Master of Arts Degree in Educational Leadership

Description of the Program

The Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership enables candidates to acquire knowledge about leadership in the P-12, community college, higher education, or other educational settings. The program provides opportunities for students to develop in-depth understanding about leadership roles and responsibilities, working with external environments, policy development, organizational behavior, and contemporary educational issues.

Program Approach to Master's Study

Entering students must possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. The master's degree requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate study, 12 hours of which are core educational leadership learning experiences. Depending on career goals, students may choose from three concentration areas in the master's program: P-12 education, higher education and student affairs leadership, or an individualized program. Students may obtain the master's degree while also working concurrently on a principal or administrator license. Satisfactory performance on a concluding activity approved by faculty, in accordance with Graduate School policy, must be demonstrated. Students can earn the Master’s degree during a summer only program, contact the ELPS office for more information at 970-351-2861 or

Welcome from the Coordinator, Dr. Linda R. Vogel

Thank you for visiting the web site for the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Program at the University of Northern Colorado! The ELPS Program offers degrees at the master's, educational specialist, and doctoral levels and includes learning experiences to meet state standards for the Principal and Administrator Licenses. Our Teacher Leadership Certificate program and Doctoral Minor develop leadership capacity while providing for great flexibility in career goals. We are dedicated to culturally responsive teaching and leadership in all of our programs, including our Native American Innovative Leadership program.

We are fortunate to have a collaborative learning environment that emphasizes learning, teaching, and collegiality. Our faculty has a great deal of practical experience at all educational leadership levels to fully support and develop your leadership skills. We are dedicated to serving our students and ensuring their ability to lead positive change in the educational environment of their choice to improve the learning, achievement, and lives of children and communities.

Our program has been nationally ranked in recent years by U.S. News and World Report and is nationally accredited by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC)/NCATE.  The University of Northern Colorado is also a member of the University Council for Educational Administration which is the leading national association for the preparation of educational leaders and offers many networking possibilities to our graduates.

Please stop by and visit us on the UNC campus in Greeley. If you have any questions about the program, please email We look forward to hearing from you!