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.


Doctor of Education or Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration

College: Education

Program Category: Hybrid

Description: The Educational Leadership and Administration (ELA) will offer coursework designed to accommodate educational administration professionals, focus on social justice and border issues, provide experiences based on the concept that research and theory support practice, provide access to student-centered faculty who are involved and responsive throughout the program, foster a supportive environment for collaboration with faculty and peers in education, and prepare students for leadership at institutions seving a variety of students.

Delivery method: The ELA is a hybrid model involving face-to-face instruction and the use of distance education media.

Program Delivery

  • Cohort model
  • Hybrid: face-to-face and distance education delivery
  • Approximately 80% of attendance is face-to-face and 20% will be online.

Requirements: Ed.D. students take 63 credits. Ph.D. students take 78 credits (Includes 15 credits of cognate courses in one of the following areas)

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: Applicants to the ELA must hold a bachelor's and master's degree (in any discipline) from an accredited university.

To apply: Prospective applicants should contact the department for more information regarding the application process.

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

Specialized Accreditation:

More info: Educational Leadership Doctoral Program

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: 2018-08-21