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Educational Leadership and Policy

12 months
50646 USD/year
50646 USD/year
25230 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Educational Leadership and Policy program at the University of Michigan is centered on the collaborative practice of continuous improvement. It is anchored deeply in theory and research on school leadership, improvement, social justice, and leadership development. 


We bring together a diverse cohort of students with shared interests in understanding and improving schools, instruction, and K-12 students’  educational outcomes.

Increasing both the excellence and equity of public schools must be a national priority. To address this imperative, state and national education reform efforts are increasingly focused on improving the professional knowledge base and preparation of educational leaders, as catalysts for improvement.

Our master’s level Educational Leadership and Policy program at the University of Michigan is a 30-credit program that prepares students to:

  • Analyze student outcomes, classroom instruction, the school organization, and external environments.
  • Devise and implement strategic plans for systemic, instructionally-focused improvement. 
  • Demonstrate the identity, dispositions, and values instrumental to enacting collaborative school improvement.
  • Opportunities to engage with leading researchers, local active administrators, and faculty members of a top-rated school of education that is focused on the improvement of teaching and learning through practice-based teacher education and research and committed to the twin imperatives of excellence and equity.
  • Access to all the coursework, resources, and opportunities of a preeminent public research university. For example, master’s students may take electives from any school within the university.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Foundational Perspectives on Educational Reform
  • Research and Educational Practice
  • School Organization and the Policy Environment
  • Instructional Leadership in Schools
  • Internship and Directed Field Experience 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants complete a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association; or Complete an international degree that is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a college or university recognized and approved by the Ministry of Education or Commission responsible for higher education in the country where the degree is earned
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency. Applicants are required to provide an official score report

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    50646 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 50646 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    50646 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 50646 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    25230 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25230 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Ann Arbor

1025 - 1870 USD /month
Living costs

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


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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