At a Glance

Program units


Average completion time

15 months

Cost per unit


Base cost




*Base Cost (cost per unit x program units) is provided to aid in program comparison only.

All stated financial information is subject to change. For a detailed cost estimate or more information, contact APU's Graduate Student Financial Services.


Azusa Pacific University's Master of Arts in Educational Leadership degree prepares students to serve as effective, innovative educational administrators. Graduates emerge well equipped to fulfill leadership roles in pre-K–12 schools as principals, assistant principals, teacher leaders, curriculum leaders, and department chairs.

Most students complete the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership with the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (PASC), Tier I, in a combined program also offered at APU.

For students interested in earning their degree online, APU offers the Online M.A. in Educational Leadership, allowing you to earn your degree when and where it works for you.

Educational Leadership Program Highlights

  • Benefit from courses and fieldwork aligned with the California Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (CPSEL).
  • Learn from faculty with years of experience, many actively practicing school administration.
  • Integrate rigorous scholarly work with the distinct tenets of the Christian faith.
  • Incorporate challenging, relevant research into your studies.

Learn more about the program and our faculty.

School of Education Accreditation

Azusa Pacific University receives accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). In addition, the School of Education receives accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), making APU one of only three private schools in California with this distinction. Further, our credential programs are accredited by California’s Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). Our Master of Arts in Education: Educational Psychology Program is also accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). These notable accreditations set APU graduates apart from other candidates and ensure your degree will be recognized throughout the United States and internationally.

University Reputation

Azusa Pacific University continues to be recognized annually among the nation’s best colleges, landing in the most prestigious category of U.S.News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2014 rankings (Tier One, No. 173), and being named 1 of 124 institutions in The Princeton Review’s Best Western Colleges 2014.

Note: This information is current for the 2014–15 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.