Online Master of Science in School Administration

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Overview of the Online MS School Administration Program

Accelerate your career. Impact your world.

As an educator, you understand the importance of lifelong learning more than anyone – and you can use your passion for growth to change the future of education. In the Master of Science in School Administration Program, you’ll be equipped to serve in leadership roles in public, private, and even international learning environments.

  • 100% online program with built-in flexibility
  • Assignments based on real-world work activities
  • Designed for educators who want to pursue a degree in P-12 school administration

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You’ll Learn To…

  • Apply Christ-like leadership principles that build the spiritual foundation critical to your success and that of your staff and students.
  • Facilitate a collaborative vision and a culture of continuous improvement in the schools you lead.
  • Leverage school operations, manage resources, and provide a safe learning environment for student growth and achievement.

Career Options

  • School Principal
  • Assistant Principal
  • Dean of Students
  • Athletic Director
  • Head of School


33 Total
$499/ Credit Hour *

Applicable fees for resources and services will be assessed throughout the program. Tuition and fees for prerequisites and required elective courses are in addition to the charges shown on the program cost sheet. Your tuition rate will remain the same as long as you remain continuously enrolled in the same program. Cost sheets may be requested from an enrollment counselor by calling 866.498.4968 or emailing


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


Here is the list of courses required to complete the program. Full course descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the course titles. For further information, feel free to contact us.

11 Core Courses

These courses contain the program-specific knowledge. Upon completion, you should have the tools to conquer your new career with confidence.



Click on each section to expand the different requirements for this program. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.

  • A baccalaureate or graduate 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 original 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.
  • A GPA of 2.75 or above from the degree granting institution at which at least of minimum of 30 hours was completed
  • Be currently employed in or have access to a P-12 public or non-public school in which the principal is willing to serve as a mentor for the internship phase of the program. Submission of a completed internship agreement with a building principal will be required prior to the start of the internship phase.
  • Hold an initial, standard, provisional, proficient, or accomplished practitioner Instructional or School Counselor license. (Non-licensure candidates may have a private, state, international, ACSI, or charter school license).
  • Obtain recommendations from two school leaders (superintendent, principal, or assistant principal) who are qualified to judge the applicant’s knowledge, skills, and dispositions in relation to pursuing the MS degree program and/or a Building Level Administrator’s license. (Non-licensure candidates may acquire letters from school, church, or mission leaders.)
  • Submit a signed SILD FERPA Release Form.
  • Indiana:
    • Have two years of full-time teaching experience on one of the licenses listed above in an approved and accredited public, private, or parochial elementary, secondary, or postsecondary school in the United States or abroad. Please note that in keeping with Indiana Department of Education licensure policy, experience gained by a teacher holding only an Emergency Permit, Provisional Permit, Transition to Teaching Permit, Career Specialist Permit, Charter School License, Substitute Permit, or Workplace Specialist II License is not acceptable as licenses of these types do not meet the prerequisite license requirements.
  • Ohio:
    • Have two years of full-time teaching experience as a lead classroom teacher or teacher of record under a standard or professional educator license (or two years of work experience under a professional pupil services license) for the ages and grade levels for which the principal license is sought. *Please note that in keeping with Ohio Department of Education licensure policy, experience gained by a teacher holding a substitute license or any alternative license, certificate, or permit is not acceptable as these do not meet the prerequisite requirements.

  • Successfully complete the M.S. curriculum.
  • Possess a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above in all graduate work and a minimum grade of "B-" in each course.
  • Satisfy admission, mid-program review, and program completion gateways.
  • Payment of all tuition and fees is required to receive a diploma.

Indiana Candidates - Successful completion of the M.S. – School Administration program meets the academic requirements for recommendation for licensure. Additionally, candidates must complete other requirements of the Indiana Department of Education before a principal’s license will be issued, including receiving a passing score on the related state assessment test, evidence of at least two years teaching or work experience as a teacher or school counselor on one of the following license types: initial, standard, provisional, proficient, or accomplished practitioner instructional or School Counselor license.

Ohio Candidates - Successful completion of the M.S. – School Administration program meets the academic requirements for recommendation for licensure. Additionally, candidates must complete other requirements of the state of Ohio before the appropriate PK-6, 4-9, or 5-12 principal’s license will be issued, including receiving a passing score on the related state assessment test.

Other Candidates - Applicants who seek administrative licensure in states other than Ohio bear the responsibility to determine whether completion of the IWU M.S. – School Administration program will meet the academic and assessment requirements of the state in which licensure is sought.

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.


The M.S. School Administration - Licensure and Non-Licensure at Indiana Wesleyan University has many convenient starts throughout the year. Listed below are the next available starts. If you don’t see a start that fits your schedule, connect with our enrollment team to see more future starts.


Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at

Education programs at Indiana Wesleyan University are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), 1140 19th Street, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20036, 202-223-0077.

*Effective 07-01-2023 through 06-30-2024