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Administrative Services, M.A.

School of Education

Gain a broad understanding of school administrative services with the master of arts in education with an emphasis in administrative services.

You’ll acquire the knowledge and skills needed to become an administrative leader. Courses combine theory and practice, backed by a commitment to ethics and service, as you learn to investigate and implement relevant topics in educational leadership.

Program Highlights

  • Designed to fit your busy schedule
  • Experienced and supportive university faculty
  • Hands-on field experience
  • Exposure to relevant, on-site challenges facing current administrators
  • Coursework designed to prepare students for Cal APA
  • Live interactive classes via Zoom


Program Directors: John Mendiburu, Ed.D., Bakersfield; Doug Bartsch, Ed.D., Visalia


A minimum of 37 semester units of coursework are required for a Master of Arts in in Administrative Services. Coursework scope and sequence are developed to provide an acceptable balance between theory and practice. Up to 9 units of transfer credit may apply to the Master of Arts degree. Transfer students must have taken a minimum of 28 units at FPU in addition to the transfer credit in order to be considered for the degree.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Education leaders facilitate the development and implementation of a shared vision of learning and growth of all students.
  2. Education leaders shape a collaborative culture of teaching and learning informed by professional standards and focused on student and professional growth.
  3. Education leaders manage the organization to cultivate a safe and productive learning and working environment.
  4. Education leaders collaborate with families and other stakeholders to address diverse student and community interests and mobilize community resources.
  5. Education leaders make decisions, model, and behave in ways that demonstrate professionalism, ethics, integrity, justice, and equity and hold staff to the same standard.
  6. Education leaders influence political, social, economic, legal, and cultural contexts affecting education to improve education policies and practices.

Locations Offered

Bakersfield, Visalia

Required Courses (37 Units)

  • ADM 740 - Building Shared Vision and Leadership Capacity Credits 2
  • ADM 741 - Developing Student Learning in a Standards-Based System Credits 4
  • ADM 741A - Fieldwork: Developing Student Learning in a Standards-Based System Credits 2
  • ADM 742 - Organizational Management in Support of Student Learning Credits 4
  • ADM 742A - Fieldwork: Organizational Management in Support of Student Learning Credits 2
  • ADM 743 - Meeting Diverse Needs of Family and Community Credits 2
  • ADM 744 - Connecting the Broader Influences on Schools Credits 4
  • ADM 744A - Fieldwork: Connecting the Broader Influences on Schools Credits 2
  • ADM 745 - Digital Leadership in Schools Credits 2

Master of Arts Core

  • ADM 735 - Leadership and Change Credits 3
  • ADM 779 - Building Community in Schools and Society Credits 3
  • ADM 794 - Thesis Introduction and Literature Review Credits 3
  • ADM 795 - Research Methods in Education Credits 3
  • ADM 796 - Thesis Completion Credits 1

Possibilities Await
With an FPU Education

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First Steps to Admission

  • Apply online
  • Submit one reference form.
    These can be filled out by academic or professional acquaintances familiar with your ability to complete graduate-level work. Print the reference form.
  • Include statement of intent.
    You can also provide an addendum explaining your interest in the program, any long-term goals and your experience in the field.
  • Request official transcripts.
    Transcripts must be from accredited institutions to verify your bachelor’s degree. Mail your sealed transcripts to the Registrar’s office or email to
  • Complete program requirements.
    These requirements are specific to your program of choice. You will be contacted for an interview and additional requirements if applicable.
  • Apply for financial aid.
    You can apply for FAFSA.  Use FPU school code: 001253
  • Schedule an appointment.
    Meet with your Student Financial Services Advisor. You can contact them at 559-453-2041 |

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Program Requirements

  • Approved basic credential or Certificate of Clearance
  • Official Verification of meeting the basic skills requirements
  • Verification of current negative TB test (within 12 months)
  • Educator Experience Summary Form
  • Orientation Interview with Program Director

Cost & Financial Aid

The below listed prices reflect the current and upcoming Fall and Spring semesters and do not include any financial aid. Paying for college can be an overwhelming step in your education journey. We can help you find all the opportunities to reduce your out of pocket costs.

Tuition & Fees


Tuition per UnitAmount
700 Level$750
Teacher Education$750
MSN and LEAD$775
Other CostsAmount
Student services fee (per semester)$70
* Field Placement Fee (charged for both the international and regional trip semesters)$1,500


Tuition per Unit Amount
700 Level $730
Teacher Education $730
MBA $785
MSN and LEAD $750
KIN $590
Other Costs Amount
Student services fee (per semester) $60
* Field Placement Fee (charged for both the international and regional trip semesters) $1,500

* This is an estimate. Costs subject to change. Please refer to the Catalog for additional fees. Cost of attendance figures are used for budgeting purposes only and represent an estimate of projected tuition and fees for the coming academic year. Actual tuition rates are approved by the Board of Trustees and may vary.

Types of aid

Financial aid can refer to scholarships, grants and loans, which are available to you from the government, the university or outside sources. Aid types vary depending on the type of student you are.

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Career Opportunities

Graduates possess the skills and knowledge demanded by administrative roles in schools, backed by a commitment to ethics and service. They will be prepared for both leadership and support roles within the school system.

Career Development Happens Here

The staff in our Career Development and Experiential Learning Center are here to help you prepare to enter the working world. Whether your a freshman or an FPU alum, there are a number of resources and trainings offered to help you find the internship and job you’re looking for.

  • Resume writing classes
  • Career assessments, exploration & planning
  • Job search and networking opportunities
  • and much more

Visit the Career Development Center