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

Admissions Requirements

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and a 3.0 GPA are required for admission to this program. In addition, you must have two years of successful teaching experience. The teaching experience can be in progress as your master’s degree coursework begins.

Your application must include:

  • Completed application and $50 nonrefundable application fee
  • Resume detailing career experiences and educational background
  • Writing sample describing personal goals, areas of interest in education and career plans
  • Two letters of recommendation, completed and submitted by persons other than family who can testify to your character, leadership potential and ability to do graduate coursework. One recommendation must be from your current supervisor.
  • Teaching certificate (some exceptions may apply, e.g., theology teachers)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Notarized Felony Conviction and Mental Capacity Statement
  • Personal interview that will be conducted in person or virtually
  • A background check is required before you receive full admission to the program


International Students
If you are an international applicant living in a country where English is not the primary language of instruction, you must demonstrate proficiency in English by submitting a:

  • Minimum TOEFL score of 90 iBT (557 PBT) OR
  • Minimum IELTS overall band score of 6.5, with no sub-score lower than 6

You are not required to submit a TOEFL score report if you received your baccalaureate or higher degree from an accredited institution in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or Africa (English-speaking only).

Tuition & Scholarships


2017-18 special tuition rate: $545 per credit hour
This does not include fees, books or other expenses. By completing your application for admission, you will automatically be considered for a scholarship.


Creighton offers generous Ignatian Leader-Scholar awards for graduate students in the educational leadership master’s degree program who work in PK-12 schools. By completing your application for admission, you will automatically be considered for a scholarship.

The information contained in your admissions file will be used to determine your scholarship. Scholarships will be based on experience, academic record, recommendations and your brief personal essay that states your professional goals and your reasons for seeking a Creighton degree in Educational Leadership, especially in light of the University’s and Education Department’s mission.

Special scholarship consideration will be given to Catholic school educators. Scholarships are renewable based on performance in the master’s degree program.

For questions, contact lindsayjohnson [at] creighton [dot] edu (Lindsay Johnson), Director of Graduate Recruitment, at 402.280.2703.

Educators for Justice Scholarship Program

In keeping with Creighton’s mission of service and justice, we want to support teachers in our local community who work in high poverty (65 percent free or reduced lunch) schools. This scholarship program provides $7,200 to teachers in the Omaha and Council Bluffs metro area who apply and are admitted for the June 2018 cohort. 

For additional information, please contact Ann Mausbach, PhD

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 Dates

Application Deadlines
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

Click here to learn more about this certificate.

Magis Catholic Teacher Corps

Applicants to the Master of Science in Educational Leadership program have the option to apply through Creighton’s Magis Catholic Teacher Corps. This program is dedicated to the formation of enthusiastic, faith-filled and highly motivated teachers in direct service to Catholic schools across the greater Midwest. 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.


Admissions Requirements for Magis Catholic Teacher Corps

  • Completed application & $50 application fee
  • Resume in PDF format
  • Video introduction & statement of purpose
  • Three essays (academics, community, spirituality)
  • Four letters of recommendation (supervisor, professor, peer, spiritual mentor)
  • Official transcripts
  • Professional exams may be required
  • Notarized Waiver & Release form
  • Notarized Letter of Intent form
  • Approximate Costs form

Learn more about admissions requirements here.

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