Why Mills

Located in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, the Mills College School of Education and the Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business have joined together to offer an innovative MBA/MA in Educational Leadership Program. The joint MBA/MA degree is designed specifically to prepare future educational leaders and managers for success in a rapidly changing educational landscape.

Educational leaders are increasingly confronted by complex challenges that require knowledge of educational processes as well as strategic business and management skills. These challenges can include:

  • new models of schools, such as charter schools run by management companies and nonprofits
  • increased demands for accountability and reporting mechanisms from diverse sets of stakeholders
  • constrained resources coupled with increased expectations for educational quality and demands for specialized services
  • growing reliance on turnaround processes for troubled schools

Challenges such as these require expertise that crosses traditional boundaries of business and education, in addition to tools beyond the basic knowledge of managing budgets and people typically offered by educational leadership programs.

The Mills MBA/MA in Educational Leadership Program prepares graduate students with knowledge and skills in areas including strategy, operations, marketing, finance, information and technology management, ethics, and organizational change. The program is appropriate for students who are preparing to serve as educational administrators in early childhood, K–12, higher education, and out-of-school programs and institutions; leaders and business officers in independent and charter schools; directors of educational nonprofits; educational consultants; and business consultants working in the education sector.

Graduate students can earn a joint MBA/MA degree from Mills in three years or less, depending on the previous fulfillment of foundation courses and a student’s individual course load. This specially designed joint degree enables students to reduce their time in school by at least one academic year, providing significant financial savings and allowing future educational leaders to begin the next stage of their career in three years or less.

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P: 510.430.3173
F: 510.430.3361
E: mba@mills.edu

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Last Updated: 1/28/15