The M.A. in Educational Leadership (without principal licensure) prepares candidates to be leaders at organizations that do not require licensure or endorsements, such as governmental agencies or non-profit organizations.

The degree requires 36 semester hours. Those not pursuing licensure must dedicate 12 semester hours of elective coursework to be selected in consultation with the student’s advisor.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall semester – July 1 (April 15 for international students)
  • Spring semester – December 1 (October 1 for international students)
  • Summer session – April 30 (March 1 for international students)

Admission Requirements

Application Process

  1. Create an application account to begin the application process.
  2. Submit the online application to the Graduate College and pay the $60 application fee by credit card ($100 for international applicants).
  3. Once you have submitted your application, you will receive email instructions on how to establish your HawkID and password which you will use to access MyUI, our online service center for students and applicants.
  4. You will use your Admissions Profile on MyUI to upload required supplemental materials.

Required Supplemental Materials

  1. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
  2. Official TOEFL scores may be required for some non-native speakers of English
  3. Two to three pages (double spaced) statement of purpose, addressing your educational philosophy, past leadership experience, and career aspirations with respect to K-12 leadership
  4. *Three letters from individuals who can speak to your promise as a leader or as a researcher/scholar.

* You will be asked to give the contact information of your recommenders, including their email, on your Admissions Profile. The recommender will then get an email with instructions on how to upload the recommendation letter and/or form.


Application questions can be directed to: Sue Cline in the Office of Student Services   319/335-5260,

We look forward to receiving your application!

Student Handbook

M.A. Educational Leadership and Principal Licensure Programs


Total semester hours required: 36 s.h.

Core Requirements (24 s.h.)

  • EPLS:6201 Foundations of School Administration (3 s.h.)
  • EPLS:6236 Administration of Students with Special Needs (3 s.h.)
  • EPLS:6242 Research for Effective School Leaders (3 s.h.)
  • EPLS:6260 Contemporary Management Strategies for the K-12 Principal (3 s.h.)
  • EPLS:6285 School and Community Relationships (3 s.h.)
  • EPLS:6298 Legal Aspect of School Personnel (3 s.h.)
  • EPLS:6381 Analysis and Appraisal of Curriculum (3 s.h.)
  • EPLS:6383 Supervision and Evaluation (3 s.h.)

Electives (12 s.h.)

Electives are selected in conjunction with your advisor.

Comprehensive Exams

Students in the M.A. Program with Licensure or the M.A. Program without Licensure will be required to take comprehensive examinations at the end of their program of study.

The M.A. comprehensive examination consists of two parts: a general written examination in educational leadership covering material from all courses in the program, and a written examination that focuses on content from one of the courses in the program. Students have the opportunity to select the course over which they wish to write for the second part of the exam. Comprehensive examinations are take-home and students will have one week to complete and submit their work. Students must be registered during their comprehensive examination semester if they plan to graduate at the end of that semester.

All students will take the examinations during a week determined by the Office of Student Services. During their final semester of registration in the program students will be notified of deadlines for filing required forms for taking comprehensive exams and regarding graduation exercises.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall semester – July 1
    (April 15 for international students)
  • Spring semester – December 1
    (October 1 for international students)
  • Summer session – April 30
    (March 1 for international students)
Application Questions