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Are you looking to move into an administrative role? Do you want to empower others and lead in the K-12 school environment? The online Master of Science in Educational Leadership with a concentration in School Administration prepares educators for a variety of functions school administrators must perform.

Apply for the Master's in Educational Leadership with a concentration in School Administration and build your knowledge and skills for effective administrator leadership.

Through the school administration concentration, you will learn to:

  • Analyze data
  • Evaluate instruction
  • Improve student achievement
  • Make strategic decisions
  • Creatively solve problems
  • Promote change
  • Establish positive school culture
  • Understand budgets
  • Manage resources and more

The online coursework encompasses robust topics like School Leadership, School Legal and Ethical Decision Making, and Leading School Curriculum so that graduates are prepared for a wide range of professional positions in education, including principals, assistant principals, coordinators, and directors. View the program of study to learn about the variety of courses required.

The program is nationally accredited by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) and approved for administrative licensure by the Mississippi Department of Education.

If you plan to work outside the state of Mississippi, please contact your state's Department of Education to see if this program meets your state's criteria for licensure.

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Why Choose the Master of Science in Educational Leadership?


Designed for working professionals. Courses are 100% online so that you can continue your career as you work towards becoming a school administrator.


All students pay in-state tuition, making The 33 hour program affordable no matter where you live.


The College of Education at Mississippi State University has been continuously recognized by U.S. News & World Report as having the Best Online Graduate Education Programs.