Educational Leadership
Online Master's Degree

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Pittsburg State University's Master of Science in Educational Leadership program is designed to prepare licensed teachers to assume positions as school principals and non-licensed leaders to assume leadership roles in educational settings. Through a combination of curricula, assessments, intervention, clinical experiences, research, and practice, graduates become outstanding professional leaders who serve students, families, and their community. The curriculum meets the endorsement standards for Building Principal PreK-12. This program is fully accredited by the Kansas State Department of Education and CAEP.

Ranked in the Top 25 Best Online Graduate Education Programs, according to U.S. News & World Report



  • Total per credit hour


  • Credit hours
  • Total tuition = $12,224*
    ( $346 per credit hour + $36 electronic access fee) x 32 credits
    *Cost per credit hour and total tuition is based on 2018-2019 academic year tuition rates , master's program option, and assuming all coursework is completed online in the 2018-2019 academic year. Cost per credit hour and total tuition will vary if studies span over one or more academic year.

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  • About Master's Program
  • Career Options

Options available for the degree include:

    Option I: Thesis
        This option is designed to prepare students for a doctoral program, for advanced professional careers, or for students wanting to complete an in-depth research experience.

    Option II: Research Problem
        This option is designed to provide a research experience that can include a specific problem, creative and aesthetic efforts such as performances, exhibits, or creative programs, or an internship.


The coursework for this program includes 32 graduate credit hours that are offered in both the fall and spring semesters and is taken online. Most students take 2 courses per semester for 2 years to complete the program. Courses are taught by professors with experience as building leaders and/or superintendents. Topics and course assignments are all relevant to the changing climate and expectations of leaders in today’s society.


As a graduate of this program, you will be equipped with the knowledge, skills, and strategies you need in order to work in the following roles, and more:

  • Building Principal at the Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School, and/or Secondary Education levels
  • Leader/Director/Coordinator for a variety of student programs for Higher Education, Community Colleges, and/or Technical Schools
  • EdS student in General School Administration (master’s-level preparation)
  • Doctoral student in Educational Leadership (master’s-level preparation)

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