24 months
22302 USD/year
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Whether you want to be a leader at one school or transform an entire school system, you need certain experience and skills. Like leading teams, shaping policies, and researching what works. That’s why the Master’s in Education Policy and Leadership program at American University Washington DC offers a specialization in either Policy Studies or Teacher Leadership. 

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The Master’s in Education Policy and Leadership program at American University Washington DC features:

  • A Policy Studies track for those who want to serve as a leader in school districts or other organizations that implement education policies and programs. This track emphasizes leadership, policy, legal, economic, research, data analysis, and performance management skills.
  • A Teacher Leadership track for teachers who want to serve within a school to provide instructional support and shape school improvement efforts. This track includes the option to concentrate in literacy, dyslexia/reading specialist, or science/technology/engineering/math.
  • A consultancy project where students in both tracks work with an educational organization to demonstrate their knowledge and skills.

Programme Structure

Below is a list of degree-related courses you might take during your Master’s Accelerator Program. Courses may change based on availability and your preferences.

  • Educational Leadership and Organizational Change
  • Education Program and Policy Implementation
  • Overview of Qualitative and Quantitative Research Strategies
  • Proseminar in Education Policy and Leadership
  • Research Methods

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
3 (required)
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 4-year undergraduate degree or equivalent from an accredited institution.
  • For students in the Teacher Leadership Track: Teacher of record for a class for one academic year.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    22302 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22302 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.

22,302 - 30,183 USD


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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