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Online Master's in Educational Leadership


Total Credits 33

Cost per Credit $459

  • Complete your degree in as few as 12 months
  • NCATE-Accredited (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education).
  • Licensure-aligned curriculum — sit for N.C. exam upon graduation
  • No GRE/GMAT entrance exams
  • Jobs for school administrators to increase by 7.9%1

With total tuition of about $15,000, small class sizes, and an NCATE-accreditation, the online Master of Arts in Educational Leadership helps transform you from an educational advocate into a principled K-12 administrative leader.

What Makes Us Unique?

Individual Attention. Work directly with faculty who have decades of real-world experience. They have been in your position and offer your dedicated support and mentorship.

Flexible format for work/life balance. Experience a convenient, flexible, and innovative online learning environment. The asynchronous course format makes it easy to find time to review materials and complete assignments without missing out on any outside obligations.

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Excel as a Principal or Administrative Leader

The Master of Arts in Education Leadership from Queens University of Charlotte prepares you to address the complex challenges in K-12 education today. Effective principals and school administrators need more than just exceptional teaching skills. They must have the leadership ability to inspire improvement, lead educators and staff, and the analytical and business skills to drive meaningful outcomes.

The MA in educational leadership program’s small, online class sizes, means you will work directly with faculty who have decades of real-world experience and have been in your position. You can count on them for support, mentorship, and firsthand wisdom as you pursue your own path to educational leadership.

Fast and Flexible Pathways to Graduation

Every student’s circumstances are unique, which is why Queens offers you two timelines to complete your online Master’s in Education Leadership. All options feature the same quality curriculum and are taught by expert faculty.

  • Finish in 12 months: This accelerated approach allows you earn your master’s degree in one year, allowing you to interview for higher-level education positions faster.
  • Finish in 16-20 months: Ideal if you have existing professional, work, or personal commitments.

Experience an education leadership degree program that ensures you get the hands-on skills required to make a difference for your students and school.

Accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

A Curriculum that Prepares You for Licensure

Delivered in an interactive online learning environment, Queens comprehensive Educational leadership online curriculum prepares its graduates to qualify for licensure as a K-12 principal in North Carolina.

Course materials and assignments were designed by our faculty to give you the hands-on training necessary to face the daily challenges of school administration, including community building, dispute resolution, and budget management.

Strategic, instructional, and cultural leadership is key to this 33-credit curriculum. The flexibility in completing your internship during the school year allows you to end your program around the peak hiring time for K–12 schools.

11 courses

NC Licensure Alignment

Not a North Carolina Resident?
Students living outside N.C. should review their state’s requirements for licensure and are encouraged to check with their school districts and state DOE to confirm transferability and reciprocity.


What You Will Learn

The Queens online Master’s in Education Leadership program prepares you to confidently walk away with a robust set of skills to propel you toward a long career as an education leader. Outcomes of the program include but are not limited to the following.

This program meets the requirements for the Professional Educator’s Continuing License, which is required to become a principal in North Carolina.

The average annual salary for a high school principal is $92,197.

Jobs for School Administrators to Increase by 7.9%

Accordingly Burning Glass Labor Insights Occupational Analysis, the projected job growth for elementary and secondary school administrators is projected to increase by 7.9% over the next ten years.1

Longer term, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment opportunities for elementary, middle, and high school principals will grow at a steady 4% through 2028, on pace with the nationwide average.2

That translates to 11,200 new jobs overseeing schools, helping create curricula, managing budgets and staffing, and ensuring students have a safe place to learn and grow.2

The median annual wage for this position is $95,310 per year, with the top 10 percent of principals earning almost $150,000 annually.2


100% online, no application fee, no GRE requirement, and the total tuition is about $15,000.

MAEL Admission Requirements

With no application fee, Queens University of Charlotte makes it easy to apply for admission to the online Master’s in Education Leadership program. Here is what you will need to get started.

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Affordable Tuition and Financial Aid

At Queens University of Charlotte, we pair academic excellence with affordability. At $459 per credit hour and a total tuition just over $15,000, not including fees and other expenses, the MA in Educational Leadership is a great investment in yourself, your career and the districts you desire to serve.


Figuring out how to pay for your education shouldn’t be intimidating. Many of our students use Federal Financial Assistance to offset their tuition, and you may qualify, too.

Learn more about your financial aid options, including employer tuition reimbursement, scholarships and grants, and military benefits.


Guided by Expert Faculty

The faculty in the online Master’s in Educational Leadership program focus on the reality of the modern school environment and how you can change it for the better.

Each member of our faculty brings extensive experience and is a real-world practitioner well versed in the modern-day challenges schools face.

Our educational leadership online degree program professors make themselves available to connect with you one-on-one, building strong mentoring relationships that equal those of an on-campus experience.


The Online Student Experience and It’s Advantages

Queens has a student-first approach to online learning that prioritizes what you need to succeed, including 24/7 tech support. You will benefit from smaller class sizes and experience our rich, interactive learning platform that makes connecting with your studies simple.


Frequently Asked Questions

As you explore Queens’ Master’s in Educational Leadership, our dedicated staff is here to ensure your decision-making is stress-free and enjoyable. If you have a question we don’t cover here, request more information or call 866-313-2356.

The Master of Arts in Educational Leadership program can be completed in as few as 12 months if you take two courses per semester, which is considered full-time. Students can also follow a 16-month or 20-month program where the number of courses varies each semester.

Employment of elementary, middle and high school principals is projected to grow four percent—on pace with the nationwide average—from 2018 to 2028 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In 2019, the median pay for principals is $95,310 per year.

Explore your career outlook with a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership.

To apply to this program, you need at least two years of teaching or school counseling experience and a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.

See the Admission Requirements page for more information.

Your tuition for the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership program will cost an estimated $14,289. There are no required fees. Discover your tuition and financial aid options.

If you take two courses per semester, that would be considered full-time; however, you can also study on a part-time basis if you prefer.

There are 11 core courses in the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership program. You will explore topics such as personnel evaluation, curriculum development, and community building. See the Curriculum page for more information.

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  1. Burning Glass Technologies: Labor Insight™. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  2. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019 September 4). Elementary, Middle, and High School Principals. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved September 18, 2019, from