School Leadership Specialization

Master's Degree in Education

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.

Executive School Leadership Track


Year 1 (3 credits)

Year 2 (3 credits)


Year 1 (3 credits)

Year 2 (4 credits)


Year 1 (6 credits)

Year 2 (7.5 credits)

*The Accelerated Preparation Program track offers a reduced course load over 12–14 months


Year 1 (7.5 credits)

Year 2 (3 credits)

detailed course list



Paths to Degree and Licensure

Executive School Leadership Program is for students who work full-time and can attend school only part-time

Accelerated Preparation Program requires fewer courses 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
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  • 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
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Tuition & Job Placement by Program

Comparative Costs for Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership*

BYU Executive School Leadership 37 credits $12,000
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 courses $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 school, district, or state 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


  • Support in finding and setting up internships
  • Ongoing visits and support by experienced internship supervisors
  • BYU provides training for your mentor principal
  • Internship opportunities in China and Houston

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  • 37 credits required for Executive School Leadership Track
  • 28 credits required for Accelerated Preparation Program Track
  • Must complete state-required 450 internship hours
  • Comprehensive oral and written exam conducted upon completion

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Application Process

Submit Program Application

Applications due February 2. Submit program application through Graduate Studies.

Submit Proper Documents
  • Grade Transcripts
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume
  • Letter of Intent
  • *Graduate Record Exam Scores (GRE)

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

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*The Accelerated Placement Program does not require GRE score

Badge for 19th on Gradreports list of 25 Best Master's in Educational Leadership Programs 2020.

Top 25 Best Master's in Educational Leadership Programs 2020

BYU’s MEd in Educational Leadership program ranked as one of the top 25 graduate education leadership programs in the country. Using data from the U.S. Department of Education, GradReports ranked programs by median student debt and median salary one year after graduating. BYU has the lowest tuition cost of all top 25 schools. Ninety-one percent of graduates said that this degree improved their career prospects; graduates also commented on BYU’s superior internship and networking opportunities that jump-started their careers.