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Our in-person M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, with Higher Education Administration Emphasis, prepares future college/university staff, administers, and leaders to meet the needs of incoming and current students at the undergraduate and graduate level. Students enrolled in the program will explore the concepts such as diversity and inclusion, educational leadership, resource management, curriculum design, the impact of policy on higher ed, and more.

Briana Walker: M.E.d in educational leadership and policy studies, with higher education administration emphasis. Candidate, December 2023

M.Ed. in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, with Higher Education Administration Emphasis Candidate

Briana Walker

I felt valued and heard through every interaction I had with the staff and faculty while applying for the program. I got assistance with every step from the application process to finding a job on campus. I knew that I could count on this trend to continue through my time at the university.

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Priority Application Dates

Applying after the priority date? Admissions applications are welcome at any time. However, for priority consideration, apply by the priority date.


Submit by July 1

Classes start end of August


Submit by Nov. 1

Classes start in January


Submit by April 1

Classes start mid-May

View the UTA Official Catalog for admissions requirements and details about probationary admission, deferred admission, and more for the following programs. 


  • Department of Curriculum and Instruction graduate programs:
    • M.Ed. or Certificate in Instructional and Learning Design Technology
    • M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction - Open Options 
    • M.Ed. in Mind, Brain, and Education 
    • M.Ed. in Teaching with Teacher Certification 
    • Initial Teacher Certification Only Program 
    • Criminal History Acknowledgement for Educator Certification programs

  • Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies graduate programs: 
    • M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, with Higher Education Administration Emphasis 
    • Dual Degree: Master of Social Work and M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, with Higher Education Administration Emphasis 
    • B.A. to Ph.D. Track in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
    • Hispanic Serving Leadership Preparation Graduate Certificate 

Applicants seeking admission must submit two recommendation forms. Please wait until you have your 10-digit, UTA student ID number to submit recommendation forms.


For online programs:

The required Recommendation Form is available for download here

For on-campus and hybrid (featuring online and in-person courses):

The required* Recommendation Form is available for download here.

The Hispanic Serving Leadership Preparation Graduate Certification does not require a recommendation form at this time. 


Some applicants, such as international students, may have additional admissions requirements* and/or program** limitations.

English Language Test Score Requirements

UTA accepts TOEFL* or IELTS or Duolingo. If your native language is not English, you must demonstrate a sufficient level of skill with the English language to assure success in graduate studies. You are required to submit official test score reports directly from the testing agency unless you hold a bachelor's or master's degree from an accredited U.S institution.

You are required to submit an official test score report sent directly from the testing agency. UTA's ETS institutional code is 6013.

*Certification programs only accept TOEFL due to Texas Education Agency requirements. 

View test score requirements online

Additional Resources

Have additional questions?

Email UTA's international office at


*The resources provided here are for informational purposes. Please review the Official Catalog for official information. 

**The M.Ed. in Mind, Brain, and Education is not eligible for international students at this time.

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Graduate Assistantships

Expand your career with real-world experience in your field before you graduate. The College of Education is offering paid, graduate assistantships for students who enroll in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. You’ll get hands-on opportunities to work in higher education enrollment management, student success or student affairs as part of a unique collaboration at UTA – giving you the chance to bring your classroom knowledge to life! Interested? Contact to learn more and apply.

Course of Study

Students take classes in higher education administration, law, and history and become informed consumers of research.

In addition to core courses in PK-20 educational leadership, institutional policy, diversity, equity, and leadership theory, our students take classes that expand their knowledge around higher education law, collegiate trends, administration, student affairs, and the experiences of both traditional college students and community college students. 

Students build upon their existing expertise with progressive skills that can increase student achievement, improve performance, and increase organizational effectiveness of schools and higher education institutions.

Courses are offered in a traditional, face-to-face format. Courses are typically offered Mondays - Thursdays in the evenings on the UT Arlington campus from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. 


 EDAD 5322
 Educational Research and Evaluation
 EDAD 5360  Leadership Theory
 EDAD 5380  Diversity and Equity in Education
 EDAD 5399  Capstone Practicum in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

 EDAD 5350  American College Student
 EDAD 5351  Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs
 EDAD 5352  Higher Education Law
 EDAD 5354  The American Community College
 EDAD 5356  History, Principles, and Philosophy of Higher Education Administration
 EDAD 5357  Higher Education Trends and Issues

Graduate Recruiter

Program Coordinator

Dr. Maria Trache

Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Research Interests: Higher ed, K-16 pathways, life course res, STEM ed, internationalization, labor market, social equity



Phone #: 817-272-2109

Office: Trimble Hall 103 F

Bio: Dr. Maria Trache is a professor in the College of Education, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies since August 2011, following 14 years as Statistical Consultant and Research Manager at the University of British Columbia and over 15 years as a faculty at the University of Bucharest. She brings over 30 years of combined teaching and research experience from both science and social sciences to UTA. As an educational researcher, Dr. Trache focuses on equity issues in higher education and the labor market by examining the effects of structural differences at the intersection of gender, race, social class, immigrant status, disability. Her research is informed by theoretical frameworks from sociology, economics of education, and life course research. She has expertise in advanced quantitative methods, survey methods and analysis of large-scale survey data. Dr. Trache is author/co-author of about 45 publications in peer-reviewed journals, edited books, working paper series. She currently serves as a member on the Sociology/Demography Insight Grants Selection Committee for the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).


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