School Leadership Specialization—Master's Degree in Educational Leadership and Foundations

We seek to improve temporal and spiritual well-being by empowering passionate and innovative educational leaders of faith, intellect, and character who have a compelling vision and sense of purpose for the continuous improvement of schools.

Spring

Year 1 (3 credits)

Year 2 (3 credits)

Summer

Year 1 (3 credits)

Year 2 (4 credits)

Fall

Year 1 (6 credits)

Year 2 (7.5 credits)

Winter

Year 1 (7.5 credits)

Year 2 (3 credits)

*The LPP track offers a 14-month option
**The APP track offers a reduced course
load over 12–14 months

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EDLF School Leadership Program Overview

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The School Leadership Program is available through three different tracks. The Executive School Leadership Program (ExSL) track is for students who work full-time and can attend school only part-time. The Leadership Preparation Program (LPP) track is for students who can attend school full-time. The Accelerated Preparation Program (APP) implements reduced coursework and is for students who already have a master’s degree.

  • Part-time program (22 months to complete)
  • Flexible scheduling, evening coursework available at local schools
  • Cohort size of 12–15
  • $15,000 approximate total cost
  • 60–70% placement rate
  • Full-time program (14 months to complete)
  • 3 full-time, extensive internships at the elementary, junior high, and high school levels
  • Cohort size of 12–15
  • $12,000 approximate total cost
  • 70–80% placement rate
  • Accelerated program (12–14 months to complete)
  • Provides second master's degree
  • No graduate exam required
  • Cohort size of 12–15
  • $10,000 approximate total cost
  • 70–80% placement rate

Tuition & Job Placement by Program

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Comparative Costs for Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership*

BYU, Full-Time LPP 38 credits $12,000
BYU, Part-Time ExSL 37 credits $15,000
University of Utah, K–12 School Administration 36 credits $18,000
Utah State University, Instructional Leadership 42 credits $17,000
Southern Utah University, Educational Leadership 36 credits $13,000
Utah Valley University, K–12 Educational Leadership 36 credits $12,000
Western Governors University, Educational Leadership 13 credits $13,000

*Based on tuition, fees, and coursework listed on program websites

Comparative Costs for Accelerated Preparation Programs*

BYU Accelerated Preparation Program
(Second Master's Degree Awarded)
28 credits $10,000
Utah State University Administrative Concentration
(Licensure Only)
30 credits $12,000
Southern Utah University Ed. Leadership Licensure
(Licensure Only)
27 credits $10,000

*Based on tuition, fees, and coursework listed on program websites

Comparative Placement Rates for Programs in Utah*

Graduates working as school administrators Graduates working as any type of administrator
Brigham Young University 53% 76%
University of Utah 41% 75%
Utah State University 47% 68%
Southern Utah University 39% 51%
Western Governors University 36% 51%

*Based on 2016–2017 Cactus Database

Internships & Graduation

Internships

  1. Training from mentor principals twice a year
  2. Ongoing visits and support by experienced internship supervisors
  3. Internship opportunities in China and Houston

Graduation

  1. 37–38 credits required for ExSL and LPP tracks
  2. 28 credits required for APP track
  3. Must complete state-required 450 internship hours
  4. Comprehensive oral and written exam conducted upon completion

How to Apply

Submit Program Application

Applications due January 15. Submit program application through Graduate Studies.

Submit Proper Documents

  1. Grade Transcripts
  2. 3 Letters of Recommendation
  3. Resume
  4. Letter of Intent
  5. Graduate Record Exam Scores (GRE)

Competitive applicants will be invited to participate in a face-to-face interview on BYU campus

APPLICATION DETAILS

*The APP track does not require exam scores

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