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Master's in Educational Leadership

Program Code:  ME5028 (Athens)
Program Code: ME5029 (Regional)


Through a balanced online and in-class instructional approach, the Master’s in Educational Leadership is a 30-credit program completed over three semesters. The program prepares students to be leaders in education and related fields such as P-12 school districts, government agencies, foundations, and non-profit organizations. The courses align with National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) standards.  Other graduates enter doctoral programs in leadership and related fields. The program format is a cohort model that meets on Saturdays. New cohorts begin each summer (applications due April 15) or fall (applications due July 30) at the Athens and various regional campuses. 

Admissions Requirements

  • Applicants will need a 2.9 GPA in the undergraduate coursework of a bachelor’s degree, a 3.25 GPA in the last 90 quarter or 60 semester hours of a bachelor’s degree, or a 3.5 GPA in the coursework comprising a master’s degree. Any undergraduate coursework taken after obtaining a bachelor’s degree is not included in these calculations.
  • An applicant whose GPA is below the levels stated above can be considered by taking and reporting the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). A combined score of 300 is preferred.
  • Non-native speakers of English must submit a TOEFL score. A score of at least 550 is preferred.
  • Three recommendations are on the organizational letterhead of the individual making the recommendation.   
  • An autobiography focused on the professional career and objectives of the applicant. The autobiography should be double-spaced and approximately four pages in length.
  • A curriculum vitae or a resume is preferred; however not required.
  • For those individuals who have completed a master’s degree at Ohio University, a completed online application and statement of purpose form are all that are needed for the application.
  • If you wish to complete the program with a Principal License, please check out our Educational Leadership with Licensure program.

International Students Requirements

  • International students seeking an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership must apply to the Athens-based cohort, ME5028.
  • The Graduate College application deadlines for international students are December 1 for Summer and February 1 for Fall. 
  • The I-20 document deadlines are April 3 for Summer and May 15 for Fall.
  • The application deadlines US citizens/permanent residents are April 1 for Summer and August 1 for Fall.


TermProgram of StudyCredits
*Summer 2EDLE 5090 Ed and the Democratic Community 3
*Summer 2EDLE 6110 Law for Educational Leaders4
FallEDLE 6015 Introduction to Leadership and Organizational Management 4
FallEDLE 5910 Ed Leadership Internship I 2
FallEDLE 5110 Colloquium in Ed Leadership 2
FallEDRE 5010 Intro to Ed Research Methods 3
SpringEDLE 6980 Ed Leadership Data Gathering Portfolio 3
SpringEDLE 5911 Ed Leadership Internship II 2
SpringEDLE 6610 School-Community Relations and Education Policy4
SpringEDLE 7071 Comparative Cultures and Education 3

**These courses can be taken in the summer at the beginning or end of the program or in the fall at the end of the program.

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For more information please contact:

Marci Shepard
Program Coordinator
Patton Hall 302R