How to Apply

M.S.Ed. in Educational Leadership (online or hybrid)

International Applicants


Fall: May 1
Spring: September 1
Summer: February 1


To be considered for admission to the program, your complete application must be received by the deadline for the semester in which you wish to begin classes. Complete applications received after the deadline will be reviewed. Those applications that are recommended for admission will be scheduled to enroll in the following semester. Applicants to this program must meet the following admissions criteria.

Application Fee


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You can pay the application fee online with the following credit cards.

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Admissions Questions
Graduate Studies Office
  • (812) 856-8504
Program Information
Prof. Walter Bourke
  • (812) 856-2927

  1. 1Prepare Your Application

    The Graduate Studies Office will complete applications after the deadline up until a few weeks before the semester starts. This does not guarantee your application will be reviewed by faculty as different programs have different availabilities. If you are applying after the deadline or for a semester without a posted deadline you should confirm with the department that they will still be reviewing applications before applying.

    A complete application consists of not only the application but also required transcripts, letters of recommendation, test scores, personal statement, and anything else required. In order to have met the deadline all materials must be received by the deadline date.

    Your application for admission will need to include the items listed below. It typically takes applicants several months to complete their applications. Here are some tasks you can begin working on right now to reduce the time it takes to complete your application:

    • Order official transcripts now
    • Ask prospective recommenders if they will write a letter on your behalf, and check whether they prefer to complete the letter electronically or on paper
    • If English is not your first language, register to take the TOEFL

    We will begin to build your application file as soon as your first application item arrives in our office. You do not need to wait until all materials are ready before you start the application process, nor do you need to wait to submit the online application until after you have taken the TOEFL. Leave the test score section of the application blank if you have not yet taken the test.

    This program does not require GRE scores. If you have a cumulative GPA below 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, then you will be required to interview with the faculty members in the Educational Leadership Program.

    Current Résumé

    Upload your current résumé into the online application as a PDF file or as a Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx). No other file formats will be accepted into the online application.

    Letters of Recommendation

    Letters of recommendation must document academic and scholarly performance, strong social and interpersonal skills, emotional maturity, and moral character. Letters of recommendation from professors or instructors who know the applicant’s academic and intellectual skills are preferred. Letters from employers and others who know the applicant’s work habits and character are also acceptable. 

    Two (2) letters of recommendation are required for your application.

    Keep the following criteria in mind as you consider whom to ask for a recommendation.

    • People who can comment from personal knowledge about your academic qualifications for graduate study are preferred. Ideally these recommenders are your former professors or advisors from your previous academic institutions.
    • People who can comment about your professional qualifications are acceptable recommenders if you have been out of school for a number of years. Ideally these recommenders are your former or current supervisors.
    • Family members, classmates, and friends are not acceptable recommenders.

    Instructions for online submission: An electronic request to your recommenders will be automatically sent when you submit your online application. Recommenders may upload their letters directly. 

    Instructions for mail submission: Your supervisor should write the letter on institution or company letterhead and include your name and the name of the program to which you are applying in the introduction. Each recommender must enclose the letter in a sealed envelope, sign across the seal, and return the envelope to the applicant so that it can be sent together with the application. Should the recommender prefer to send the letter directly to our office, he or she may do so. Unsigned envelopes with reference letters cannot be accepted.

    Please communicate the application deadline to your recommenders so that they will have opportunity to submit their letters well in advance.

    Official Transcripts

    Submit official academic records from each college or university you attended, whether or not you obtained a degree. Transcripts may be sent to the Office of International Services by either the institution or you; however, transcripts must arrive in a sealed, official envelope. Loose or opened transcripts will not be accepted. For important information about how to submit your academic records, please see the Office of International Services website.

    You do not need to submit transcripts from Indiana University. We will be able to access your IU transcript directly.

    Personal Goal Statement

    Leadership programs of the IU School of Education prepare educators to be moral and transformational agents leading high performing schools and fostering equity, justice, and diversity. Leaders of this sort routinely content with and challenge barriers to educational opportunity relating to poverty, gender, (dis)ability, race, ethnicity and home language, among others. In preparation for this work, our students engage in ongoing discussions and critical analyses of school organization, community relations, curriculum development and delivery, legal and financial issues, and leadership practice. This work demands the abilities to reflect and respond in written and oral form. 

    The M.S. Ed. in Educational Leadership program is designed for students who are interested in school leadership. While the vast majority of students have been teachers, we will consider applicants who do not have teaching experience. You must make a strong case in your personal statement about why you are interested in educational leadership. Please be sure to explain why you are attracted to this particular program.  

    So that we can assess interest and commitment to engaging with our faculty and fellow students in these efforts, all candidates are asked to provide a personal goal statement for entering the IU Educational Leadership Program. This statement should clearly introduce you, indicate your educational and professional goals and relate these to your educational, work and life experiences. The statement should be no more than three double-spaced pages. This document should be prepared using a word processing program (not handwritten) and should be 300 to 500 words. You can upload your personal goal statement as a PDF file or as a Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx) into the online application itself. No other file formats will be accepted into the online application.

    TOEFL Scores

    All international students whose first language is not English must submit recent scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). You must have taken the TOEFL within the last two years prior to your application, and we do not accept substitutions for the TOEFL. Use the school code 1324 when submitting your scores to Indiana University.

    • Written version: Score of 550 is ordinarily required
    • Computer-based version: Score of 213 is ordinarily required
    • Internet-based version: Score of 79 is ordinarily required

    You can learn more about the TOEFL and find testing locations throughout the world through the Educational Testing Service.

  2. 2Complete Your Application Online

    Complete and submit your application online.

    Faculty members in the program to which you are applying will make initial decisions about admissions. After faculty members review applications, they make their admissions recommendations to the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, who makes the final decision.

    Note that faculty members will not review your application until it is complete. After you submit your application online, you will receive an email listing all of the supporting documents that have yet to be received (if any). We recommend that you submit your application well in advance of the deadlines to allow time for all materials, including official transcripts, to arrive before the deadline.

  3. 3Look for an Email

    You will get an email if your application is incomplete, or if you’ve been admitted or denied.