School Leadership, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English (schedule IELTS)
University rank #10 (WUR) , PA,
The SLP is an intensive 11-month learning experience culminating in a Master’s in School Leadership and eligibility for Principal Certification. Our integrated program of study focuses on the dynamics of instructional, organizational, public, and evidence-based leadership with coursework designed to help students draw connections between theory and practice by applying learning in school settings.


In a field where practitioners are frequently siloed within their schools, grade levels, and sectors, the School Leadership Program brings together students representing a diverse array of public, charter, and independent schools—not only from across the region but also the nation. Under the belief that there is no single solution to today’s school challenges and that all students can learn from one another, our cohort model creates a collaborative learning community that leverages collective expertise. Through lively and intellectually stimulating dialogue, students are able to broaden their perspectives, and achieve new insights. We believe that the sharing of these different – but not disparate – experiences better prepares students for the practical realities of assuming new leadership roles, often outside of their present school. Our accomplished faculty further reflect the immense value of varied experiences for professionals pursuing leadership in education. Graduates have expressed great enthusiasm for this shared cohort model as well as the diversity of our program’s student body.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Instructional Leadership to Promote Learning
  • Field Internship Seminar: Inquiry Into Leadership for School Improvement
  • Developing Instructional Leadership in Practice
  • Field Internship Seminar: Inquiring Into Organizational and Legal Dimensions of Principal Leadership
  • Aligning Fiscal, Human, and Community Resources in Support of the School's Instructional Mission
  • Applying Teaming and Moral Decision-Making Concepts in Schools
  • Critical Issues in Education
  • Practitioner Research
  • Leadership in Public, Independent, and Parochial Schools
  • Sustainability in Schools

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

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Academic Requirements

Admissions requirements for the School Leadership Program Independent School Track are: the Graduate School of Education’s online application, a resume and statement of purpose, three letters of recommendation, official transcripts from all academic institutions attended, and GRE scores. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    50044 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25022 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • National Applies to you

    50044 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25022 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Philadelphia

  • 1313 - 2290 USD/month
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