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Educational Administration and Supervision

Frequently Asked Questions

Master’s of Education
Educational Administration
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Do I need to be a teacher?
    1. Yes.  You must have at least 2-3 years of teaching experience in K-12 schools and you must have a teacher’s license.
  2. Do I need to take the GRE and what scores do I need to make?
    1. Yes, you must take the GRE.  However, the GRE is not the sole criterion for admission.  We evaluate candidates on GRE, GPA, portfolio, interview, writing sample, and letters of recommendation.
  3. Is the program completely on-line?
    1. There are two options for the M.Ed. in Educational Administration. The first is an Online Cohort where courses are completely online and you participate in an internship in your local school all four semesters. The second option is a Hybrid Cohort where you come to campus for 2 weeks in the summer, finish the summer online, take online classes in the fall and spring, and return the final summer for 2 weeks on campus. There is an internship requirement all four semesters in the Hybrid Cohort also.
  4. When does the online program start?
    1. The fully Online Cohort begins each January.
  5. How many hours does it take to complete the program?
    1. The program is 34 credit hours completed in four semesters.
  6. When is the deadline to apply?
    1. Although the department will work with applicants and deadlines, it is best to apply early. If applying for the spring Online Cohort, we recommend submitting application materials by October 31. If applying for the summer Hybrid Cohort, we recommend submitting application materials by March 15.
  7. How many semesters does it take to complete the program?
    1. Four
  8. Can I become a principal once I graduate?
    1. The program prepares students to become principals; however, you must check with your state’s department of education licensure office for specific requirements for administrative licensure.
  9. What needs to be in the portfolio?
    1. All required information can be found on the www.usm.edu/elo website or our department’s website, www.usm.edu/edleadership
  10.   Where do I send my materials?
    1. Official transcripts, GRE scores, and immunization records are sent directly to the Graduate School.
    2. Portfolio, supplemental materials, and letter recommendation are sent to the Educational Leadership and School Counseling office.
  11.   Once all items are submitted, how do I schedule an interview?
    1. Once our office has all of your required materials, your application packet is given to our Admissions Committee. Our office will contact you to schedule an interview.
  12.   How much does the program cost?
    1. There is a graduate fee applied through the Graduate School, www.usm.edu/graduateschool (see link for Graduation)
    2. Current tuition costs are posted through the Graduate School website, www.usm.edu/graduateschool (see link for Tuition).
    3. Online courses also have a fee of $10 per semester hour.
    4. Additional expenses also include book costs.
  13.   Are scholarships available?
    1. The university does have partial scholarships that students can apply for through the Financial Aid office.
    2. For Mississippi residents, the Institutes for Higher Learning (IHL) has in the past administered a loan scholarship program for students earning their first master’s degree.  Application information can be found at the website www.mississippi.edu/financialaid (link valid on January 28, 2010).
    3. Students from outside of Mississippi are urged to contact their state’s department of education and IHL board.
  14. What do you evaluate to admit me?
    1. Our admission’s committee evaluates you on a variety of criteria, including, but not limited to, your portfolio, letters of recommendation, interview, writing sample, GRE, GPA, letter of application, and resume. Additional materials may be requested to supplement applicants’ files.
  15.   What is the difference between the Online Cohort and the Summer Cohort?
    1. The Online Cohort begins each January, is fully online, and contains an internship each of the four semesters. 
    2. The Summer Cohort begins in June of each year.  Students come to campus for 2 weeks each summer, with the remainder of the summer class requirements fulfilled by 3 additional weeks of online coursework.  Fall and Spring coursework is fully online.  An internship is completed each of the 4 semesters.
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