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Online Master’s in Educational Leadership


”The emphasis of the program deals with getting the student ready for the leadership positions, looking at management, looking at foundations of leadership, communication skills, verbal, written, technical.”

  • 100% online
  • 33 credits
  • Complete your degree in less than 2 years
  • Total estimated cost of $17,655 (just $535 per credit)
  • Start when you're ready: spring, summer, or fall

Make an Impact With an Educational Leadership Master's Degree

Research shows school leadership is second only to classroom instruction when it comes to which factors impact student learning the most.1 But learning and development don't stop in the classroom: Among millennials, who comprise the majority of the American workforce, 87 percent listed training and development as an important employer benefit.2

Get ready to make an impact by developing your leadership, management, and analysis skills in the online Master of Arts in Educational Leadership program at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.

Most K-12 leadership roles* require a master's degree3, and with Saint Mary's, you can be ready to compete for open jobs in less than two years.

Whether you continue on to work as an administrator in higher education, or become the director of a corporate employee training program, the skills you develop here will enable you to help others reach their full potential.

Program Highlights

  • Master the Essential Skills. Build the foundational skills employers demand in today's innovative leaders: Learn to develop those around you, manage change, apply educational strategies for learners of all ages and backgrounds, and analyze data to improve any organization.
  • Learn From Real-World Leaders. Our online master's in educational leadership is taught by professors who have distinguished themselves as administrators in early childhood, K-12, and higher education, as well as corporate trainers.
  • See the Big Picture. Our curriculum goes beyond the basics of educational leadership to offer a broader leadership and societal perspective. Dig into courses on the fundamentals of management, ethics and law, and cultural awareness and competence.
  • Save Time. Spend Less. Saint Mary's master's in educational leadership has a total estimated cost of $17,655 (just $535 per credit) and a 100 percent online curriculum. Follow our recommended course schedule and earn your master's degree in just 22 months.
  • Join the Saint Mary's Community. See the benefits of Saint Mary's credentials, prestige, and welcoming community. Our private, nonprofit, Lasallian Catholic University has more than 100 years of history as an educational institution.

"The program is really manageable in terms of time. You can still have your career while you are working on your education." – Hillary Rogers, Student, Online Master of Arts in Educational Leadership

Program Outcomes

  • Provide educational leadership through the use of leadership principles and technology applicable to educational organizations.
  • Communicate effectively to facilitate professional learning communities.
  • Evaluate and design curriculum and instruction to ensure and enhance the growth of all learners, especially adults.
  • Foster cultural competency by leveraging diversity to assure growth of the educational organization.
  • Manage safe and effective learning environments by utilizing creative supervisory principles and research-based management styles.
  • Embrace ethical values to act with responsibility and accountability.
  • Assess educational effectiveness by utilizing data-driven practices and technological strategies.
  • Examine ways to improve education through quality data collection and analysis.
  • Empower and nurture employees through effective staff development principles and adult learning theories.

Program Curriculum

With courses from adult learning to ethics and law, you'll have the experience to take on all the challenges that come with educational leadership:

Course Code Course Title
EL 603 Foundations of Educational Leadership
EL 630 Educational Research
EL 633 Ethics and Law
EL 652 Adult Learning
EL 662 Promoting Change
EL 670 Multi-Cultural Leaders and Team Building

Career Outlook: Explore a Variety of Industries

When you graduate with your master's degree in educational leadership, you'll be ready to lead in careers helping others teach and learn. Learn more on the Educational Leadership career outlook page.

Role Median Salary Projected Job Growth, 2016-2026
Elementary, Middle, and High School Principal
Master's degree typically required for entry. This profession requires professional licensure. Check with your state for administrative licensure requirements.
$94,390 8%
Instructional Coordinator
Master's degree typically required for entry.
$63,750 11%
Post-Secondary Education Administrator 
Master's degree typically required for entry.
$92,360 10%
Social and Community Service Manager 
Some jobs require a master's degree.
$64,100 18%
Training and Development Manager 
Some jobs require a master's degree.
$108,250 10%

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

If you want to propel your career forward with a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership at Saint Mary's, learn about relevant careers and salary information, request more information, or contact an enrollment counselor at 877-308-9954.


*This is not a licensure preparation program for K-12 administrative licensure. If you are looking to become a Principal, Director of Special Education, or Superintendent in Minnesota, the completion of an education-related master's program allows you to enter the Saint Mary's Ed.S. in Educational Administration to complete coursework and field experience in preparation for licensure. If you are looking to become a K-12 public school administrator in another state, it is your responsibility to check with the administrative licensing body in your state for specific licensure preparation requirements.