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Educational Leadership (MA/MEd)

This program offers three concentrations that may be completed fully online. Find out more about online learning.

Today's leaders in education are faced with increasingly complex challenges that require the ability to support academic excellence and the retention of diverse students. They must develop their skills to shape and inform policy, collaborate with stakeholders, build consensus, coordinate institutional services and be accountable for strategic outcomes.

The two-year Educational Leadership master's degree program offers a powerful, discipline-based curriculum with a problem-solving orientation that prepares effective and principled decision-makers. Students in the program can select from the following degree only concentrations:

  • General Concentration: Graduates are prepared to work in K-12 environments and in non K-12 environments (early childhood, after-school programs, museums, non-profit organizations, etc.) in order to gain expertise to be leaders regionally, nationally, and internationally. This program can be completed fully online or at our Lincoln Park Campus.
  • Catholic Leadership Concentration: Graduates who are not seeking principalship licensure are prepared to become leaders within the context of catholic education, catholic charities, youth ministries, etc., in various capacities across the region, nation and global community. This program can be completed fully online or at our Lincoln Park Campus.
  • Higher Education: Graduates are prepared to assume a variety of leadership, administrative, policy and management positions at colleges and universities, as well as allied positions with community, governmental and public service organizations. This program can be completed fully online or at our Lincoln Park Campus.
  • Physical Education: Graduates are prepared for administrative and supervisory roles in community sports programs and athletics, such as athletic department heads, head coaches, sports activities directors, youth sport coaches and camp directors.

Interested in enrolling in this program? Learn more about its admissions requirements and how to apply.

Degree Program

Master of Arts (MA) 
Master of Education (MEd)

Program Format

To accommodate working professionals, the Educational Leadership program offers courses that meet on weekday evenings at DePaul's Lincoln Park Campus, online, or a hybrid online and on-campus format. In addition, the program's schedule is flexible, allowing students to attend full-time or part-time as their professional and personal schedules allow.

Program Requirements

The Educational Leadership master's degree program includes three core course (12 quarter hours) that are taken by all students and an additional 10 courses (40 quarter hours) that vary for each concentration.

All Educational Leadership master's degree students who opt to earn an MA complete a thesis and oral defense, while students who opt to earn an MEd complete a capstone project.

Want to learn more? For detailed information about program requirements, see the official DePaul University Graduate Catalog.