M.S. in Educational Administration and/or Preliminary Administrative Services Credential


People who apply to our program are working in P-12 settings as teachers, other professionals who possess a California teaching or services credential, or are students from outside of the US who want to develop their skills as educational leaders. Our degree courses can also be applied toward the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (PASC) so that at the end of the program graduates can have both the M.S. in Educational Administration and the PASC*.

A Career in Demand
“Orange, San Diego and Los Angeles counties are expected to lose 22-34 percent of their principals and vice-principals to retirement over the coming decade.”
– (School-site administrators: a California county and regional perspective on labor market trends, 2010, Institute of Education Sciences, p. 7)
Where Leaders Grow
“People who went to CSUF for their master’s or credential earned it. This was a rigorous program; but one I would fully recommend to anyone who really wanted to head down the administrative path.”
– June 2010, Graduating Student‘s final journal entry.
Program Information

Applicants may select the Online/Hybrid  program, which meets face-to-face three Saturdays a semester with all other classes conducted online, or the traditional Face-to-Face program, which meets weekly. Both programs operate on a cohort model. PASC-only students complete the program in 4 terms (1.5 years), including a summer term. M.S. candidates take an additional term of classes (2 years).

How much does it cost?

All non-international students enrolled in the M.S. in Educational Administration and/or PASC pay the part-time post-baccalaureate programs tuition fees. There is an additional online course fee for the hybrid program.

If you are applying for the PASC there is an additional processing fee, that you can pay securely here. You will be directed to the Admission to Teacher Education Process Fee page, from the drop down menu under "Credential Program" click on "Ed Leadership" and fill in the appropriate information.

International Applicant

International students must apply and enroll in the Face-to-Face cohort only and the M.S. program (not credential-only program). Click the link for additional admission requirements for international students from the International Admissions Office.

*Admission into programs leading to licensure and credentialing does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or credential. Licensure and credentialing requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure or credentialing requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., social security number or tax payer identification number) or successfully passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure or credentialing requirements. The CSU will not refund tuition, fees, or any associated costs, to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure or credentialing requirements. Information concerning licensure and credentialing requirements are available within programs or departments. 
Application Information


Spring Priority Entry Deadline: November 1st           Spring Entry Deadline: December 1st

Fall Priority Entry Deadline: February 1st               Fall Entry Deadline: May 31st

How to apply

  1. Apply through Cal State Apply at http://www.calstate.edu/apply.
  2. Complete required application materials.
  3. Send official transcripts to;
    CSU Fullerton
    Admissions and Records
    P.O. Box 6900
    Fullerton, CA 92834-6900


  • B.A. or B.S. from an accredited institution
  • GPA of 3.0
  • Official transcripts from each institution where previously registered
  • Five years of successful teaching or other student services school experience
  • M.S./M.A. or must apply to the M.S. in Educational Administration program

For more information, contact:

edleadership@fullerton.edu | 657-278-4023

Educational Leadership Department

OR attend an Information Session | View the PowerPoint presentation discussed in the information session

OR submit our online Interest Form.

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Page updated: September 15, 2017