ed. in Educational Administration program, please submit the following:

  • Online graduate application.
    Official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate coursework sent directly from the college or university.
    Please send electronic transcripts to xugrad@xavier.edu or hard copies to:
    Xavier University
    Admission Processing Center
    3800 Victory Parkway
    Cincinnati, Ohio 45207-5131
  • Official test scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). If you have previously taken the GRE and want to have your scores sent to Xavier, please contact GRE at 1-888-GRE-SCORE.

Our Admissions Committee processes and reviews your application immediately upon receiving all the necessary materials and considers all the information in your application, including prior grades, test scores and evidence of potential for success in graduate study.

Xavier waives required test scores if you are:

  • A state-licensed teacher.
  • Pursuing an M.Ed. or MSEd without licensure (if undergrad GPA is 3.0 or higher).
  • Pursuing a principal or administration license.
  • Pursuing a second license or endorsement.
  • Pursuing a Montessori teaching credential only.

International students may have additional application requirements. Review Xavier’s International Graduate Admissions for more information.

For questions regarding the application process, please email the Office of Graduate Services at xugrad@xavier.edu.


Xavier’s M.Ed. in Educational Administration offers a comprehensive curriculum designed to prepare future leaders to excel in and innovate the educational field.

The graduate program consists of core courses (nine credit hours) and licensure and administration-focused classes (21 credits), which blend theoretical foundations with practical applications. These courses cover essential topics, such as educational policy, organizational management, school law, curriculum design, and strategic planning around financial and business matters. The breadth of our curriculum provides you with a holistic understanding of how to manage the administrative aspects of education and navigate its many complexities.

You also have the chance to apply your knowledge in real-world settings, gaining valuable hands-on experience that enhances your ability to lead effectively. During your required internships, you expand your professional network, learn from experienced educators, and cultivate a deeper passion for serving students and your community.

Core Education courses are required for the Master of Education in Administration and all of the administration licensure options.

M.Ed. Core Education Courses (9 semester hours):

  • EDFD 500: History and Philosophy of American Education............ 3cr.
  • EDFD 505: Organization of Educational Systems in the United States............ 3cr.
  • EDFD 507: Educational Research & Educational Research Paper............ 3cr.

Please note: all course requirements are subject to change.

All licensure courses listed below (except electives) are required for each licensure option, along with the appropriate internships. An academic advisor evaluates your previous transcripts to determine if you have already completed any of the courses listed below for licensure.

Administration courses include the following:

  • EDAD 543: Supervision of Instruction and Staff Personnel............ 3cr.
  • EDAD 548: Principalship OR EDAD 561: Administration of Pupil Personnel (for non-Principals)............ 3cr.
  • EDAD 562: Political Structures and School/Comm Relations............ 3cr.
  • EDAD 563: School Finance, Business Affairs and Physical Facilities............ 3cr.
  • EDAD 565: School Law............ 3cr.
  • EDAD 570: Policy, Planning, Evaluation, and Assessment............ 3cr.
  • EDAD 660: Curriculum Design and Teach Strategies............ 3cr.

Once you’ve completed the required 30 credit hours, you can apply for the M.Ed. in Educational Administration graduate comprehensive examination. Upon successful completion of the comprehensive examination, you receive your M.Ed.

To receive a Principal or Administrative Specialist License in the state of Ohio, you must complete two internship courses through Xavier, totaling six semester hours.

After completing the Principal or Administrative Specialist License Program, you become eligible to complete the application for Ohio’s administrator licenses.

Internship(s) I

  • EDAD 771: Principal............ 3cr.
  • EDAD 772: Admin Specialist Intern............ 3cr.
  • EDAD 776: School/Community Relations............ 3cr.

Internship(s) II

  • EDAD 781: Principal............ 3cr.
  • EDAD 782: Research............ 3cr.
  • EDAD 783: Staff Personnel............ 3cr.
  • EDAD 784: Curriculum, Instruction and Staff Development............ 3cr.
  • EDAD 785: Pupil Services............ 3cr.
  • EDAD 786: School/Community Relations............ 3cr.

Note: Internship(s) are required for licensure. Please see an advisor for more information on the specific licensure you want to pursue. You may schedule an appointment by calling 513-745-4210.

