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Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, M.Ed.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #201 (ARWU) , MO,
The mission of the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis (ELPA) is to create knowledge while preparing leaders to critically shape and transform educational issues, policies and practices.


ELPA will:

  • Graduate highly effective educational leaders and policy analysts who will work to improve higher education and PK-12 schools;
  • Produce and publicize a distinguished record of research that benefits educational leaders, policymakers and other scholars in higher education and PK-12 schools;
  • Promote an environment that affirms the benefits of diversity, social justice and cultural and global competence;
  • Develop partnerships with leaders and policy makers at the local, state, national and international level.

The MEd in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis has emphasis areas in Higher Education, PK-12 Educational Leadership and Administration, Elementary Principal, Certification, PK-12 Educational Leadership and Administration, Secondary Principal, Certification, and PK-12 Educational Leadership and Administration, Elementary and Secondary Principal, Certification.

Programme Structure

Courses include
  •  Sociology of Education
  •  Learning, Curriculum and Assessment for School Leaders
  •  Learning Cultures
  •  Professional Development for Learning
  •  School Improvement
  •  Foundations of School Leadership
  •  Site-Level Organization and Leadership
  •  Supervision for Learning Environments
  •  Structures and Processes for Effective Schools
  •  Advanced Leadership for Learning Environments
  •  Education Politics and Policymaking
  •  Curriculum Leadership
  •  School Law and Finance for Principal Leadership
  •  Leadership for Data-Driven Change

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only
  • 3 recommendations, two of which are from faculty who have taught/advised the applicant (for MEd/MA in Higher Ed applicants); one of which is from faculty and one of which is from a school leader (for the MEd in PK-12)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    27090 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 27090 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    27090 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 27090 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    11252 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11252 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Columbia

  • 800 - 1300 USD/month
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