Degree type(s): Master's
Degree field(s): Education
Location(s): Blended (Online / On-site); Alexandria, MN; Bismarck, ND; Dickinson, ND; Fargo, ND; Watford City, ND

Master of Education in Secondary Administration

Graduate degree; Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Integrating theory and applied leadership opportunities, the Secondary Administration Master of Education program at the University of Mary prepares educators to lead in a secondary school setting. This graduate program allows you to take courses towards educational credentials and endorsements, or complete your master's degree in education. The program culminates in a capstone project for which you have the option of completing a thesis or preparing a comprehensive professional portfolio.

To meet the needs of adult learners, graduate courses are offered online and with mentored administrative internships. Students may opt to take some of the administrative courses at the main campus during the summer months as well.

Secondary Administration Program Highlights

Earn your master’s degree in an accredited graduate program at an affordable, private, Catholic university. The secondary administration graduate program at the University of Mary offers unique opportunities to:

  • Earn your master’s degree in secondary administration on a flexible schedule that is convenient for working professionals.
  • Gain hands-on experience you can apply directly to your career, working closely with world-class faculty and experienced practicing teachers and administrators.
  • Choose between a traditional research project or an applied portfolio project based on your learning needs.
  • Learn in a curriculum grounded in Christian, Catholic, Benedictine values that will enrich your career and your everyday life.


Core Courses:

EDU 531 Ethics in Education and Human Performance 

EDU 551 Critique and Design of Research

(It is strongly suggested that EDU 551 be taken prior to EDU 565.)

EDU 565 Statistics

EDU 567 Diversity in Culture and Human Relations

EDU 608 Foundations in Education

Thesis Option:

EDU 700 Research Seminar I

EDU 701 Research Seminar II

EDU 704 Research Presentation

Portfolio Option:

EDU 705 Portfolio Preparation

EDU 706 Portfolio Presentation

Emphasis Area Requirements:

EDU 545 School Administration


Prerequisite to other Emphasis Area Courses

EDU 527 Management Theory and Personnel

EDU 566 School Curriculum K-12

EDU 570 Differentiated Instruction

EDU 620 Integrating Technology in Education

EDU 632 School Law

EDU 634 School Finance

EDU 692 Internship: Secondary Administration


Even as one of the most affordable private universities in the nation, the University of Mary does offer a variety of scholarships. In fact, 99% of main campus undergraduate students receive some form of scholarship! 

Some scholarships are available for specific academic programs, such as nursing, while other scholarships are available for certain student populations, such as military and veteran students

We strongly encourage you to contact your personal admissions representative to discover all of the options that might be available to you. In many cases, a program specific scholarship is just one component of a complete financial aid package. 

Our admissions professionals will work together with our Office of Financial Assistance to ensure that you get the best financial aid package possible to finance your education. 

Individuals holding a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and who have an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 overall, or 2.75 during the last two years of the undergraduate degree, or 3.0 in a major field will be admitted to begin graduate study.

Individuals seeking a North Dakota credential or endorsement must hold a bachelor’s degree in education from an accredited institution, have the appropriate North Dakota licensure and years of experience, as well as the required coursework, to be recommended for North Dakota credentialing or endorsement by the University of Mary Department of Education.

In most cases, the requirements listed below must be met prior to admission for graduate study. In addition, a student must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 to continue in the graduate program in education. To complete the application process, please submit:

  • Completed application (to include goal statement)
  • Current teacher education licensure (unless seeking licensure)
  • Two letters of reference
  • Resume identifying appropriate experience
  • Application/enrollment fee

Graduate credit earned at other institutions may be accepted toward a degree at the University of Mary. Upon approval, up to one-third of the required credits may be transferred as part of the graduate degree.

If you are considering a Master of Education degree in Secondary Administration, you might also be interested in the following graduate education programs at the University of Mary: