M.S. School Administration- Non-Licensure



Indiana Wesleyan University’s M.S. in School Administration (Non-Licensure) Program is open to candidates from all states and countries, and is not tied to state licensure. Candidates will complete a 33 credit hour program. The 18 credit hour concentration in School Administration identifies outcomes and expectations based on current school leadership principles and practices and enables interns to engage in inquiry, research, dialogue, team learning, reflection, problem-based learning, collaboration, and standards-based assessment from a comprehensive P-12 perspective. It aligns to the National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) program recognition standards on which our accreditation is based.

This is an alternative pathway to school leadership for those who need the training, but not the licensure. This could include teachers and leaders in the following schools: International Schools, ACSI Schools both stateside and overseas, Charter, and Private schools. This program may also appeal to traditional public-school teachers who only want a school leadership certificate, school leadership training, or continuing education, but have no interest in principal licensure.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Understand and be able to apply Christ-like leadership principles that build the spiritual foundation critical to the success of a world-changer.
  • Demonstrate competency in the following School of Educational Leadership's dispositional domains: Communication, Critical Thinking, Human Interaction, Leadership, and Professionalism.
  • Demonstrate the ability to facilitate collaborative vision, mission, values, goals, and a culture of continuous improvement in the buildings they will lead to change the world.
  • Demonstrate instructional leadership by understanding and promoting best practices in teaching, with an acute focus on student learning and academic success.
  • Demonstrate the ability to leverage school operations, manage resources, and provide a safe learning environment to ensure the success of all students.
  • Demonstrate the ability to build diverse relationships that engage parents and the community in the learning process and share resources for student success and for the benefit of all stakeholders.
  • Model personal integrity, fairness, accountability, cultural responsiveness, and ethical/legal decision-making, and expect the same from staff and students.


Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), www.hlcommission.org, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at www.indwes.edu/about/iwu-profile/accreditation.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Credit Hours Onsite Tuition Online Tuition
33 Total $470 / credit hour $470 / credit hour

The total cost of the program, including tuition, books, and fees, will be determined prior to your enrollment. The cost will be divided into several payments spread over the course of the program. Course textbooks will be shipped to you before each course begins. The cost of books increases for shipments outside of the 48 contiguous United States.

The total credit hours and per-credit-hour costs listed above are effective for the core program with specialization courses. For prerequisite or other required courses if applicable, students will need to pay for appropriate tuition, books, and any additional fees. Costs may change if you withdraw from the program and restart in a future program at a later date.

Payment Process

Deposit: Once you are accepted, your program representative will contact you in regards to payment of the required $100.00 deposit. This deposit reserves your place on the class roster. Payment can be made by check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express. Service fee may apply.

Payment Options: Your program representative will work closely with you to choose a payment option that best fits your needs. Your options may include Federal financial aid, company reimbursement tuition deferral, company direct-bill, self-pay, military benefits, etc.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans benefits, and even employer reimbursement.

For information about financial aid, call 800-621-8667, ext. 2516, visit our financial aid website, or email IWUfinaid@indwes.edu.


Below is the list of courses required to complete the program. Courses are generally taken sequentially, one at a time, until the program is complete. Course descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the course titles below.

Core Courses


15 Credit Hours

Major - School Administration


Total Credit Hours 33


Applicants to any program within the School of Educational Leadership will be required to sign a disclosure of information waiver giving any prior institutions the applicant may have attended permission to supply IWU representatives all information relevant to the applicant's fitness for teacher training or licensure recommendation, including but not limited to his/her conduct, standing, or reputation while attending said institutions. Any information obtained may be considered by IWU in its decision whether or not to admit an applicant, to permit his or her continuance in a program, or to recommend him/her for licensure.

Admission Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree from a college or university that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), verified on official transcripts sent by the institution directly to Indiana Wesleyan University. Transcripts from foreign institutions may need to be sent to an outside agency for evaluation and determination of transferable credits, degrees, and GPA. If this outside review is necessary, students are responsible for the initiation of this evaluation and for any fees incurred during the process.
  • An undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or above from the baccalaureate degree granting institution at which at least a  minimum of 30 hours was completed.
  • Be currently employed in or have access to a P-12 public, non-public school, or international school. Submission of a completed internship agreement with a building principal will be required prior to the start of the internship phase. 
  • Hold a teacher or school counselor license (private, state, international, ACSI, or charter).
  • Have at least two years of teaching experience in one of the settings listed above.
  • Obtain recommendations from two school, church, or mission leaders who are qualified to judge the applicant’s knowledge, skills, and dispositions in relation to school leadership.
  • Submit a signed FERPA Release Form.

Clinical Requirements

  • All clinical experience requirements are embedded in specific courses and must be passed successfully to complete the program.
  • All Master degree candidates must complete a six-credit-hour internship spanning six months in accordance with NELP requirements. Candidates should anticipate paying additional clinical experience fees during EDL 612 and EDL 625 to remunerate the services of a mentor.
  • All candidates must secure a principal-mentor for each internship course at the school in which they are currently teaching or leading. The mentor administrator must have a principal's license and be able to attend scheduled video conferences with the internship professor. The principal-mentor will work with the candidate throughout the course of the internships.

Graduation Requirements

  • Successfully complete the M.S. curriculum.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above in all graduate work and a minimum grade of “B-” in each course.
  • Successfully pass the admission, mid-program review, and program completion gateways.
  • Pay all tuition and fees to receive a diploma.

Start Dates

Below are the program locations, upcoming dates, and meeting times for the IWU Master of Education program. This list is updated regularly as new classes are added.