Degree Programs

NMSU’s distance education degree programs are designed to serve students who may not be able to pursue an education through traditional means. NMSU offers Bachelor degree completion programs, Masters and Doctorate programs, and a number of Graduate Certificate and K-12 NM educator licensure and endorsement programs.

Please contact the listed distance education director for your degree program.


Master of Arts in Education Administration (Emphasis in Pk-12 Educational Administration)

College: Education

Program Category: Hybrid

Description: The master's program in the Department of Educational Leadership and Administration (ELA) is designed to assist you in preparation for a career in public school leadership; administration of federal or private sector agencies having educational interests; college or university administration; and educational research. Graduate work beyond the master's degree may be necessary depending on your field of interest.

Delivery method: The department uses a hybrid distance education program combining both asynchronous and synchronous delivery technologies. The internships require attendance at monthly seminars that are held face-to-face on the Las Cruces campus.

Requirements: This program is 33 credits.

Costs: Current main campus tuition and fees plus a $35 per credit hour distance education fee. See the University Accounts Receivable Tuitions and Fees for the current rate.

Prerequisites: To be admitted to the Pk-12 master's and licensure program, applicants must have three (3) years of fulltime teaching experience in the Pk-12 sector as well as a current teaching license.

To apply:

Apply online to the NMSU Graduate Student Services Office or by mail:
Graduate Student Services Office
New Mexico State University
PO Box 30001, MSC 3G
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001
Phone: (575) 646-2736

Request that official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended be submitted to the NMSU Graduate School at the address above.

Complete your application packet to the ELA Department and mail the following to:
New Mexico State University
College of Education
Department of Educational Leadership and Administration
MSC 3N, P.O. Box 30001
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003-8001

  • 1-page letter of intent
  • 2-page minimum writing sample
  • Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation (sent directly to ELA by the writers)
  • Proof of three years of teaching experience
  • Current teaching license (International applicants may submit a certified letter from their school director in lieu of a teaching license.)

Deadline: This program begins in the spring semester only. Materials for this program must be received by the deadline of December 1.

Accreditation: NMSU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
HLC website
HLC phone: 800-621-7440

Specialized Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education* (As of 2013, NCATE has consolidated

More info: Master of Arts and Licensure Program (Emphasis in Pk-12 Educational Administration)

Disabilities: If you have a disability that may affect your performance in a course, or if you require accommodations in order to take a distance education course, contact NMSU's Student Accessibility Services (SAS). Providing accommodations for distance education students sometimes requires more time than in a traditional classroom setting so students are encouraged to begin working with SAS as early as possible.

Updated: 2016-09-20