Leadership Studies, M.A.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements for Educational Leadership Area of Emphasis

Applicants should follow the admissions process described in this catalog or at the Graduate Admissions website at www.marshall.edu/graduate/admissions/how-to-apply-for-admission. In addition:

Each candidate for the Educational Leadership Area of Emphasis must meet all admission requirements as a degree student. Scores from the Graduate Record Examination, the Miller Analogies Test, or a previous master’s degree from an accredited institution must be on file at the time of admission. Students must score at least a 392 on the Miller Analogies Test. Students who take the Graduate Record Examination must have a combined score of 286 (combined verbal and quantitative). Students must hold a Professional Teaching Certificate and have a minimum of two years of teaching experience at the time of admission to the program.

Admission Requirements for Leadership Specialist Area of Emphasis

Applicants should follow the admissions process described in this catalog or at the Graduate Admissions website at www.marshall.edu/graduate/admissions/how-to-apply-for-admission. Applicants should select the Distance-Only application and under programs, select "Leadership Studies (M.A.): Leadership Specialist" on the application.

In addition to Marshall University's requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have:

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution; and 
  • An undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Applicants may be admitted provisionally when a GPA does not meet the minimum requirements at the discretion of the program director. The student will be directed to complete 12 hours of selected courses designated by the department. If a 3.25 Grade Point Average is maintained in those courses, then the applicant will be fully admitted to the degree program. 

Plan of Study

Educational Leadership Area of Emphasis

LS 510Principalship:Role & Tasks3
LS 515Curric and Instr Leadership3
LS 520Admin Elem Mdle & Sec Schools3
LS 530Human Rel Skills for Leaders3
LS 600School Personnel Administra3
LS 606Plan Res & Eval for Sch Lead3
LS 610Leadership for Sch Improve3
LS 612Educ Tech for Administrators3
LS 630The School and the Community3
LS 675Legal and Policy Issues3
LS 550Schools as Systems3
or LS 661 Internship-Instr Supervision 2
LS 685Capstone: Portfolio Assessment3
Total Credit Hours36

Leadership Specialist Area of Emphasis

Core Courses
LS 615Leadership in Public Sector3
LS 625Human Resources Management3
LS 632Human Rel in Public Sec3
LS 645Comm Collaborative Plan Mgmt3
ACE 689Grant Proposal Writing3
Elective Courses
Fundraising Management
Nonprofit & Public Sector Orgs
Organizational Theory
Legal Issues NPO & Public
Capstone
LS 690Leadership Capstone Course3

Leadership Specialist Program Requirements

  • A graduate candidate in the program may receive no more than two grades of "C" or below in the required coursework. in the event of a third grade of "C" or below, the student pay be dismissed from the program. 
  • Repeating a course for a higher grade does not negate the existence of the former grade. A student may be dismissed from the program upon earning a third grade of "C" or below, even if the student repeated a course and earned a higher grade.