School Leadership/Principal Master of Science (MS)

Advance Your Education Career with an MS in School Leadership 

The School Leadership Academy provides current and aspiring school leaders with a distinctive approach to ensuring school success. An MS in School Leadership, sometimes referred to as the "school principal and superintendent degree", has a set goal to develop building level and district level administrators (District Superintendent, Principal, Special Education Supervisor, Curriculum and Instruction Supervisor) who are motivated to serve children, families, teachers, and communities by applying solid research and best practices of the discipline to their role.

A dynamic part of the Marywood program is that each semester we offer a careful hybrid program that incorporates Powerful Learning Experiences (PLE), which brings together all School Leadership Academy once per term for a timely topical discussion that addresses the standards and which is led by a prominent scholar or practitioners in the field with a panel of local principals and program alumni.

A Master of Science in School Leadership provides opportunities for the development of the administrative and interpersonal skills needed by practicing and future leaders in education. It is built on the assumption that the public and non-public school environments are unique. For this reason, courses and other learning experiences are deeply grounded in those principles of public and non-public thought and practice. Internships are individualized, based on needs and interests of school districts and student participants. The Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) standards support the courses and internship.

  • Develop administrative and interpersonal skills
  • Become a principal, vice principal, superintendent, program director, school district administrator
  • Individualized internships

Top Employers

  • School Districts
  • Universities
  • Education App/ Tutoring Companies
  • Public Libraries

Top Career Paths

  • Superintendent
  • School Principal
  • Student Services Director
  • Guidance Counselor

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Graduate Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • “B” average during undergraduate study or demonstrated potential for graduate work
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official, sealed transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation


The School of Education is located in the The McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies located on the corner of University and North Washington Avenues. This facility contains classrooms and related clinical/professional space.
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McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies

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The McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies, located on the corner of University and North Washington Avenues, contains classrooms and related clinical/professional space for Communication Sciences and Disorders, Psychology and Counseling, Education, and Business students. Market Marywood is also located here.

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Curriculum Lab Library

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The Curriculum Lab and Library, located in the McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies, is a curriculum materials resource area, designed to support the specialized needs of teacher education students.

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