Mills College

Mills College

Joint MBA/MA in Educational Leadership


Office of Graduate Admissions

5000 MacArthur Blvd.

Oakland, CA 94613

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MBA, MA in Educational Leadership

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Located in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mills College School of Education and the Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business have joined together to offer a joint MBA/MA in Educational Leadership Program designed specifically to prepare future educational leaders and managers for success in a rapidly changing educational landscape. Educational leaders and managers are increasingly confronted by complex challenges that require knowledge of educational processes as well as strategic business and management skills. Our joint program prepares students to provide expertise and leadership in both the instructional and the managerial aspects of high-performing educational organizations. The program is appropriate for graduate students who are preparing to serve as educational administrators in early childhood, K-12 institutions, higher education and out-of-school time programs; leaders and business officers in independent and charter schools; directors of educational nonprofits; educational consultants; and business consultants working in the education sector. Educational leaders and managers are increasingly confronted by difficult challenges that require knowledge of educational processes as well as fundamental business and management skills. These challenges include: new models of schools, such as charter schools run by management companies and nonprofits; increased demands for accountability and reporting mechanisms from a diverse set of stakeholders; constrained resources coupled with increased expectations for educational quality and demands for specialized services; and the growing reliance on turnaround processes for troubled schools. All of these challenges require expertise that crosses traditional boundaries of business and education. Our joint program will prepare future leaders, managers, and educational consultants to provide expertise and leadership in both the instructional and managerial aspects of high performing educational organizations. In the future, effective leadership in education will demand more than the basic knowledge of managing budgets and people, areas typically offered by educational leadership programs. It will require enhanced leadership and management knowledge and skills in areas such as strategy, operations, marketing, finance, information and technology management, ethics, and organizational change.


Western Association of Schools and Colleges

International Student Requirements:

International students whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language examination (TOEFL). Graduate admission to our programs in English and Computer Science require a minimum TOEFL score of 600 for the paper exam, or 250 for the computer-based exam. All other programs require a minimum TOEFL score of 550 for the paper exam, or 213 for the computer-based exam. We will need two copies of official English translation transcripts as well as two copies of the transcripts in the native language of your undergraduate and graduate work, showing a strong academic record. Certification of Finances form Recommendations I-20

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Baccalaureate College—Liberal Arts

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 1,000-2,999

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