Graduate Studies



Physical location
438 Old Main

Mailing address
Graduate Studies
5000 Abbey Way SE
Lacey, WA 98503

Office hours
9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday - Friday

Frequently asked questions

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Q: How long does the school administration certificate program take?
A: Students entering the program with a Masters can complete the required coursework and internship in one-year starting with the Summer Academy.
Q: How much does it cost to attend?
A: A. See Program Schedule for current tuition charges. An innovative format supports an affordable cost with an average estimate of $18,095 for the year-long certificate program.
Q: What if I don’t have a Masters?
A: Students without a Masters can apply for the MED Program with a concentration in school administration. This pathway generally takes two-years to complete. See the MED website for additional information
Q: Do I have to come to St. Martin’s University every week?
A: No, the program is designed to meet the needs of working professionals. The Summer Academy is offered as a hybrid format with some on-campus classes. Fall and spring semester, students are required to come to Campus 7-times a semester during the week. The rest of the course content is conducted online. Students are expected to have access to technology and participate in an online class environment. See the program schedule page for a suggested schedule of classes.
Q: Are there requirements to come to St. Martin’s University on the weekends?
A: No, classes are not scheduled for school administration students on the weekends.
Q: What is the class size?
A: Classes are purposely kept small so that students can engage in collaborative learning activities with their colleagues and instructors can offer strong support for students’ success.
Q: What are the employment opportunities?
A: The Association of Washington School Principals posts current offerings. Those candidates open to relocating can often secure an administrator position more quickly.
Q: What are the average wages for a principal or a director?
A: According to the Spokesman Review, the average salary in Washington State by job title indicated the following:
Secondary Principal - $104,558.81
Elementary Principal - $100,379.27
Secondary Vice Principal - $98,108.27
Elementary Vice Principal - $83,715.99
Director/Supervisor - $74,938.80
Q: Do I have to be a Catholic to attend St. Martin’s University?
A: University welcomes people of all beliefs.
Q: Is the program accredited?
A: Saint Martin's University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The State of Washington Professional Educator Standards Board recently reviewed St. Martin’s University and in a letter dated March 18, 2013 granted full approval of five years for the Residency Principal and Program Administrator Program.
Q: What if I have more questions?
A: Contact the Office of Graduate Studies at, or the School Administration Program Director at

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