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Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis, Master of Education/Master of Arts

Admission Criteria

MEd in PK-12 Educational Leadership and Administration:

  • Summer priority deadline: March 1 (application review begins)
  • Summer final deadline: April 1  (all materials must be uploaded)
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 (A=4.0)

MA or MEd in Higher Education:

  • Fall deadline: January 15
  • Spring deadline: September 15
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 (A=4.0)

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test Type Total Score Reading Listening Speaking Writing
TOEFL Internet-based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Admissions screening and decisions for all graduate programs are not made until all required materials have been submitted. Admissions recommendations are based on a profile developed from data that include undergraduate (last 60 hours) and graduate grade point averages, recommendations, and evidence of successful related experiences.

Required Application Materials

For the Graduate School

  • Completed Graduate School online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the ELPA Program

  • 3 recommendations, two of which are from faculty who have taught/advised the applicant (for MEd/MA in Higher Ed applicants); one of which is from faculty and one of which is from a school leader (for the MEd in PK-12)
  • Departmental application (built into the Graduate School online application)
  • Statement of purpose
  • Current resume
  • Departmental assistantship application, if interested (student affairs assistantship application processes are separate; contact the department for more information).
  • Completed Missouri Educator Profile (MEP) for MEd in PK-12 applicants only
  • Honors and awards for MEd in PK-12 applicants only

A minimum of 33 credit hours and a capstone project are required for the M Ed in Higher Education, 33 credit hours and a thesis are required for the MA in Higher Education, and 30 hours is required for the M Ed in PK-12 Educational Leadership and Administration, Elementary and Secondary Principal, Certification.