Master of Education in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

The Master of Education (EdM) program in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (ELPS) at Boston University is designed to prepare our students to be PreK-12 public, independent, and international school and district leaders, higher education administrators, and education-related community, state, federal, and institutional leaders and analysts. Our faculty and coursework are committed to developing 21st Century educational leaders who are data informed, future oriented, and people focused.

We offer three concentration options for our students: a Higher Education Administration concentration (also available online); a PreK-12 Educational Leadership track, which contributes to the Administrative Licensure process; or a customized program without a specified concentration (“No Sub-Concentration”).

Overall, our program prepares students to adopt a reflective mindset that critically considers how personal and professional narratives, context, relationships, historical inequities, and contemporary issues affect and guide administration at any level.

We fully support students who do not wish to identify a sub-concentration and help them instead customize the program to suit their professional goals. This No Sub-Concentration option is ideal for those interested in a career leading independent and international schools, as well as those who plan on working in education-related community organizations, institutes, think tanks, and state and federal service. With guidance from an experienced advisor, students may elect courses in such areas as policy analysis, diversity and justice, performance-based leadership, and other topics that focus on reforming and transforming schools and school systems into high performing organizations for all students.

Our program:

  • Prepares students to be PreK-12 public, independent, and international school and district leaders, higher education administrators, and education-related community, state, federal, and institutional leaders and analysts.
  • Emphasizes the importance of a reflective mindset that critically considers how personal and professional narratives, context, relationships, historical inequities, and contemporary issues affect and guide administration at any level.
  • Offers three concentrations to accommodate student interest and professional goals: Higher Education Administration, PreK-12 Educational Leadership, and a customized program without a specified concentration (No Sub-Concentration).
  • Provides certain students with the opportunity to become eligible for licensure.

Faculty Contact Information: Dr. Bob Weintraub, rjtraub@bu.edu617-353-3519
Graduate Admissions Contact Information: sedgrad@bu.edu, 617-353-4237

For program requirements and additional details, please visit the BU Bulletin.

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