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Master of Education, Educational Leadership


Spring 2017 and later applicants: we are currently only accepting applications for our NevadaLeads program, which is a redesign of our M.Ed. in Educational Leadership degree program.

The master of education (M.Ed.) degree requires 37 credit hours. The M.Ed. is an individualized program designed for those interested in a focus on K-12 educational leadership.

More Information

Educational Leadership Program Manual (PDF)

Program Contact Info

Bill Thornton, Associate Professor
College of Education
Office: (775) 682-9096

Graduate School catalog info

The study of leadership allows individuals to examine the fundamental institutions in society, to develop skills in research and analysis, and to prepare to enter challenging and influential roles in many areas.

Our M.Ed. graduates have become school principals, program coordinators and central office administrators, district superintendents, state superintendents and directors of state and national organizations - one has served as Assistant Secretary of Education for the United States Department of Education.

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of the program application
  • Sample of written work
  • 1-2 page resume
  • Three professional letters of recommendation
  • Qualified in the professional judgment of the program faculty

The specific curriculum requirements are adapted to the professional needs of the student. Students should not enroll in any graduate-level course without first securing the approval of the program that such a course is acceptable toward a selected major or minor.

Program Requirements

The MEd and MA Degrees in Educational Leadership require students to develop a program of study in conjunction with their advisor and committee that includes a minimum of 39 graduate credits, at least 15 of which must be at the 700-level.

Completion Requirements for the Master's Degree include:

  1. Filing a program of study, approved by the Graduate School
  2. Maintaining a 3.0 GPA in all graduate work
  3. Successful completion of a culminating comprehensive examination

Program Hours

A minimum of 39 credits are required. All degree candidates are required to complete one or more research courses. In addition, all students are required to take 1 to 3 credits of comprehensive examination which may be above the 39 credits of approved courses. A maximum of six graduate credits of S/U grades may be applied toward a master's degree.

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Contact College of Education

Phone (775) 784-4345 (Main)
(775) 784-4298 (Advising Center)
Fax (775) 784-6298
Location William J. Raggio
Address University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557

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