Educational Leadership (Master of Science)

Become a leader and a change-maker in your school.

Quality educational leadership is imperative to the success of our schools and our students. In fact, studies have shown that effective leadership is second only to quality teaching in terms of improving student achievement. If you aspire to become a strong and effective leader in education, Creighton University’s online Master of Science in Educational Leadership is for you.

Rooted in Ignatian values, Creighton’s educational leadership program goes far beyond the administrative aspects of school leadership – teaching students the importance of compassion, relationship-building, reflection and humility in their work.

Through hands-on, project-based learning and internship experiences, you’ll learn by doing. Graduates of this program are able to effectively lead and manage a school, sustain a positive school culture, and respond to diverse community and political interests.

Invest in a program tailored to your career goals.

We know that graduate school is a huge investment of your time and money. This 36-credit program is designed to meet the needs of busy professionals and can be completed fully online in two years. Your experience at Creighton will be tailored to your interests and career goals. Students can choose from two specializations:

  • School Administration: For individuals who wish to pursue a career as an elementary or secondary school principal.
  • Teacher Leadership: For individuals aspiring to a leadership role in teaching, such as department chair, grade level team teacher or instructional coach.

This School Administration specialization meets the requirements for an elementary or secondary school administrative endorsement in Nebraska. To receive a dual endorsement in elementary and secondary school administration, you’ll need to complete nine additional credit hours.

If you choose to pursue the Teacher Leadership specialization, and later want to receive an endorsement in school administration, you’ll need to complete 12 additional credit hours.

In either track, the classes you take will depend on your preference of either public or Catholic schools.

To show our appreciation for the important work done by educators like you, Creighton University offers a special tuition rate to students in the Master of Science in Educational Leadership program. We also offer a number of scholarships. Read more about tuition and scholarships below.

Advance your career as a leader in education.

Employment opportunities for Elementary and Secondary School Education Administrators are expected to grow approximately 8 percent over the next decade. The median annual salary for an Education Administrator is $92,518. Typical roles for a graduate of an educational leadership master’s program may include:

  • Director of Education
  • Academic Director
  • Director of Student Services
  • School Principal
  • Director of Admissions
  • Assistant Principal

Source: Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) – October 2017


Creighton University’s Master of Science in Educational Leadership consists of 36 credit hours and can be completed in two years.

Students can choose from two specializations: school administration or teacher leadership.

School Administration Specialization

  • School Improvement
  • Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Part I
  • Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Part II
  • School Culture
  • Effective Conflict Engagement for Educational Leaders
  • School Law
  • Differentiated Supervision for Professional Growth
  • Strategic Resourcing
  • Internship I in Elementary or Secondary School Administration
  • Internship II in Elementary or Secondary School Administration

Required for Catholic School Educators:

  • Foundations of Catholic Education
  • Strategic and Political Leadership in Catholic Schools

Required for Public School Educators:

  • Special Education Leadership
  • Leading Professional Learning Communities


Teacher Leadership Specialization

  • School Improvement
  • Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Part I
  • Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Part II
  • Intervention Strategies
  • Leading Professional Learning Communities
  • Student Centered Coaching
  • Analyzing Student Work
  • School Culture
  • School Law
  • Internship I in Teacher Leadership
  • Effective Conflict Engagement for Educational Leaders

Required for Catholic School Educators:

  • Foundations of Catholic Education

Required for Public School Educators:

  • Special Education Leadership



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Admissions Requirements

  • Completed application & $50 application fee
  • Bachelor’s degree with 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Must provide a teaching certificate (exemptions available) and have at least two years of successful teaching experience (can be in progress as you begin the program)
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement. See application for specific requirements
  • Two letters of recommendation from persons other than friends or family members who can speak to your performance in an academic or professional setting
  • Satisfactory background check
  • Notarized felony convictions and mental capacity statements. See application for documents


A personal interview or standardized test score may be requested in addition to the above requirements. The interview may be conducted in-person or virtually.

International applicants

International applicants must meet English language proficiency requirements.

Tuition & Scholarships


2018-19 special tuition rate: $560 per credit hour
This does not include fees, books or other expenses.​​

Financial Aid

To help make your graduate studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to apply for financial assistance, as well as for graduate student scholarships and fellowships. Here’s how to apply for financial assistance.


Tuition and Fees
Financial Aid
Scholarships offered by the University
Scholarships offered by third parties

For questions about financial aid, contact:
gpfinaid [at] creighton [dot] edu

Important Dates & Deadlines

Program Start Date

Application Deadline
March 31

Certificate & Dual Degree Options

Catholic School Leader (Graduate Certificate)

Students who complete the following courses will also earn a graduate certificate in Catholic School Leadership:

  • Foundations of Catholic Education
  • Strategic Resourcing
  • School Law
  • Strategic and Political Leadership in Catholic Schools

Magis Catholic Teacher Corps Option

Applicants to the Master of Science in Educational Leadership program have the option to apply through Creighton’s Magis Catholic Teacher Corps.  This specialized two-year experience is dedicated to the formation of enthusiastic, faith-filled and highly motivated teachers in direct service to Catholic schools. Applicants to this program through Magis must meet additional admission requirements.

Magis is a two-year experience built upon three pillars:

  • Community – Teachers continue the sense of community fostered in college by living together on campus during the summer and in small communities throughout the school year.
  • Spirituality – Teachers are encouraged to grow in their faith through ongoing formation and practice of Ignatian spirituality.
  • Professionalism – While teaching for two years in Catholic schools, teachers are required to develop as professional educators by completing a rigorous master’s program.

Students accepted into the Magis Catholic Teacher Corps program receive a monthly stipend, fully subsidized tuition and fees, medical insurance, housing and summer meals. Magis teachers may also be eligible for student loan deferment or forgiveness. Learn more about Magis here.

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