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Degree Title

Master of Science

Apply by:

June 1


To begin:

August 2024


The future depends on education. Our greatest asset to solve the world’s problems is the next generation. Understanding this, the master’s degree in educational leadership provides graduates with the ability to develop visionary leadership and advance our learning environments with innovation and make an impact on the way we all will live. 

A degree from Florida International University, one of the most diverse and well-respected institutions in the nation, equips learners with the discernment to adapt and improve the shifting environment within education. Gain specific intelligence on how to develop best practices, become a regarded leader, address community issues, as well as use and shape current policy to advocate for students and institutions.

Whether you’re a teacher looking to transition to an administrative position, work in a state or private school, this program offers a degree with distinction from a highly ranked college. We strive to create world-class leaders in education who inspire future generations of students through meaningful, lasting opportunities. We’re building better learning practices that help children thrive and succeed, while advancing knowledge through learning and inquiry.

  • Why Apply?

    FIU’s master’s program in education leadership offers students the opportunity to advance their skills to seek management positions within the K-12 education environment. Our program provides students with the tools they need to make ethical and sound decisions while fostering a growth mindset within the school environment and in consideration of policy. Curriculum will examine models and theories of organizational development that can be applied to state, charter, private, and non-profit institutions. 

    The master of science (M.S.) degree program in educational leadership comprises courses and experiences designed to develop entry-level competencies in the practice of educational leadership. The program incorporates coursework that address standards and competencies commonly found in most educational leadership programs nationwide. Standards are consequently grounded on four major leadership strands, including:

    •     Student Achievement

    •     Instructional Leadership

    •     Organizational Leadership

    •     Professional and Ethical Practice

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of elementary, middle, and high school principals is projected to grow 4 percent from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The median annual wage for elementary, middle, and high school principals was $95,310 in May 2018. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $61,490, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $144,950.

    Career Opportunities

    • Assistant Principal

    • Director or Supervisor

    • District Administrator

    • Instructional Coordinator

    • Principal

  • Careers

    Career Path

    Assistant Principal/Principal, Dean of Students, Registrar, Department Chair, Educational Director or Supervisor, District Administrator, Instructional Coordinator, School Counselor, Career Counselor.

    Non-traditional Career Paths

    Standardized Test Developer

    Education Policy and Research

    Nonprofit and Charity

    Grant Writing

    Corporate Learning

    Human Resources

    Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    Educational Sales

    Income Range

    $50,000 - $152,000

    Industry Outlook

    FL: 7%⬆️

    US: 8%⬆️

    (Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics and

  • Courses

    The program of study (11 courses/33 semester hours) is as follows:

    Fall A

    EDA 6503 The Principalship

    Fall B

    EDF 6608 Social, Philosophical & Historical Foundations of Ed

    EDF 5481 Intro to Ed Research

    Spring A

    EDA 6061 Educational Leadership for Change

    EDA 6504 Instructional Leadership & Learning Environment

    Spring B

    EDA 6923 Data Analysis for School Improvement

    Summer A

    EDA 6242 Educational Operations & Finance

    Summer  B

    EDA 6232 Educational Policy and Law

    EDA 6222 School Personnel, Human Resource & Professional Development

    Fall A

    EDF 6XXX Comparative Int’l Ed Policy

    Fall C – 16 weeks

    EDA 6943 Administrative Internship

    Course sequence subject to change.

  • Requirements

    To ensure every student’s success, we have certain admissions requirements for our program. To help you through the application process, our enrollment advisors can help to answer your questions and guide you every step of the way.

    Applications are accepted for a Fall Semester start.

