M.S.Ed. in Educational Leadership (Online)

Educational Leadership

M.S.Ed. in Educational Leadership (Online)

As an experienced teacher, you understand the challenges that schools and students face.

Now you can build upon your classroom experiences to address the challenges facing the next generation of leaders and develop innovative solutions and more effective organizations.

This challenging curriculum will deepen your leadership capacities, enhance your learning and professional growth, and help you to think critically about the challenges facing education today.

This program is designed for students who are interested in school leadership. While the vast majority of our students have been teachers, we will consider applicants without teaching experience who make a strong case in their personal statements about why they are interested in educational leadership. Relevant work experience in a related field is strongly preferred. Applicants should be sure to discuss prior work experiences and future career goals within the statement. Also, be sure to explain why you are attracted to this particular program.

Please note: An Indiana principal's license is embedded in our master's coursework. In order to qualify for the principal's license, a student must have taught as a licensed teacher or been a licensed counselor for two years. Students with no teaching experience are still welcome to apply to this program but will not be eligible for principal licensure.

  • Application Deadlines
    Starting SemesterDeadline
    Fall Aug 8
    Spring Dec 1
    Summer Apr 22
    International students are encouraged to apply early to allow extra time for their materials to arrive.
  • Admission Requirements

    In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Graduate Studies Office will accept unofficial transcripts and self-reported test scores for admission reviews. Any admission made with these documents would be conditioned on receipt of official documents, which should be provided as soon as possible.

    Note: If you are currently enrolled or have applied in the past year, you should qualify for an application fee waiver. Click here for criteria and how to obtain the waiver.

    1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
    2. Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 out of 4.00
    3. Two years of teaching experience is strongly preferred
    4. Completed online application that includes:
      • Personal statement
      • Resume
      • Two letters of recommendation (Letters from Direct Supervisors such as principals or assistant principals are recommended)
      • GRE scores are required only if applicant does not have a degree from an accredited U.S. institution
      • Minimum 79 TOEFL score or minimum 6.5 IELTS score (international students only)

    Learn more about how to apply

  • Program Requirements
  • Tuition and Fees

    Per credit hour

    ResidencyTuitionDE FeeTotal
    IN Resident$480.93$39$519.93

    Find more information and calculate your expected costs at Student Central.

  • Funding

    Below is a list of potential resources for graduate students. Note: graduate assistantships are generally intended for students studying and working on the Bloomington campus.

    • Learn about the variety of fellowships and assistantships available to graduate students.
    • Visit Student Central for information about financial assistance.
    • Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.
    • Active duty military, veterans, and military families should visit the Center for Veteran and Military Students to take full advantage of available financial assistance and educational benefits.
  • Careers

    This degree equips you to take on leadership roles in your school, district, or other educational organization and prepares you for licensing as a building-level administrator, superintendent, or director of exceptional needs.


  • Fit in your schedule with 100% online courses
  • Personalized academic support from admission to graduation
  • Online students learn from the same distinguished faculty who teach on campus
  • Online students have 24/7 tech support
  • Online students have access to IU’s vast library system with cutting-edge research capabilities

Our faculty

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Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor

Research Areas:
Culturally Responsive Leadership, English Learners, Bilingual Learners, Exceptional Needs
(812) 856-2090
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Associate Professor

Research Areas:
Legal and policy issues in special education; legal literacy of educators and school leaders
(812) 856-8375
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Associate Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department Chair

Research Areas:
Educational Leadership; Instructional Leadership; Leadership Development; Resource Allocation; School and District Improvement; Improvement Science
(812) 856-8235
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Professor; Director, Center for Evaluation and Education Policy (CEEP)

Research Areas:
Education policy; school choice; access and equity; research utilization
(812) 856-8389
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Clinical Assistant Professor

Research Areas:
Principal and superintendent leadership; school finance
(812) 856-1373
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Assistant Professor

Research Areas:
Leadership preparation; principal's role in teacher development and career trajectories; education policy
(812) 856-8254
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Research Areas:
K-12 and higher education law; education policy, education governance, charter schools

Contact Us

Michele Moore
ED 4230
(812) 856-1373

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