Sample Courses

  • Supervision of Instruction: (EDAD 543) - In this course, you dive into a rigorous study of formative and summative supervision processes, which emphasizes accountability and utilizing supervision for individual professional growth. This also includes the practical application of state-mandated instructional policies and processes.
  • Principalship: (EDAD 548) - Designed to incorporate both administrative theory and practice, the Principalship course highlights the role of the principal and places a particular emphasis on the changes in the role of a principal as a result of demographic changes in society, state and local regulations, and in schools.
  • School Law: (EDAD 565) - This course examines the legal framework within which schools operate, including federal and state precedents, state code and legal provisions for school finance.
  • Curriculum Design and Teach Strategies: (EDAD 660) - Through this class, you learn about the theory and practice of curriculum design, development, implementation and evaluation. Additionally, you examine the correlation between curriculum and teaching strategies, including formative and summative supervisory functions.

Tuition and Fees

At Xavier University, we work hard to make graduate education available to all by offering competitive tuition rates and providing access to a wide variety of financial aid resources.

FlexX Courses

When designing their FlexX courses, Xavier’s renowned faculty members include content, questions, activities, and feedback prompts that accommodate face-to-face and remote learners, allowing for real-time class interactions and reactions.

Our professors utilize Canvas to post PowerPoint presentations and materials before each class. As a remote student, you can watch the course in real time and use the chat functionality to participate. No matter your mode of attendance, you are expected to have read relevant materials and be prepared to engage in class discussions.

The option for total remote attendance contributes to the ability of an inclusive and diverse student course enrollment and participation. Diversity of person, thought, perspective, and area of residence or employment contributes to the enrichment of learning and the educational experience.

Learn more about Xavier’s FlexX courses from Dr. Brett Burton, Program Director of Educational Administration.

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Gain Hands-On Experience Through Internships in Local School Settings

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The Master of Educational Administration curriculum includes the internships required to complete licensure for principals, specialists, or superintendents. Xavier's School of Education partners with more than 50 private, public and charter schools in South West Ohio and Northern Kentucky for internship placements and other experiential learning opportunities.

Flexible Enrollment Options for Graduate Students

Masters of Educational Administration students walking through campus

Because the Master of Educational Administration targets the needs of working educators, our program has flexible scheduling options, allowing you to start classes year-round. We offer evening classes and full- and part-time enrollment so you can work and earn your master’s at a pace that suits you.

Engage in a Holistic Approach to Education

Student in the Masters of Educational Administration program working with children

Housed within Xavier’s School of Education, the M.Ed. in Educational Administration program takes a whole-person approach, ensuring you flourish intellectually, spiritually, personally and professionally. Because of this philosophy, you graduate empowered to care for students in the same way, helping them excel academically and outside of the classroom.

Career Outlook for Education Administrators

With your Master of Educational Administration from Xavier, you build an advanced skill set that empowers you to lead in educational settings as a:

  • Director of Pupil Personnel
  • Director of Special Education
  • Principal
  • Specialist
  • Superintendent
  • Supervisor of Instruction

With the expansion of our education system and evolving student needs, the field requires competent and compassionate educators who are eager to lead and enact meaningful change. Nationwide, over 280,000 elementary, middle, and high school administrators work to improve the quality of education and cultivate schools where students can thrive. For their hard work and dedication, school administrators earn an above-average annual salary of $101,32, nearly double that of the national average.

M.Ed. in Educational Administration Program at Xavier University

Xavier’s Master of Education in Educational Administration equips you with the skills and field expertise required to support students of all kinds and take on leadership roles in schools and other educational institutions. Make a lasting impact on young learners' lives and the educational system by earning your M.Ed. at Xavier.

Xavier University's College of Professional Sciences prepares undergraduate and graduate students intellectually, morally and spiritually for careers and professions of service. CPS challenges students to strive for academic excellence and life-long learning through promoting collaboration and community partnerships, and incorporating research, scholarship and innovation.

Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. Founded in 1831, the University is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. It has been ranked among the top 10 master's-level universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for the past two decades. The Princeton Review names it one of the "Best 385 Colleges in America."