    Admission to the program is based on the following criteria: 

    1. A baccalaureate degree and a grade point average of at least 3.0 (on 4.0 scale) in the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate coursework; 

    1. At least three years of successful full-time teaching experience prior to application for admission to the program; 

    1. A copy of Teacher Service Record or letter from current principal as evidence of a minimum of three years of successful full-time teaching experience 

    1. Two letters of recommendation from individuals who can comment on the applicant’s leadership potential and qualifications for successfully participating in the program; 

    1. A current resume (curriculum vitae), including education, professional preparation, and employment history; 

    1. A brief written statement (approximately 250 words) articulating the applicant’s professional career goals and aspirations;

    2. A copy of a valid Educator Certificate; and

    For state of Florida applicants: Our program may be used to satisfy part of the requirements of the Florida Department of Education for state certification in Educational Leadership.

    For out of state applicants: We recommend applicants consult their state’s department of education for assurance that program coursework meets their state’s principal leadership standards and education code.

    NOTE: The degree does not fulfill a state’s certification requirement. Rather, it satisfies the academic requirements of an educational leadership degree. Graduates are responsible for meeting their state’s certification requirements, if applicable.  

    All application materials should be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions via the online Graduate Application.  Please select the following plan/subplan when applying: 

    • Academic Plan: EDLDR:MS
    • Academic SubPlan: EDLONLINE

    Use the graduate admission checklist to get started.

    International Students

    • Proof of English Language Proficiency. If you earned a bachelor's degree in a country whose official language is not English, you must demonstrate English language proficiency by earning a passing score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). TOEFL required minimum score: 550 (paper-based exam) or 80 (internet-based). IELTS required minimum score: 6.5. When requesting official scores, please refer to FIU Institution code 5206. TOEFL / IELTS scores are valid for two years. View list of TOEFL/IELTS-exempt countries.

      • Graduate programs can use the Duolingo English Test.

      • Please visit Duolingo English Test for more information about how to register for the exam.

      • FIU Minimum Duolingo English Test Score: 110

    • Course by Course Evaluation. If your post-secondary educational history includes coursework outside the United States, you must submit a course-by-course credential translation and evaluation, with grade point average (GPA) calculation included, for all non-U.S. coursework. FIU accepts evaluations/translations from any NACES member evaluation service.

      FIU accepts evaluations/translations from any NACES member evaluation services, below are a few FIU recommends:

      Josef Silny & Associates, Inc., International Education Consultants
      7101 SW 102 Avenue
      Miami, FL 33173
      Phone: 305-273-1616 | Fax 305-273-1338 |
      Visit the Josef Silny & Associates FIU Form for details

      World Education Services
      PO Box 745
      New York, NY 10113-0745
      212-966-6311 | 

      Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
      PO Box 514070
      Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470
      414-289-3400 |

    • As a fully online degree, this program is ineligible to grant/provide F-1 Student visas.

    Effective January 15, 2023 for Graduate applicants: If your post-secondary educational history includes coursework outside the United States, you must submit a course-by-course credential translation and evaluation, with grade point average (GPA) calculation included, for all non-U.S. coursework. FIU accepts evaluations/translations from any NACES member evaluation service. Please visit the NACES website here: NACES | Credentials Evaluations Provided by NACES Members

  • Tuition and Aid

    Pursuing your graduate degree is one of the best investments you can make – one that will open doors to personal and professional opportunities. Our tuition costs represent some of the best value in higher education, and we also offer financial aid support to help you reach your goals.

    The total cost of the online MS in Educational Leadership is $19,510. Students pay for courses at the beginning of each semester. All fees are subject to change.

    Scholarship opportunities available


    Under the revised Florida Board of Governors' (BOG) Regulation 8.002, all institutions of the State University System (SUS) of Florida are required to provide students with a side-by-side Tuition and Fees comparison for continuing education programs. The tuition comparisons are made between a traditional program vs. its counterpart Market Rate/Self-Supporting program. This approach provides students an opportunity to become aware of options that are available upon selecting a degree program of study.

    Please click on the following link which will take you to a searchable database that provides the side-by-side tuition and fees comparisons for the Master of Science in Educational Leadership:

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33 Credits Required

$19,510 Tuition Cost

* Total tuition and fees are subject to change.


  • No GRE requirement

  • Online internship

  • 16-month program

  • #8 Best 1 Year Online Masters in Education Programs,, 2020


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