M.A. On Campus

Educational Policy and Leadership Studies

12 months
31254 USD/year
32887 USD/year
13939 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The MA, EdS, and PhD in Educational Policy and Leadership Studies with a focus in Educational Leadership are awarded by the Graduate College. The MA and the EdS are available without a thesis, offered by The University of Iowa. 


About Educational Policy and Leadership Studies at The University of Iowa

The Department of Educational Policy and Leadership Studies offers academic programs that prepare administrators, professional personnel, teachers, and researchers in the fields of educational leadership, higher education and student affairs, and schools, culture, and society. The department also offers combined programs with other College of Education departments and with other University of Iowa colleges.

The program prepares individuals for appointments as school principals and for positions in area education agencies and state departments of education. Upon completion of this degree, students will have completed the requirements to earn a master's degree and to obtain pre-K-12 principal and pre-K-12 supervisor of special education endorsement (State of Iowa endorsement 189). In order to obtain the State of Iowa endorsement, an individual must have at least three years of teaching at the pre-K-12 level.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Foundations of School Administration
  • Special Education Administration
  • Research for Effective School Leaders
  • Contemporary Management Strategies for the Pre-K-12 Principal
  • School and Community Relationships
  • Legal Aspects of School Personnel
  • Analysis and Appraisal of Curriculum

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A U.S. bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or an equivalent degree from another country as determined by the Office of Admissions.
  • A minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00, or the foreign equivalent as determined by the Office of Admissions.
  • English Proficiency Requirements
  • You must first submit the online application to the Graduate College and pay the $60 application fee by credit card ($100 for international applicants).
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A set of your unofficial academic records/transcripts uploaded on your Admissions Profile. 
  • Once recommended for admission, international students must send a Financial Statement.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    31254 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 31254 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    32887 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 32887 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    13939 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13939 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Iowa City

1187 - 1841 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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