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Master of Arts in Educational Leadership Online

Elevate your career and grow your impact in education with this online accredited graduate program designed to be flexible for working professionals like you.

06/01/22 Next Application Due Date
06/29/22 Start Classes
Program Overview

What Our Online Master's Degree in Educational Leadership Offers You

$17,920 Total Tuition
As few as 18-36 months Program Duration
35 Credit Hours

Be true to your passion for improving the state of education and become an exceptional school leader with Eastern Michigan University's 100% online master’s in educational leadership program. This CAEP-accredited degree program is designed to help you develop the professional leadership, research and management proficiencies you need to improve your school's system.

Gain the knowledge you need to manage school operations and resources and the skills to engage families and the community in meaningful, reciprocal and mutually beneficial ways to promote each student's academic success and well-being.

Taught by scholar practitioners, this online education program aligns with ELCC standards and enables you to qualify for the building level principal license in Michigan—in as few as 18 months.

Graduates of the M.A. in Educational Leadership online program will:

  • Develop, advocate and enact a shared mission, vision and core values of high-quality education and academic success
  • Act ethically and according to professional norms
  • Strive for equity of educational opportunity and culturally responsive practices
  • Develop and support intellectually rigorous and coherent systems of curriculum, instruction and assessment
  • Cultivate an inclusive, caring and supportive school community
  • Develop the professional capacity and practice of school personnel
  • Foster a professional community of teachers and other professional staff
  • Engage families and the community in meaningful, reciprocal and mutually beneficial ways
  • Manage school operations and resources
  • Act as agents of continuous improvement

Career opportunities:

  • School Principal
  • Assistant School Principal
  • Teacher Leader
Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

All professional education programs in the Eastern Michigan University College of Education are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and approved by the Michigan Department of Education.

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Tuition and Fees

Discover the Value of Our Low-Cost Tuition

The Master of Arts in Educational Leadership online program offers the same affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition to all online students whether they reside in or out of state. Financial aid may also be available for eligible students.

Tuition breakdown:

$512 Per Credit Hour
$17,920 Program Tuition

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Program Per Credit Hour Per 3-Credit Hour Course Per Program
Master of Arts in Educational Leadership $512 $1,536 $17,920

Cost of tuition does not include any additional applicable course fees, standard textbook fees or course materials.

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Federal Financial Aid

If you would like to be considered for financial aid at Eastern Michigan University, you will need to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Federal School Code for Eastern Michigan University is 002259.


Ranked #1 in Michigan for "The Best Online Master's in Educational Administration Programs" by (2016)


Dates You Need to Know

The M.A. in Educational Leadership online program features a convenient course schedule with multiple starts a year so you can maintain a balance between work, life and your studies. View the full calendar to find the best start date and corresponding deadlines for you.

Now Enrolling:

06/01/22 Next Application Due Date
06/29/22 Start Classes

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Session Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline
Summer I 05/09/22 04/11/22 04/18/22 05/02/22 05/12/22
Summer II 06/29/22 06/01/22 06/08/22 06/22/22 06/23/22*
Fall I 08/29/22 08/1/22 08/9/22 08/24/22 09/8/22
Fall II 10/19/22 09/21/22 09/28/22 10/12/22 11/3/22*

*Payment may be due earlier due to registration

**Please refer here for more information for your specific payment due date

Ready to take the next step toward earning your degree online from Eastern Michigan University?


Being Admitted to Our Online Master’s in Educational Leadership Program

The admission process is the first step to earning your M.A. in Educational Leadership online. Be sure to review all admission requirements, what additional materials you should send and where you need to send them.

Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions
Undergrad GPA of at least 2.7 on a 4.0 scale

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M.A. in Educational Leadership Online Admission Requirements

  • Complete an application online and pay $45 application fee
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, with an undergraduate GPA of 2.7
  • GPA of 3.3 for applicants seeking a second master's degree
  • Resume detailing professional and educational experience
  • Two letters of recommendation from supervisors/advisors in the field
  • On the graduate application, students must complete the personal statement of accomplishments and academic goals portion describing the reasons for requesting admission. This essay must be a minimum of 250 words and will be reviewed as an indicator of writing ability.

If you need to submit official documents by mail, send them to:

Office of Admissions
Eastern Michigan University
P.O. Box 970
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Documentation can be sent via email to: [email protected].

Have a question? Call us at 844-351-9389.


What You’ll Learn in Your Educational Leadership Online Courses

In order to earn the online master’s degree in educational leadership, students must complete 12 courses (35 credit hours), including 32 credit hours of core courses and an additional three credit hours selected in consultation with the graduate advisor. All courses in the program are 7.5 weeks in length, with the exception of a 15-week capstone course. As an online student you will take all your classes with EMU instructors, just like you would if you were here on campus.

General Education courses may be needed for the completion of degree. After admission to the University, your academic adviser will assist in determining which courses are required to ensure your degree completion. Required general education courses can be taken online at the same program rate. For the complete listing of these requirements, visit the EMU general education page.

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Duration: 7.5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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