Master of Science in Educational Leadership

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Educational Leadership program is designed for educators who want to expand their leadership knowledge and skills to serve in formal or informal leadership roles in schools. The master's degree leads to Wisconsin certification as principal (#51) and director of instruction (#10). Educators not interested in formal administrative positions, but who are interested in expanding their leadership capacity for roles such as site council member, grade level coordinator, or department chair, will also benefit from the program. The format of the M.S. in Educational Leadership program is an accelerated cohort model with courses typically lasting six to eight weeks. The program is offered year-round in a face-to-face format at locations throughout Wisconsin, as well as online.

The course content emphasizes the knowledge, skills and dispositions that are compatible with effective school leadership in the 21st century, as defined in the Wisconsin Principal and Director of Instruction Content Standards. During the 31 credit program, students accrue practicum hours that are aligned with the Wisconsin Administrator Standards. The practicum contributes to the development of the School Improvement Plan that is completed by each student under the supervision of the school-based supervisor and the University supervisor. Students also complete a leadership portfolio as part of administrator licensure requirements.


Courses Are Available

Face to Face
Main Campus

Program Details

●  Credits: 31
●  Cost per Credit: $583 (2017-18)

Transfer Credits You Already Earned

A maximum of nine graduate credits may be transferred from another accredited degree-granting institution. Download our guide that explains credit acquisition.

Application Process and Requirements

Academic and Professional Requirements 

Prior Education
  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
  • A grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (probationary acceptance may be granted).

Professional Credential and Competency
  • A valid Wisconsin teaching license is required to receive the administrative licenses.

Admissions Application and Transcripts

Complete the Admissions Application
  • Submit the admissions application which is free to complete online. Applications for this program are reviewed on a rolling basis so allow sufficient time before the start of your program to be considered for admission.

Request Transcripts
  • Have official transcripts from each college or university you attended delivered directly to the Office of Admissions. Cardinal Stritch University alumni and current students should inquire with the admission counselor about locating transcripts already on file.
  • Transcripts from institutions outside of the United States require a course-by-course evaluation with GPA. Request the official report from ECE or WES to be sent directly to the Office of Admissions. Allow time for the evaluation to be completed since it could take up to 4-6 weeks to be created.

Information for International Students
  • If your prior education was not conducted in English, you must demonstrate proficiency with acceptable scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or an ESL program. Review the language and academic requirements to know if you are prepared for studying at Stritch. We can also help you obtain an F-1 student visa.

Two Letters of Recommendation

Your letters of recommendation should be provided by your building principal, department leader, or another individual who can comment on your professional leadership abilities.

Personal Essay

Essays should be a maximum one-page (double-spaced) word-processed statement addressing the challenges you see in education today and how you as a leader hope to make a positive change.

Send Application Materials to Admissions

Submit the application online and mail additional materials to:

Cardinal Stritch University
Graduate Admissions
6801 N. Yates Road, #516
Milwaukee, WI  53217-3985

Contact Your Counselor

Begin the admission process with Emily or contact her to follow-up on your current application.

Emily Barker

(414) 410-4062 or (800) 347-8822

Schedule a phone appointment     Request a one-on-one meeting     Connect on Facebook Messenger

Funding Your Education

Stritch is competitively priced to make graduate education affordable. Counselors in our Financial Aid Office know that each student is unique and they are dedicated to helping identify ways to help students fund their education. Learn more about our tuition and the financial aid process.


Alumni Network

Students, families, and employers know Stritch as a university that helps students find their mission, develop new skills, gain relevant career experience, and expand their professional networks. With a network of close to 37,000 graduates, our alumni are successful in their roles at nonprofits, schools, small companies, health care organizations, corporations, and entrepreneurial ventures.

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