Master of Science Educational Leadership

Educational Leadership (Master of Science)

Our mission is to equip qualified candidates with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to serve schools as teacher-leaders or administrators.



The mission of the Creighton University graduate Educational Leadership programs is to equip qualified candidates with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to serve schools as teacher-leaders or administrators.  The Jesuit values of cura personalis, magis, reflective leadership, and Ad Majorum Dei Glorium are found at the core of each course.


  1. Graduates will become educational leaders who promote the success of all students by enabling a collaborative vision of student success, by sustaining a positive school culture, by effectively managing the school, and by responding to diverse community and political interests in the community.
  2. Graduates will be able to lead processes that collect and analyze information and that lead to decisions which effect change and improve the school.
  3. Graduates will be become school leaders whose educational values are based on the Ignatian and Education Department charisms of cura personalis, magis, men and women for and with others, and contemplation in action.
  4. Graduates will be able to communicate knowledge gained to specialized and non-specialized persons alike orally and in writing.
  5. Graduates will incorporate reflective practice and apply ethical principles such as integrity and fairness when making personal and professional decisions.


Educational Leadership is an online program.  During online courses students and faculty are actively engaged in the teaching and learning process.  Students complete coursework using distance education technology, from wherever they live.  Interactions with faculty occurs via web conferencing software, discussion boards, e-mail, telephone, and other media.  Some courses require synchronous student participation meaning students are required to be online at a predetermined date/time with other students and/or the instructor.  More about online education at Creighton is provided at


The creative, diverse Educational Leadership faculty members at Creighton have served public and Catholic, rural and urban PK - 12 schools as successful administrators and special program directors.  The faculty is committed to individualizing instruction to meet the needs of each candidate, as well as program advising and mentoring on the job.  Courses provide a theoretical academic base and the opportunity to apply the skills required of ethical, articulate, and decisive leaders.


Preferred Application Deadline:  August 1 for fall, December 1 for spring, and May 1 for summer entry.

Applicants for the M.S. in Educational Leadership are to meet the following criteria in order to be officially accepted into the Creighton University program.

  1. Completed application and $50 non-refundable application fee.
  2. Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
  3. Three letters of recommendation: (please use the electronic recommendation process with the online application!).  The recommendations should be completed and submitted by persons other than family members who can testify to the applicant's character, leadership potential, and ability to do graduate coursework.
  4. A resume:  detailing career experiences.
  5. Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
  6. Notarized Felony Convictions/Mental Capacity Statement.
  7. Two years of successful teaching experience (may be in progress as course work begins).
  8. An essay  describing personal goals, areas of interest in education, and career plans.
  9. Background checkall prospective students are expected to successfully pass a background check before being admitted to the department unconditionally.
  10. After all of the above have been submitted, a structured personal interview will be conducted.


"I value the advocacy of each of my teachers in the Educational Leadership Program.  Long after I stopped writing tuition checks to Creighton University, they continue to be visible and intentional advocates for me personally and professionally."
Katie DeSciose, Assistant Principal
St. Robert Bellarmine School, Omaha, Nebraska

"Creighton's Educational Leadership Program focuses on developing future school leaders through the lens of the Jesuit Charisms.  Small class size, dedicated instructors, and a well-developed curriculum create a truly exemplary program."
Paulette Rourke, Principal
St. Cecilia Cathedral School, Omaha, Nebraska

"I have nothing but high praise for the Educational Leadership Program at Creighton University.  The information and skills that I gained have been an asset to me as a school principal.  The professors really worked to make the course material relevant and informative.  I always felt that they cared for me personally, and wanted me to be a success both in their classes and in the school setting.  My time spent at CU was invaluable and helped me to understand what it means to be a school leader."
William Kelly, Principal
Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary School, Omaha, NE

"My preparation for school leadership at Creighton was much more than just learning the skills and knowledge needed to manage a school.  It was about being a servant leader who is guided by faith-based core values.  My professors were excellent models of these charisms for me.  They were mentors and relationship-builders who took interest in my growth even after I had graduated."
(Dr.) Beth Fink, Principal
Millard Central Middle School & Millard Middle School Alternative Program

"As a graduate of Creighton University's Educational Leadership Program, I feel well equipped to handle the diverse demands of of an elementary school principal, mother, and community member.  Family, faith, and education have all been an important part of my life and Creighton fostered the knowledge, skills, and dispositions I needed to be the best I can be in each of those areas.  Creighton was and has continued to be a positive part of my life."
Diane R. Bradford, Principal
Bell Field Elementary