Be the (R)evolution: Innovating, Discovering, Leading

The Department of Administrative Leadership develops the education field’s next generation of change-makers.

As an educational leader, you’ll have the vital skills needed to nurture leadership among others in a wide range of elementary, secondary, and post-secondary programs, as well as in business and industry.

We have two areas of study: Adult, Continuing, and Higher Education Administration, which focuses on post-secondary adult and continuing education leadership and administration at higher education organizations; and Educational Administration, which focuses on elementary and secondary educational administration.

Our Programs

Master’s Degrees

Graduate Certificates

Interested in Combining a Master’s Degree with a Certificate?

Doctoral Degree

This department offers specializations in Adult, Continuing, and Higher Education Leadership (ACHEL) and Educational Administration as part of the Urban Education Doctoral Program.

Why Choose Our Programs?

We share a “student first” attitude that emphasizes the interests and learning needs of our students. With a flexible approach to students’ assignments and course work, we help students connect theory to practice. We are committed to academic excellence and the development of highly competent, confident and successful professionals.

About Administrative Leadership

Department Mission

UWM’s Department of Administrative Leadership develops competent, inquiring educational leaders who are ready to transform students’ lives. These leaders require advanced preparation to meet the broad spectrum of learning needs in today's dynamic and complex society.

Distinct Values of Our Program

  • We value and prize adults as learners and their quest for transformational learning opportunities.
  • Through quality teaching and research in the field, we meet learners' needs, stimulate critical thinking and provide a foundation for lifelong learning.
  • We are committed to the creation and dissemination of new knowledge and social justice.

Contact Us

For more information or questions about the program

(414) 229-4721

Questions about admissions?

Allison Hochmuth
Graduate Program Admissions Coordinator
Office of Student Services
(414) 229-4599

Mailing Address

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Department of Administrative Leadership
School of Education
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201

Online Programs

If you have questions specifically about our online programs, email one of the following:

Adult, Continuing, and Higher Education Administration

Educational Administration (School Principal/Director of Instruction - Online Sequence)

Application/Course Enrollment Deadlines

Administrative Leadership Application Process

The Administrative Leadership Department admits new students in Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. We recommend you submit your application 6-8 weeks prior to the semester you intend to enroll. Preferred deadlines are as follows:

Deadlines for Submission of Applications to the Program

Fall terms – mid-July of the year you plan to start
Spring terms – mid-December of the previous year
Summer terms – mid-April of the year you plan to start

Please also review Important Dates by Term from the Registrar’s Office.

Applicants can expect to hear back with the Graduate School’s official admission decision 6-8 weeks after their application is complete. If admitted by the Graduate School, they can also expect to hear back from the department with their advisor assignment shortly thereafter. Applications submitted after these deadlines will be reviewed on a rolling basis and may not be processed in time for enrollment for the intended semester. In this case, please contact the Graduate Program Admissions Coordinator, Allison Hochmuth (

Fellowship Application Deadlines

Students in Administrative Leadership graduate programs are eligible for funding opportunities through the Graduate School. Fellowships information and links to apply can be found on the Graduate School Types of Funding webpage. Those applications must be submitted by January 30 for internal ranking in the department. We then submit recommendations to the Graduate School by their deadline in early February for the upcoming Fall term.