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Master's in Educational Leadership

The online master’s in educational leadership program at the University of Mount Union combines a relevant, robust, and engaging curriculum with the flexibility and convenience required of working professionals. Rooted in a rich institutional history of educator preparation, this online program features a high level of faculty-student collaboration and exposure to diverse approaches to leadership policy and practice.


  • Accredited, two-year program
  • Condensed, six-week course structure
  • Fully online, asynchronous format
  • Flexible, project-based internship
  • 36-credit-hour program including the option for the Ohio Principal's License (PK-6, 4-9 and 5-12)

Ed Leadership Admission Requirements

Degree/Credentials: Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. 

Undergraduate Achievement: Possess an undergraduate cumulative grade point average equal to or greater than a 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) or a grade point average equal to or greater than 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) with a minimum of 12 credit hours of graduate study.

Experience: Provide a curriculum vitae or résumé.

Essay and Writing Ability: Applicants will submit an essay of approximately 250-500 words which outlines the applicant’s career aspirations and rationale for applying to the program. This piece will demonstrate the candidate’s ability to write at the graduate level.

Professional Recommendations: Provide two recommendations from employers or former professors who are in a position to judge the applicant’s potential for graduate level study and research, as well as suitability for educational leadership.

Consideration for Conditional Admission: Applicants who do not meet the above criteria will be judged on a case-by-case basis and will be asked to submit additional documentation in an attempt to gain conditional admission.

Personal Interview: Applicants may be selected for an interview to be conducted using phone/video conferencing. Applications who successfully complete the interview will be admitted into the master’s in educational leadership program.

Entrance to the Principal Licensure Program

Fulfill all entrance requirements and possess at least one of the following criteria:

  • Possess a cumulative undergraduate GPA equal to or greater than 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Document satisfactory scores on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE): Verbal greater than or equal to 145, Quantitative greater than or equal to 144, and writing greater than or equal to 3.75
  • Possess a cumulative graduate GPA greater to or equal than to 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) from at least six semester hours

Other Admission/Enrollment Related Information

TOEFL Requirement: For admission into the mater’s in educational leadership program, applicants whose primary language is not English must have a recent IBT (Internet- Based TOEFL) score of 100 or more in addition to meeting other program requirements.

Transfer Credit Policy: A maximum of six (6) semester hours of graduate transfer credits will be considered. The course(s) must have been taken at a regionally accredited institution and be aligned with the objectives for the University of Mount Union course(s). Additional credits may be transferred on a case-by-case basis.

A candidate wishing credit must submit an official transcript for the work, along with a copy of the appropriate course description from the graduate catalog of the institution and may be asked to offer additional documentation, such as syllabus. To initiate a transfer credit evaluation, email a request to Dr. Mandy Capel, Director, Master’s in educational leadership at

Background Check: Prior to program matriculation, students must provide a criminal background check conducted within the last calendar year, using Certified Background (at certified

Enrollment Deposit: If admitted to the program, candidates are required to submit a non-refundable deposit of $250. This deposit will be applied toward tuition charges. Pay Your Deposit

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