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Earn an Online Master of Science in Educational Leadership

Master of Science in Educational Leadership – Licensure

The Master of Science in Educational Leadership is a fully online adult-learner focused program designed to prepare you for school leadership positions while you continue working. The curriculum is designed to provide candidates with real-world experiences to bridge theory and practice and to support the development of the foundational knowledge, skills and dispositions essential to success in diverse school contexts.

Master of Science in Educational Leadership – Non-Licensure

The Master of Science in Education – Educational Leadership (non-licensure track) provides students an opportunity to gain extensive knowledge and skills for an administrative role in the education field. The curriculum is designed to advance leadership competencies with data-driven decision making, leadership in learning organizations, fiscal management, and developing human capital. This non-licensure emphasis is recommended for students practicing in the private or public sector, as well as those in organizational training and development roles.​

A Comprehensive Graduate Degree in Educational Leadership

The program will empower you to be a vision and mission driven school leader developing your ability to improve educational outcomes and effect positive change in diverse P-12 school settings. Our program aligns with Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) and is designed to create culturally competent and responsive school leaders. Upon completion of this 36-credit hour program, candidates are eligible to apply for an administrator license in New Mexico. 

What Makes University of the Southwest Different from the Rest?

  • Flexibility - Earn your degree fully online, on-site on our New Mexico campus, or a combination of both. Create a custom schedule to have classes during your free time
  • Quality - Combine a liberal arts education along with a solid background in education
  • Accreditation & Faculty - University of the Southwest is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Our faculty will do everything possible to ensure that you will succeed
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The College of Business Administration at the University of the Southwest has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11960 Quivira Road in Overland Park, Kansas, USA. For a list of accredited programs please view our IACBE Member status page.


University of the Southwest admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the institution. USW does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, physical handicap, or sex in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, employment policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletics and other university-administered programs.