Educational Leadership (Master of Science)

Program Availability

Would you like to have a greater impact on the education in your school? With an online Master of Science (MS) in Educational Leadership from Creighton University, you will be prepared for leadership in public, Catholic and other private schools.

This 36-credit program is offered in 8-week online courses and can be completed in two years. There is a 2-day on-campus orientation at the beginning of the program.

Space is limited, so apply today.

Career Outcomes

Graduates of Creighton’s online MS in educational leadership become transformational school leaders who are grounded in Ignatian values. They are prepared to effect positive change and improve student success in their schools.

Employment of elementary, middle and high school principals is projected to grow 6% by 2022. Employment growth will be driven by increases in school enrollments. Some additional schools may open to accommodate the larger number of students, resulting in a need for assistant principals and principals. The median pay for principals is $87,760, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Graduates will become educational leaders who promote the success of all students by enabling a collaborative vision of student success, by sustaining a positive school culture, by effectively managing the school, and by responding to diverse community and political interests in the community.
  2. Graduates will be able to lead processes that collect and analyze information and that lead to decisions which effect change and improve the school.
  3. Graduates will be become school leaders whose educational values are based on the Ignatian and Education Department charisms of cura personalis, magis, men and women for and with others, and contemplation in action.
  4. Graduates will be able to communicate knowledge gained to specialized and non-specialized persons alike orally and in writing.
  5. Graduates will incorporate reflective practice and apply ethical principles such as integrity and fairness when making personal and professional decisions.



  • School Administration: This 36-credit program specialization prepares you to be an elementary (PK-8) or secondary (7-12) school principal. In Nebraska, a dual administrative endorsement (PK-12) requires 44 credits. You can add the 9 credits at any time after completing your initial single level endorsement.

If you are a teacher in a Catholic school, you can take four specific courses within your 36 credit school administration program to earn a certificate in Catholic school leadership (CSL) along with your master’s degree in educational leadership.  

  • Teacher Leadership: This 36-credit program specialization prepares you to be a leader in your school, such as a department chair, grade level team leader, or instructional coach. It is designed so that you can add principal certification later on. 

What You'll Learn

You will come away from the Educational Leadership program at Creighton with the knowledge, skills, and values that will enable you to be a transformational school leader. 

The framework below captures the essence of our program. The horizontal bars represent five domains that research tells us are associated with impactful school leadership. The vertical bars represent skills that are critical to a leader’s success in all domains. Encircling the framework are four specific core values we emphasize in our program that are integral to leader formation in the Jesuit tradition:

  • Magis: generous excellence
  • Men and women for and with others: service, justice, inclusivity, and solidarity
  • Contemplation in action: reflective and ethical decision making
  • Cura personalis: care of the whole person

Preparing Leaders in the Jesuit Tradition - a framework


Core Requirements for the M.S. in Educational Leadership

  • School Improvement
  • Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment I
  • Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment II
  • School Culture
  • Effective Conflict Engagement for Educational Leaders
  • **School Law

School Administration Specialization Requirements

  • Differentiated Supervision for Professional Growth
  • **Strategic Resourcing
  • Internship I
  • Internship II
  • *Leading Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)
  • *Meeting the Needs of the Diverse Learner

Catholic School Leadership Certificate (4 specialized courses)

Completion of 4 specialized courses as part of your master’s degree program will also earn you a Catholic School Leadership (CSL) Certificate. Students who want to work as administrators in a Catholic school will:

  • take the 2 classes listed below in lieu of the ones above marked with a single asterisk (*).
    • Foundations of Catholic Education
    • Strategic and Political Leadership
  • enroll in the course sections of these two courses that focus on the Catholic school context. 
    • School Law
    • Strategic Resourcing

Teacher Leadership Specialization Requirements

  • Leading Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)
  • Intervention Strategies
  • Analyzing Student Work
  • Student Centered Coaching
  • Teacher Leader Internship

Portfolio Requirement

Students in the Educational Leadership Program create a portfolio of their work as a culminating assessment to demonstrate leadership competencies outlined in the program framework. The portfolio is presented to the faculty in the student’s final semester.

This information is current for the cohort that will enter in June 2016.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants for the MS in Educational Leadership are to meet the following criteria by the deadline in order to be officially accepted into the Creighton University program:

  • Completed application and $50 nonrefundable application fee
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation. (Please use the electronic recommendation process with the online application). The recommendations should be completed and submitted by persons other than family members who can testify to the applicant’s character, leadership potential and ability to do graduate coursework.
  • resume detailing career experiences
  • Teaching certificate (some exceptions may apply, e.g., theology teachers)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended where a degree or teacher certification was awarded
  • PDF iconNotarized Felony Conviction and Mental Capacity Statement
  • Two (2) years of successful teaching experience (may be in progress as course work begins)
  • An essay describing personal goals, areas of interest in education and career plans
  • Background check: all prospective students must successfully pass a background check before being admitted to the department unconditionally
  • After all of the above have been submitted, a structured personal interview will be conducted

Tuition & Scholarships


Cost: $525 per credit hour, 2016/2017 rate, plus university and technology fees. By completing your application for admission, you will automatically be considered for a scholarship. Special consideration will be given to Catholic school educators. See below.


Creighton offers generous Ignatian Leader-Scholar awards for graduate students in the educational leadership master’s degree program who work in PK-12 schools. By completing your application for admission, you will automatically be considered for a scholarship. The information contained in your admissions file will be used to determine your scholarship. Scholarships will be based on experience, academic record, recommendations, and your brief personal essay that states your professional goals and your reasons for seeking a Creighton degree in Educational Leadership, especially in light of the University’s and Education Department’s mission. Special scholarship consideration will be given to Catholic school educators. Scholarships are renewable based on performance in the master’s degree program.

For questions, contact Lindsay Johnson, Director of Graduate Recruitment, at 402.280.2703.

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Educators for Justice Scholarship Program

In keeping with Creighton’s mission of service and justice, we want to support teachers in our local community who work in high-poverty schools (65 percent free or reduced lunch). This scholarship program provides $7,200 to teachers in the Omaha/Council Bluffs area who apply and are admitted for the June 2016 cohort.

For additional information, please contact AnnMausbach [at] creighton [dot] edu (Ann Mausbach, PhD)

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