Educational Leadership Masters Degree

Educational Leadership Masters Degree

Bob Jones University’s accredited Master of Science in Educational Leadership degree will equip you with the relevant theories, practical outcomes, and transformational skillsets to more effectively lead your staff and school.

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Why Earn a Master of Science in Educational Leadership Degree?

Leaders are responsible for those they lead, and will give a greater account to God for how they used their position in leadership. That’s why with BJU’s educational leadership program, you’ll learn not only the technical skills to be an excellent leader, but also the biblical truths that transform your character.

And with the program’s flexible option of online courses available through SCOPE, you’ll be able to continue working where God has placed you.


BJU’s master’s program in educational leadership equips you to be an excellent instructional leader in varied educational settings.

You’ll begin your program by exploring the historical and philosophical foundations of American education. As you broaden your perspective, you’ll begin formulating and expressing your own educational theory, practice and philosophy of Christian school management. You’ll also learn how to implement the various business principles of running an educational institution, from finance to philosophy to personnel development to decision making.

In addition, you’ll explore educational technologies and learn how to use them in a variety of settings. You’ll learn how to construct tests and develop testing programs and how to interpret test results and other educational data so you can better meet students’ educational needs.

Throughout your time in the program, you’ll build your leadership portfolio with coursework and practical hands-on experience through the capstone’s action research project. Most importantly, you’ll be equipped with a well-rounded education from a biblical worldview that will benefit and guide you for years to come.

This program is designed to expand your skillset and extend your professional reach, but does not lead to state licensure. During your studies in this program, your faculty can advise you about pursuing licensure if that is one of your goals. 

Key Outcomes

Skills You'll Acquire:

As part of this program, you will develop a range of valuable skills employers seek.

  • Curriculum Development — Design and organize educational plans.
  • School Business Administration — Manage organizational operations of a school.
  • Research — Interpret, critique, and apply current educational research. 
  • Personnel Management — Supervise and develop Christian school employees. 
  • Instructional Leadership — Model research-based pedagogical skills. 
  • Technology Integration Effectively navigate rapidly changing technology tools in the 21st-century classroom.
Careers You Can Pursue:
  • Christian School Administrator
  • Lead Teacher
  • Curriculum Designer
  • Instructional Coach
  • Higher Education
  • School Guidance Counselor
Months to Complete

With our flexible learning paths, you can complete your degree in as little as 15 months.

Tuition Costs

Cost per credit: $450

50% discount for Christian school educators


Why Scope?

Central in every course
Tailored for your goals and schedule
Learning experiences designed for real-life relevance
Job-ready skills for your success
Cost-effective programs to achieve your outcomes
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What is a stackable credential?

A stackable credential is a small, stand-alone certificate that can be combined with other courses to build toward your master’s degree.

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Steps to Apply

1.   Review the admission requirements

Prerequisite: Our master’s degree programs require an earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
Note: International students or students with degrees from unaccredited institutions are considered on a case-by-case basis.

GPA: Our master’s degree programs require a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA:

  • 2.0 GPA for the Master of Divinity (MDiv) and Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling programs
  • 3.0 GPA for the Master of Public Health (MPH) programs
  • 2.5 GPA for all other master’s degree programs
  • Note: If your GPA is at least 2.4, we would encourage you to apply as some exceptions are granted 

2.   Start your application

To begin your online application, you will need to create a Bob Jones University account.

3.   Gather your required materials

You will need to upload the following items as part of your application:

Official Transcripts

If you are a new student, you must request an official transcript from the institution granting your undergraduate degree. Your transcript should be sent to the Office of Admission for graduate study approval before admission.

Office of Admission
Bob Jones University
1700 Wade Hampton Blvd
Greenville, SC 29614

If you are a BJU graduate, your BJU transcript will be reviewed as part of the approval process before admission.

Reference Requests

You will need to submit the names, email addresses, and mailing addresses of two references. Upon submission of your application, an email will be sent to each reference requesting they complete a brief online recommendation. References must be submitted for your application to be considered complete.

Reference 1: a church leader (pastor or pastoral staff, non-relative)
Reference 2: an academic recommendation from a school official if you have been enrolled within the past 12 months; if you have not been enrolled in the past 12 months, submit a general reference.

4.   Fill out your FAFSA

If you are interested in Financial Aid, please complete your FAFSA information.

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Does this degree lead to a state credential or licensure?

No, but this program is recognized for both AACS and ACSI leadership certification. 

Are there any scholarships or discounts?

Yes, there is a 50% discount off the cost per credit hour for Christian school educators. 

How long does it take students to complete this degree?

While time in the program varies with each individual’s situation, typically the program can be finished in two years. 

Does this degree involve any in-person classes?

No, all courses are 100% online.

What is the program format?

Each course takes place over seven one-week modules. Once the class opens, students are given access to modules two weeks in advance.  

Do I have to be teaching while I complete my degree?

While students are not required to be in the classroom for most of the program, it is strongly recommended. However, candidates must be teaching in a K-12 classroom when taking the capstone action research course.

What requirements are necessary to enter the program?

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree with a composite GPA of 2.50 to be considered for the program. Up to twelve credit hours may be transferred into the program.

Can I transfer credits into this program from other institutions?

With approval from the dean, up to twelve credit hours may be transferred into the program.

Do I have to take classes in a specific order?

Our program allows for a lot of flexibility in class sequence. However, candidates should consult with their program advisor when planning their schedule.


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What's the Value of a Master's Degree?

Greater Earnings Potential: On average, those with a master’s degree earn higher income than those with a bachelor’s degree.

Increased Job Stability: Those with a master’s degree have a higher chance of landing a professional role after graduation.

Stay in Demand: A master's degree can help you stay current in your field and relevant in the market. 

Stay Employed: A master's degree reduces the likelihood of experiencing unemployment when compared to those with just a bachelor’s degree.

Stay Ahead Financially: The future gains for those with a graduate degree outpace those with a bachelor’s degree.

Our Master's Degrees Come with a Guide: Our Pathway Partners can support your next steps towards a graduate degree. They help you see the path forward, monitor your progress, and help you know what to do next.

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Brian Carruthers
Dean, School of Education and Human Services
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