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178 Pillsbury Drive SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Fax: 612-624-3377

Undergraduate Studies:

Graduate Studies:


M.A. in OLPD: Education Policy and Leadership (EPL) Program


Applications are due February 1, 2018 for Fall semester start.

Admission requirements

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The master of arts (M.A.) degree in organizational leadership, policy, and development with a program track in education policy and leadership (EPL) provides a common beginning point for those interested in graduate study in education policy and leadership. Among the areas of emphasis offered are elementary and secondary school administration, general administration, education policy, education finance and budgeting, and personnel administration. Completion of the master's degree alone does not meet the Minnesota administrative licensure requirements, which require a total of at least 90 graduate credits.

EPL offers coursework and research opportunities for those interested in making a difference in educational systems and settings that involve PreK-12 children and youth. The program is committed to supporting the development of leaders and scholars who work to continuously improve educational quality and effectiveness so that young people graduate from secondary education well prepared to continue their learning and to contribute to their communities. The program promotes understanding of schools as organizations and emphasizes application of knowledge and research to varied contexts of educational practice.

Who enrolls in this program?
M.A. students in EPL are the leaders and future leaders of Minnesota schools. They come to this program from positions as teachers, school and district staff, and from positions in other state and private organizations committed to improving education. The program is selective and is limited to 20 students each year.

What will my program look like?
The M.A. requires that students take at least 30-36 credits (Plan A) or 30-32 credits (Plan B & accelerated) of course work. Typically, a course meeting once a week throughout the semester is three credits. As part of their program of study, students prepare a Plan B paper (2-4 semester credits). Students may complete the coursework on either a full-time or part-time basis.


EPL M.A. curriculum

General M.A. Info
Graduate School Catalog

How long will my master's program take?

Attending full time, students can complete the accelerated option in one calendar year. However, many students are employed full time and spread their coursework over 2 years. M.A. students must successfully complete their coursework, Plan B paper, and final oral examination to receive their degree. All degree requirements must be completed within seven years after starting the program.


For questions regarding the admissions process, admissions documents, or general information about the program contact:

Dr. Jeremy Hernandez
Coordinator of Graduate Studies

Specific questions regarding course content should be directed to the program coordinator:

Dr. Katie Pekel
Coordinator, Education Policy and Leadership Programs

Revised October 18, 2017.