Master of Science in Educational Leadership
Western Governors University

Program Details

To help meet the nationwide need for education leaders, WGU offers an affordable, accredited, online Master of Science in Educational Leadership.* This program prepares individuals who already hold a teaching license to manage an educational institution with skills such as overseeing teachers, and developing and implementing curriculum standards. The M.S. Educational Leadership program focuses on educational leadership, performance excellence criteria, strategic planning, workforce focus, and process management, and includes a practicum. Graduates of this program will be prepared for administrative leadership roles in educational institutions. WGU also offers an endorsement in Educational Leadership. 

WGU holds the same accreditation as many state universities. With unparalleled online flexibility, students can complete most of their coursework whenever and wherever works best for their schedule. Students also benefit from the competency-based learning model, which lets them pass most courses as quickly as they prove mastery of the material, making it possible to accelerate their progress and potentially graduate faster. Additionally, Faculty Mentors work one-on-one with WGU students, providing dedicated coaching, guidance, and support from enrollment through graduation.


The program requires a total of 40 competency units (CUs), the equivalent to the traditional credit hour.

Admission requirements:

  • Provide official transcripts that demonstrate you have earned a bachelor’s degree from a recognized accredited university
  • Meet any program-specific admissions requirements
  • Interview with a WGU Enrollment Counselor
  • Leadership Essay
  • Case Studies

Special Accreditation

WGU's Teachers College is accredited based on the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards for a period of 7 years, from 2012 to 2019.

WGU’s Teachers College is eligible and will seek accreditation based on the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Standards in spring 2018.

School Accreditation Statement

Western Governors University is the only university to have received simultaneous accreditation by four regional accrediting commissions. Currently, WGU's "home" accrediting commission is the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the same organization that accredits such leading institutions as the University of Washington, University of Oregon, University of Utah, Brigham Young University, and other public and private colleges.

Geographic Restrictions

States that do not accept this program: Alabama, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, and Tennessee.