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Educational Leadership (MED) 
Program Description

The master's program is for aspiring educational leaders who are seeking administrative certification. The degree provides a solid foundation for leaders considering doctoral work at the elementary and secondary levels.

Master of Education Course Descriptions

Department/Academic Unit(s)

Educational Policy Studies and Practice -

The Department of Educational Policy Studies and Practice (EPSP) includes Educational Leadership and the Center for the Study of Higher Education. The EPSP department combines the K-12 focus with postsecondary education to create a P-20 perspective that taps into the dominant discourse of education and policymakers today.

The 30-unit Master of Arts in Educational Policy, offered by the Education Policy Studies and Practice Department in the College of Education, will provide students with an understanding of education policymaking history and process, and develop their skills to analyze data and inform policies. The program will provide anyone interested in education policy with the necessary background to engage in the policymaking process: classroom teachers, school leaders, university personnel, community members, and those interested in continuing their studies in a doctoral program. The program will offer courses flexibly (e.g., evenings, online, hybrid) that will include research methods, critical topics in education policy, as well as the opportunity to take various elective courses that might include a focus on language policy, privatization and education reform, law, and/or public policy, among other focus areas.

Both the Center for the Study of Higher Education (HED) and Educational Leadership (EDL) maintain their core functions and curriculum, consistent with professional career paths and state standards for certification leading to licensure. However, the combined unit more broadly facilitates and encourages research, instructional, and service and outreach initiatives consistent with a policy development and analysis focus.

A  key departmental strength concentrates on how organizations, institutions (both formal and informal), official practices, and educational professions affect outcomes across local, national, and international contexts and how these entities are themselves affected by societal, economic, and political pressures.

EPSP prepares graduate students at the doctorate and master's levels. Graduate programs in HED include Ph.D. and M.A. degrees. Graduate programs in EDL include an Ed.D., Ph.D., Ed.S., M.A. and M.Ed. The M.A. degree has a focus on policy. The M.Ed. degree is a standards-driven curriculum leading to both a degree and state certification for the principalship.


College of Education  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Diana L Peel
Graduate Program Coordinator
Diana L Peel
Director of Graduate Studies
Gary D Rhoades
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Guadalupe Estrella
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements
  • Current or previous administrative management.
  • Supervisory or leadership experience.
  • Undergraduate degree with a cumulative 3.00 GPA.
Standardized Tests

No Graduate Record Exam is required.

However for International Students:

Minimum TOEFL: Score no less than a 79
Minimum IELTS: Score no less than a 7

Financial Aid

Scholarship Universe

Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Graduate Access Fellowships





Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

Rolling admissions.

International Applicants:

 Application is due 6 weeks prior to the start of the semester.

International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

Core courses (Foundations, Law, Principalship, Personnel, Supervision, Finance, Principal Internship): 21 units

Research courses: 6 units

Electives: 9 units

Total: 36 units

Students pursuing superintendent certification must take an additional 3-unit superintendency course and a 3-unit superintendent internship.

Minor Requirements


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Last revised 22 Aug 2019