M.S. in Leadership Education

Application Deadline February 1

Accepting applications for the Fall Semester Only.

An M.S. degree in Leadership Education immerses students in three specific areas, 1) leadership scholarship, 2) teaching & outreach, and 3) research methods & program evaluation.

  1. Leadership scholarship refers to understanding the field of leadership from a research perspective, which includes leadership models & theories, leadership development & training, and leadership from several perspectives (e.g. motivation, power & influence, cultural diversity, etc.)
  2. Teaching & outreach refers to developing skills necessary to effectively convey information to others about leadership. For many of our students, this means that they develop skills in teaching because they will be teaching leadership or will be engaged in providing professional development. This may also include developing skills for developing programming, effective writing, teaching online, facilitation, etc.
  3. Research methods & program evaluation refers to developing the skills necessary to conduct research or evaluate programs related to leadership. We want our students to be able to contribute to leadership scholarship through research and/or to be able to evaluate the effectiveness of leadership development and training programs. This aspect of our program really explores how we know what we know about leadership, and how we effectively contribute to that knowing through evidence-based processes.

Candidates for the degree must possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. The program welcomes applicants from a variety of disciplines and fields. Programs are planned to meet individual student background experiences and desired graduate program goals. Students may choose a specialization within the M.S. program (though it is not required or expected).

Teaching and Extension Education Specialization

The Teaching and Extension Education specialization prepares students for careers in community college or university teaching, public school teaching, outreach programs and Cooperative Extension. The specialization is valuable to international students planning teaching careers, as well as for individuals providing educational services. Teaching and extension courses focus on teaching strategies, program planning, adult education, innovation, and use of technology in learning.

The degree may be earned by successfully completing a minimum of 30 credit hours (Option I or 36 credit hours (Options II and III) beyond the bachelors degree.

  • Option I includes a thesis, Credit Hours 30
  • Option II is non-thesis and requires a minor from another department, Credit Hours 36
  • Option III is a non-thesis, course based program, Credit Hours 36
Depending on your interests, the Master's program will give you the opportunity to:
  • Investigate the foundations and application in Leadership, teaching and learning
  • Specialize in a specific area of leadership education
  • Use methods of research and scholarship to examine one topic closely (either in a thesis or special paper)
  • Build skills in your chosen area of leadership, teaching and extension
  • Apply knowledge gained in actual settings, such as education, agribusiness, non-profit, community and government organizations, and agencies
Questions? Contact:

Dr. L.J. McElravy
ALEC Associate Professor
Graduate Chair & Leadership Coordinator
Graduate Studies Associate Dean for Professional Development

To discuss the program via Zoom, please set up an appointment here or through Calendly.

(402) 472-8058 or (402) 472-2855

Graduate Support Staff:

Jennifer Greenlee
(402) 472-2807

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