M.Ed. in Educational Leadership

The M.Ed. in educational leadership prepares graduates to be transformative leaders who successfully lead educational organizations. Coursework is specially designed to prepare you with the skills and knowledge to meet contemporary challenges and make a difference for teaching and student learning.

If you are ready to develop your leadership potential as a school or district level administrator, supervisor, superintendent, or other leader, our program offers:

  • Rigorous field-based learning experiences
  • Opportunities to practice skills leaders need to improve schools, including high-needs schools
  • Award winning faculty and experienced professors of practice
  • Online and face-to-face options
  • A degree in as little as 16 months

The Master’s in Educational Leadership Program offers concentrations in Administration and Supervision as well as Leadership Studies. Note: the Administration and Supervision concentration can be completed fully online, and the Leadership Studies concentration is in-person.

Choose the concentration that’s right for you and get ready to make a difference!



How to apply: Graduate application
Semester of entry: Fall
Extended application deadline for Fall 2019: May 1, 2019
Additional materials: Master's program checklist


  • VCU Graduate School requirements
  • Statement of Purpose that answers the following questions:
    — This is a program focusing on leadership. What are your reasons for applying to this program and what are the goals you will strive to achieve?
    — What evidence do you have you are an effective educator?
    — Describe a situation when you were asked to solve a problem. What did you do? What was the outcome? What did you learn?
    — There are numerous reform movements in education. Choose one you are either for or against and explain why.
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts from previous academic work
  • A score of 290 or higher on the GRE or an MAT score of at least 389. GRE/MAT scores less than 5 years old will be considered.

Program Concentrations

Administration and Supervision
Leadership Studies

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Jenna Lenhardt, Ph.D.