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Master of Arts in Educational Leadership

Domestic Students: GPA: 3.0 in Bachelors GRE: no requirement


Feb 1 and Sept 1

International Students:

GRE: 147 min on each subtest

and 4.0 min on analytical writing

TOEFL: 550 min written or 80 min online, OR

IELTS : 6.5 min overall score


Feb 1 and Sept 1


The Principal Preparation Program is a comprehensive internship-based leadership program leading to a Master of Arts degree in Education with a concentration in Educational Leadership as well as potential Wyoming certification as a K-12 principal. To be certified by PTSB as a principal in Wyoming, you must hold or be able to obtain a Wyoming teaching certificate and have at least three years of teaching in a school setting. To be admitted to the program, applicants must have at least 2 years of teaching experience.

International Students: Welcome and thank you for your interest in our program! Either a TOEFL score or an IELTS score is acceptable. We require a minimum score of 80 for the online TOEFL exam, with minimum scores of 20 in each subset, and the score must be at least two years current. For the IELTS exam, we require a  minimum overall score of 6.5, with minimum scores of 6 in each subset, and the score must be at least two years current.

Program Details

This outreach master's degree program is 33 credit hours. Focusing on our mission to develop effective educational leaders and researchers, the program offers a flexible online delivery. All courses in the program are offered online. Also, through Fall 2017, the four core courses are delivered in Casper, face-to-face. However, beginning Spring 2018, only online delivery will be offered. Please see the course schedule. Please note, out of state students should check with their state PTSB to ensure the program meets eligibility requirements for principal certification in their own state.

    >>Click here to review the required course list

    >>Click here for the course schedule

    >>Click here to learn more about the principal internship

    >>Click here to view the Master's Student Handbook

    >>AFTER PROGRAM COMPLETION, click here for information about finalizing your program

Tuition and Fees

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Note: All courses only offered via UW at a Distance.

Additional UW at a Distance course fee: $25/credit.

Please refer to the Cost of Attendance page for details.

>>Click here to learn more about funding opportunities

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How to Apply

To be considered for admission to the Master of Arts degree program, an applicant must have met the GPA requirement (3.0 in Bachelor of Arts degree program) and must have a minimum of 2 years teaching experience and demonstrated potential for leadership at the school level. Successful applicants for the University of Wyoming graduate programs in Educational Leadership typically have strong references, documented evidence of potential for academic excellence, and focused career goals that align with the administrative and leadership content of our programs. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate that they not only possess the required academic abilities to handle the theoretical and practical aspects of a graduate program but who also show attention to detail and thoughtfulness throughout the entire application process.

There are two application deadlines for this program: February 1 (applying for the following Fall or Spring semester) and September 1 (applying for the following Spring or Fall).

Apply to UW and the School through the online applicant portal

  1. Click here to access the UW graduate applicant portal and in your application, please use the corresponding application admittance semester indicated above.
  2. After completing the initial information page, you will receive an email from the system including a link and your temporary username and password
  3. Please complete the contact, academic, residency information, etc.
  4. Submit the $50 application fee
  5. Submit ALL required documents to the online document portal (applications with missing documents will not be considered)
    • The following are required documents for this program application:
      • Unofficial copies of transcripts (official copies should be sent to UW Admissions)
      • Copy of current teaching certificate
      • A completed principal program application
      • A superintendent approval form signed by the superintendent of the district where you plan to perform your internship (scan and upload)
      • A letter of intent describing why you want to be an educational leader
      • Current recommendation letters addressing leadership skills from three different referees (the portal will send a request to each of them after you enter their email addresses):
        • two from current or former (recent) educational supervisors
        • current principal
      • A current resume
  6. Agree to admissions terms and submit your application
  7. Request that all official copies of transcripts from postsecondary institutions be sent to UW Admissions. Please note that if the program recommends you for admission, you will not be admitted to UW until official transcripts have been received. PLEASE DO THIS STEP ONCE YOU BEGIN YOUR APPLICATION PROCESS. NO NEED TO WAIT.

Official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions must be requested and sent to UW Admissions: University of Wyoming Admissions – 1000 E. University Ave. – Laramie, WY 82071

Applications are reviewed and recommendations for admittance are made approximately one month after the application deadline.

Questions about this degree?

Tiffany June Le Gal
Office Associate


Dr. William "Toby" Holmes
M.A. Program Coordinator


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