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Marian University offers a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership degree

Master of Arts in Educational Leadership

Do you have a passion for improving the educational experience for students and families? If you want to make a positive impact on your community as an educator, researcher, policy-maker, or service-minded leader, earn a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership degree at Marian University.

Why choose educational leadership at Marian?

Offered through our Academy for Teaching and Learning Leadership, this program is for licensed K-12 teachers and school counselors who want to pursue leadership positions as school principals, department heads, program directors, and other types of senior administrators. 

While standardized testing results in K-12 schools are just one measure of effective educational leadership, here are two school outcomes achieved by Marian graduates before and after they completed our program.

End-of-course assessments for algebra students

  • Before: 53.2 percent
  • After: 67.42 percent

Combined math and reading ISTEP scores

  • Before: 57.59 percent
  • After: 65.20 percent

Compared to other programs where the students in your classes may change each semester, our cohort model benefits you because you'll be part of a tightly knit group of peers who complete the entire program together. Through the connections you'll build in your cohort, you'll establish strong personal relationships and a professional network that lasts a lifetime.

What will you study?

Our 36- to 38-credit curriculum includes an optional concentration to prepare you as a Catholic school administrator.

This is a part-time, two-year program during which you'll earn a master's degree and prepare for Building Level Administrator licensure by completing coursework designed to meet Indiana Department of Education requirements and standards.

During the first 12 months, you'll complete foundational coursework delivered through on-campus sessions, supplemental reading, and research. You'll engage in extensive collaboration with your cohort peers.

Among the subjects and topics you'll study:

  • Authentic leadership
  • Systems thinking
  • Culture for high-performing schools
  • School management
  • Transformational leadership
  • Teaching, learning, and talent development
  • Family and community engagement
  • Leadership for student learning
  • Resource allocation

You'll begin your second year after completing required coursework. At this stage in the program, you'll take directed elective courses, begin your internship, and start your master's research project or thesis.

For complete course descriptions and degree requirements, review the current Marian University graduate course catalog.

Admission criteria

To be eligible for admission to this program, you must have:

  • A bachelor's degree from regionally accredited institution
  • A current Indiana license for employment as a K-12 teacher or school counselor 
  • An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00
  • A limited criminal history check through the Indiana State Police 

​To apply for admission:

  • Go to marian.edu/applynow and click the link for "graduate students."
  • Send us official transcripts from every college and/or university that you've attended. Official transcripts are those which are sent directly to Marian University from the schools you've attended or those which are delivered to us in a sealed envelope from the school. Official transcripts may be printed on special paper. They are also embossed with the school's official seal. If you have opened the transcript's sealed envelope, it is NOT official and we cannot accept it.
  • Complete a limited criminal history check through the Indiana State Police.
  • Provide us with three letters of recommendation from professional references.

For general admission information

College of Graduate and Online Programs
(317) 955-6128

For program specifics

Demetrice Smith-Mutegi
Coordinator for Teaching and Learning Leadership
(317) 955-6681


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