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Master of Science in Educational Leadership

Quality educational leadership is imperative to the success of our schools and our students. In fact, studies have shown that effective leadership is second only to quality teaching in terms of improving student achievement. If you aspire to become a strong and effective leader in education, Creighton University’s online Master of Science in Educational Leadership is for you.

“We've designed the Educational Leadership program around the leadership behaviors and practices that researchers have told us make the greatest difference for student outcomes.”

—Ann Mausbach, PhD | Associate Professor and Program Director, College of Arts and Sciences

Rooted in Jesuit values, Creighton’s educational leadership master’s goes far beyond the administrative aspects of school leadership. It teaches students the importance of compassion, relationship-building, reflection and humility in their work. Through hands-on, project-based learning experiences, you’ll learn to lead and manage a school, sustain a positive school culture, and respond to diverse community and political interests.

A personalized degree that fits your lifestyle

We know graduate school is a huge investment of your time and money, so we make sure your investment is a smart one—and one you can fit in your schedule. This 36-credit master’s degree in educational leadership is designed to meet the needs of busy professionals and can be completed online (with one short on-campus requirement) in two years.

Creighton’s program is designed for individuals who hope to pursue a leadership role in public or private education. You can choose to select a school administration, teacher leadership, K-12 educational leadership through sports specialization, depending on your individual career goals. For individuals interested in leading in a Catholic school, Creighton offers a Catholic School Leadership certificate.

Program At A Glance

Master of Science in Educational Leadership

This program is offered Online

Application Deadline

April 15


  • Bachelor’s degree with 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Teaching certificate and teaching experience preferred
  • Official transcripts from all educational institutions attended
  • Background check and felony conviction and mental capacity statements
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Application
  • $50 application fee



Through the MS in Educational Leadership program, you’ll develop the advanced skills and experience to become a highly effective educational leader.

To help you achieve your goals, our educational leadership master’s program offers these specializations:

  • School Administration Specialization — Prepare for your license as an elementary or secondary school principal by gaining theoretical and practical knowledge of school administration. View the course requirements of this specialization.
  • Teacher Leadership Specialization — Gain the practical and theoretical knowledge necessary to serve as a teacher leader in roles such as instructional coach, mentor, or curriculum specialist. View the course requirements of this specialization.
  • K-12 Educational Leadership through Sports Specialization – Acquire the skills necessary to serve as a leader within a public or private school athletic department by strengthening your understanding of school leadership processes through a sports lens.  View the course requirements of this specialization.

Creighton’s education programs are nationally recognized as excellent by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and by the Higher Learning Commission. This reputation is earned thanks to Creighton’s carefully designed program curricula and standards, as well as the talented faculty who apply Jesuit values to ensure student success.

Meet the program faculty

Specific Application Requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS in Educational Leadership program, applicants must:

  • Complete an application and submit a $50 application fee
  • Possess a bachelor’s degree with 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Provide a transcript displaying completion of a teaching degree (exemptions available). Read more about sending transcripts here
  • Provide a teaching certificate (exemptions available) and have at least two years of successful teaching experience (can be in progress as you begin the program)
  • Submit a personal statement (see application for specific requirements)
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from persons other than friends or family members
  • Pass a background check (if offer of admission is extended)
  • Submit felony convictions and mental capacity statements

A personal interview may be requested in addition to the above requirements. The interview may be conducted in-person or virtually.

Due to the specific features and requirements of this program, international students cannot be admitted. Unique situations may be discussed with your enrollment specialist.

Tuition and Financial Aid

To show our appreciation for the important work done by educators like you, Creighton University offers a special tuition rate to students in the Master of Science in Educational Leadership program.

Tuition rates change in the fall of each year. Visit the Tuition and Fees page for more details.

Creighton is pleased to offer scholarships and tuition discounts for students interested in our graduate education program. To learn more about our available tuition discounts, please schedule an appointment with our enrollment specialist.

Financial Aid
To help make your graduate studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to file the FAFSA to apply for financial assistance. We also encourage you to apply for available graduate student scholarships and fellowships.

Learn more about funding your education

Have questions? Email or call a friendly financial specialist at 402.280.2731 for any additional questions you may have.

Dates and Deadlines

The table below details the enrollment deadline and starting date of courses for the current academic year. If you have any questions about dates, deadlines, or application materials, please contact an enrollment specialist for personalized assistance.


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Catholic School Leadership (Graduate Certificate)

Students who complete the following courses will also earn a graduate certificate in Catholic School Leadership:

  • Foundations of Catholic Education
  • Strategic Resourcing
  • School Law
  • Strategic and Political Leadership in Catholic Schools

 See the full course listing

K-12 Educational Leadership through Sports (Graduate Certificate)

Students who complete the following courses will also earn a graduate certificate in K-12 Educational Leadership through Sports:

  • School Improvement
  • School Culture
  • Strategic Resourcing
  • Two Organizational Leadership Electives


If you’re still deciding on your path, start by taking a professional development course. The courses below explore key elements of education. You can take them as non-credit standalone career development courses, or if you successfully complete two and then enroll in the Master of Science in Educational Leadership program, you’ll be awarded three credit hours toward your degree.

Restorative Justice in Schools
All Learning is Social Emotional Learning
Student-Centered Coaching