M.S. in Educational Leadership
The master of science in educational leadership (MEL) program focuses on preparing you to lead educational organizations. Develop as a leader, utilize your skills to lead change, and understand how to better use data to inform decision making. With program leadership and faculty who are actively involved in working with complex school systems and districts, we are able to continuously evolve our program to address the most relevant issues facing educational leaders today.
#4 online program in the nation
On March 7, 2022, OnlineMastersDegrees.org released their annual rankings of Best Online Master’s Programs in Educational Leadership. Cardinal Stritch University is proud to be ranked as the #4 school in the nation for this program.
Stritch offers this leading program online, in-person and as hyflex options.
"Earning an MEL degree opened the door to several administrative opportunities" - Ann Newman '02
Stritch offers the principal certification (#5051 license) and the director of instruction certification (#5010 license) in both an online or a face-to-face program format. The face-to-face program uses technology to create a "Hyflex" option for educators around the state to attend coursework. Educators may earn a principal certification, director of instruction certification and graduate degree or simply earn the principal and director of instruction Wisconsin DPI administrator license if they already have a master's degree.
The accredited program focuses on preparing you to lead educational organizations as described by the National Educational Leadership Program Standards and the Wisconsin Administrative Standards. You will develop as a leader, utilize your skills to lead change and understand how to better use data to inform decision making. Stritch continuously improves our program to address the most relevant issues facing educational leaders today. Participants are encouraged to become active in professional organizations such as the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators and the Wisconsin Association of School Boards.
Unique to Stritch
- One of the first online administrative certification programs in the state of Wisconsin
- Collaboration and study team focused
- 30+ years of experience preparing school leaders across the state
- Offer the principal and director of instruction license concurrently
Alumni Spotlight: Walter Cullin, Jr., '19
"Stritch helped me realize the importance of being a servant leader"
Walter Cullin Jr., 2017 (M.A Urban Education) & 2019 (M.S. Educational Leadership) serves as the credentialing coordinator Milwaukee Area Technical College.
"In this program, I had the ability to conduct action research, which challenged me as a teacher and administrator. I was able to see the impact of my decisions made on my students, staff, parents and organization."
Students who choose to major in Urban Education or Educational Leadership will learn a myriad of skills and practical wisdom through the content and educated professors.
"My confidence grew from the opportunities that I was given by my professors. Dr. Thompson invited me to be a panelist at one of his speaking engagements to doctoral students. I was able to speak based on my own experiences and knowledge gained through academia."
Alumni Spotlight: Ann Newman, '02
MEL alumna Ann Newman feels that Stritch met her needs as an adult learner. "I found that the transferability and applicability of what I was learning to my profession was superior to anything that I had experienced."
The core of the MEL program has remained constant over the years - students have the opportunity to learn about themselves as leaders.
"If you are looking to find something unique and different about yourself and your experience, you will thrive and excel and truly can reach far beyond what you thought you ever could."