Master of Education in Educational Leadership

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Priority deadline:

  • Fall January 10
  • Spring July 1


  • Pullman
  • Spokane
  • Tri-Cities
  • Vancouver

International Student English Proficiency Exams

International students may need to surpass the Graduate School’s minimum English language proficiency exam scores for this program. If the graduate program has unique score requirements, they will be detailed below. Otherwise, please refer to the Graduate School’s minimum score guidelines.

Degree Description:

WSU offers two masters degree programs in Educational Leadership. The non-thesis Master of Education (Ed.M.) degree is designed for professional educators preparing for leadership positions in K-12 schools and other educational institutions. The Master of Arts in Education – Educational Leadership (M.A.) is a thesis degree designed for students who wish to focus on continued study and research in Educational Leadership who may pursue a doctoral degree. The following is information for the Ed.M. degree.

It is offered at all four WSU campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities and Vancouver) and is closely aligned with the Principal and Program Administrator Certification program. Models for delivery of the master’s program (e.g., sequencing of courses) differ slightly across the four campuses, although basic requirements for the degree are the same across the campuses.

The Ed.M. in Educational Leadership requires a Master’s Final Comprehensive/Written Examination.

Admission Requirements:

Submit a completed WSU online Graduate School application, a departmental supplemental application, a written statement (of scholarly and professional objectives as outlined on the supplemental application) current resume, three letters of recommendation, GRE scores (only if GPA is below 3.0), TOEFL or IELTS (international only), and transcripts of all past academic work.

Student Opportunities:

WSU’s Educational Leadership master’s degree programs can be aligned with the Principal and Program Administrator Certification programs, for those who qualify for certification and who wish to receive Principal or Program Administrator certificates along with the master’s degree. All required graded courses for these certification programs can be applied to the master’s degree program of study. However, the master’s degree in Educational Leadership can be done without including Principal or Program Administrator Certification classes. In either option, course sequences are designed to permit students at any of WSU’s campuses to complete the master’s degree within two to three years.

Career Opportunities:

K-12 administrator, preparation for advanced graduate study, administration in public or non-profit agency

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